Etsy: Your place to buy and sell all things handmade
Handmade items must be created by the seller (or a member of the collective) operating the Etsy shop. Production assistance for certain intermediary tasks in some crafts may be acceptable.
Paper Turtle is a collective and we operated openly as that on Etsy for two years. Until last week.
Obviously, Etsy’s own policies about “handmade” and “re-selling” are not consistently enforced; yet we have been singled out for closure. I opened our store in good faith and have spent hundreds of hours building a clientele who now have no way of knowing what happened or where they can find us, let alone make repeat purchases.
This is the retarded, thoroughly unhelpful form that pops up when you type in our URL
I am also denied access to the store.
“Etsy: Your place to buy and sell all things handmade. Unless you’re a Haitian artist, working diligently at your traditional craft as part of a US partnership, everyone contributing to the design, creation, and finishing of the work so that it can be purchased and enjoyed by people everywhere. Bringing economic opportunity to all parties (including Etsy), beauty to the world, and a marketing advantage to Etsy: a company that encourages hand-made efforts in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, supporting in an economically sound partnership. As opposed to the current reputation as a company that randomly enforces its own policies regarding non-handmade; re-selling; and selective back-turning when reseller fees are significant enough.” Truly a missed opportunity.
Please be advised that until this matter is resolved, you are free to contact me directly regarding sales.
Thank you for your support.