Thursday, December 16, 2010
Etsy strikes again
I'm looking anywhere and everywhere in an effort to leave Etsy. I have so much time and money invested with my three shops, I hate to leave, but Etsy has gotten so bad and they continue to do so without regards to shop owners.
They've changed the way the searches are done and ever since, my businesses have all but fallen off the face of the Earth. My vintage shop was doing so well and I was enjoying it so much, then came the changes and I'm lucky if I get a few sales a week instead of a few sales a day. Etsy has admitted to directing traffic away from our shops. What is the purpose of this? They just want shoppers to get to Etsy. Period. No longer want customers to come to our shops, but to Etsy front page and from there, who knows where they go.
Anyway, they strike again. It's amazing to me. They have become money hungry grubs, just like eBay did and I left there, too. I signed up for Zibbet and like it a lot but still no sales there either. But one thing I liked was the ability to list things and import/export them between Zibbet and Etsy. Today, I received my newsletter from Zibbet and Etsy strikes again. Etsy has threatened Zibbet with a cease and desist letter, I'll let you read it yourself.
Esq.Counsel, Etsy, Inc."
And this is part of the letter from Zibbet explaining a few things: "We have been forced to make some changes to our Etsy Importer - and unfortunately, not for the better. We were recently served with a 'cease and desist' letter from Etsy (copied below) who believed us to be scraping sellers data from their site. The fact is we weren't scraping the data, but using a work-around for their developers API - which Etsy has recently blocked (a number of other sites Etsy Importers have stopped working for this reason too). "
Bravo Etsy. You've done it again. You seem determined to drive sellers away from you and it's working. Talk about blatant misuse of power. How about taking care of people who have no regards whatsoever to the rules and list items that should be marked mature but are totally out in the open for all to see when the rules state the first photo needs to be censored? What about this seller?
http://www.etsy.com/people/Deborahj/feedback?ref=pr_feedback Been repeatedly reported but oh well, let her continue to waste people's time. Flagging? It's a joke, not one thing is ever done about these people.
I remember writing them and reporting a person that had purchased items from me and then was reselling them. NOT a problem, I don't mind that at all, however, this person copied my entire listing, photos, description and all to resell the items. What was their answer? Contact the person or hire a lawyer. OMG, are you joking? Way to not get involved.
I'm seeing red, yep, seeing red.