Complaint / review text:
A big thumbs-up to your integrity team, for pulling down genuine artisans and promoting blatant violators. Here is a sample:
1) This search:
https://www.etsy.com/search? Q=mandala tapestry
Yields these listings, among others:
All from different stores, with the EXACT SAME SNAP, nearly the same descriptions and prices. Did all of them have a simultaneous big bang burst of creativity and use their "creative designs" individually to come out with the same snaps and products? In your words, this is prohibited - Reselling an item you weren't involved in designing or creating is prohibited in our Handmade category.
Handmade? These are screen printed machine made bedsheets. One can order 30-40 pieces of these "handmade" creations from these stores at any time. This is just one example - there are countless such simultaneous bursts of creativity at these stores. Nor is this an exhaustive list of stores that are most probably controlled by one person.
2) Here is an extract from Labhanshi, another of your "authentic handmade artisans"
All of the designs are our own and I have two great helpers that help me stitch.
The quilts that you see are made up of vintage saris and painstakingly stitched by some women who live in rural areas. This work provides the livelihood for several families. The stitches used are small and delicate Kantha stitches which hold together several layers of fabric%u2026
So TWO people come up with 455 items of multiple pieces each? And quilts stitched by "some women who live in rural areas" doesn't construe reselling? In your own words, this is prohibited:
Representing other artists, artisans, or creators (even if you're authorized to sell on their behalf)
And this is gross misrepresentation of the size of his operations. Also, these quilts are CHEAP IMITATIONS of kantha stitch, which is essentially from Bengal and not Jaipur, as claimed.
3) This listing is called "vintage"
Really? These are two-three year old sarees that are combined to make quilts!
4) This listing clearly states that these items are resold after procuring from FAIR TRADE organizations:
In your own words, this is prohibited:
Selling on behalf of charity or fair trade organizations
5) This shop is heights... The owner calls himself Bhisma Pitama, which is a mythological character from the Mahabharat (http://en. Wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhishma) and not even a real name! He doesn't even have his snap or anything verifying his authenticity as a seller...
This is just the beginning. Congrats on your IPO. I guess your new shareholders would be very interested in how Etsy has varied policies for different people, depending on how much commission they manage to rake up.