These hands of mine aren’t attractive, but they’re mine. Every scratch, every line, every crevice of age and abuse belongs to me. My hands are a reflection of my work ethic, and I carry their imperfections like a badge. For every coil I construct, every curl I shape, I sacrifice something of myself to its birth. I am an artist…. and I apologize for the broken nail in your pendant. I know. That all sounds expectedly droll and woefully trite, though I suppose it’s no more trite than Etsy’s response to the recent protest of resellers and the grievous brandishing of it’s “handcrafted experience” banner. And, since I’ve formed a brand I no longer wished to associate with the deception, I put my Etsy shop, NicoleHannaJewelry, on vacation while I devised a new direction for me and my product. Apparently, Etsy’s Trust and Safety Team viewed this as a nefarious attempt to showcase Etsy’s lack of morals, while using my shop front as a platform for my protest. (I was protesting? Huh…) And while I appreciate they suspect I have a voice to which anyone listens, imagine my surprise yesterday morning when I received this email: “Hello, This is (…) Etsy’s Trust and Safety Team. We are writing to inform you that some of your content on Etsy is in violation of Etsy’s policies.
The DOs & DON’Ts of Etsy state, “You may not use the public areas of your account to demonstrate or discuss disputes with others or with Etsy.” You can read Etsy’s policies in their entirety here: (Insert vague inconsistencies for your viewing pleasure).
The following text was in the public areas of your account:
‘Shop contents are currently unavailable while I work on re-branding and movement of merchandise. I support artisan and hand-crafted goods and, as such, believe a show of solidarity, support and praise is necessary to encourage small business owners in the continuing herculean endeavor to survive in a world of commercial mass production. I urge consumers to support the artisan marketplace and creative community in general and appreciate your interest in my work. Thank you.’
We have temporarily suspended your Account. If you would like your account opened, we will need for you to confirm that you understand this policy and will not repost this type of information in the future.
Etsy Marketplace Integrity
This message is a private conversation between you and Etsy. Please respect this confidentiality and refrain from distributing this communication without permission from Etsy. If you feel this message was sent to you in error, please delete it and let us know. Thank you.”
And, of course, because it’s a private conversation between myself and Etsy’s diligent Safety and Trust Commission or Central Intelligence Agency or whatever it is, I’m definitely sharing it with everyone.
Now I’m dissenting!
Now I’d better get back to my corner before Etsy’s task force breaks down my door.
Happy weaving everyone!