I know many artists were really excited when given the opportunity to apply to be a seller on the newly launched Handmade at Amazon section.
So it would be truly an honor to sell side-by-side with these artists.
In addition, Amazon is huge and has a lot of traffic. This takes us out of website maintenance, the Facebook auctions, the face to face selling and all of the other interaction we currently have so that we can spend our time creating instead of conversing.
To some people this sounds like a great thing. Never mind that their fees are higher than any other platform available at 12% plus 50 cents per sale and the $39.99 per month (which is waived until August 2016 for artisans).
It’s Amazon, what can go wrong?
But last week, in a conversation with some members of a Facebook group about the topic “Can handmade at amazon actually kill Etsy?”, the discussion got very interesting when someone commented:
And another member said:
Of course, it caught my interest because obviously, who would want to sell his/her original creations on an online marketplace that can claim all creative license of your designs.
So I did some research about it…
And this is what I found:
I was shocked with what I have just read… dumbfounded, flabbergasted!
I could not believe that they are so blatant about it. Yes, we have the right to exploit you. You give us this right. This right is irrevocable.
My secretary Ganessa is a member of Handmade at Amazon Facebook group so I asked her to post a question in there about this Amazon’s policy to spread awareness and maybe have someone to explain to its members about this creative license issue that might threaten its sellers’ intellectual property.
And maybe… just maybe, Amazon.com has a separate terms and conditions with Handmade at Amazon.
One member replied to the question, “That’s not true! Content is different from materials, etc etc”
But honestly, I wasn’t convinced with her reply.
Next morning, the post was DELETED!
So here we are left with so many questions.
My advice to all handmade sellers, please do your own research before you sell on any online handmade marketplace. Do not forget to read their terms and conditions to protect you and your business.
I hope this concern reaches the people behind Handmade at Amazon and explain to us the truth about their participation agreement. I am sure they have a good explanation or reason for it.
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