Do you own one these accounts? Are you afraid that your store might be included next? What’s this fuss all about?
In 2014, Etsy decided to better inform their users of requests and violations in their online handmade market place by issuing its first transparency report. It broke down to how Etsy handled member disputes, non-IP policy violations, DMCA takedown notices and law enforcement requests.
There were more than 168,000 accounts shut down in 2014.
3,993 shops that continuously violated Etsy’s IP policy were closed down. In response to DMCA takedown requests, the company also took out 176,137 listings from 42,526 sellers.
But most of the shutdowns were for non-IP policy violations in 2014, of which 168,288 accounts were closed by Etsy. Most of these accounts’ policy violations contained spam shop listings, distribution of products that were not handmade, or shops selling items that are not allowed on the site. One special case reported was a seller that made listings for ocelot fur coats – removed immediately as ocelots are an endangered species.
There were also requests for member information to certain member accounts which have legal issues including bankruptcy, domestic relations, copyright infringement, theft, fraud, and harassment, among others.
“Your account is currently suspended. Etsy has suspended your account privileges. Please check your email for more information about your account’s status.”
That’s the horrifying message you’ll receive if your store is suspended.
So how to prevent Etsy shop suspension/shut down? The best preventive measure you can do is to read
Etsy’s Do’s and Don’ts to avoid any violation that can shut down your Etsy shop.
That report should not pose worry to legit sellers like you as it will likely help some sellers feel more assured that Etsy is committed to maintaining the marketplace as a hub for unique, quality goods.
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