Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Etsy Scandal: Ecologica Malibu

"Etsy is more than a marketplace: we're a community of artists, creators, collectors, thinkers and doers."

Or should that read: CON-artists???

Over the weekend the fraggles (in my opinion) at Etsy, Inc. made the genius decision to slip (alleged) reseller Ecologica Malibu a.allegedly k.a. Bali Ha'i Imports into their coveted Etsy Featured Seller slot.  What's the big deal?  Well, after all ...

"Etsy is the world’s handmade marketplace.  Our mission is to empower people to change the way the global economy works. We see a world in which very-very small businesses have much-much more sway in shaping the economy, local living economies are thriving everywhere, and people value authorship and provenance as much as price and convenience. We are bringing heart to commerce and making the world more fair, more sustainable, and more fun."

... According to them. 

So when the more and more common resellers who contract offshore manufacturers, import assembled pieces, and punt them across a site purported to sell strictly handmade / vintage / and supply pieces, it's really a slap in the face to the rest of us who thought we were following the official Terms of Use by NOT using offshore sweatshops to make our "designs" come to life ... which believe me, I could, that's what I went to school for folks -- Etsy, just gimme the go ahead!  Actually they already have not only by NOT shutting down this scam, but by CELEBRATING it with a puff piece of an interview, and AGAIN by featuring the IMPORTS on their front page - which is the advertising "mecca" of Etsy. 

Read the fullest version of the story by the people who cracked the case here: Regresty (bills of lading included, oh yes!) R.I.P. Regretsy!

Etsy, you let me down by not sticking to / enforcing your own Terms of Use.