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Etsy: Stand for Small Businesses, Not Corporate Profits. |

On, we weren’t able to include links. Below is the text of our petition with links backing up our claims.

Etsy made bank over the pandemic.  In 2020, they more than doubled their gross marketplace sales.  In 2021, they kept those pandemic sales gains and broke their 2020 record by $3.2 billion dollars.

In June of 2021, they acquired Elo7, the “Etsy of Brazil” to the tune of $217 million dollars cash.In July of 2021, they completed acquisition of Depop, a British fashion marketplace, to the tune of $1.625 billion dollars, primarily cash.

They followed up these record pandemic gains by turning around and sticking it to their sellers.

On April 11, 2022, they increased our transaction fees by 30%.

Etsy’s last transaction fee increase was in July 2018. With the new increase, our basic fees to use the platform have more than doubled in less than four years. These basic fees do not include additional fees for Offsite ads – which started during the first wave of the pandemic.

Offsite Ads pushes Etsy’s advertising costs onto their sellers, by charging us an additional 12-15% fee for each item sold through the Offsite Ads program. A 15% fee is charged to sellers who have never earned more than $10,000 in a year, and these sellers are allowed to opt out of the program. Other sellers pay 12%, and are never allowed to opt out.

Thanks to Offsite Ads, Etsy fees are an unpredictable expense that can take more than 20% of each transaction. We have no control over how these ads are administered, or how much of our money is spent.

Another mid-pandemic development is the Star Seller Program, a bizarre attempt to micromanage the terms of our engagement with our buyers and audiences. Meanwhile, Etsy sellers routinely report waiting weeks or months for responses to urgent Etsy support tickets.

AI-powered bots shut down legitimate seller accounts seemingly at random, while Etsy looks the other way on resellers who undercut authentic makers by peddling sweatshop-produced junk in clear violation of the spirit of the Etsy community. Rather than rewarding the sellers whose hard work has enabled Etsy to become one of the most profitable tech companies in the world, Etsy gouges us, ignores us and patronizes us.

As individual crafters, makers and small businesspeople, we may be easy for a giant corporation like Etsy to take advantage of. But as an organized front of people, determined to use our diverse skills and boundless creativity to win ourselves a fairer deal, Etsy won’t have such an easy time shoving us around.

We went on strike April 11-18 to call on Etsy to hold itself accountable to sellers and buyers. Sellers put their shops on vacation mode in protest. Buyers showed support by agreeing to boycott Etsy during that time.

Our Demands

Cancel the Fee Increase

Increasing seller fees by 30% after two years of record sales is nothing short of pandemic profiteering. With this increase, our fees as sellers will have more than doubled in less than 4 years.

Crack down on Resellers

Etsy needs to provide a comprehensive plan for tackling resellers (people selling mass produced goods that they have not even designed themselves) on the platform. This plan must be transparent so that sellers can hold Etsy accountable.

“Golden” Support Tickets

People are waiting months to appeal computer-made decisions that stop them from accessing their own earnings, or running their business entirely. These people should have an automatic fast track through Etsy’s infamously slow support system. Etsy can’t bill itself as a folksy, handmade utopia while AI bots terrorize sellers whose livelihood depends on reaching buyers on the platform.

End the Star Seller Program

Passive aggressive efforts to influence seller behavior are counter-productive and result in a worse customer experience. Rather than making us mad at buyers who leave glowing 4-Star reviews, or making us feel that we can no longer offer letter class shipping on items like cards and stickers, Etsy should leave us to individually do the best we can for each and every customer in each and every situation.

See update to Star Seller on our blog.

Let All sellers opt out of Offsite Ads

We should be in control of which listings to advertise, how much we spend on ads, and whether to advertise at all. There should be no level of “success” that forces sellers to foot Etsy’s advertising costs, unless we choose to. That “success” level being well below the US federal poverty line only adds insult to injury.

Read our full petition at

The Etsy Timeline

Etsy was an amazing place to do business for more than a decade. Here is a timeline of events, culminating in our strike, and the formation of the Indie Sellers Guild.

May 2012

Etsy becomes a certified B-Corp

“Why did we become B Corp certified? We believe that business has a higher social purpose beyond simply profit. The B Corp assessment gives us a framework to measure Etsy’s success against rigorous values and responsible practices as we scale as a company.”

(excerpt from announcement)

April 2015

Etsy Goes Public

“We don’t believe that people and profit are mutually exclusive. We believe that Etsy can be a model for other public companies by operating a values-driven and human-centered business while benefiting people.”

(excerpt from announcement)

May 2017

A Corporate Takeover

Events started in November of 2016, when Josh Silverman joined Etsy’s board, and culminated in the board firing Etsy’s current CEO and replacing him with Silverman. A deep dive article by New York Times tells the story.

November 2017

Etsy Drops B-Corp Certification

In an article by a law professor, Josh Silverman is quoted as saying that that Etsy “had the best of intentions, but wasn’t great at tying that [sales] to impact….Being good doesn’t cut the mustard.”

July 2018

First Transaction Fee Increase

Etsy’s first transaction fee increase – from 3.5% to 5% of each sale.

July 2019

Free Shipping Push

Etsy disadvantages sellers not offering free shipping by giving them poor placement in search.

May 2020

Offsite Ads Charges Start

Etsy starts charging sellers 12-15% fees, on top of all other Etsy fees, for Offsite Ads orders.

February 2021

Record Profits for 2020

Etsy releases an investor report reporting record profits for 2020

September 2021

The Star Seller Program

Etsy claims it’s to reward “excellent customer service”. The program is designed to favor high volume sellers, however.

February 24th, 2022

Record Profits for 2021

Etsy reported a second year of record profits to their investors.

February 24th, 2022

Second Transaction Fee Increase

On the same day, Etsy announced the fee increase to their sellers, in the most tone deaf way possible.

March 19, 2022

The Petition

Our petition was posted online.

It got 2K signatures in 72 hours!

April 11, 2022

The Etsy Strike Begins

At that point, our online petition had 49 thousand signatures.  We sent a letter to 11 Etsy executives inviting them to speak directly with the movement.
We received no response.

April 11, 2022

Rob Kalin Speaks Out

Etsy’s original CEO and founder, Rob Kalin, broke a 7.5 year Twitter silence to tweet in support of striking sellers!

April 12, 2022

Josh Silverman Speaks Out

The next day, Etsy’s current CEO also had something to say:

April 18, 2022

The Strike Ends

Our petition had 82K signatures, but still no response from Etsy.  We started a snail mail campaign.  We invited the ~29K sellers who had signed our petition to print a PDF of our letter and mail it to Etsy, and do so as creatively as possible.

April 26, 2022

Etsy CEO Compensation

The news came out that Etsy’s CEO, Josh Silverman, had been paid 40 million dollars the previous year.

August 18, 2022

Indie Sellers Guild

From the end of the strike, we worked hard to design an organization by indie sellers, for indie sellers. On this day, we shared the signup link with the people who signed our petition.

August 27, 2022

2000 Guild Members

We reached 2000 Guild members in a little over a week’s time! At one point, we got so many signups all at once, that it broke our ability to send account confirmation emails, and we had to upgrade our web hosting service!

September 5th, 2022

Our Official Launch

A virtual event on Labor Day, which we livestreamed on three platforms. Click here to watch the video!