If you happen across the shop, yes it's still there. On the "shop announcement" you will see my feeble protest against the Etsy machinery:
"This shop is now closed in protest of Etsy policies of allowing mass produced garbage to be sold on what was once a site for hand-made goods. As far as I'm concerned, until they change to a more strict policy concerning these grievances, they will never see another red cent from me."
Mass-produced garbage? On Etsy? Say it isn't so!
I invite you to take a look at some of the things they have for sale there. I think a liberal guess of what is actually handmade is...I don't know...60 percent. I don't mean the vintage items or the crafting supplies. I mean the items that are listed as "handmade." When I think of handmade I think of a person or small group of people making things. I do not think of a large factory of low paid employees churning out mass-produced shit.
But that is exactly what is showing up on Etsy...
I need a backpack. There are times when I want to walk to my local food co-op and get groceries. I want a backpack that is sturdy (of course) and comfortable to wear. I thought maybe I could find one on Etsy. Well, what I found was backpacks that were listed as handmade but were so obviously not. I looked through different sellers items and noticed that not only were the backpacks similar, so were the MODELS!
And that's not all. There is one seller who has posters. Yes, posters. Handmade, right? No. These are posters that someone has pulled from the Internet and tweaked and re-sized in Photoshop and then put up for sale. He or she claims they are all public domain images. Hey look, there's a Shepard Fairey poster. Oh, wait...
(Okay, maybe they took that one down. I just went to Etsy to grab a link and the shop is gone. Maybe my report has not gone unheeded after all. Maybe that I tweeted Shepard Fairey and said "Hey look at this...")
But it's not just backpacks and posters. You have to wade through a morass of garbage to find real art. You know, real art that someone actually created. Oh, it's there. I have plenty of friends and compeers that sell things on Etsy. It's just that Etsy just doesn't make it very easy for artists to be seen or for people to find them.
I also understand that Etsy exists to make money. I get that. What once was a very cool place to buy and sell handmade things has metamorphosed into something....well...soulless.
Maybe Etsy was secretly purchased by Wal-Mart, or even worse, Hobby Lobby. I shudder at the thought...