Today, over 4000 independent artists and crafters on Etsy will be closing their shops in protest over the influx of resellers and factories in what is supposed to be a site that supports independent shops. I closed my shop last night in solidarity with the other protesters.
If you're wondering what the fuss is all about, just try and consider how much work goes into each item that an independent artist/crafter makes by hand. A lot of the indie artists on Etsy work on their own and set up their shops there because of what they saw as a supportive climate that allowed them to exhibit their items and charge prices that reflected the amount of work that went into their products. Allowing resellers and factories into Etsy means that indie shops are now competing with sellers who sell dirt-cheap and often poor-quality items. (Just go to Regretsy.com to see what I mean!) When you've spent a lot of time building a reputation as an artist/crafter, it's very upsetting to see that your works are being lumped together with el cheapo items that can be found just about anywhere.
Hence, this silent protest. To find out more about it, please visit Protesty.com.
|Image courtesy of protesty.com|