Friday, May 18, 2012

Etsy and Blackmail Extortion

So, I recently closed my shop on Etsy, after 4 years of operation. I have to say, it was never something about which I was truly passionate. It was a nice hobby, and if I made stuff that people liked, and as long as it was at least breaking even, I had no problems with it. For the first three years, that seemed to be the standard. I loved trading and selling; I probably spent more than I made; and for the most part, it made me feel proud that I created things that people seemed to enjoy.

However, in the last year, I started getting a lot of complaints. And the more that I got, the fishier they sounded. Oh, it was a slightly different shade than I thought; Oh, I changed my mind; oh, the quality is soooo poor (for a $5 item). Always these complaints came with the demand that so long as I refunded their money, they would keep the product and not give me bad feedback.

I was a slave to the feedback system.

I was giving away and putting more money into it than I was getting. Not to mention the shipping expenses and headaches. I tried to tough it out, but my temper reached a head with the last extortionist.

I was sick of it. Sick of these scammers blackmailing me with bad feedback and only relenting when it involved free product.

So I quit. I closed my store, and a rush of relief flowed over me. I felt free. Freer than I had felt in a long time.

I’ll probably go back to Etsy as a buyer, but no more selling for me. My question is, what is Etsy planning to do about this? Surely I can’t be the only person that has had this happen. Will people just stick it out? I know that I was a prime target for scammers, since my prices were cheap. But what happens when they hit someone that has items that go for around $100 a pop?

I’d love to sell again, but it was just too much stress and I couldn’t really have something annoy me and cost money!
May 18, 2012 / by / 3 Comments
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