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Spreading THE TRUTH May HELP GALVANIZE A Movement THAT MAY JUST SAVE OUR SAFE HAVEN FOR CREATIVITY. What am I talking about? please continue reading the article - and SHARE if you are also angry about this change....................................
From the Huffington post:
"As someone who is directly involved in the maker movement, I'm somewhat embarrassed to say I didn't pay much attention when Etsy changed its policies last fall. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, CEO Chad Dickerson announced that Etsy sellers could use outside manufacturers to produce their designs. In other words, items sold on Etsy no longer had to be handmade.
It wasn't until a few months ago, when looking on Etsy for a new watch that I realized the implications of this change."
see full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannon-whitehead/how-etsy-changed-the-rule_b_5708565.html
This policy change has diluted etsy into a washed out space for sweatshop remnants and bad reproductions of artisan craft, And it has blindsided us craftspeople who have built our lines and customer base there, only to now have it be taken away by this bad decision...(which is most likely a shift that they did in order to arteficially accellerate growth before going public),
it's a real shame