ETSY swamped with mass produced Chinese goods, squeezing out homemade artisan creations

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.

I had a specific brown, repurposed leather, wrap-watch in mind. I knew the one I wanted was handmade by a seller in Ohio, but I didn’t know his name. Typing in a simple search for “wrap watch” into Etsy, I proceeded to spend nearly an hour sifting through 50+ pages of three-dollar “wrap watches” from China.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannon-whitehead/how-etsy-changed-the-rule_b_5708565.html

Red and Blue Ombre Origami Star Bracelet and Earrings by Karadin
already getting set for the 4th of July. :D
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Karadin

Red and Blue Ombre Origami Star Bracelet and Earrings by Karadin

already getting set for the 4th of July. :D

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Karadin

Sherlock Holmes  ’Three Pipe Problem’  Victorian Choker by Karadin
A unique, one of a kind statement pendant hand crafted from polymer clay with a luster wax coating. The 16 inch choker is embellished with vintage style antique gold chains and components, with faceted and fire polished glass beads.http://www.etsy.com/shop/Karadin 
Any of my art works can be custom made into a pendant or brooch.Three Pipe Problem image as print http://karadin.deviantart.com/prints/ mugs, tees http://www.printfection.com/karadin/

Sherlock Holmes  ’Three Pipe Problem’  Victorian Choker by Karadin

A unique, one of a kind statement pendant hand crafted from polymer clay with a luster wax coating. The 16 inch choker is embellished with vintage style antique gold chains and components, with faceted and fire polished glass beads.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Karadin 


Any of my art works can be custom made into a pendant or brooch.
Three Pipe Problem image as print http://karadin.deviantart.com/prints/
 mugs, tees http://www.printfection.com/karadin/

Origami Gold Embossed Beads in Flat Rounds by Karadin
these stretch elastic bracelets are easy to get on and off, lightweight with the appearance of cloisenne (enameled gold metalwork.) with Swarovski vintage gold pearls and Czech glass beads.
see other designs at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Karadin

Origami Gold Embossed Beads in Flat Rounds by Karadin

these stretch elastic bracelets are easy to get on and off, lightweight with the appearance of cloisenne (enameled gold metalwork.) with Swarovski vintage gold pearls and Czech glass beads.

see other designs at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Karadin