I was sitting at my work table in my studio this afternoon, listening to the Vermont Public Radio app on my speaker. That’s where I heard about the Etsy Strike.
Sellers on Etsy were striking, closing up their shops from today until April 18th, in protest to the latest increase in transaction fees.
I hadn’t heard about the strike, so I looked online to get the details. Fees went from 3.5% to 5% in 2018 and now are going up to 6.5% on each order. (there are other fees for each sale including listing fees and credit card fees).
I use Etsy as a convenience. Almost all of my sales come from my blog. I understand Etsy has to make money and they have fees for their services. But they have made record profits in the past few years and it seems an unfair way to treat the people who are making that money for them by raising fees.
There are other things besides the fees that strikers are looking to change. You can read about them here and sign the petition to stop the increase in transaction fees. It has over 57,000 signatures already and can be supported by both buyers and sellers since it potentially affects us all.
I did mail out all the orders that came into my Etsy Shop over the weekend and I will continue selling my work on my blog.
I’ll have some Little Hope Potholders by the end of the week and during the week I’ll be putting the Abstract Hotpads I made last week up for sale. Etsy definitely makes it more convenient to buy my art. But this strike feels like the right thing to do so I’m glad to take part in it.