Thursday, May 11, 2017

Etsy shop closing on May 17, possibly forever!

As long as there are postmen, life will have zest

UPDATE: I learned at 11:45am on May 16 that Etsy has pushed back the deadline so my shop stays open until May 31. Learn more here



I have sad news. My etsy shop, Missive Maven on etsy, will be closing on May 17 - indefinitely. Possibly forever.

Last chance to buy Missive Maven etsy goods!!


The short info: if you want any items from my shop - like my very popular mail-themed postcards or stickers, BUY THEM NOW. You may not have another chance after May 17. (It's also unclear to me whether the final ending will be May 17 or May 18, so the sooner the better, if you want to be careful.)

The longer story: for a huge host of business reasons, etsy is now requiring all its sellers to use their own "checkout" and payment system instead of PayPal. You can still use PayPal (though they are phasing it out) but sellers must opt in to using the Etsy payment system, which requires linking a bank account and sharing all kinds of personal information like forms of ID with etsy - things I wouldn't share with most people. I do not run my business as my living, it's very much a hobby shop, so I guess I can afford to stand on principles here... but it leaves a very bad taste in my mouth that etsy will effectively close down shops that do not comply with their new payment system (which has a whole host of other glitches, including witholding money from sellers, that I won't even get into).

I am researching other online selling venues including Amazon marketplace, Zibbet, and more - I would love your feedback! Do you have any suggestions for a great online marketplace? (I would prefer a marketplace that has its own traffic, like etsy or Amazon, to a standalone checkout system, but I am open.) Do you have strong feelings about any of this? I want to know!

It is possible that etsy is getting enough pushback on this issue - many, many sellers say they're leaving and taking their wares elsewhere - that they will change their minds. So I'm not saying I'm closing "forever," but that is certainly a possibility. The timing is good for me as I'm about to move to Maine for the summer, and this takes away my decision of whether or not to move my etsy stock with me: I won't. I may or may not reopen elsewhere, but if I do, it likely won't be until the fall. And I may not reopen at all... this may be the end of all the things I sell in my shop, Missive Maven original goods as well as vintage items. (That's another thing: I need a sales platform that allows selling of both new and vintage goods.)

Unanswered correspondence: Do it now! Unanswered correspondence: Do it Now! postcard

So again, the big takeaway: if you want something, buy it now before it may be gone forever!

Last chance to buy Missive Maven etsy goods!!


8 comments:

  1. I am sorry to see you in this jam....I too am leaving etsy and for the same reason,
    Cynthia at AllNeedlework

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    1. Sorry you're forced out, too, Cynthia - I think a LOT of us are in this boat! I am hoping there is enough impact that etsy will reconsider their decision, or at least be affected by it.

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    2. Leaving too, 3 shops - 10 years. I am done, worn out & cant possibly jump anymore hoops for less scraps. I'm a vintage seller moving everything over to Ebay - upside...doing better on Ebay in the last 30 days than on Etsy in 6 months.

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    3. Anonymous, so sorry to hear you are also having a bad experience but I am right there with you in being fed up with Etsy. Thanks so much for the feedback on eBay, I am *definitely* considering re-opening on eBay in the fall. Because I sell both new and vintage items, I need a platform that will allow both, and so far the research I've done indicates eBay is the most likely outlet for me and my shop. Good luck to you and your eBay sales! :-)

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  2. So sorry to hear you're being forced to close. �� I'm on the other side of the Etsy fence (as a buyer), and it ain't any better over here. Six days to process a payment...I had to reassure the Etsy shop I really did want to pay. Etsy response when I complained (I'm paraphrasing here): by the time we got around to answering you (Ed: took 'em six days), the problem seems to have resolved itself, so what's your problem? No explanation, no apology for making me look like a. On-paying deadbeat for a week, nothing. They haven't heard the last of this!

    Do you have plans to open a store elsewhere online? I hope so, and I'll certainly drop by to see what you have for sale.

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    1. Sam, thanks for your comments - it's interesting to hear it's such a pain as a buyer, too! When I'm on the buyer side, I will only buy via PayPal. Their support has gotten worse, and the policies obviously are awful. Sorry to hear it took so long to process a payment, for you and the shop owner also. Sigh. As for me, I am still weighing whether or not to re-open elsewhere online. I am open to suggestions, and right now I could go either way. Thank you for your support, it's great to know I may still have customers! If I do re-open, it won't be until the fall anyway, as I am away from my inventory all summer. I will definitely make any announcements here on the blog!

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