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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What's the deal on Etsy?

I posted this in the forums: 

Ok so, I made up a gift basket. There are no handmade items in it. I got an email from Etsy stating that I had to remove it because it didn't meet criteria.

Here is part of the email

Gift baskets and sets sold on Etsy may only contain items that meet Etsy's selling criteria. This means that all of the contents must be handmade, vintage, or a craft supply.

Please refer to the three categories of items that can be sold on Etsy below:

- Handmade by you: Handmade items must be created by the seller. For more details, see:

- Vintage goods: The Vintage category is for items that are at least 20 years old. Items in this category are not required to be handmade. For more details, see:

- Crafting supplies: The Supplies category is for both handmade and non-handmade ("commercial") crafting supplies. A crafting supply is an item that is primarily used to make handmade items you might find for sale on Etsy. For more details, see:

Even if it's creatively packaged and curated, a set that contains one or more items that do not meet the above criteria may not be sold on Etsy. You must remove any listings for gift baskets or sets from your shop that do not meet these guidelines.

Diaper cakes don't meet these criteria but they allow them to be on Etsy.

Here is a reply I received:

Marie KellyfromEiramVintage says
Hey there,

I have to close this one up, since it's a private matter. Any other questions you may have, please reach out to us via the email sent.
Really?  Why shouldn't other Etsians that make gift baskets be made aware of this?  I strolled through Etsy and found a bunch of gift baskets that didn't meet the criteria. Is it because I am a new shop and they are targeting me or are they checking out all these other shops that sell these gift baskets?


  1. I would just be glad that they were nice enough to ask you to remowe the item before they took more serious steps.. Some people have been completely removed from Etsy, as in their account terminated, banned from returning, for violations much like this... at least that´s the picture i have gotten after reading a bit on

    As to why you have been targeted and not the others, that´s probably because some random person noticed that your item didn´t follow Etsys guidelines and reported it... Right next to "Sho item details" there is another link that says "report this item to Etsy" so someone must have clicked that link...

    Hope this doesn´t sour your whole Etsy experience! It´s still a great place!

    1. Yeah, they threatened that if i didn't remove the items. Oh well. I should be able to sell them at craft shows.