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Just curious here what got you banned? Im just learning about etsy right now. I thought they mainly sold vintage and craft made items. Are they just really hard on sellers for mistakes or something?
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I have found that a lot of the competition will do you in - some of those people in your niche market are actively pressuring out the new sellers...one example
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The problem with etsy is not so much that they suspend you; that will happen, sure, but that it's often so arbitrary and appeals are often completely ignored. Have backup accounts ready, and don't make similarities too obvious as the thugs that reported you before will pick up on the new accounts and report those too.
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Default Re: What got you banned on etsy?

copyright,

Want to go back but I have over 500 pics to edit if I don't want to get bullied by the big sellers.
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I know other sellers go after shops. I've had 2 very successful shops on etsy the past year and both got shutdown. I had a 3rd shop that I created with stealth but I just signed onto it on my VPN and it's showing suspended as well. I'm not sure how it was linked.
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I got suspended due to intellectual infringement. Had some brand name on a keyword and got reported from listing items similar to another etsy seller which I wasn't aware of. Given everything handmade, it's nearly impossible to make a full time income if you don't hire outside manufacturers. I do have a few handmade items here or there, but the more you list, the more you sell.
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I got suspended because they wanted photos of my process. I happily did all this but they wanted more which I felt was way too intrusive so I began my stealth journey...
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Just joined after buying the book because I badly want to get back on Etsy. I loved the customers on that site.

I got shut down due to copyright infringement or intellectual property or something. I can't quite remember it was about a year ago.

But the sad thing is, the item that got me shut down didn't infringe any copyright, I listed a game as a keyword even though there was nothing on the item that referenced the game (it was a T-shirt that said GG and FU, as in good game and, well you know. But that was literally all that was on it). Game owners complained and that was it for me. Gotta love Etsy's Zero tolerance policy
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Just joined after buying the book because I badly want to get back on Etsy. I loved the customers on that site.

I got shut down due to copyright infringement or intellectual property or something. I can't quite remember it was about a year ago.

But the sad thing is, the item that got me shut down didn't infringe any copyright, I listed a game as a keyword even though there was nothing on the item that referenced the game (it was a T-shirt that said GG and FU, as in good game and, well you know. But that was literally all that was on it). Game owners complained and that was it for me. Gotta love Etsy's Zero tolerance policy
I got 4 warning emails before I got shut down. I guess it depends on how big of a seller you are. I used to average in 4K USD sales per month so I had a couple of chances before I got shut down.
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I got 4 warning emails before I got shut down. I guess it depends on how big of a seller you are. I used to average in 4K USD sales per month so I had a couple of chances before I got shut down.
I sort of had 5 warnings or at least the 5th was the end for me, I don't really class one of them as an infringement though as it was a notification from LEGO, they were ok with me using their name as long as it was on their terms, so it had to be full capital letters and not just lego, also had to have the registered trademark symbol on the end. But yeah Etsy took that as a black mark for me too sadly.

I understand where people come from on copyright infringement but it still makes me a little sad. Etsy items being hand made, usually made by fans. I know everything I made I made because it was something I had love for. I got a great feeling out of people buying my things because it was something I had thought up, drawn, and it was quality product that I had chosen and built, not a china sweatshop fall to bits effort. But then you sort of get a middle finger from the owners because they want the money you are making.

Worst I found were fox network (Futurama got me notices on Ebay and Etsy) and Minecraft too (again Ebay and etsy) they seem to have teams working on seeking these items out.

I also know from my old employer that Addidas have a specialised team for it. And are so bad that if you create a sports style product with two stripes, they will come after you, and they will win.
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Just joined after buying the book because I badly want to get back on Etsy. I loved the customers on that site.

I got shut down due to copyright infringement or intellectual property or something. I can't quite remember it was about a year ago.

But the sad thing is, the item that got me shut down didn't infringe any copyright, I listed a game as a keyword even though there was nothing on the item that referenced the game (it was a T-shirt that said GG and FU, as in good game and, well you know. But that was literally all that was on it). Game owners complained and that was it for me. Gotta love Etsy's Zero tolerance policy
Game owners can't complain, someone has to submit a DCMA for Etsy to take you down unless your goods were not handmade. There is a ton of copyrighted material on that site and unless the actual copyright owner submits a DCMA(or one pretending to be the owner) etsy will let it go. Search for Disney or Frozen. Close to 100,000 items that are 95% copyright violations.
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Game owners can't complain, someone has to submit a DCMA for Etsy to take you down unless your goods were not handmade. There is a ton of copyrighted material on that site and unless the actual copyright owner submits a DCMA(or one pretending to be the owner) etsy will let it go. Search for Disney or Frozen. Close to 100,000 items that are 95% copyright violations.
It was the game owners, A company called valve if you are familiar with them. They own DOTA which was a keyword on my item. Etsy's warning listed the contact details of who had complained, and listed every game that they had rights to. Like I said in my above post, some companies have departments that are there just to seek out people who infringe copyright.
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It was the game owners, A company called valve if you are familiar with them. They own DOTA which was a keyword on my item. Etsy's warning listed the contact details of who had complained, and listed every game that they had rights to. Like I said in my above post, some companies have departments that are there just to seek out people who infringe copyright.
Sorry I though you actually meant video game players.
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Like one of the member on this forum said, the safest way to sell on Etsy is to stick with pictures of warm fuzzy cats and dogs.
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Jesus Etsy sounds more malicious than eBay.
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I had my account on et-sy for years. I was making a good chunk of my income there. I really liked the customers. I had one buyer who was a huge pain. He wanted a custom item (with a 6-8 week turnaround) done in 2 weeks. I told him no, that I couldn't do that but I would try to get it done asap. 4 weeks after his order he filed an 'item not received' case. I contacted trust & safety, they said it was close enough to the time frame, they would let it stand. Thank you for the seller support. He received his item and left horrible feedback about what a nightmare I was to work with. They would not remove it nor help me at all. A few months later I had a buyer who ordered 2 separate items, 3 weeks apart. She expected them to both be delivered on the time frame of the first order. When she received the first item without the second, she filed an 'item not as described'. Again, they let the claim stand and suspended my account. She received both items, on time. Et-sy will not take the suspension off. They said I had to deliver all my orders and pay all my seller fees, $129, and they would consider re-opening my account but I know they are not going to from the tone of the responses. In the meantime, one of my buyers contacted me telling me that Et-sy sent them an email asking them if they had any issues with the transaction and to please note that with feedback!!!! Talk about trying to hang me. Luckily no one did and everyone was happy but the 3 feedback that were left are enough that no one would buy from me unless they did not read my feedback. I feel really disappointed and let down by et-sy support. They really did nothing to assist me and I was not in the wrong on either case. In fact, they encouraged my buyers to leave negative feedback. My items are completely hand made, no issue with copyright or other sellers. Really a bummer. I am on this site to see if I can get back on and sell under a new name with new items.

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I was booted for not being handmade. So I sent in pictures of the way I handmake my product, by hand, every step. Got no reply. I think a competitor red flagged me

BTW can someone answer my question? Two down from this one in the et.sy section.

I think getting onto et.sy has just become VERY hard. Has anyone tried it in the last 4 days?

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I got 4 warning emails before I got shut down. I guess it depends on how big of a seller you are. I used to average in 4K USD sales per month so I had a couple of chances before I got shut down.
I was a pretty big seller of kids shirts ($55K in 6 months). It is WITHOUT A DOUBT a petty "push out" selling system. The other competitors don't like you sell more then them and they do EVERYTHING in their power to get you shut down. It's crazy. The traffic is awesome but the competitors SUCK!! I got shut down for Paw Pat** shirts yet if you look on Fu.esty you'll see 10+ selling transfer shirts still. I have reported and reported them....like 20x, but no, they are STILL SELLING!! Crazy how they pick and choose. And now it's impossible to stealth because they WILL ask for DL for EIN for a bus. acct. If anyone has anything to add that will help us stealth et.sy PLEASE help!!

Also, just as a note, I just received my 1099K from them. I started w a legit account and used my home address and changed it to a PO Box within 1 week because of possible returns. They actually keep my home address and that was were I received my 1099 and not the PO Box. The PO Box was in the the system for 7 months, yet, the 1099 came to my home! Please be advise they keep every change!!

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I was a pretty big seller of kids shirts ($55K in 6 months). It is WITHOUT A DOUBT a petty "push out" selling system. The other competitors don't like you sell more then them and they do EVERYTHING in their power to get you shut down. It's crazy. The traffic is awesome but the competitors SUCK!! I got shut down for Paw Pat** shirts yet if you look on Fu.esty you'll see 10+ selling transfer shirts still. I have reported and reported them....like 20x, but no, they are STILL SELLING!! Crazy how they pick and choose. And now it's impossible to stealth because they WILL ask for DL for EIN for a bus. acct. If anyone has anything to add that will help us stealth et.sy PLEASE help!!

Also, just as a note, I just received my 1099K from them. I started w a legit account and used my home address and changed it to a PO Box within 1 week because of possible returns. They actually keep my home address and that was were I received my 1099 and not the PO Box. The PO Box was in the the system for 7 months, yet, the 1099 came to my home! Please be advise they keep every change!!
I think I actually know who you are and who got you suspended. That entire circle right now is brutal.

Just don't use DC ...you may lose some money but eh, at least you're making money. Most people still buy if your price and the quality is right.
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Infringement???, question marks because I doubt the complains were legit but there's nothing I can do about it. I sell many things from clothing to , some belly piercings. All 250 pages of these jewelry on e-itchy are manufacturing stuffs from China. They are selling well. The other sellers are cashing in. But I don't sell them anymore. Not worth the troubles and the buyers of these stuffs are usually jerks.
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I think I actually know who you are and who got you suspended. That entire circle right now is brutal.

Just don't use DC ...you may lose some money but eh, at least you're making money. Most people still buy if your price and the quality is right.
Hi there, yeah, I never did the circle crap! I stayed FAR away from the forum crap!! I'm positive of who done me in, she made several threats, which I reported and then she left. Payback is a bi*** and my comes with a LOL!! I might be old but my learning curve is fast!! I'm going to get my money back!!
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Infringement???, question marks because I doubt the complains were legit but there's nothing I can do about it. I sell many things from clothing to , some belly piercings. All 250 pages of these jewelry on e-itchy are manufacturing stuffs from China. They are selling well. The other sellers are cashing in. But I don't sell them anymore. Not worth the troubles and the buyers of these stuffs are usually jerks.
There is so much Aliexpress on Et.sy is NUTS! I used to have a 2nd shop for that stuff too, but when my 1st shop got banned my 2nd shop did too. So I'll open both back up months apart and of course the ste.alth way baby. Good luck and a tip to the wise.....use a stand response to questions, like....customer...."can you make this in red".......you....."Hi there, thanks for asking. All information can be answered by reading the description". I found this works best....especially for trolling competitors looking to do something to your shop.
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