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Etsy Is Making Big Changes, Frustrating Sellers

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Some of Etsy’s sellers are expressing frustration as the e-commerce retailer makes changes that affect them in big ways. The latest involves Etsy automatically advertising sellers’ products, then taking a cut of the sales generated by those ads. Some sellers remarked on the lack of transparency, saying that Etsy and Etsy alone decides when its ads were responsible for a sale. Meanwhile, Etsy’s free shipping initiative forced sellers to make the hard decision whether to raise prices or absorb the costs – or continue to charge for shipping and take the consequences.

Many sellers have grown increasingly frustrated with Etsy in recent years. The company has made a number of changes designed to boost sales, but they’ve often come in ways that seem to help Etsy’s bottom line while making business trickier for sellers.

Read the full story at The Verge.