Etsy management recently announced changes to its controversial Star Seller program, changes coming just six weeks after the Etsy Strike. Though Star Seller launched nearly a year ago, it was only after tens of thousands of sellers joined together with one voice that Etsy began implementing these much needed changes. This is undeniable proof that Etsy seller solidarity can make a real difference on the platform.
Although we are heartened by this small victory, because it will enable thousands more hardworking Etsy sellers to receive the recognition they deserve, we know that it is not enough. Etsy has shown they are listening, yet they still refuse to speak directly to the movement of Etsy sellers started by the strike and now represented by the Indie Sellers Guild.
If Etsy truly cares about sellers, they must give sellers real input. And we must continue to demand a better, more equitable online marketplace for all who appreciate handmade, vintage, unique and craft goods.