It appears that the word “handmade” is now open to interpretation as far as Etsy is concerned. The online craft marketplace, known for selling hand-created items, made a radical move this week leaving designers more than a little unraveled. New guidelines loosen the restrictions on how sellers manufacture their products — so much so that it’s now OK to sell items produced by cheap, foreign factory labor. Which, ahem, pretty much negates the “handmade” part. Etsy claims that manufacturers still require approval, but some members — and purchasers — remain skeptical. If you take away the handcrafted aspect of a handcrafted marketplace, what’s the compelling reason to shop there?
Source: The Daily Dot