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Episode #57: Etsy

September 21st, 2015

My guests are Heather Jassy, Senior Vice President of Members and Community at Etsy, and Stephanie Schacht, the Head of Responsible Seller Growth at Etsy. There's an ongoing tension as an Etsy seller between the individual and the marketplace. What do we give up and what do we gain by being part of Etsy?

Over the last few years a significant portion of the seller community has really come to question some of Etsy's decisions including allowing sellers to work with manufacturing partners and handling intellectual property violations, among other issues. There have been mistakes. There have been misunderstandings. To me, one way to work on resolving some of the mistrust that now exists is to sit down together and talk and that is my goal with this podcast.

I've been an Etsy seller for 10 years. I opened my shop in July of 2005 when Etsy was still in its infancy. I've ridden each wave of change to the site. For this podcast I also solicited questions from Etsy sellers and Etsy customers to help me as I drafted questions for Stephanie and Heather.

This episode is sponsored by ImagineGnats, modern sewing patterns with clever details and practical techniques, fabrics for your garment sewing needs, and creative inspiration on a daily basis.

Get the show notes for this episode on my blog.