So the folks at Overstock.com have decided to go all crafty on us and open an Etsy account under the name "Worldstock".
The rest here I am shamelessly ganking from Violet's (of Lime and Violets) blog because she says it so much better than I can:
According to the Overstock.com agreement to vendors (which they sent to someone they wanted to rip off), they take your item from you and mark it up THREE HUNDRED PERCENT. So those "poor people" they are helping are making something like 30 cents for every dollar they're charging you. Doesn't sound so humanitarian or helpful, does it?
Worse, etsy hasn't deleted this asshat company's account. The items are, under most definitions, handmade, but they aren't being sold *by the artisan*, which was supposed to be in the TOS over there. This creates competition for the eyeballs of all the etsy visitors, which is kind of what etsy was supposed to be about -- having a place where indie folks didn't have to deal with corporate bullshit.
If you are an etsy buyer/seller, PLEASE EMAIL ETSY at firstname.lastname@example.org. Flag/Report all of worldstock's items. Get the word out there that this is EXACTLY the kind of crap indie people have to deal with elsewhere, and that it's cheapening etsy into a great big garage sale.
Please people, email, email, email! Etsy is for indie artists - not for multi-million dollar corporations. Feel free to copy this to other blogs, email it, get the word out!