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ETSY GUIDELINES

	Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods.   

	EVERYTHING ON ETSY MUST BE HANDMADE, VINTAGE, OR A CRAFT SUPPLY  

	Handmade items are designed and created by the shops that sell them. Because transparency matters on Etsy, we ask sellers to list shop members and share information about manufacturers involved in creating their items. Reselling an item you were not involved in creating is not allowed in our handmade category.  

	Vintage items are 20 years or older and must not violate our rules for prohibited items.  

	Craft Supplies are materials and tools intended for use in the creation of a new handmade item.   

	Prohibited items, services, and items that violate our intellectual property policies are not allowed on Etsy.   

	ETSY SHOPS ARE INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES   

	Anyone over the age of 18 can open a shop on Etsy. Younger shop owners may be allowed in certain circumstances.   

	Etsy shops have their own policies, payment methods, and shipping and fulfillment methods. Shops on Etsy must meet Etsy’s standards of customer service and honor their shop’s policies. In the unlikely event that a transaction does not go as planned, the buyer and seller should work together to reach a resolution. If they can’t reach a resolution, they can use Etsy’s case system.  

	Honesty is important to Etsy and our community. We ask that shop owners represent themselves, their business, and their items accurately.   

	Learn more about buying and selling on Etsy in our Seller Guidelines, Buyer Guidelines, and Community Guidelines.  

	Etsy’s Trust and Safety team may reach out to shops in violation of these guidelines. While we prefer to help you bring your shop into compliance with our rules, Etsy may close shops that do not comply.  

	We reserve the right to remove listings that aren’t in the letter or spirit of Etsy’s guidelines. Learn more about Etsy’s mission and values.

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