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Several new changes and clarifications added.
Changes under "Vintage".
References to "Etsy Studio" have been removed.
Changes under "Building a positive reputation through our reviews system".
Changes under "Privacy and Protecting Personal Information".
Changes under "Etsy's Case System".
Changes under "Etsy's Case System".
Changes under "Etsy's Case System" concerning items not as described.
New sections on Privacy and Protecting Personal Information, and Ineligible Transactions.
Direct Checkout renamed to "Etsy Payments".
References to Etsy Studio added and other clarifications made; New terms related to Craft Supplies.
The paragraph about Interference has been modified under the section "Communicating with Other Etsy Members".
A new section has been added entitled "Creating and Uploading Content".
The section on "Creating and Uploading Content" has been removed; Terminology updates.
A new section has been added called "Creating and Uploading Content".
Section "What Can't be Sold on Etsy" modified.
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The section "Provide Great Customer Service" has been changed.
"Google Product Listing Ads" seller tool removed from list.
A link has been added to a new document, the Multiple Shops Policy.
Seller tools list amended to include new items.
Mostly updates to phrasing and terminology.
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	Etsy is a marketplace where you can sell your handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies directly to buyers around the world. We want to make sure that you and your buyers have a positive experience on Etsy. Please read on to find out more about your rights, as well as what is expected of you, as a seller.  

	This policy is a part of our Terms of Use. By opening an Etsy shop, you’re agreeing to this policy and our Terms of Use. 

	What Can be Sold on Etsy
What Cannot be Sold on Etsy
Representing Yourself, Your Shop, and Your Listings Honestly
Communicating with Other Etsy Members
Building a Positive Reputation Through our Reviews System
Providing Great Customer Service
Responding to Requests for Cancellations, Returns, and Exchanges 


	Etsy is a unique marketplace. Buyers come to Etsy to purchase items that they might not find anywhere else. Everything listed for sale on Etsy must be handmade, vintage, or a craft supply.  

	HANDMADE items are items that are made by you, the seller, or are designed by you and made with the help of an approved outside manufacturer who complies with our ethical manufacturing policies. Read our full Handmade Policy here.  

	If you sell in the Handmade category, you must be able to demonstrate that your items comply with our Handmade Policy. You agree that:  

	 All handmade items are made or designed by you. If you work with an outside manufacturer to make items that you have designed, you must apply for outside manufacturing and choose ethical manufacturing partners.
 	 You accurately describe every person involved in the making of an item in your shop in your About page. 
 	 You are using your own photographs-- not stock photos, artistic renderings, or photos used by other sellers or sites. Read more about using appropriate photographs in this Help article.

	If you are selling Custom Items in the Handmade category, you agree that: 

	 All custom item listings are available for purchase.
 	 Each custom listing has a set price. 
 	 If you are using photographs of previous work with options for customisation (like colour choices) included in the listing, it is clear in your description that the photos shown are just examples. 

	For more information on how to list Custom items, please see this Help article.  

	VINTAGE items must be at least 20 years old. 

	CRAFT SUPPLIES are tools, ingredients, or materials intended for use in the creation of a new handmade item. Commercially made materials that are ready to use as finished goods may not be sold as craft supplies on Etsy.  


	Even if they otherwise meet our handmade, vintage, or craft supply criteria, prohibited items, services, and items that violate our intellectual property policies are not allowed to be sold on Etsy.  

	Reselling is not allowed on Etsy. Reselling refers to selling an item in the Handmade category when you were not involved in the creation process. In short, you may not resell items that you were not involved in designing or making.  

	If you are raising money on behalf of a charity, you must obtain that charity’s consent. Please see this Help article for more information about donating any portion of your sales to charity.  


	One of Etsy’s core values is transparency. Transparency means that you honestly and accurately represent yourself, your items, and your business.  

	By selling on Etsy, you agree that you will:  

	 Provide honest, accurate information in your About page, should you choose to complete it.
 	 Honour your Shop Policies, should you choose to publish them. 
 	 Accurately represent your items in listings and listing photos. 
 	 Respect the intellectual property of others. If you feel someone has violated your intellectual property rights, you can report it to Etsy.
 	 Not engage in fee avoidance. 
 	 Not create duplicate shops. Please see our Multiple Shops Policy for more details. 



	You can use Etsy Conversations (“Convos”) to communicate directly with your buyers or other Etsy members. Conversations are a great way for buyers to ask you questions about an item or an order.  

	Conversations may not be used for the following activities:  

	 Sending unsolicited advertising or promotions, requests for donations, or spam;
 	 Harassing or abusing another member;
 	 Contacting someone after they have explicitly asked you not to; or
 	 Interfering with a transaction or the business of another member. 

 Interference occurs when a member intentionally interferes with another member’s shop in order to drive away their business. Interference is strictly prohibited on Etsy. Examples of interference include: 

	 Contacting another member via Etsy Conversations to warn them away from a particular member, shop, or item
 	 Posting in public areas to demonstrate or discuss a dispute with another member
 	 Purchasing from a seller for the sole purpose of leaving a negative review. 

 Any use of Etsy Conversations to harass other members is strictly prohibited. Similarly, Conversations may not be used to support or glorify hatred towards, or otherwise demean people based upon: race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation. If you receive a Convo that violates this policy, please let us know right away.  


	You may receive a buyer’s email address or other information as a result of entering into a transaction with that buyer. This information may only be used for Etsy-related communications or for Etsy-facilitated transactions. You may not use this information for unsolicited commercial messages or unauthorised transactions. Without the buyer’s explicit consent, you may not add any Etsy member to your email or physical mailing list or store or misuse any payment information. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.  


	Reviews are a great way for you to build a reputation on Etsy. Buyers can leave a review, including a one to five star rating and a photograph of their purchase, within 60 days after their item’s expected delivery date. The estimated delivery date is the purchase date + processing time + shipping time. Buyers can edit their review, including the photograph, any number of times during that 60 day period. 

	On the rare occasion you receive an unfavourable review, you can reach out to the buyer or, if the review is less than 3 stars, leave a response.  

	Reviews and your response to reviews may not: 

	 Contain private information;
 	 Contain obscene, racist, or harassing language or imagery;
 	 Contain medical drug claims;
 	 Contain advertising or spam;
 	 Be about things outside the seller’s control, such as a shipping carrier, Etsy or a third party; or 
 	 Undermine the integrity of the Reviews system.


	Extortion is not allowed on Etsy. Any attempt to manipulate reviews through threats, intimidation, or bribery is considered extortion and is strictly prohibited on Etsy. Extortion includes when a seller offers a buyer additional goods, services, or compensation in exchange for a positive review. For more information, please see this Help article.  


	Shilling is strictly prohibited on Etsy. Shilling is the fraudulent inflation of a shop’s reputation by use of an alternate account. The intent of shilling is to make a seller look more desirable by increasing the shop’s number of sales and overall review score. Not only does it violate our core value of transparency, but it is considered to be a deceptive business practice by the US Federal Trade Commission. Reviews must reflect the honest, unbiased opinions, findings, beliefs, or experience of the buyer. For more information on shilling, including examples, please see this Help article.  


	We expect our sellers to provide a high level of customer service. By selling on Etsy, you agree to:  

	 Honour your shipping and processing times. Sellers are obligated to ship an item or otherwise complete a transaction with a buyer in a prompt manner, unless there is an exceptional circumstance. Please be aware that legal requirements for shipping times vary by country. These requirements are detailed in our Shipping Policy. 
 	 Respond to Conversations in a timely manner. 
 	 Honour the commitments you make in your shop policies. 
 	 Resolve disagreements or disputes directly with the buyer. In the unlikely event that you can’t reach a resolution, our Trust and Safety team can help through our case system. Read about your rights and responsibilities regarding cases here. 
 	 If you are unable to complete an order, you must notify the buyer and cancel the order. Read about how to cancel an order in this Help article. 

	Etsy will help you provide great customer service and maintain trust with your buyers through our Seller Service Level Standards (“SLS.”) Read more about SLS here.  

	Etsy also provides limited protection to sellers who meet the requirements of our Seller Protection Program. Read more about Etsy’s Seller Protection Program here.  


	Please be aware that in addition to this policy, each country has its own laws surrounding shipping, cancellations, returns, and exchanges. Please familiarise yourself with the laws of your own country and those of your buyers’ countries.  


	Buyers in the European Union (EU) may be entitled to a 14-day “right of withdrawal” after receiving an item, during which they may return an item for any reason. The details of this right vary by EU member state. The right of withdrawal does not apply to custom items or certain perishable goods. Rights with respect to digital items vary by EU member state. Read more about the EU Right of Withdrawal in this Help article.  


	If you are unable to complete a transaction, you must notify the buyer via Etsy Conversations and cancel the transaction. If the buyer already submitted payment, you must issue a full refund. You are encouraged to keep proof of any refunds in the event a dispute arises. 

	You may cancel a transaction under the following circumstances: 

	 The buyer did not pay. (The seller may flag a buyer for a payment not received, chargeback, or cancelled payment.) 
 	 Both you and the buyer agree to cancel the transaction prior to shipment, and you have issued the buyer a full refund. 
 	 You have decided to refuse service to the buyer, and if the buyer has already paid, you have issued a full refund, including shipping.
 	 The buyer did not receive the item(s) ordered, even though you provided proof of shipping, and you have issued a refund for the item. (Refunding shipping is optional, unless the buyer paid with Direct Payments, in which case you'll need to refund in full.)
 	 Both you and the buyer agreed that the buyer could return the item for a refund, you have received the returned item and issued a refund to the buyer for the item. (Refunding shipping is optional, unless the buyer paid with Direct Payments, in which case you will need to refund in full.)


	We ask buyers to contact a seller directly and attempt to resolve any outstanding issues before opening a case on Etsy. For this reason, it is important that you fill out your shop policies and regularly respond to Conversations from your buyers.  

	Buyers may file a case for a non-delivery or a not-as-described item. You must respond to any open cases within seven days.  

	A NON-DELIVERY occurs when a buyer places an order and submits payment, but does not receive the item. The following are examples of Non-Delivery cases:  

	 An item was never sent.
 	 An item was sent to an address that is not on the Etsy receipt.
 	 There is no proof that the item was shipped to the buyer’s address.

	An item is NOT-AS-DESCRIBED if it is materially different from the your listing description or your photos. The following are examples of Not-as-Described cases:  

	 The item received is a different colour, model, version, or size than is shown in the photo or described in the listing. 
 	 The item has a different design or material.
 	 The item was advertised as authentic but is not authentic.
 	 You failed to disclose the fact that an item is damaged or is missing parts. 
 	 A buyer purchased three items but only received two. 
 	 The condition of the item is misrepresented. For example, the description at the time of purchase said the item was “new” and the item is used. 

	NOT-AS-DESCRIBED CASES CAN ALSO BE FILED FOR LATE DELIVERY. In order to qualify as late delivery, the buyer must provide proof that all of these conditions have been met:  

	 The item(s) were ordered for a specific date or event.
 	 A deadline was agreed upon by the buyer and seller.
 	 The item(s) are rendered useless after that date.

	For more information on how to resolve a case, please see this Help article. 

	Last updated on 29 Jul, 2015

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