Revision History - Fees & Payments Policy
Show other documents from
Version Comments
Several clarifications throughout.
Several new changes throughout.
Changes under the section "Taxes".
A new "Subscription Fees" section has been added; Changes under "Digital VAT Fees" and "Taxes".
The "Wholesale Fees" section has been removed; Changes under "Pattern Fees", "VAT (Value-Added Tax) on Seller Fees", "Digital VAT Fees", and "Taxes".
Changes under "Advertising and Promotional Fees".
New section added called "In-Person Selling Fees"; Changes under "Digital VAT (Value-Added Tax) Fees", "Etsy Payments" and "Taxes".
Changes under "Fee Avoidance".
Changes under the "Taxes" section.
Changes under "Transaction Fees".
Changes to Listing Fees, Advertising Fees, Shipping Fees, Etsy Payments, and "Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits".
Direct Checkout renamed to "Etsy Payments".
Changes to "Digital VAT (Value-Added Tax) Fees", "4. Direct Checkout" and "5. Taxes".
References to Etsy Studio added.
A sentence has been removed from the "Wholesale Fees" section.
The paragraph concerning "Auto-renew" has been amended under the "Pattern Fees" section.
Sections updated: "Transaction Fees", "Pattern Fees", and "Taxes".
A clarification has been added to the "Wholesale Fees" section; A new section entitled "Pattern Fees" has been updated.
The section on "Pattern Fees" has been removed; Other terminology updates.
Phrasing changes; New section added called "Pattern Fees"; Direct Payment methods updated.
Sections "Listing Fees" and "Digital VAT (Value-Added Tax) Fees" modified.
A completely new version has been published.
The version concerning Automatic Renewals from March 11th has been re-added.
The section about automatic renewals has been removed. The document seems to have been reverted.
A new section has been added about automatic renewals which will be effective on March 25, 2015.
A link has been added to the Etsy App & Reader Terms of Use (new document).
This is the initial version that ParanoidPaul captured. It is not necessarily the first version of the document.
Indicates that the document has been updated silently, without a change to the posted "last modified" date!

	Sellers may be charged for using some of Etsy’s services. This Fees & Payments Policy explains your fees, bills, and taxes and how to pay them.  

	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.  

	1. Types of Fees
2. Fee Avoidance
3. Paying Your Etsy Bill
4. Etsy Payments
5. Taxes
6. Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits 


	Sellers may be required to pay the following types of fees: 


	You will be charged a listing fee of $0.20 USD for each item that you list for sale on or Etsy's mobile apps. There are no additional listing fees for listings that also appear on For items already listed on your Etsy shop, there are no additional listing fees to list items on your Pattern site. Listings that you only make available on your Pattern site do not incur a listing fee. You will only be charged a listing fee for creating or renewing a listing; there is no fee for editing a listing. You will be charged a listing fee whether or not the listed items sells, unless you create a private listing, in which case you will only be charged the listing fee when the private listing is sold. and Etsy Studio listings expire after four months. Pattern-only listings do not expire. If you list multiple quantities of the same item, the initial listing fee will be $0.20, and the listing will be automatically renewed at $0.20 after each of the items sells. You can read more about fees for multiple listings in this Help article. Listing fees will appear on your Etsy bill. It's important to note that listing fees are non-refundable. 

		AUTO-RENEW. You may choose to enable Etsy’s automatic renewals feature. The listings you select for automatic renewal will automatically renew at the end of each four-month listing period and you will be charged the listing fee of $0.20 for each of these listings until you cancel automatic renewals. You may cancel automatic renewals at any time by selecting “Manual” instead of “Automatic” in the “Renewal Options” in the Listings Manager. Once you cancel, you will only be charged for the current listing period.


	When you make a sale through or, you will be charged a transaction fee of 3.5% of the price you display for each listing plus the amount you charge for gift wrapping. If you sell from the US or Canada, the transaction fee will not apply to the shipping cost, sales tax, Goods and Services Tax, or Harmonized Sales Tax, unless you have included those charges in your listing price. If you sell from anywhere other than the US and Canada, the transaction fee will apply to the listing price (which should include any applicable taxes), but will not apply to the shipping cost. See the Taxes section below for more information about whether or not you are required to include applicable taxes in your listing prices. Transaction fees will appear on your Etsy bill. 


	ONLINE SALES. Eligible Etsy and Etsy Studio shops may use Etsy Payments to accept certain payments through Etsy (learn more about Etsy Payments below). Etsy charges a payment processing fee for processing each transaction through Etsy Payments. Payment processing fees vary based on the location of your bank account. See the Etsy Payments Policy to find payment processing fees by country. This fee is assessed on the total amount of the sale, including tax and shipping. Unlike other fees, the payment processing fee is deducted from the transaction amount as the funds become available for deposit. Payment processing fees will be reflected in your payment account, rather than on your Etsy bill. 

	IN-PERSON SALES (US SELLERS ONLY). For information on payment processing fees for in-person sales made through the Sell on Etsy mobile app and the Sell on Etsy Reader, please see the Sell on Etsy App & Reader Policy. 


	Etsy offers two forms of paid advertising: Promoted Listings and Google Shopping ads. If you advertise through Promoted Listings or Google Shopping ads, you will be charged separate advertising fees. Advertising fees vary by opportunity and will be clearly outlined before you commit to purchasing an ad. Advertising fees will appear on your Etsy bill. For more information, please see the Advertising & Marketing Policy.  


	Etsy offers sellers based in the United States and Canada the ability to purchase shipping labels to fulfill their orders. The cost of the shipping label will depend on the shipping carrier, and the origin, destination, weight, and dimensions of the package. If you add signature confirmation or insurance, those fees will be added to the total cost of the label at the point of purchase. Sellers who purchase shipping labels may also purchase parcel insurance through licensed insurance carriers. You must accept Etsy Payments or PayPal as payment methods to purchase shipping labels through Etsy. Shipping fees will appear on your Etsy bill. 

	For more information, please see the Shipping Policy. 


	All sales made on Etsy Wholesale incur the standard transaction fee of 3.5% of the wholesale price (excluding taxes and shipping costs). Wholesale fees will appear on your Etsy bill. For more information, please see the Wholesale Seller Policy. 


	You can try our Pattern tool to create a personalised website for free for 30 days. After the 30-day free trial, you’ll be charged a monthly subscription fee of $15.00 USD. Your first month’s bill will be pro-rated, and you will be charged the full subscription fee for each subsequent month you use Pattern. If you purchase a domain name through our partner Tucows, Inc., you will also be charged a fee to register the domain name and for any related services you purchase from Tucows.  

		AUTO-RENEW. Your subscription fee will automatically renew on the first of the month at 12:01am Eastern Time (5:01am GMT). You can turn your subscription off at any time by clicking "Cancel Pattern" from the Pattern settings on your dashboard or from your payment account. If you switch off the service after your subscription renews on the first of the month, you'll still be responsible for paying the full subscription fee for that month.

	All sales made through your Pattern site will incur the standard transaction fee of 3.5% of the item price. Please see the Transaction Fees section above to learn more about item pricing and whether or not Etsy's transaction fees apply to shipping costs and taxes. There are no additional listing fees to list items on your Pattern site. All Pattern fees will appear on your Etsy bill. For more information, please see the Pattern Policy.  


	Under local laws in certain countries, when you sell a digital item that is downloaded automatically to a buyer living in the EU, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, New Zealand, or India, Etsy is required to collect and remit VAT (while some countries may refer to VAT using other terms, e.g. GST, we’ll just refer to VAT, GST and any local sales taxes collectively as 'VAT') to the relevant tax authorities based upon the rate that is charged in the country where the buyer is located. Etsy will automatically increase the amount charged to the buyer of the digital item to collect the correct amount of VAT, and we will remit the VAT to the tax authorities. 

	If the sale was made through Etsy Payments, Etsy will collect the VAT amount from the buyer and pay the VAT to the relevant tax authority and you will not have to take any further action. 

	If the sale was not made through Etsy Payments, you will receive the additional amount paid by the buyer for VAT, and you will need to pay that amount to Etsy so that we can pay the relevant tax authorities. The VAT amounts will appear on your Etsy bill each month. 

	You can learn more about VAT for digital items in this Help article. 


	All fees that appear on your Etsy bill are in US Dollars. If you list items in a currency other than US Dollars, your item price will be converted to US Dollars solely for purposes of calculating the transaction fee.  

	To avoid incurring foreign exchange charges, Etsy recommends you list your items in the same currency as your bank account. Buyers will see the items in the currency of their choosing. If you decide to list in a currency other than that of your bank account, you will be charged 2.5% over the current market rate to send funds to your bank account. Learn more about currency conversion here. Currency conversion is handled automatically by our payment processing service and further described in our Etsy Payments Policy. 


	Any action by a seller to avoid paying a fee is considered fee avoidance and is strictly prohibited by Etsy. This includes, for example, encouraging buyers to purchase an item in your Etsy or Etsy Studio shop through another venue. A transaction initiated on Etsy may not be completed off of Etsy. The price stated in each listing description must be an accurate representation of the sale. Sellers may not charge excessive shipping fees. Sellers may not alter the item's price after a sale for the purpose of avoiding Etsy transaction fees, misrepresent the item’s location, or use another user's account without permission. 


	Etsy will send you a bill at the beginning of each month. The Etsy bill will detail the amount due for the prior month’s fees and services. You are responsible for paying your Etsy bill in full within 15 days of the date of the invoice, or the account will be considered past due. You can learn more about paying your Etsy bill in this Help article. 

	Sellers may pay their Etsy bill manually by credit card, debit card, PayPal, or with their payment account balance. US sellers may also enroll in AutoBilling, Etsy’s automatic bill payment option. 


	By enrolling in Etsy’s AutoBilling automatic payment plan, your fees will be charged to the credit card you have on file. To use the plan, you agree to the following terms. 

	A. You authorise Etsy to keep your payment card information on file and to charge the card on file on the first day of each calendar month for the previous month’s outstanding charges and at any time the balance of fees reaches the designated fee threshold for your account. Upon enrollment, Etsy will charge the card on file with your current balance. 

	B. When your card account is debited, Etsy will send you an email with the amount charged. You can also review this information by accessing your account on the Etsy site. 

	C. If your card account on file with us is closed or the account number is changed, or if, for any reason, a charge is rejected by your card issuer, you must update your card information or add a new card number in your Etsy account. If your charge is refused by the issuer for any reason, you may be subject to penalties such as the suspension of your account privileges and/or termination, and you are not released from your obligation to pay your bill by some other means. Your authorisation applies to any successor or replacement card you or your card issuer provides. 

	D. You may cancel AutoBilling and change to manual billing by updating your billing setting in your Etsy account. Etsy requires a reasonable period of time to act after we receive your notice. This means that an additional automatic payment may be made to your card account while we are processing your request. 

	E. Suspended or terminated members remain obligated to pay Etsy for all unpaid fees. 

	For more information on AutoBilling, please see this Help article. 


	Etsy Payments enables sellers to accept various forms of payment in their local currencies while using Etsy’s services. Sellers registered for Etsy Payments can accept payment by credit card, debit card, Etsy Gift Card and Etsy Credit, PayPal, some bank transfer services, Apple Pay, and Android Pay. Only Etsy Payments users in the US can use the Sell on Etsy Reader to accept in-person payments. 

	You can register for Etsy Payments by clicking here. Sellers using Etsy Payments are also subject to the Etsy Payments Policy. 


	You are responsible for collecting and paying any taxes associated with using and making sales through Etsy’s services.  

	If you sell physical goods on Etsy and reside in the US or Canada, you have the option of either including applicable taxes in your listing prices, or excluding applicable taxes from your listing prices and then using our sales tax tool to calculate the tax owed on each sale. For items shipped to Washington State (or, for digital items, those purchased with a Washington state billing address), Etsy will use the category you assigned to the listing(s) to calculate, collect and remit the applicable sales tax. You are solely responsible for ensuring that all of your listings are properly categorised and you agree to indemnify Etsy for any losses it incurs in connection with any miscategorisation of your listings by you. 

	If you sell physical goods on Etsy and reside outside of the US and Canada, you need to include all applicable taxes in your listing prices. You can learn more about this requirement to display tax-inclusive pricing in this Help article.  

	US sellers can learn about collecting sales tax in this Help article. Etsy will issue 1099-K forms to certain sellers in the United States to comply with IRS requirements. You can learn more in this Help article. 

	To learn more about how VAT works in certain countries, please see this Help article. For digital items sold to buyers in the EU, Norway, Russia, South Korea, South Africa, Switzerland, New Zealand, or India, Etsy will help you collect and remit VAT as described above in the Digital VAT Fees section. 

	Please remember that Etsy's fees do not include any withholding taxes that might apply in your home country. You are required to pay Etsy the full amount of our fees and may not deduct any applicable withholding taxes from that amount. Please also note that some countries require Etsy to charge VAT on certain of the fees that you may be charged in accordance with this policy, and that the fees listed in this policy do not include that VAT. 'See this Help article for more information on VAT. 


	If you are registered to use Etsy Payments, you may accept payment by Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits. Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits are subject to the Etsy Gift Cards & Etsy Credits Policy. Etsy also charges the Etsy Payments payment processing fee described above on Etsy Gift Card and Etsy Credit transactions. 

	Last updated on 13 Mar, 2018

If you'd like to be notified when makes updates to documents like this, choose which ones you'd like to subscribe to today (it's free!).