This news story from Businessweek (dated November 7) reveals some very telling information about how the manufacturing approval process is going on Etsy (emphasis added):
“One of the flaws about the way we were working up until this point is that information about how things are made … was basically optional,” Dickerson adds. Now sellers interested in the new program must apply and get approval from Etsy, which says it will carefully review applications—500 so far—to keep out resellers or manufacturers of mass-produced goods.
Only 500? I’d be willing to bet those 500 are legitimate, honest, independent craftsfolk, and not reseller one! Looks like come January Etsy Integrity will have its’ hands full. All six of them
And as for this comment from Chad, I can only shake my head in dismay:
Sellers who violate the rules aren’t a big problem, Dickerson says. “We really trust the sellers at large.”