This shop has been on Etsy for over a year and has over 600 sales. The majority of those sales came from goods carrying the designer logos of Chanel, YSL, Prada, and Louis Vuitton. Etsy and its millionaire investors profit well from this little company and its designer goods, and from the many more like it, with more setting up shop daily.
The manufacture and sale of counterfeit merchandise is not a victimless crime, and costs U.S. businesses alone $250 billion dollars a year, along with the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs. Economical losses aside, there is the very real human suffering that often comes from the manufacture and sale of counterfeit goods as pointed out in this article.
Yet Etsy Inc., through its B-Corp status, holds itself out as a socially responsible company, one that “through their products, practices, and profits… aspire(s) to do no harm and benefit all.”
What a crock of doodle.
As Etsy continues to declare itself only a venue, it seemingly oversteps that boundary by requiring an about page of all sellers, and manufacturing approval of some. So why not require proof of copyright/trademark licensing? If Etsy intends to police the site for those breaking Etsy rules, wouldn’t it be prudent to also police the site for those breaking the law?
Of course, Etsy pleads ignorance to law breakers, just as it does to rule breakers.
More doodle doo.