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Nobody Expects the Etsy Inquisition


In a rather surprising move for an online community that prides itself on being offbeat, wacky, and underground, Etsy has banned the sale of spells and other ‘metaphysical items’. Previously, selling spells was fine as long a) the seller warned you that they might not work, and b) some tangible item was provided. Under the new rules, however “Any metaphysical service that promises or suggests it will affect a physical change (e.g., weight loss) or other outcome (e.g., love, revenge) is not allowed, even if it delivers a tangible item.”

This is bad news for several of our favorite stores- especially since according to an article on Bust, sellers are suddenly finding individual items or even entire stores removed without warning. One group of witches has started an online petition protesting the new rules. Whether or not you believe in the efficacy of spells and potions, they certainly qualify as lovingly handcrafted items, and we would hate to see them disappear from the Etsy universe.

In the meantime, we suggest directing any spell emergencies to, which remains open for business.

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Erin is a web developer and lover of tiny dogs, ghost stories, and too much eyeliner.

2 Comment

  1. Nope, D, I have similar feelings. I love Etsy for putting so many thing in one place and giving folks the opportunity to get off their feet and grant them some exposure in the community, but I don’t feel they take care of the sellers very well. In a perfect world, all of the wonderful Etsy shops would launch their own stores on external sites and promote the pants out of themselves on social media and still do strong business.

  2. This comment will likely get removed, but I am going to take a chance because I feel it needs to be said. FUCK ETSY. I have been selling on the site for over 5 years and have slowly grown to despise the company more and more each year. Between shutting down shops that compete with etsy employee shops (which is somehow legal?), sneaky SEO changes that affect the way your shop is viewed by google, the removal of the front page in favor of search advertising, and their refusal to remove Chinese resale shops…yeah, it’s just gross. Even though I am looking forward to amazon drinking etsy’s milkshake when they launch their handmade marketplace, I’m sure the devil will be in the details for sellers on there, as well. Poof.