Etsy Policy Update–Prohibited Items Changes August 2012


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We’ve got some Etsy News–policy update of the prohibited items list as of August 8th! Changes to a few different topics but one will change many, many listings on Etsy…

I’ve wondered if Etsy would ever make policy rules to protect buyers from the health claims seen in listings, and this policy change covers that.

Some may be upset by the policy that requires the removal of medical claims in item listings (for example in bath & body items claiming to treat medical conditions), but I think that it will protect buyers & keep some sellers away from the risk of breaking US federal regulations which require scientific proof before you can claim that anything will help someone medically.

Etsy’s blog post about the policy update:

Changes to the Prohibited Items List

Several admin posts clarifying the changes can be found in the forums in these threads if you need more info or would like to discuss the topic:

Site Help: Prohibited items

Business Topics: Anti Aging & Acne Treatment Removal

What are the changes?

July 11, 2012 version August 8, 2012 version
Prohibited items

Every Etsy seller is responsible for following the laws that apply to you, your shop and your items, including any shipping restrictions for your items.

There are some types of items that we don’t allow in Etsy’s marketplace, even if they are legal and otherwise meet Etsy’s selling criteria. Some things just aren’t in the spirit of Etsy. The following types of items may not be listed on Etsy:

Prohibited items

Every Etsy seller is responsible for following the laws that apply to you, your shop and your items, including any shipping restrictions for your items.

There are some types of items that we don’t allow in Etsy’s marketplace, even if they are legal and otherwise meet Etsy’s selling criteria. Some things just aren’t in the spirit of Etsy. The following types of items may not be listed on Etsy:

  • Alcohol
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Tobacco and other smokeable products
  • Drugs, drug-like substances, drug paraphernalia
  • Drugs, medical drug claims about an item, drug paraphernalia
  • Live animals, illegal animal products
  • Live animals, illegal animal products
  • (none)
  • Human remains or body parts (excluding hair and teeth)
  • Pornography
  • Pornography
  • Firearms and/or weapons
  • Firearms and/or weapons
  • (none)
  • Hazardous materials (for example: flammable, explosive, corrosive, poisonous, etc.)
  • Recalled items
  • Recalled items
  • Real estate
  • Real estate
  • Motor vehicles (automobiles, motorcycles, boats, etc.)
  • Motor vehicles (for example: automobiles, motorcycles, boats, travel trailers, etc.)
  • Items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred toward or otherwise demean people based upon: race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation; including items or content that promote organizations with such views
  • Items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred toward or otherwise demean people based upon: race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation; including items or content that promote organizations with such views
  • Items or listings that promote or support illegal activity or instruct others to engage in illegal activity
  • Items or listings that promote or support illegal activity or instruct others to engage in illegal activity
  • Items or listings that promote, support or glorify acts of violence or harm towards self or others
  • Items or listings that promote, support or glorify acts of violence or harm towards self or others
  • Even beyond these standards, Etsy members are responsible for making important moral or ethical decisions regarding what they buy and sell on Etsy.

    We reserve the right to remove listings that we determine are not within the spirit of Etsy. Such listings will be removed from the site, and the member’s selling privileges may be suspended and/or terminated. If Etsy removes an item listing for violating Etsy policy, the seller is still obligated to pay the listing fee for that item. Suspended or terminated members remain obligated to pay Etsy for all unpaid fees per our Terms of Use.

    Even beyond these standards, Etsy members are responsible for making important moral or ethical decisions regarding what they buy and sell on Etsy.

    We reserve the right to remove listings that we determine are not within the spirit of Etsy. Such listings will be removed from the site, and the member’s selling privileges may be suspended and/or terminated. If Etsy removes an item listing for violating Etsy policy, the seller is still obligated to pay the listing fee for that item. Suspended or terminated members remain obligated to pay Etsy for all unpaid fees per our Terms of Use.

    July 11, 2012 version August 8, 2012 version

    Thanks to Rob White & stellaloella for responding to folk’s questions about the new policies.

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    Selling Handmade Clothing? Textile Goods? Things you need to know…


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    Did you know that there are federal labeling requirements for textile & wool goods in the US? And if you’re making clothing, garment care labels are also required. There are some exemptions–the details of what is & isn’t covered by these requirements can be found on the FTC website (Federal Trade Commission):

    Threading Your Way Through the Labeling Requirements
    Under the Textile and Wool Acts

    and

    Clothes Captioning:
    Complying with the Care Labeling Rule

    These are US federal regulations, but some states also have rules you need to be following–the garment industry, for example, has rules that might apply to you in a few states.

    New York & California both have special registration requirements for makers of garments, other states too–see here for links to official state websites where you can get more information about the state & local rules for your business:

    US: Sales Tax & Business Registration
    Links to Official Government Websites

    So if you are selling goods made from cloth/fabric, yarn, wool, etc., be sure to brush up on what is required for your business!

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