etsy is allowing people to intentionally sell fake masks
Hey everyone - so after seeing this post I went on etsy and noticed that there is a large problem with people selling fake masks to intentionally bypass safety laws. if you have 3 minutes i urge you to PLEASE submit something like this to their help center - if you can, tweak or edit this so they don’t mark this block of text as spam.
Hi - I am contacting Etsy to bring to your attention the phenomenon of “compliance masks” - people and shops intentionally creating non-functional masks to bypass covid safety regulations. During this time, the Etsy team NEEDS to invest in additional moderation services to prevent this from happening - this could, quite literally, lead to hundreds of deaths. Many of these shops have hundreds of sales. It is your responsibility as a corporation and platform to make it as hard as possible for these people to distribute these things. I understand the disclaimer that the masks aren’t medical grade, but there is absolutely no reason people should be able to sell masks that INTENTIONALLY violate CDC guidelines. Some examples of these stores are: WhimsicalRose1, ProtestMasksCo, LacieLiliesBotique, MinimallyCompliant.
If you are an etsy seller i urge you to threaten to pull your items! here’s what i sent after that paragraph:
I am an etsy seller and if this platform does not respond appropriately to this request I will pull my items and encourage others to do the same. I have a sizable social media presence as well and will share your response there.
So I’m on medical leave from work since I live in a covid hotzone and have an autoimmune disease. I wasn’t too worried because I had a little extra money but it looks like I’ll be extending my medical leave, which means at least another month with no income, and my mother is getting on my case to sell more masks so I can give her rent money.
As much as I hate Etsy, it’s the only platform I have. So please, if you live in the US, check out my Etsy store. Some bits are a little jumbled as I work to move things around so you may have to look at more than one posting to get an idea of what patterns I have available. I’m currently selling masks at 5 for the price of 4, and I have a ton of different patterns available ranging from popular media to abstract designs. If you can’t buy a mask at least reblog this post so it gets seen.
If you don’t wanna buy a mask but still wanna support me, here’s some other links where you can commission me to write a fic or just donate money.
I will try to update the store with new content every so often!
Regardless of whether you make a purchase or not, I want to thank you all so much for your support and kindness. It means the absolute world to me 💕✨ I hope you all have been keeping healthy and safe x
Luckily, I dodged a bullet and somehow avoided it but I’m seeing sellers all over Twitter and Reddit who are experiencing this issue.
Thus far Etsy has yet to say anything or do anything about the matter, so I do not know if it has been fixed.
1. Do not buy ANY labels off of Etsy right now! If you have orders to send out, see if you can inform your customers or buy straight from the USPS if you HAVE to.
2. TURN OFF AUTOBILLING! If you made the mistake I did and didn’t see online before you bought your labels, you might still be able to save yourself by turning off autobilling. If you go over your threshold you might not get charged if you turn it off.