An Etsy seller survey has fuelled concern that the crafts and vintage marketplace is considering a fee increase in the near future.
In a discussion about the survey on the marketplace forums one Etsy seller expressed concerns about the methodology of the survey and said: “It’s written in a very leading way – very obvious that they’re planning on putting prices up.” Another noted that the survey hadn’t been circulated to all sellers and also included a note to say that the contents of the survey should remain confidential.
Tamebay hasn’t seen the survey, perhaps you have? But one seller described the kind of questions it was asking in the discussion thread we linked to above: “A lot of what if scenarios, like if it was $0.20 for one listing fee per month & transaction fee was 3.5%, would you sell on Etsy? If it was $0.20 for 4 months & transaction fee was 5%, would you sell on Etsy.”
The issue of fees was addressed by Etsy CEO Josh Silverman during the call reporting the company’s 3rd quarter results. He said: “We will continue to look over time as we’re adding value to the ecosystem, what’s our fair share of that. Our guide star that always will be, what are the things we’re going to do that are going to make the marketplace stronger, and as we do that, our fair share.”
It’s not unusual for any company to survey users on a variety of scenarios and possibilities to guage reaction. And Etsy is currently in a period of change and reassessment, so it’s even more natural it should reassess assumptions.
The question is whether a fee increase would deter you from selling on Etsy or stop you from growing your operations there. Let us know.