Etsy vendors fight back over fee hikes

Etsy vendors fight back over fee hikes

NEW YORK (AP) —- Some of the people who make things to sell on Esty have crafted something new: a protest against the website. Some vendors are halting sales of their items on Esty for a week — to protest an increase in the fees the craft-selling site is charging them. Starting yesterday, Esty sellers must pay a 6.5% commission on each transaction, up from the 5% that’s been in place since 2018. One organizer says thousands of sellers are taking part in the protest. If true, that would only represent a fraction of the 5.3 million people who sell on Esty.

Photo: FILE – This Jan. 6, 2015, file photo shows an Etsy mobile credit card reader, in New York. Some vendors on Etsy say they are halting sales of their items on the site for a week to protest a hike in the fees the crafts e-commerce marketplace charges them. Starting Monday, April 11, 2022, Etsy sellers must pay a 6.5% commission on each transaction, up from the 5% in place since 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)