An Etsy shop at the center of a months-long controversy has vanished without a trace.
Ecologica Malibu made headlines in April after sellers discovered it had ties to an offshore factory. (Factory reselling is a practice Etsy rules do not allow.) After Etsy defended the shop as a “collective,” sellers were incensed. The outcry soon led to a 4,000-shop-strong protest. Not even an official statement from Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson could quell the discontent.
Meanwhile, Howard and Mariana Schecter, the husband and wife team behind Ecologica Malibu, threatened to sue sellers who spoke out against them. The Schecters did not dispute evidence that identical copies of their “handmade” goods also sold wholesale on AllFromBoats.com.
On Tuesday, community members noticed the Ecologica Malibu shop led to a 404 error. The discovery prompted a discussion in the Etsy forums as sellers guessed at what happened.
One commenter quickly discovered Ecologica Malibu had set up shop on a new site, HomeSav:
“She’s taken the lies to a new site,” Amy wrote.
However, community members were unable to do little more than guess at why Ecologica Malibu left Etsy.
“There is a chance that Etsy could have closed it, but not able to make that public. Maybe the legalities just took a while,” Jill of Jill2day wrote. “If that was the case, it would be nice to give credit where credit is due.”
It is not Etsy’s policy to comment on individual shops. However, given the nature of the controversy, we have reached out to Etsy for a statement.
Update: An Etsy forum moderator has closed the community discussion thread without comment.
Update: An Etsy spokesperson provided the Daily Dot with the following statement:
“Generally speaking, it is true that some shops that you may have previously seen on Etsy are no longer in our marketplace. There can be any number of reasons for this, ranging from the account holder requesting closure to our policy enforcement teams taking action due to a violation of our rules.”
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