If you’re in the market for a love potion or a magic wand you’re out of luck, because Etsy has stopped witches from selling their wares.
It’s a bad day for witches and peddlers of magical goods everywhere, with online market place Etsy banning them from selling their products.
Etsy, the $1.8 billion marketplace for crafters and creators, has tightened the leash after announcing plans to crack down on metaphysical product claims.
According to the change in Etsy’s sales policy, the popular site will not allow “any metaphysical service that promises or suggests it will effect a physical change (e.g., weight loss) or other outcome (e.g., love, revenge).”
“Many have told me their shops are being closed without so much as notice,” Etsy-seller Ashley Coulton, who is petitioning Etsy to rethink the policy clarification, told The Washington Post. “I do worry about the effect this will have on my business … I do believe the actions of Etsy are in fact, discriminatory toward Wiccan and Pagan faiths.”
Etsy spokeswoman Sara Cohen said in a statement that the site “strongly believes in freedom of thought, expression, and religion, and we will never institute a policy that discriminates against sellers for their religious beliefs or practices.”
Rather, she said, the motivation behind the policy change was to reiterate that the company only allows the sale of products, not services, and to “protect our community from business practices that prey upon vulnerable and desperate shoppers — such as those seeking a treatment for cancer or infertility, or those with self-esteem issues who are seeking a spell for weight loss or beauty enhancement.”
While Etsy hasn’t yet taken action on things like crystals that promise to heal AIDS, cancer, depression, hypotension and constipation, among a variety of other ailments, consumers believe it’s only a matter of time.
What do you think of Etsy’s new sales policy?