Dickerson says one of those terms is "handmade." But that’s another problem Etsy has been having. Some sellers complain that there are mass-produced goods being sold on the site, says April Winchell, who started a blog called Regretsy.
Holding On To Sellers: Etsy has gotten so big, it’s hard to know what motivates each seller. "I was a government worker yearning for a more creative outlet," says Heather Noss. Four years ago, Noss quit her day job and opened a shop on Etsy, where she sells handmade stationery.
Walker says a lot of the almost-political ideas that were crucial when Etsy started are "less crucial now to probably most of the sellers, but still very important to some of the sellers."
Seen as developing the skills and creative interests of students, generally and sometimes towards a particular craft or trade, handicrafts are often integrated into educational systems, both informally and formally.