The popular Etsy shop Kain-Kain ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/Kainkain ) has a profile that reads:
Hi! I am living in Jakarta with my husband and our beautiful daughter.
This is my full time job for last 5 years. Formerly for almost 10 years I worked in Financial Company and did it as hobby only. Until one time, I realized that my passion is here and left my full time job.
I work in my workshop at the first floor of my home so I can works and still have much time with my daughter.
Other than Etsy, I also have a website to show my products and wholesale selling. Please visit and find more about me and my works.
This paragraph is followed by a very long list of accomplishments, including 13 Storque features. It reads:
My item was chosen by Etsy Guest Curator on March 09
In The Storque article on March 26, 2009
In the storque article on May 2009
in the storque article on June 2009
In the storque article on July 2009
In the storque article on August 11, 2009
In the storque article on September 6, 2009
In the storque article on September 28, 2009
In the storque article on October 2, 2009
In the storque article on December 6, 2009
In the storque article on December 13, 2009
In the storque article on April 17, 2010
In the storque article on April 19, 2010
In the storque article on May 2, 2010
Surely, a shop with that much attention follows the rules, right?
I visited Icon Home website (from the Kain-Kain Etsy profile) and read the “About” section ( http://www.icon-home.com/aboutus.html ).
“Icon Home founded in 2001, owned by Jenny Januarti acting also as
Icon Home is a small company with some workers in our workshop in
Jakarta. We also co-operate with some workers outside our
workshop to produce some of our collections.
Work in small environment and small batch production allow us to
give character and soul on our product and allow for more
controllable product, ensuring we deliver only high quality linen to our customer.”
According to Etsy’s TOU ( http://www.etsy.com/dosdonts.php ), I find it hard to believe that this shop meets the guidelines for a collective. And if it does, the owner must fully disclose the names, roles, and relationships of the so-called “workers” in their “workshop” (as well as the other “workers” they “co-operate” with):
Multiple people using a single account (collective shops)
DOs and DON’Ts > Membership > Multiple people using a single account (collective shops)
An account that involves more than one person is called a collective. There are three scenarios, outlined below, in which multiple people who know each other may use a single Etsy account.
Collaboration: Artisans combine their skills to make and list handmade products in an Etsy shop. For example:
* One artist screen prints fabric, then another artist sews clothing from the fabric. The finished product is listed in a collective Etsy shop.
Sharing a Shop: Multiple people who know each other use a single Etsy account to post their own separate items in one shared shop. For example:
* Two jewelers share a collective Etsy shop, but they create and list their own jewelry items in the shop.
* Friends, a painter and a furniture maker, share a collective Etsy shop to sell their work together.
* Vintage sellers share a shop to sell their vintage finds together.
Shop Management Help: Someone helps a friend or family member in the same household or shared physical space manage their Etsy account. For example:
* A person helps a friend or family member list or ship an item. The item is listed in their collective Etsy shop.
* With permission and supervision of a parent or legal guardian who is at least 18 years of age, a minor and an adult have an Etsy shop together. Per Etsy’s Membershippolicies, the adult is responsible for the account.
If your shop is a collective, you must comply with all of Etsy’s policies, including these additional policies specifically for collectives:
* A collective may not be an entity that represents multiple artists by contract (for example: a gallery, a consignment shop, an art agency/dealer).
* Because of the laws concerning charitable fundraising, a charitable collective shop must comply with Etsy’s Charitable listings and shops policies.
* The Public Profile page for the account must fully disclose accurate information about each person, their role in the Etsy shop and the relationships between the members of the collective. Etsy may ask for additional information and require that the shop comply with additional requirements.
* The individual who registers the account is responsible for all activities of the account, the bill and any transactions. This includes participation in community features of the site.
* All standard listing policies (see Shops and Listings) apply to collective Etsy shops. All handmade items must be created by members of the collective.