Etsy will be turned into a newt

In the fall of 2012, Ebay took a stand against the sale of paranormal products. Though some people still tried to sell ghosts and “haunted” objects. Now, Etsy, the online marketplace for handcrafted goods has offended their community of supernatural vendors by shutting down accounts that sell spells and hexes.

Witches are furious at Etsy for banning the sale of spells

“Swathes of us have now had our sales and shop views tank, and there is great distress in the metaphysical community,” said on anonymous vendor. Under Etsy’s previous rules, spells and hexes were allowed to be sold as long as results weren’t guarantee and they came with something tangible like a download or object. So, it was believing buyer beware.

[…]many metaphysical sellers believe that Etsy has a cultural bias against their goods. One forum user compared the sale of crystals that could be used in meditative rituals to the sale of a rosary or a cross. Both items represent spirituality, but neither make the claim that they will heal your ills or help you speak to God.

“Etsy seems to be only targeting those items of a pagan/occult nature while allowing items of certain faiths traditionally used for protection like St. Christopher medals, to still be marketed,” said another vendor in an email. “Personally I think it’s probably unintended ignorance and failure to consider and think through what banning all spiritual, energetic and magickal claims will really mean.”

Objects can still be sold so this seems like a baseless claim but any object that claims to affect some supernatural claim, whatever entity is invoked, should fall under the same policy.

Etsy had long hosted such vendors so their change was unexpected though suspected to be due to the questionable nature of such sales as part of their business. The witches are mad and are thinking about casting a spell against them. Good luck with that…

An auction site just for such products was supposedly set up after the Ebay outster. But that seems to be defunct now too. Guess they will just have to go back to the tried and true methods of ads in the back of magazines and secret back rooms.

  12 comments for “Etsy will be turned into a newt

  1. Drew
    June 17, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Don’t forget, sales at Renaissance Faires as well. Which is the amazingly ironic as to the Time of the Italian Renaissance most if not all “Witches” were burned at the stake.

  2. Sindigo
    June 18, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    “Magick”

    Because adding a ‘k’ totally makes it all mystical and real and totally not BS.

  3. Nigel thompson
    June 18, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Thanks so much. You have just turned an otherwise normal day into a thing of wonder. I’m still chuckling.

  4. June 18, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    As a computer programmer, I don’t see the big deal with this. I used to work for an online casino at one stage, and that business too got plenty of criticism for being immoral or unethical.

    Personally, though I don’t believe in any of the metaphysical nonsense, if people do believe and they want to buy such services, I don’t see an issue with selling it to them. It’s never going to make a dent in the church business, where people make huge fortunes, and that doesn’t seem like it’s going to end any time soon, or ever be taxed.

    If people want to be suckers, why not take advantage of them? Surely someone else will come along and set up a similar site where suckers can buy whatever spells they want? Why turn their money down?

  5. Dan Beach
    June 18, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Being a place that facilitates the sale of bogus goods has a negative effect on your own reputation. They rely on consumer confidence in their site to facilitate the sale of reputable goods or people will go somewhere else.

  6. June 18, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Good point. Maybe this is one of the reasons why I am a programmer and not a salesman (apart from the fact that I would hate to sell anything, ever).

    Still, somebody should make a site just for the suckers. (I’d go for epray.com) Then their reputation doesn’t matter.

    Edit: Crap. That site’s taken. Removed the “www” and hope the link doesn’t resolve.

  7. June 18, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Oh dear. It turned out that the site name I made up in jest is a real one. At least they don’t sell the prayers.

  8. Lagaya1
    June 18, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    “If people want to be suckers, why not take advantage of them?” Really?

  9. June 18, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Because we have a conscience. I’d hope the commenters here would also.

  10. One Eyed Jack
    June 18, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Being a place that facilitates the sale of bogus goods has a negative effect on your own reputation.

    With the exception of the dominant religion of the customer base. If you are selling Christian tchochtkes (sp?), you suffer no backlash in a Christian market.

  11. ChristineRose
    June 18, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    I have to wonder if Etsy did this because of liability. Say someone sells a death curse on Etsy. I have no idea what a death is, or what it looks like, or how you ship it in the mail, but let’s say it happens. Then someone dies. Or maybe they don’t die–and the purchaser breaks down and just stabs someone. Or say someone sells a healing spell and then they die of some awful unhealed disease. You can make a case that even stupid people should have a reasonable expectation that Etsy would prohibit the sale of dangerous items like death curses and healing spells.

  12. Rich
    June 19, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    “If people want to be suckers, why not take advantage of them? … Why turn their money down?”

    Ah, the Bernie Madoff Fallacy.

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