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Did you notice that some of my laser cut wood have been playing hide and seek on Etsy earlier this summer? For several weeks, Etsy’s bot inexplicably deactivated some of them as they were sold and/or renewed. Then after a while, they would reappear in my shop, after a staff member reviewed and released them.
The most common reason for deactivation is copyright or trademark infringements which was not the case with my listings.
The automated message explaining the action each time read :
Etsy prohibits the sale of highly regulated items, including (but not limited to), necklaces, bracelets, or anklets composed of a string or strand of small amber beads, chips, or nuggets smaller than 1.25 inches.
Teething necklaces are no longer allowed on Etsy. But you can still see amber jewelry and amber bead listings. I suspect the bot is relatively new and has to be trained to allow legitimate sellers or the affected stores haven’t yet been found by it.
So what had all that to do with my laser cut wood? Well, I laser cut Baltic birch and I included these words in my listings – item description and my tags. Guess where amber is mostly from? The Baltic region, hence Baltic amber. The bot picked up the word Baltic and equated it to amber.
I removed the word from all my birch wood listings, reported the issue to Etsy and they have reactivated all my affected listings. Problem solved.
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