A look at one of Jessica Sharp's stamps. (Nov. 13, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The online community, Etsy, known for individual sellers offering handmade goods, is now allowing sellers to outsource.
It's a new policy that has many Etsy users angry, thinking that the website is straying from its mission.
The artistry community in Greenville has roots on Etsy, just as millions of others across the world, and some crafters in town explain that it takes more to be successful on the e-commerce site than it may seem.
The policy was made official at the beginning of October, but many Etsy sellers, like Greenville-based Jessica Sharp, said that using other companies to make their creative designs come to life has been going on for quite some time.
Sharp said she's always outsourced the production of her stamps and that she wouldn't be able to carve each stamp herself. She said it would take too long and cost too much. The idea and designs, though, are all hers.
That's the requirement Etsy has. According to their website, they need to know that the manufacturers used abide by safety, labor and employment laws.
"In order to maintain quality control and make the amount of inventory that you need to, a lot of those things have to be outsourced, if you're going to be able to make a profit, have enough time to do this and live your life," said Sharp.
On Etsy, there's a button to push if shoppers want to see specifically handmade items, and those will be the ones that pop up on the screen.
Shopping on Etsy, otherwise, is the same it's always been.
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