I never sold anything on Etsy before and, after the misfortune of using their services, I don't think I ever will.
Earlier today, a tiny little thought ran across my mind and it whispered to me "maybe I could open an online store with Etsy to sell some digital photos" seeing I successfully sold them before in the past on several different sites and had no trouble with any of them, but it's been a long time since I dropped that hobby, and I thought Etsy would be a great place to sell, seeing its prominent theme is "Creativity."
So, I opened up a store and made one listing. That's right. Just one single listing and it was at a very reasonable price. I sent my ID for verification, bank details for receiving payments, and debit card details for billing. I got confirmation that my store is up and running and I was quite thrilled.
But, foolish me didn't predict the tragedy about to strike within the next 10 minutes, for I was then caught off guard by being unable to log back into my account or make any further changes to my Etsy shop. I was puzzled, but soon the great discovery was unravelled when I attempted to log back in, and, much to my horror, after typing in my credentials and hitting the "enter" key, a red menacing banner loomed over the screen, reading: "Account Has Been Deactivated."
All photos I list and sell has been taken by none other than myself, so I wasn't pulling a copyright infringement issue. The photo wasn't even of an offensive nature - it was a picture of a bird. The price I set was very reasonable, in fact cheaper, compared to competitive listings, and this was literally the first, and thankfully last selling account made with Etsy.
I would show the listing, but, as my account has been deactivated, I am only able to show the "Account Deactivated" photo.
In the tiny light from all of this, I notice that this is a punitive pattern particularly for new vendors who have literally done nothing wrong. It can also affect seasoned vendors, but usually over one tiny setback, mistake and/or inconvenience beyond their control.
So, Etsy, thank you very much for how you implement your very reasonable punishment system. It's nice to know the spirit of the Schutzstaffel still lives on.