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January 21st, 2010

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07:36 pm - Etsy love!
I posted earlier about what looked like a Craig's List scam migrating to Etsy.

Well, I informed Etsy about it, and despite that they're saying replies take 3-4 days- they cancelled the suspicious account immediately.

I am very pleased.

I know some people dislike the $0.20 listing fee for either 3 or 4 months per item, and the 3.5% commission they take- but to me, this is a very reasonable cost of business (galleries take something like 50-60%, AND you have to give them the goods to get that! with Etsy, stuff that hasn't sold remains in MY clutches, and thus not available to a failed gallerey that migh6t choose to use my goods- unpaid-for- to pay off thier other creditors.), and the fact that they are PROACTIVE like this about dealing with scams is part of my satisfaction.

Yeah, there's a lot of competition in many areas... but there's also a ROCKIN' search engine, and I am both doing well myself AND finding insanely cool stuff for gifts for persnickety people on it.

I think it's a fabulous paradigm, well-implemented.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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Date:January 22nd, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
That scam has been happening a lot lately - people responding to "car for sale" classified ads in the paper - same story - dealer cut them a cheque for the wrong amount - I'll send it to you and you send me the change.

There was some trick whereby the money was recalled after the recipient had checked their balance, seen that the cheque had cleared and sent off one for the balance. I can't remember how that worked now, but somehow the scam worked, even if the recipient waited for the cheque to clear.

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