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April 11, 2022, 7:44 PM

About 18,400 Etsy Sellers Pledge to Strike Over 30% Fee Increase

Martine Paris
Carly Wanna
Carly Wanna
Bloomberg News

More than 18,000 Etsy sellers have pledged to join a strike protesting a 30% increase in fees that takes effect today.

In a petition signed by nearly 50,000, the organizers are demanding that Etsy CEO Josh Silverman cancel the fee increase to 6.5% from 5%. About 18,400 people who signed the petition as of Monday afternoon identify themselves as sellers, the method organizers are using to track participants. They are asking sellers to go on vacation mode and buyers to boycott the crafts website from April 11 through 18.

Etsy CEO Josh Silverman
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

According to Etsy’s website, sellers can start a shop for free but must pay fees for ...