There has been much talk and concern about the “resellers” on Etsy in many Etsy forum discussions as can be seen here:
One way that you as a shop owner can help prevent this is through your “FOLLOWS”. Yes, it is nice to have an ever increasing number of shops that have included you in their Follow list, but have you given much thought about some of those shops that FOLLOW you could be a reseller and just want to see what interests you and what shows up in that resellers Activity Feed once they have you FOLLOWED you?
In running The Promotion Team I have noticed that many “off shore” shops FOLLOW The Promotion Team , then one day the light went on. I came to the conclusion that these “off shore” shops want to see what activity is going on in the team by watching their Activity Feed after including us in their FOLLOW list, why?, so as to copy/mass produce items of interest.
So what can be done about this? “Block” their FOLLOW
When someone adds you to their FOLLOW list they can be blocked by clicking on the “block (shopname)” link located at the bottom left hand menu bar on their “Profile” page. Please note that a shop must first be FOLLOWING you in order for you to block them, they cannot be blocked any other way.
I go through and check who is FOLLOWING on a regular basis to see if there are any questionable shops that have FOLLOED the team and then “block” them in efforts to protect us all.