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Etsy Wholesale to close July 31

Etsy Wholesale is closing - what you need to know.

Etsy has announced it is closing its wholesale platform on July 31, 2018. This marketplace officially launched in 2014 and originated as a way of connecting Etsy sellers with retailers. A smaller than expected takeup of the service, along with low growth figures were some of the reasons mentioned for the closure.

As at of an announcement about the closure timeline, the company says it will close the wholesale site to new orders on June 28, with the entire site becoming inaccessible come July 31. Shortly after this date, Etsy promises to deliver a data file to each seller with their entire wholesale order history.

If you are a seller now wondering how to continue with your wholesale channels, other marketplaces to consider are Stockabl, Faire or Indie Me.

Etsy has also suggested that sellers may consider continuing with wholesale arrangements on the existing retail platform using existing tools in creative ways. The suggestions include sending existing Etsy wholesale buyers special coupons, redeemable for minimum order values; utilising private listings and adding tags and descriptions to listings / about pages to indicate that wholesale arrangements can be accommodated.

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Written by Nicole Pascoe

Nicole is the co-founder of Craftybase, an inventory and bookkeeping software product designed specifically for handmade sellers. She has been working with, and writing articles for, Etsy sellers for the last 12 years. Her passion is to help handmade sellers to become more successful with their online endeavors by empowering them with the knowledge they need to take their business to the next level.