How to Access Etsy’s Site Policies - dummies

By Kate Gatski, Kate Shoup

Before registering with and using Etsy, take a moment to review the site’s Terms of Use. To access the Terms of Use after you’ve already registered and are ready to get started, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Help link in the upper-right corner of any Etsy page.

    The Help page appears.

  2. Click Site Policies.

    The Site Policies page appears.

  3. On the left side of the page, click Terms of Use.


If you’re like a lot of people, you’re probably wondering why you need to read Etsy’s Terms of Use. Here’s our answer: Violating any of the policies spelled out in the Terms of Use is grounds for expulsion from the site. The “But I didn’t know it was a policy!” defense doesn’t fly.

In addition to its Terms of Use, Etsy maintains several other policy-related web pages that you need to read. You can access these web pages from the Site Policies page. These web pages include the following:

  • DOs & DON’Ts: This web page outlines Etsy’s expectations with respect to membership, conversations, transactions, feedback, shops and listings, flagging, and community.

  • Privacy: This web page clarifies how Etsy treats personal information that it collects and receives.

  • Copyright & IP: This web page spells out Etsy’s policy with respect to copyright and intellectual property (IP) infringement.

  • Fees: This web page gives you the lowdown on Etsy’s fees — including listing fees, transaction fees, advertising fees, and payment-processing fees — as well as info on paying your bill and currency conversion.

  • Direct Checkout: In this web page, Etsy spells out the legalese for its Direct Checkout feature. (Direct Checkout is an Etsy payment-processing service that enables sellers to accept credit-card payments directly through Etsy.)

  • Trademark Guidelines: This web page states Etsy’s guidelines for protecting its trademark.

  • API Terms of Use: This web page is probably outside your area of interest. But in case you’re curious, it outlines Etsy’s policies vis-à-vis its application programming interface (API). If you have some nifty programming skills, and you someday decide you’d like to put them to use by developing an app or tool to work in conjunction with Etsy, you’ll want to check out this web page.

  • Gift Cards Terms of Use: This web page spells out the ins and outs of using gift cards on Etsy.

  • Billing Policy: For info about Etsy’s billing policy, visit this web page, which covers auto billing and manual billing.