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Kicked out of Etsy after 4 years of good selling. Trying to get back

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by mikey alcantara, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. mikey alcantara

    mikey alcantara Newbie

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    Hello!

    I have been selling on Etsy for over 4 years and ran two shops very successfully but, unfortunately, got banned about a month back.

    It was because my account was associated with a violator's account.

    Last year, I helped my sister in Canada set up her own shop but, unfortunately, she got banned for selling copyrighted stuff (I was not aware of this as I was selling completely legit, handmade goods) so I got banned the same day as her because I logged in to her account a couple of times when she was first getting started.

    I am now trying to get back in and have enlisted the help of a friend who is willing to let me use his identity and credit card.

    I may only get one more chance to get back into it so I wanted to make sure that I do it right..
    My apologies if this has already been asked a million times before..
    I did read through the forums and got some tidbits of information here and there.

    So this is my plan, please let me know if I am missing anything:

    1.) I will create a new Etsy account using his name as well as a new PayPal and gmail account.
    2.) I will be temporarily using a different location and PC to sign in to Etsy and PayPal as I understand that I can be tracked using my IP and cookies.
    3.) I will change all my photos, descriptions, branding, etc.
    4.) When the store picks up, I will be changing my internet provider so I can get a new IP and will also get a new laptop.

    Did I cover all my bases?

    The ideal situation for me would be to work from home using my existing PC and only change my ISP but I do not know how to go about it.
    I am willing to reformat my PC if this helps in erasing the cookies

    Any help or advice you guys can provide will be super appreciated as this is my only source of income and use it to support my family..

    Thank you!

    Oh! And if it helps, I am outside the US (I am in the Philippines)
     
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  2. stack paper

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    Get yourself a dedicated proxy for a buck and save yourself the hassle of switching ISPs.. Unnecessary. Other than that sounds solid.

    Also, did you try petitioning the ban?
     
  3. mikey alcantara

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    Yes, I did petition the ban but ultimately, they decided to shut me down still.

    Dedicated Proxy? Is that similar to a VPN?
    I will look into that, thank you.

    I have a new laptop that a friend is willing to lend to me.
    Also, an identity with a credit card that I can use to setup PayPal and Etsy accounts

    The only thing left to solve now I think is how I can still work from home without Etsy knowing it's me..
     
  4. ParodyWA

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    I Thought If you reset your modem your Ip address will change? worth a check if you search what's my up on google write down that IP address reset the modem and check it again?
    Will save changing internet providers.
     
  5. mikey alcantara

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    I would much rather work from a completely separate modem/ISP just to be 100% sure..

    I am also considering a pocket wifi (hotspot) plan as they are very cheap here.. About $10 a month and use that to connect to the new laptop exclusively.
    That way I can still work from home without worrying about using the same PC and internet connection.

    That should give me a completely new IP right?

    Will I trigger any red flags on Etsy if I open an account so soon after I got banned? I got banned a little over 3 weeks ago and I am thinking new accounts might be under a lot of scrutiny.
    I would like to pass any close scrutiny during this initial phase (if any) so I am thinking something like a VPN or dedicated proxy will raise some eyebrows..

    Especially if I state that I am a seller from the Philippines and then they go ahead and check that I have a US IP
     
  6. louiecorp

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    Hi if name and payment info is the same they might still track you and get banned eventually.Have you pleaded your case? If so you might use a dummy with different ISP, name , payment info etc
     
  7. mikey alcantara

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    i will be basically changing my name, address, credit card, paypal and email.
    i will also be using a new ISP and a new laptop
     
  8. louiecorp

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    that should work work perfectly! goodluck to you. Sending you a pm also
     
  9. CaramelBiscuit

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    Do you know you'll be able to turn this little business into something serious?

    Asking because you could setup office in a co-working space. Different IP, different address and you could even get a business bank account that posts to your new office.

    Just something to think about, the proxy idea might work well too.
     
  10. mikey alcantara

    mikey alcantara Newbie

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    Thank you so much! Have you had experience with this?
    Especially on Etsy in particular?

    I am more worried about them recognizing the items even if I change it up. I sell planner stickers and there are a million of them on Etsy but I guess I am just being overly paranoid
     
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    My friend, you don't have to worry about anything if you have:

    New Paypal
    New Email
    New mailing address (you can use your friend's or neighbor's or any relative nearby) for receiving post (If needed)
    New private proxy
    New Name, Credit Card details (as you have mentioned above, that you'll be using it)

    No need to buy a new computer/laptop etc. Just format your current machine and you are good to go with it.
    No need to change your current ISP.

    What is important here is: DO NOT USE anything from your banned shops. Just brainwash yourself and think that you are a new person and you don't know that banned guy. Do it all from scratch and this is it my friend!

    You are all set. :)


    To your success and to your family!!!
     
  12. CreativeNothing

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    How did it all go? I do a lot of etsy business and this is a fear of mine. Did it work out? And how many copyright claims did your sister receive before she was banned?
     
  13. timothywcrane

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    Quit mixing your account information along a graph edge of complications outside of your control that can lead to bans (other peoples account, credit, IPs, etc). You are starting off by making the same mistake that led to your last downfall. Negative learning curves are seldom successful.