Handmade Policies

By listing handmade items for sale through ChristiansBay, you’re agreeing to this policy and our Terms of Use.

Selling Handmade Items

As a vendor, you are required to be transparent about who is helping you and how your items are being made. Everything listed as handmade must be made and/or designed by you, the vendor. Reselling is prohibited in the handmade category. You may also have shop members who help you run your business, as long as you, the seller, are making and/or designing your items.

Using Production Assistance

Designers may work with production partners to help make handmade items in certain circumstances. Keep in mind that people come to ChristiansBay to discover items that they might not find anywhere else. Your design and production process should lead to the creation of a unique item that would not exist without you, the designer.

We expect your production partner to produce items themselves in their own facilities. A contractor or agent who outsources production may not be used as a production partner. Examples of production services include, but are not limited to, printing, apparel printing, 3D-printing, casting, plating, engraving, cutting and sewing, and finishing.

If you work with a production partner, you must disclose certain information in the listing process, including:

  • The name of your production partner(s);
  • The location of your production partner(s);
  • Details about the nature of your partnership and design process; and
  • A general description of the work your production partner does for you.

You may choose to keep the name of your production partner and details about your partnership and design process confidential (visible only to select Etsy employees), but the location and description of your production partner will appear on your About section and listings.

We may reach out to you at any time with a more detailed inquiry about your business. Please be prepared to provide additional details about the origins of your business, your role in the design process, your production process, and your connection to your production partner, as well as what efforts your production partner has made to follow our ethical expectations.

We understand that you may wish to keep the details of your design and business practices confidential. Please be assured that ChristiansBay will not use the private information you provide us for any purpose other than reviewing your business to determine that you are in compliance with our policies.

We reserve the right to reject any production partnerships that aren’t in the letter or spirit of this policy or our ethical expectations.

Being Transparent About Your Business

At ChristiansBay, we value transparency. Transparency means that you honestly and accurately represent yourself, your items, and your business. As a handmade seller, you agree to:

  • Disclose in your About section the names and roles of people who help make your items or run your business;
  • Use your own words and photographs (not stock photos) to describe your items; and
  • Respond to any inquiries from us in a timely manner. We may ask you how your items are made, what workspace, tools, and equipment you use; and how you communicate and collaborate with the people who help you run your shop.

Remember: Our marketplace is built on trust. Providing false, inaccurate, or misleading information is prohibited by our Terms of Use. If we find that you’re not being open and honest with us, we may suspend or terminate your account.

Prohibited Items

ChristiansBay is not a curated marketplace. However, for a variety of reasons, we prohibit certain types of items from ChristiansBay. Some items present legal risks to our community; others are inconsistent with our values, are harmful to our members, or simply are not in the spirit of ChristiansBay. This policy explains what is prohibited or restricted on ChristiansBay.

We have a zero tolerance policy for prohibited items, particularly those that promote, support or glorify hatred, those that promote, support or glorify violence, or are unlawful. Sellers deemed to violate this policy can be subject to immediate account suspension or termination, in accordance with our Terms of Use.

The following types of items are prohibited or restricted on ChristiansBay:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, and Medical Drugs
  • Animal Products and Human Remains
  • Dangerous Items: Hazardous Materials, Recalled Items, and Weapons
  • Hate Items: Items that Promote, Support, or Glorify Hatred
  • Illegal Items, Items Promoting Illegal Activity, and Highly Regulated Items
  • Internationally Regulated Items
  • Pornography and Mature Content
  • Violent Items: Items that Promote, Support, or Glorify Violence

Policy decisions are complex. We consider many different and often divergent factors before coming to a decision about what is best for our community. Because we are a creative community, we err on the side of freedom of expression. We also tend to allow items that have educational, historical, or artistic value, but we know that even those items are subject to a variety of valid and sometimes conflicting interpretations and emotional responses.

Art and history can be provocative, emotional, and divisive. There are some topics on which we may never reach a consensus as a community, and that is okay. In the words of Joyce Carol Oates, “art should not be comforting; for comfort, we have mass entertainment and one another. Art should provoke, disturb, arouse our emotions, expand our sympathies in directions we may not anticipate and may not even wish.”

In order to help provide clarity and insight into our policy making process, we have included the rationale behind our decisions and details about how they will be enforced, including some representative examples below of what is allowed on ChristiansBay. We reserve the right to remove listings that we determine are not within the spirit of ChristiansBay. Violating this policy may result in the member’s selling privileges being suspended and/or terminated.

Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, and Medical Drugs

Alcohol and drugs are prohibited on ChristiansBay. These substances face serious legal restrictions and in many cases are considered controlled substances under applicable law. Our policy also applies to other substances that have or are claimed to have an intoxicating or healing effect. Possible legal restrictions aside, these substances are not in the spirit of ChristiansBay.

More Details:

The following are examples of items that may not be sold on ChristiansBay:

  • Tobacco products, smokeable products, e-cigarettes, and e-liquid.
  • Drugs and certain herbal substances, including substances used for recreational and medicinal purposes, regardless of their legality.
  • Drug paraphernalia, including, for example: items with a carburetor; slides and/or items with a slide; bongs and bubblers; vaporizers and their components.
  • Medical drugs, regulated medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.

Restrictions on descriptions of purported health benefits:

A medical drug claim is statement or suggestion that an item prevents, heals, or treats a medical condition or disease. Medical drug claims are subject to varying degrees of regulation. If you make claims about the purported health benefits of an item for sale on ChristiansBay, we urge you to speak with a qualified expert about which regulations apply to you. It is your responsibility to know and comply with all laws and regulations that apply to the items you sell.

ChristiansBay prohibits certain medical drug claims based on our values, such as claims likely to deceive or pose an unreasonable risk to our community. ChristiansBay may remove claims that we deem to be inappropriate, excessive, or otherwise unsuitable for our marketplace. We also remove content that promotes prohibited medical claims, such as anti-vaccine items. If ChristiansBay receives proper notice from a legal authority, we may remove an item.

Intellectual Property Policy

As a venue for artists, designers, and makers, ChristiansBay takes intellectual property rights very seriously. We comply with intellectual property laws and industry best practices in order to maintain the integrity of our creative marketplace. This Intellectual Property Policy explains how we address allegations of infringement, how authorized parties can submit proper notices of infringement regarding content on our marketplace, and how ChristiansBay sellers can respond when their listings or shops are affected by a notice.

ChristiansBay’s Role

ChristiansBay is a marketplace comprised of individual third¬-party sellers who run their own shops, create their own policies, and are responsible for their inventory, shipments, and complying with the law. We provide a venue, but ChristiansBay does not manufacture goods, hold inventory, or ship items on behalf of our sellers. The content uploaded on ChristiansBay ‘s marketplace is generated by independent sellers who are not employees, agents, or representatives of ChristiansBay. Sellers are responsible for ensuring they have all necessary rights to their content and that they are not infringing or violating any third party’s rights by posting it.

ChristiansBay reserves the right to disable any listing, shop, or account that we believe violates our Terms of Use, including this Intellectual Property Policy or our Prohibited Items Policy. ChristiansBay also reserves the right to take action against abusers of ChristiansBay’s Intellectual Property Policy or our Terms of Use.

ChristiansBay can’t speak on behalf of intellectual property owners, nor is ChristiansBay in a position to offer legal advice or make legal determinations whether a shop’s content infringes someone else’s intellectual property. ChristiansBay will remove material cited for alleged intellectual property infringement when provided with a proper notice.

Notices of Intellectual Property Infringement

ChristiansBay strives to respond quickly when we receive proper notice of intellectual property infringement by removing or disabling access to the allegedly infringing material. When ChristiansBay removes or disables access in response to a notice, ChristiansBay makes a reasonable attempt to contact the affected member, provide information about the notice and removal, and, in cases of alleged copyright infringement, provide information about how to submit a counter notice. ChristiansBay may also provide a copy of the infringement notice, including the name and email address of the reporting party, to the affected member.

Please use our customer support email at support@christiansbay.com to report a claim of intellectual property infringement.

ChristiansBay may request additional information before processing a notice, such as identity verification of the reporting party or documentation regarding the claimed right. ChristiansBay may reject notices or counter notices that contain information we believe is false, fraudulent, incomplete, or otherwise submitted in bad faith. ChristiansBay also reserves the right to take action against abusers of this policy.

Counter Notice

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), ChristiansBay accepts counter notices for copyright notices only. When ChristiansBay receives a DMCA counter notice, we will provide a copy of the counter notice to the original complaining party. The removed material may be replaced or access to it may be restored 10 business days after the counter notice is processed, unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the allegedly infringing party and informs ChristiansBay of this action. Read more about DMCA notices, counter notices, and requirements here.

Repeat Infringement

ChristiansBay terminates selling privileges of members who are subject to repeat or multiple notices of intellectual property infringement in appropriate circumstances and at ChristiansBay’s discretion. If we believe a member has attempted to open a new shop after termination of the initial account, we reserve the right to refuse all services to that member. These actions apply to any accounts we believe are associated with or operated by the affected member. Per our Terms of Use, ChristiansBay reserves the right to terminate account privileges at any time, for any reason, and without advance notice.

Notice Withdrawals

ChristiansBay only accepts withdrawals of infringement notices directly from the intellectual property owner or authorized representative who submitted the claim. The withdrawal must clearly state that it is a formal withdrawal and sufficiently identify the member and/or material.

Once ChristiansBay receives a formal withdrawal of a notice of infringement, ChristiansBay makes reasonable attempts to contact both parties involved to confirm receipt from the party submitting the withdrawal and to inform the member affected by the withdrawal. Please note that infringement matters are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and withdrawals do not guarantee changes to a member’s shop status.