Etsy change impacts psychics

If you sell psychic readings or other metaphysical services on the Web site Etsy, you may have received the following notice from the Web site operator:

“We recently clarified our policies on spell-related items and removed the categories of Religious Services and Readings and Spells, Rituals and Readings. But we have not banned all metaphysical items, nor are we considering doing so. You may continue to sell astrological charts, tarot readings and other tangible objects, as long as you are not claiming that the objects will affect a physical change or other outcome, such as weight loss, love or revenge.”

Evidently, the site operator doesn’t want psychic services sold if they promise a certain outcome. It seems that in doing this, they hope to  decrease the risk that a fraudulent psychic may scam other Etsy users.

While that’s a noble idea, I hope Etsy applies that logic to everything that is sold via the platform. In other words, here’s hoping that they have no marketing messages promising that a product or service will facilitate a specific action. Somehow it’s doubtful that that is true, which brings us to the question: Why are psychic service providers looked at suspiciously when other business owners aren’t held to the same standard.

In this blog post, one psychic points out that doctors aren’t asked to give a patient his or her money back if a particular medication or treatment does not work. So why are psychic service providers held to a different standard? After all, if a psychic says something that doesn’t come true, that psychic is then considered a fraud.

What do you think about the new Etsy policy? Is it fair to psychic service providers or another way of putting psychics down?

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