Etsy shoppers are hungry to “support black sellers” according to CEO


Etsy has said that its customers are hungry to buy more items from “black-owned shops” as racial tensions continue to sweep the US.

Etsy’s chief executive Josh Silverman told “Bloomberg Equality” that the company has seen a “lot of demand from buyers who wanted to support black sellers”.

When questioned about the collection of black-owned shops which Etsy features prominently in its “editor’s pick” section, Silverman said this was a direct response to high levels of demand for their products.

“We had a lot of demand from buyers who wanted to support black sellers,” he told Bloomberg.

“Fortunately we already had from Black History Month a curated set of items that we could put forth, we could very quickly get and put out so that buyers had a place to go.

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“I’m happy to report that that has been the most popular curated collection. We’ve all kinds of curated collections on Etsy for all kinds of things, but the highlight black-owned shops that we ran over those important few weeks were actually the best-selling curated collection we’ve had.

“What that means is that there are a lot of buyers out there who are really looking to significantly support black sellers, and we’re happy that we were able to rise to that moment.”

It comes as Etsy continues to cement itself as a key marketplace across the globe following months of record sales during lockdown.

Last month it became one of three US companies added to the prestigious S&P 500 indicies, considered to be one of the most important stock market indices in the world, and a key benchmark for the US’ largest companies.

In order to be eligible for inclusion in the S&P 500 a company must have a stock market capitalisation of over $8.2 billion, have at least half of all its shares available to the public and have achieved positive earnings across its last four quarters.

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