Etsy spell ban causes rage

You can’t make this stuff up. But Etsy has banned the sale of magical spells on their site. Or rather what they term as a “metaphysical service.”

Here’s the new Etsy services policy in full:

Etsy service rules

Possibly the most amusing aspect of this change is how much debate, and indeed fury, has been stirred. There’s a petition with nearly 5600 signatures. And there’s bile on the Etsy Forums too.

You’ve got to wonder what led to Etsy picking this particular fight when spells are presumably a very minor aspect of what is sold on the marketplace. But it’s not hard to imagine that it’s part of ongoing corporatisation that’s a result of their recent, so far not all that successful, IPO.