The online retail world is experiencing a bit of deja vu.
In 2000, there was eBay’s so-called “Million Auction March,” in which some influential eBay sellers tried to redirect a million auctions from the popular retailer to hundreds of competing auction sites. Fast forward to 2012. On Thursday, thousands of Etsy members are planning their own protest. The issue: Some indie sellers believe that resellers and collectives that outsource production are managing to infiltrate Etsy, despite the site’s commitment to be a marketplace for people who actually create the crafts.