An early post on SRTN made fun of articles that put forward idiosyncratic employment opportunities as a solution for people facing unemployment - the classic being this New York Times piece on Etsy.
“I have to wake up around 8, get coffee or tea, and knit for hours and hours and hours and hours,” said Ms. Gibran, who leveraged the exposure she got on the site to forge a deal with Urban Outfitters. “I’m like an old lady in a chair, catching up on podcasts, watching old Hitchcock shows. I will do it for 13 hours a day.” And even after all those hours knitting, she is constantly sketching new designs or trading e-mail messages with 50 or more customers a day.
“Etsy saved my life,” Ms. Gibran said. But, she added, “this is the hardest job I’ve ever had.”
Etsy's own April Fool's Joke this year about it acquiring the city of Portland, Ore., to get its economy going again is based on the same joke.
Under the terms of the so-called “Etsy Plan,” the Brooklyn-based e-commerce site will assume virtual control of Portland’s municipal government and put into action a five-year economic development plan largely aimed at offsetting state-sanctioned austerity measures by employing the roughly 8 percent of Portland’s unemployed citizens in the creation of Etsy-approved items.
Despite the existence of prior art, I do not intend to sue.