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Stop shaming online sellers and get a life

stop shaming online sellers

DISCLAIMER: This post is particularly pertaining to small-time online sellers that sell their own products or are reselling items using their Facebook or Instagram account in order to have an alternative source of income during the pandemic.

It is no news that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us financially. And as humans who only want nothing but to survive amidst this difficult situation, becoming an online seller is one of the most convenient options.

In a span of three months during the quarantine, some of our online friends have started posting products for sale—food, appliances, gadgets, makeup, face masks. You name it, they have it. In a span of three months, the number of people who invite you to like their business pages has tripled. People have resorted to online selling while stuck at home. Every time you scroll your feed, there appears a post from an online seller.

We can’t blame them for it. For some, it helps them make ends meet. For many, it is their only option to have food on their table.

But does it affect your comfortable life in any way? No? Then you don’t have the right to shame them. Not even a little bit. Not even at all.

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Way before this outbreak happened, selling online is already popular for a reason: it brings more income. People are browsing the internet most of the time and promoting items where potential customers are is a great way to start. And truth be told, online business really offers a good profit especially when the business is handled very well. I know people who left their jobs because they saw a great opportunity in being their own boss. 

Understand their situation and have empathy

Many people have lost their jobs and you can’t expect them to immediately get back on track. Not in this kind of situation and government. People are stuck at home and selling online has been their safety net to cope with this pandemic. 

Understand that we are not all in the same boat. You may be lucky to still have a source of money at this trying time, eating three times a day, but it doesn’t make you any better for shaming those that are doing their best effort to earn.

If you don’t want to support your online seller friends, your silence is much appreciated. There is a “mute” or “unfollow” option on social media platforms so maximize that if you hate seeing their posts. But in case you’ll have a change of heart, there are other easy ways to support them:

  • Like/Follow their page
  • Share their page
  • Post their product
  • Recommend to family and friends

Be glad that your online friends have become entrepreneurs

Recently, there have been online sellers posting screenshots of private messages sent to them from people who have nothing else to do than pick on others. I can’t believe they really have guts to ask sellers why the latter has settled to doing online business. “You have a job, a degree, why have you become an online seller?”

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I mean, these online sellers are busy earning money so put your negative energy somewhere else.

If there’s one thing I like out of this situation, it’s that everyone has explored putting up their own business, even a small one. This lockdown somehow gave people the opportunity to practice their entrepreneurial skills online, which envious, pakialamero people cannot achieve in their life.

If you really can’t take the idea that your friends are becoming entrepreneurs, then please mind your own business and let others do their own dang thing.

And for online sellers, keep going! A single, unsolicited comment should not stop you from getting those monies.

(7) Comments

  1. childrenoftomorrow says:

    I agree. Help and support rather than shaming them.

    COT | changeoftomorrow.com

  2. Wow, I had no idea people would be sending private screenshots to other people just to poke fun. That’s just plain rude to me. I feel like people who react like this are projecting their own insecurities or their own lack of courage towards people who have an entrepreneurial spirit because let’s face it, it’s tough being an entrepreneur.

  3. loveemblogger says:

    I really like this post, I think it is horrible what some people are selling about other sellers. Sometimes the hate is from fellow sellers! It’s a hard time and people need to be empathetic about that because you don’t know the financial situation of your peers. Thank you for sharing!

    Em | http://www.loveemblog.com

  4. Simone Says GO! says:

    This line really resonates with me “one thing I like out of this situation, it’s that everyone has explored putting up their own business”. These folks are illustrating how resourceful they are and I think they should be lauded. It’s a shame that there is negativity around it from the “less courageous” as Chrissy points out.

  5. I totally agree it is so important to support small businesses at this time. I run a pub and it has been tough this last few months, so can’t imagine what it is like trying your best and encountering negativity too x

    Helen | http://www.whathelenloves.com

  6. I didn’t know people have been shaming others for selling online during these times…it doesn’t make sense especially since like you said so many people have lost their job & they’re doing what they can to make ends meet.

  7. This is great! People are creative and we are fortunate to live in a time where we can go online to make money. As you noted, it can really help during the pandemic for someone who has lost their job. I love to see someone with a positive attitude trying to make a difference.

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