Try something: organize chaos and terrorize with it.
You’re not in the gift guides? Hey, neither am I. But you know what, etsy ADMIN have come to your shop to “call out” to all these items in other shops… (try to see irony, or levels of syllogism, use your creativity people.)
A. Boycott these shops! Convo your fellow etsy peeps with this list and say, “hey, fuck these people, etsy is calling out right there in my shop for you to patronize them over me… so DO NOT PATRONIZE these shops.”
B. Flag their shit! Go to those shops, and go over their shit with a fine toothed comb. Flag the fuck out of their shops and their items for the most minor and ridiculous and petty violations, esp. tags!
C. Inundate all of their contact emails and render their “customer support” more useless than it already is. Seriously, shut them down with “spam”. Find some email address of yours that isn’t connected to your etsy shop in any way shape or form (perhaps your husband, boyfriend, lover, wife, girlfriend…): because these are petty wannabe hipster fucktards and if you use your own addy, rest assured you will be muted and shut down: be clever bitches: be anonymous! Use that non-etsy email address to contact every etsy contact email once a day, every day for a week (yes, even the irrelevant ones) with this copy-and-pasted statement:
Dear etsy, I find it disgraceful that you are spamming my shop with TOU-violating call-outs to all of the shops on this list. I find it disgusting that you charge for useless site features while giving these select people free promotion. I will not patronize these shops, but thank you for calling them out so relentlessly so that I know not to buy from them. I will also be telling my family, friends, and associates not to patronize them.