Apple is really desperate to stop product design leaks

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  • Apple sent a cease-and-desist discouraging ads of leaked or stolen iPhone prototypes, VICE reports.
  • The company reportedly said such leaks are causing companies to make phone cases in the wrong sizes.
  • Apple reportedly wrote in the letter that keeping its newest products a surprise is part of its DNA.
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Apple has sent a cease-and-desist letter in a sign of a greater crackdown on product design leaks, Motherboard reports.

The company reportedly told a Chinese citizen to stop advertising leaked or stolen iPhone prototypes on social media, according to Motherboard, which obtained a copy of the letter.

“You have disclosed without authorization a large amount of information related to Apple’s unreleased and rumored products, which has constituted a deliberate infringement of Apple’s trade secrets,” the letter reads, according to Motherboard.

Apple reportedly urged the person to stop posting about prototypes because this leads manufacturers to make iPhone cases in the wrong sizes, as there are often many changes made between the prototype and finished product stages. Apple warned that companies might also make ill-fitting iPhone accessories if they’re relying on prototype designs.

The global market for Apple accessories was valued at $19.9 billion in 2019, according to a report from ResearchAndMarkets.com last year. The report adds that the market is expected to grow to over $27.4 billion by 2026.

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The tech company said another reason it wants to stop the leaks is to retain the element of surprise that accompanies its product launches.

“Apple has made every effort to take strict measures to maintain confidentiality for any information about Apple’s products before their official release to ensure that every time Apple releases a new product, it can surprise the public,” the company said, according to the letter reviewed by Motherboard. “The secret of Apple’s latest technological innovation is an important part of the company DNA.”

Besides telling the person to stop obtaining, advertising, and selling its leaked products, Apple also asked them to share who gave the devices to them, Motherboard reports.

Apple did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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The 14 best new watches for women, according to an expert

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  • Watch offerings for women are colorful this year, including hues like mint green and bright yellow.
  • The dive watch category – including models dusted with diamonds – is especially popular.
  • For watches with a more masculine look, check out our guide to the best men’s watches.
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In 2001, I attended my first watch fair in Switzerland. I’ve made a living writing about timepieces ever since. Over the years, I’ve seen plenty of “ladies’ watches” come and go, most of them small, decorated in feminine motifs (think floral designs and mother-of-pearl dials), and powered by quartz battery movements.

Recently, however, the conversation about women’s watches has taken on new resonance, as more brands embrace the notion that a woman’s watch is – wait for it – any watch worn by a woman. In the spirit of genderless style, we highlight 15 of the best watches for women on the market today, including ultra-feminine gem-set timepieces, complicated mechanical wonders, and no-frills sport models designed to take a beating.

These are the best watches for women in 2021:

Armitron Ridgemont

The best watches for women in 2021 - Armitron Ridgemont

Inspired by the 80’s teen classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the Armitron Ridgemont features a dual analog/digital display guaranteed to appeal to vintage lovers on a budget. Bonus: It’s water resistant to 165 feet.

Ridgemont (button)
Skagen Aaren Naturals

Best womens watches 2021 Skagen Aaren Naturals

Perfect for eco-conscious shoppers, the timepieces in Skagen’s Aaren Naturals collection have been designed using stainless steel with recycled content and come on straps made with leather alternatives such as mulberry bark, cork and apple. 

Aaren Naturals Three-Hand Blue Leather Alternative (button)
Shinola Pee-Wee Detrola

Best womens watches 2021 Shinola Pee Wee Detrola

Lovers of Americana will flip for the new Pee-Wee Detrola watch from Detroit-based Shinola, which offers a big look in a pint-sized package.

Pee-Wee Detrola (button)
Seiko Prospex

Best womens watches 2021 Seiko Prospex

Introduced in 1959, the Seiko Prospex is a cult favorite among watch lovers. This modern “re-imagining” of the Japanese watchmaker’s first sport watch has a rotating inner compass bezel and is water resistant to 660 feet.

Prospex (button)
Nomos Tangente 38 – 50 Years Doctors Without Borders

Best womens watches 2021 Nomos Tangente 38

A classic of unisex styling, the new Tangente 38 from German watchmaker Nomos Glashütte benefits the nonprofit Doctors Without Borders. (The red 12 on the dial is a nod to the organization’s 50th anniversary.) The watch is available in a limited edition of 2,021 pieces, with 100 euros from each sale going directly to emergency aid services.

Tangente 38 (button)
Rado True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier

Best womens watches 2021 Rado True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier

Rado pioneered the use of high-tech ceramic in watchmaking. That legacy is evident in the sleek new True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier collection, named for the Swiss-French architect, designer and painter known as the “Father of Modernism.” 

True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier (button)
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300

Best womens watches 2021 TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300

The newly redesigned Aquaracer Professional 300 from TAG Heuer is a no-nonsense dive watch that works equally well for armchair explorers. The model’s signature 12-sided unidirectional rotating bezel hasn’t changed since the model was introduced in 1983, but virtually everything else has been updated, including a new scratch-resistant ceramic insert, an upgraded sapphire crystal and a slimmer case and bezel.

Aquaracer Professional 300 (button)

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Longines DolceVita

Best womens watches 2021 Longines DolceVita

A tribute to both the Art Deco era (the design is based on a 1920s model from Longines’ archives) and the Italian notion of the “good life,” the rectangular DolceVita with a diamond-set bezel is the perfect, and perfectly elegant, timepiece for the Roaring 2020s.

DolceVita (button)

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Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 South Sea Capsule Collection

Best womens watches 2021 Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 South Sea Capsule Collection

Breitling’s Chronomat South Sea Capsule Collection — including this 36 mm model with the fetching midnight blue lacquered dial — channels the exotic vacation vibe we’ve all been craving, thanks to its striking hue, golden indexes and hands, diamond-set hour markers and cocktail-hued gem-set bezel.

Chronomat Automatic 36 South Sea (button)

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Rolex Datejust 36

Best womens watches 2021 Rolex Datejust 36

Considered the classic starter Rolex, the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 now comes in a sophisticated yet sporty Oystersteel and yellow gold combination bearing a golden dial with a pretty fluted motif. Take the model’s signature Jubilee bracelet as an invitation to celebrate.

Datejust 36 (button)

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Girard-Perregaux 1966 Infinity

Best womens watches 2021 Girard Perregaux 1966 Infinity

With its sleek black onyx dial framed by 60 brilliant-cut diamonds, the 1966 Infinity from Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux is the quintessential cocktail watch. But the mechanical timepiece has plenty of substance, too: Its in-house manufactured movement is faithful to the famed Calibre 3000, the origin of the 1966 collection.

1966 Infinity (button)

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Chopard Happy Ocean 40

Best womens watches 2021 Chopard Happy Ocean 40

Chopard’s Happy Diamonds watches, with their trademark floating diamonds, have been a house staple since 1976. The latest iteration of the collection (whose new face is happiness incarnate Julia Roberts), includes this Happy Ocean model, ideal for snorkeling, sunbathing or dancing on the beach.

Happy Ocean 40 (button)

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto Medium

Best womens watches 2021 Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Duetto Medium

Introduced in 1931, the Reverso by Jaeger-LeCoultre has a unique swiveling mechanism that effectively gives you two watches for the price of one (the same movement powers both sets of hands). In the new 18k pink gold Reverso Duetto Medium, the reverse side features a glossy black lacquer dial that accentuates the model’s day/night possibilities.

Reverso Duetto Medium (button)

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Bulgari Serpenti Spiga

Best womens watches 2021 Bulgari Serpenti Spiga

Imagine yourself cruising around the Eternal City on a Vespa wearing the new Serpenti Spiga double spiral bracelet watch by the Roman jeweler and watchmaker Bulgari. The coiling 18k rose gold case and bracelet, set with diamonds and complemented by a black dial, is the ultimate in chic accessories.

Serpenti Spiga (button)

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The best iPhone cases in 2021 for style and protection

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  • The best iPhone cases provide extra style and protection.
  • Quality varies depending on the price, but there’s an option for every budget.
  • Our favorite iPhone cases come from brands like Smartish, Speck, Nomad, Otterbox, and others.

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A great iPhone case should serve a few different purposes. First and foremost, it should protect your iPhone from scratches, scuffs, and dirt.

But given the number of times most of us pick up our phones each day, it’s also important that your phone case is easy to grip. At the same time, a good case should also add some style to your device. At the very least, it shouldn’t hinder your device’s aesthetics or make it too cumbersome.

We’ve tested nearly two dozen products to find the best iPhone cases. Whether you’re looking for extreme protection, an attractive wallet case, or just a slim shell to prevent smudges, these are the best iPhone cases we’ve found.

The best iPhone cases:

Best general purpose cases: Speck cases

Speck’s iPhone cases are durable yet slim, which is why we like them
Speck Presido 2 Perfect Clear, Presidio 2 Armor Cloud, and Presido Pro

While some cases specialize in durability or sleekness, Speck‘s sweet spot is right in the middle.

Speck cases provide more heft and protection than cheaper covers, but aren’t quite as big and bulky as Otterboxes. 

That’s also reflected in the pricing: Speck’s cases certainly aren’t cheap, with some models costing about $60 at their regular price. But they’re also not as pricey as certain specialty cases.

Speck offers a variety of cases made to fit models as old as the iPhone 7 all the way through to the new iPhone 12 lineup. So no matter which iPhone model you have, there’s probably a case that fits. Speck cases come in many styles, from clear cases to ones with grips, printed patterns, and a glittery or ombre finishes. The options will vary depending on your phone model.

I love how the Presidio 2 Perfect Clear with Grips doesn’t add too much bulk to my iPhone but still feels protective. The grips are also perfectly placed, making it easy to hang on to my phone securely. But this case is more stiff than some others we’ve tested, making it more difficult to remove. 

The Presidio 2 Armor Cloud, meanwhile, claims to have air capsules that compress to suspend your phone on a cushion of air to prevent damage, although other companies have made similar claims. Regardless, the Speck cases we tested handled a 5-foot drop onto a marble floor with ease, showing no signs of damage. 

In our grease test, Speck’s Presidio 2 Perfect Clear and Armor Cloud cases picked up a seemingly normal amount of smudges, while the Presidio 2 Pro looked particularly greasy. Each case was easy to clean using a lightly dampened cloth with warm water, but the Presidio 2 Pro and Armor Cloud still show some streakage if you look very closely. 

Worth a look:

Presido 2 Perfect Clear with Grips (small)Presidio 2 Armor Cloud (small)Presidio 2 Pro (small)
Best for classy designs: Native Union cases

Native Union’s iPhone cases utilize materials like wood, leather, and fabric
Native Union Clic Card, Clic Wooden, and Clic Canvas

We love Native Union’s iPhone cases for their attractive designs made from materials like leather, wood, and fabric.

While protection is the main reason you may choose to put a case on your iPhone, style is important too. 

The cases are super slim, barely adding any extra heft to your device. And for how nice they look, they aren’t all that much more expensive than other cases on this list. The Clic Canvas fabric case for the iPhone 12 currently costs $30, while the Clic Wooden for iPhone 12 is priced at $40, and the Clic Card wallet case for iPhone 12 Mini costs $50. If you have a slightly older iPhone, the prices will be even cheaper. 

The downside about Native Union’s cases, however, is that the selection isn’t very big. They only sell cases for the iPhone 11 generation and higher. 

The Clic Wooden case also isn’t the most durable if your phone takes a hard fall. After being dropped from five feet onto a marble floor, the Clic Wooden case had a small chip near the bottom. But more importantly, the iPhone 12 it was protecting came away unscathed. 

These cases can also be more difficult to maintain depending on the model. The Clic Canvas requires an eraser to clean, and we were unable to find instructions for cleaning the Clic Wooden. But thankfully the Clic Card can be cleaned with a damp cloth and mild hand soap. 

The Clic Card and Wooden didn’t get unusually smudgy when we held them with dirty fingers, and the Clic Card looked good as new after following Native Union’s cleaning instructions. We used the same method to clean the Clic Wooden, but it still looks a little smudgy when the light hits in at certain angles. 

Still, these cases are a great choice for those who care about looks first and foremost, and they’re reasonably priced.

Worth a look:

Clic Card (small)Clic Canvas (small)Clic Wooden (small)
Best cases on a budget: Smartish cases

Smartish iPhone cases are among the cheapest available, but you wouldn’t be able to tell
Smartish Gripzilla, Kung-Fu Grip, and Wallet Slayer

Smartish’s cases are some of the cheapest you’ll find, but they don’t compromise on quality.

Smartish makes it hard to justify spending a lot of money on an iPhone case. Their cases typically cost $20 or less but don’t feel like it, and they come in a variety of colors and finishes. Smartish offers cases for iPhones as old as the iPhone 5S, making it one of the few companies still making cases for 5-year-old iPhones. 

I’ve been using the Gripzilla for the iPhone 12, a sturdy general-purpose case priced at $20. It’s not the most attractive case, but it feels well-built and is a great middle-ground between a slim case and a heavy-duty case. It’s also easy to put on and remove from the phone, which is always a plus.

The Kung Fu Grip is also a great choice for those who want a no-frills case for basic protection. It has a course finish that makes it easy to hold — as its name implies — and a flexible, jelly-like build that makes it easy to put on and remove from the phone. Best of all: it’s only $12. 

Smartish’s cases also provide enough protection should your phone take a tough fall. After dropping each case mentioned below from a height of five feet onto a marble floor, neither the cases nor the phones they were protecting showed any signs of damage. 

However, these cases attracted the most smudges and debris of all the cases we tested in our grease test. But they were also among the easiest to clean, and looked brand new after a quick wipedown with warm water and soap. 

Overall, Smartish’s cases prove that you don’t need to spend close to $50 for a quality case that checks the boxes when it comes to basic protection.

Worth a look:

Gripzilla (small)Kung Fu Grip (small)Wallet Slayer (small)
Best leather cases: Nomad cases

Nomad makes excellent looking genuine leather iPhone cases that won’t break the bank
Nomad Rugged case with MagSafe and Rugged Folio

Nomad’s leather iPhone cases impress when it comes to looks and protection, and they’re reasonably priced. 

Nomad’s iPhone cases may be pricey, but they’re made of high-quality Horween leather to back it up. You can even smell the leather upon unboxing the case. 

The company’s Rugged case is sleek yet protective, with the company claiming that it can withstand a 10-foot drop. While we didn’t test these cases in a 10-foot drop, the Nomad Rugged and Rugged Folio held up just fine when being dropped from five feet onto a marble floor. The MagSafe compatible cases also snap in place against my MagSafe Duo charger more easily than most cases I’ve used before.

Nomad’s iPhone cases are definitely on the high-end of the spectrum when it comes to price, but the difference in quality is certainly noticeable, especially when it comes to the Rugged Folio wallet case. It just feels more durable and premium than cheaper leather wallet cases we’ve tested. Each leather case also comes with a packet of leather conditioner to keep it clean.

Nomad’s cases attracted some mild smudging in our grease test, but I’m impressed with how easy they are to clean with soap and water. Although the cases looked a bit streaky while wet, they were back to normal after air drying for a few minutes. 

Nomad’s selection is better than that of some companies like Native Union, but it’s still fairly limited. It only sells iPhone cases for the iPhone XS/XR series, the iPhone 11 series, and the iPhone 12 series, so you’ll have to look elsewhere if you have an older phone. 

Worth a look:

Rugged Case MagSafe (small)Rugged Folio (small)
Best for extra durability: Otterbox cases

Otterbox’s iPhone cases are designed for serious protection
Otterbox Symmetry Series+ with MagSafe, Otterbox Defender Series, Otterbox Commuter Series

Otterbox has become synonymous with durability and rugged protection when it comes to smartphone cases, and that’s still true in 2021.

The company makes a wide selection of cases that vary when it comes to their level of protection, from relatively slim models to all-encompassing shells that come with multiple layers and pieces. Some newer models like the Symmetry Series + are also compatible with Apple’s new MagSafe charger. 

Otterbox also offers cases made to fit models as old as the iPhone 5, so there’s plenty of choice. Prices will vary depending on the case and phone model, but newer cases for the iPhone 12 tend to cost around $60 while older ones can be found for about $30. 

Although many other cases offer decent protection, part of what makes Otterbox stand out is its extra protection around the iPhone’s ports. Even cases like the Commuter Series, which is on the slimmer side for an Otterbox, include a cover for the Lightning port. The Symmetry Series +, which is considerably thinner than other Otterboxes, is also rated for three times as many drops as the military standard. 

The downside, however, is that Otterbox’s extra durable design means its cases can be difficult to remove. It takes a decent amount of prying and pulling to remove the Commuter Series case thanks to its protective yet stiff build. 

The Otterbox Defender rugged case also looks intimidating to remove, but once you get the hang of disassembling it it’s actually not so difficult.

Unsurprisingly, the Otterbox Defender, Symmetry Series Plus, and Commuter Series cases all passed our 5-foot drop test onto a marble floor with ease. They also showed minimal smudging in our grease test, and were among the easiest to clean with soap and water. Some Otterboxes come in multiple pieces, so just be sure to clean any debris that gets in any creases. 

Worth a look:

Pro Symmetry Series+ Case with MagSafe (small)Defender Series (iPhone 8/7) (small)Commuter Series Case (small)
Best for regular protection: Urban Armor Gear

Urban Armor Gear’s iPhone cases are built for protection, but aren’t as bulky or expensive as many Otterboxes
Urban Armor Gear Pathfinder, Plyo Crystal, and Lucent cases

Urban Armor Gear‘s (UAG) cases are generally more flexible and less expensive than Otterbox’s, while still providing an impressive level of protection. 

The company sells cases for the iPhone 6S and higher, making its selection a bit smaller than Otterbox’s and Smartish’s, but still wide enough to cover most iPhone owners. 

The Pathfinder is the case to go with if protection is your top priority. It comes with two layers of protection and meets military drop test standards, which is lower than the 3x military drop rating that Otterbox’s MagSafe-enabled $60 Symmetry Series + promises. 

But UAG’s Pathfinder is also considerably cheaper at $40 and provides enough protection for basic drops. During our five-foot drop test on a marble floor, the UAG Pathfinder successfully guarded the iPhone 12 it was protecting from scuffs and scratches. The thick edges even prompted the case to bounce upon hitting the floor.

If you don’t want a case that screams rugged like the Pathfinder, the $40 Plyo Crystal Series also offers decent protection in a much more subtle design. The clear case still has thick corners for impact resistance and meets military drop standards, but doesn’t have the Pathfinder’s Rugged look.

I also really enjoy the $30 Lucent Series case, which I’ve been using on an iPhone SE. It’s one of the easiest cases to install and remove, but its thin design means it isn’t the most protective for drops. While the Pathfinder and Plyo Crystal aced our drop test, I noticed some very minor scuffs at the bottom of the iPhone SE afterwards. 

These cases also picked up a normal amount of smudges during our grease test, but the fingerprints looked most noticeable on the Plyo Crystal. We were unable to find maintenance instructions on UAG’s website, but these cases were still among the easiest to clean. After a little soap and water, smudges cleared almost immediately. 

Worth a look:

Pathfinder (small)Plyo Crystal (small)Lucent (small)
Other we considered

TwelveSouth specializes in wallet style iPhone cases, but we preferred other case makers in this list
TwelveSouth BookBook Vol. 2, SurfacePad, and Journal

TwelveSouth: TwelveSouth makes leather wallet cases for the iPhone 12 series, iPhone 11 series, iPhone SE (2020), and iPhone 8, 7, and 6S Plus. While these cases are plenty spacious, we ultimately don’t feel like they’re  the best wallet cases available. The $70 BookBook Vol. 2, which resembles a leatherbound book, feels a bit too bulky to be practical. This case as well as the TwelveSouth’s SurfacePad and Journal provide a lot of storage, but aren’t as flexible as other wallet cases we’ve tested, which makes it difficult to use with one hand. TwelveSouth’s cases may serve a niche, particularly if you love the novelty of having an iPhone case that looks like a book. But for most people, we’d recommend the similarly priced Nomad Rugged Folio or a cheaper non-folio case with a card slot, like Smartish’s Wallet Slayer.

Survivor: We also considered the Survivor Extreme, which has a four-layer construction and is rated to protect against 16-foot drops, for our extra durability category. But this case is too difficult to uninstall to make it our top pick. While it’s common for rugged cases to have a multi-layer design that makes them challenging to install or remove, we had to use pliers to get this case off our iPhone 12.

How we tested

We tested nearly two dozen iPhone cases to find the best ones
The iPhone cases included in our guide from Speck, Nomad, Native Union, Otterbox, Urban Armor Gear, and Smartish.

For this guide, we judged iPhone case brands based on a variety of criteria to determine the best picks. A large part of the decision comes down quality of each brand’s cases, which we decide based on the following factors:

  • How durable the cases are
  • The build quality of the materials used in the case
  • Whether the case is easy to grip
  • How easy it is to put on and remove each case
  • How easily each case picks up dirt and grease
  • How easy it is to clean each case

We also evaluate each brand based on other factors including the selection of cases available and price. 

To test durability, we dropped a compatible smartphone wearing each case from a height of five feet onto a marble floor. We then examined the case and the phone for signs of damage.

In addition to protection, we also know looks can be important to a case’s overall value. That’s why we’ve tested how well these cases resist smudges from greasy fingers, and how easy they are to clean. To do this, we rubbed our hands in a bowl of one of the messiest (and most delicious) store bought snacks available — Nacho Cheese Doritos — and wiped our hands all over each case. We then cleaned each case by following the manufacturer’s guidelines unless specified otherwise.

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How to cancel an order on Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade and vintage items

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Etsy is an online marketplace that offers handmade and vintage goods from independent sellers.

  • To cancel an order on Etsy, you must contact the seller or shop you purchased the item from directly.
  • Make sure to check the shop’s policies regarding returns, exchanges, or cancellations before placing an order.
  • Cancellation requests are at the discretion of the seller and not guaranteed.
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Etsy is a popular e-commerce website where customers can find handmade gifts, craft supplies, and vintage items from independent sellers. Items are often customizable and made to order, lending a personal touch to any gift, and purchases benefit small businesses. 

Before making a purchase, it’s important to note the seller’s policies – particularly when it comes to returns and exchanges. Some shops don’t accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations, while others do. When it comes to canceling an order, you need to contact the seller directly.

How to cancel an order on Etsy with an account

Etsy notes that accepting a cancellation request is at the discretion of the individual seller. Following the steps below starts the cancellation process, but it’s up to the seller to actually cancel your order.

1. Go to etsy.com. Click “Sign in” at the top-right corner. Sign in.

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Click “Sign in” at the top-right corner.

2. At the top-right corner, click your account icon (icon with “You” underneath).

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Click on your account icon.

3. Select “Purchases and reviews” from the dropdown menu.

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Click on “Purchases and reviews.”

4. Scroll down to find the order you wish to cancel, then click “Contact The Shop.”

5. Write a message to the seller indicating that you would like to cancel your order, then click “Send.”

How to cancel an order on Etsy without an account

1. Open the email you received confirming your order from Etsy. It will come from the email address transactions@etsy.com.

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Open the original confirmation email from your order to reply to it.

2. Reply to the email with a message to the seller indicating that you’d like to cancel your order.

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