Archive | July, 2009

Quick Links 7/31

31 Jul

dmpols has fake Gucci bags with the tags still on it:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28355694
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WatashiPanda has a whole lot of non-handmade Sanrio/Hello Kitty stuff
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6310869

Some listings show the necklace in its original packaging and says Made In China:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24378885
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meanii86 is not shy about her store being ALL Hello Kitty but every listing is still being put in the handmade sections.
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5781318
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PINKSTARswimwear was recently on the front page.
If you check out her shop it’s a drastic difference between “professional” and crap low grade digital and to top it off, it looks like she doesn’t know how to rotate her pictures.
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6028863

This listing is only for a Medium. As someone commented- if you made them, all sizes would be available.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13625292
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Hellobianca6 is back open with a few less items yet her shop announcement stays the same.

uniquebazaar

31 Jul

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5591963
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19414101

Not only is this photo taken directly in a STORE, but the description even says:

“The gown came with sparkling white gloves to adorn the dress.”

Came with?

She has tons of these dresses in her store. In addition to… wait for it… a $575 Louis Vuitton handbag!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27490341

Sad part is, she registered in February and has already made several sales.

Not Vintage, Not Handmade

30 Jul

UseOver.etsy.com

“high quality Fashion Cubic Zirconia (CZ) Gems “Diamond Quality” handset into Permanently Bonded 14K Gold.”

Bad name for a bad shop.

HelloCRAP

29 Jul

Hellobianca6
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6175653

She is selling all kinds of tacky non-handmade, non-vintage items. Such as this Sanrio change purse:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28199640

And these barely used Adidas shoes: [with no laces which is handy-eco]

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28217928

Or how about this China made marijuana ashtray?

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28201605

She even has a Hello Kitty section:

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6175653&section_id=6281730

Links 7/28

28 Jul

I’ve had my doubts about these:
RoesToesShoes
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5626343

Gift basket of commercial crap:
babybundlesandmore
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28133880

Fake Louis Vuitton Shoes (and not vintage either)
MissHoneyVintage
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25959696

Tourist Souvenirs

27 Jul

first, let me say that your blog is quite amusing and informative. thanks for keeping us all in the know!

secondly, i want to bring your attention to a few shops – of many – which are international sellers peddling tourist souvenirs as ‘handmade’. as a seller in Asia with only (verifiable! :) vintage items they’re not really my personal competition, but it does hurt my shop when people believe that everything sold from Asia is a fraud.

these two shops sell the EXACT same rubbish that i see in every tourist-trap bazaar, every day. sure, it’s ‘handmade’ somewhere along the way – but in sweatshops by women and kids who then sell it to these people for mere pennies. i don’t think that’s the sort of image Etsy wants to portray…..

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7038186

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7637146

i can say for certain that both of these are frauds. in the first – i cannot believe that this ONE person knows how to make EVERY SINGLE STYLE of tourist handbag sold all over town here. on the second, the lady is selling silver, wood, fabric (SAME PURSES as the first one!) and many other mediums, professionally done, and also strangely enough identical to everything in the bazaars.

PLEASE help to rid etsy of sweatshop items!

thanks!
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In other news, regs123 is back from “callout vacation”. She has changed some verbage but it still bothers me that she says “All of my artwork is either hand painted or hand drawn”..just say traced. Even the best artists in the world could not make absolute exact copies. Nice try. It’s still copyright and Disney will find you.

ResellersDream’s Finest Moments

25 Jul

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26207428
From the listing: “Publisher: Hermes House (January 1, 2004) “

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=26206684
From the listing: “(The first book in the Star Wars : Dark Forces series)
(1997)”

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26197916
Image from amazon (didn’t even bother to edit it), info I found at Amazon: “Publisher: Citadel Press; 2Rev Ed edition (Feb 1999)” http://www.amazon.co.uk/Films-Steven-Spielberg-Douglas-Brode/dp/0806519517/ref=sr_1_9/275-4818122-0473214?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1248519771&sr=1-9

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27667953
MATCHED PAIR WHITE GENUINE ROUND DIAMONDS – $14.99
“2 MATCHED LOOSE GENUINE NATURAL WHITE ROUND DIAMONDS

CLARITY SI1-I3

COLOR G-K

QUANTITY 2 diamonds

WEIGHT .08 TO .10 CTW (.04-.05 EACH)

SIZE 2.0 to 2.3 + mm each

SHAPE ROUND WHITE BRILLANT VERY AFFORDABLE PRICE
YOU RECEIVE THE EXACT 2 DIAMONDS PICTURED

I’M NOT A CERTIFIED GEMMOLOGIST. DESCRIPTION OF THE ITEM (COLOR and CLARITY)

IS ONLY MY HONEST AND PERSONAL APPRAISAL INTERPRETATION AND OPINION OF THE STONES!!!!

ALL MY DIAMONDS ARE GENUINE NATURAL AND ARE TESTED WITH JEM-II DIAMOND TESTER!!!

THESE ARE NATURAL GENUINE DIAMONDS

THESE WOULD BE GREAT FOR MAKING JEWELRY OR TO ADD TO YOUR DIAMOND COLLECTION

MUCH BETTER THAN PICTURED AND VERY PRETTY”

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27122105

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27039690

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27040402
LOUIS VUITTON VINTAGE CHECKBOOK WALLET – $25.00
“i am not sure of authenticy of it, but it is real nice. not hardly any wear.” I know we’ve seen this before, but it’s just so “funny”.

best regards,
Kirsi the Troll

Sock Puppet Voting

24 Jul

I received this email today:

Hi!

Love your blog and wish to remain anynomous, if that’s okay.

You’ll love this one. This shop, PenelopeG2, is in the voter this week. She’s in second place, as of this writing, with 155 votes. Second place, mind you, but not one single item heart. Imagine that!!

Everytime flapperdoodle moves ahead by 10-plus votes, PenelopeG2 moves just to within a few votes of her… within a matter of minutes. This has been a consistent pattern all week, since this round of voting began. Probably so she can keep the pace and cross the finish line in the final minutes??

It gets better- Zero hearts on her popular item. Check out her feedback from buyers- minharda buys from PenelopeG2 on July 6, 2009 and leaves feedback July 7, 2009. Here’s the feedback she left: “I gave this as a birthday gift to a girlfriend and she loved it….I think these pieces are unique and universal and very stylish.”
Can you say express mail??!
The next day, July 8, minharda makes two more purchases and leaves feedback July 21, the same day the other buyer, Hgerryts, did. Neither buyers have bought from any other shop.

And it still gets better! In the etsy storque article about this voter, there is a comment that says “wow, love PenelopeG2′s stuff – definitely on my wish list!” written by “dianadiva008″ — guess when she started her account? July 21st!! http://www.etsy.com/storque/etc/vote-who-has-the-freshest-shop-4406/ (scroll a way down to find the comment)
Dianadiva008n loves PenelopeG2 so much that she doesn’t bother to heart her shop, or her items. In fact, she hardly has any item hearts on anything. Now, wouldn’t you heart someone whose shop you love so much?
About 10 of us have been watching the voting pattern all week- it is amazing how, when flapperdoodle moves ahead by 10 or more votes, Penelope manages to close the gap.
While I think she makes her necklaces, some of her bracelets are mass produced.

Sock puppet’s for sure… I hope you will look into this and post something before voting ends at 10 am Monday.

Please, please!!

A REAL fischverkäuferin :)

21 Jul

A reader pointed out a shop with a VERY interesting German woman who loves to talk trash about others to somehow make herself appear more high and mighty to herself I suppose, yet us readers just thinks she’s an ass.

Check out some of the great comments left by other readers:

decentartworks

She manages to insult everyone on Etsy along with her customers.

http://www.etsy.com/profile.php?user_id=5731432

This profile was updated, it previously called all other photographers on Etsy “Ghetto walmart kids with crapy plastic cameras”

This is the “nice” version.
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Here’s a quote from the end of the profile:
“I love to talk to people from other countries …(and I’m also travelling a lot around)
…just another hobby of mine ;-)

= LMAO

Her nicecraftworks profile isn’t much better…
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Wow, that is pretty rich. Being a photographer myself, I don’t see what is so spectacular about her photography. It looks kind of bland. *shrugs*

Can you report people for having offensive profiles?
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Omg, this is from her other profile. How ignorant!

“‘GERMAN’ beads don’t exist. I’d like to stop that stupid nonsense that gets distributed by numerous jewelry and supply sellers from USA who are claiming that their beads are ‘made in Western Germany’.
The fact is that there are no beads factories in Germany. And for sure never have existed here in West Germany where I’m living for all my life (and that is almost a half century).

ALL beads and findings which are available here in German stores are imported from Asia or from somewhere else in the world. Also the jewelry material that gets sold by the German supply companies Guetermann, Rayher, Farbenspiel etc. is imported from Asia. (They just buy it from Asia and re-sell it in Germany for super expensive prices. Not only one single bead of them was ever manufactured here in Germany! And btw …Guetermann now even lets produce its world famous sewing thread in India.) So far about globalization…

Further on: the words ‘made in Germany’ are protected by German law for products which are actually made in Germany and may not abused for any other purposes.

Same for German ‘VINTAGE’ beads:
the word ‘vintage’ doesn’t exist in Germany as well. It’s totally unknown here and all this strange hype about ‘German vintage’ beads is USA-made only (as well as the beads themselves!!!). These sellers use to tag their beads ‘German vintage’ just for making ‘precious’ beads out of them (even out of worthless plastic beads!) and sell them for expensive prices.
Due to this ‘vintage fashion style’ hype in the USA many people are making lots of profit on that with such false products. There actually has arisen a real ‘German Vintage bead’ mass distribution in USA. (You can see that if you search for ‘German Vintage Beads’ on the internet. Just try out by yourself! You’ll find US-sellers only, no German at all… even no Asian sellers, who distribute such false ‘vintage beads’!)”
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I don’t see the artistry in her pictures either, and the things she says in the profile prove that she wouldn’t recognise fine art if it bit her in the nose…
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Just going to point out one more thing about decentartworks…

Previous to her updated profile she also called out all the photograhers who digitally altered their photos, saying she’s only providing actual prints.

Looks like she changed her mind about what’s crap and what’s art.

“All my listed photos are also available as digitally altered photos (i.e. greyscale, aged, faded, blurry, watercolour, oilpainting, textured, digitally framed etc.) Just let me know what effect you want for which photograph of mine and I will make a customized picture especially for you … at no extra costs :-)
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Good lord… that woman is unbalanced. WTF is this about???? How he hell does she know the percentage of sellers in Germany who are actually “other nationalities” temporarily living there?!! whatanutcase.

To your information:
About 50% of all Etsy stores located in Germany are US Army ‘based’ military shops! Other 30% of Etsy stores here in Germany are maintained by sellers of other nationalities who just temporarely live in Germany.
Only 20% are actually German shops.

So you should keep this in mind if you want to buy ‘typical German’ products here on Etsy. But I hope very much that this strange situation will change soon and that many more German sellers will sign up on Etsy in the future
…for representing OUR countries’ artisan products :-)

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I think that remark is sort of racist, as well. It’s not like she’s making traditional German cuckoo clocks. She’s making beaded jewelry, anyone from anywhere can make what she’s making. You don’t have to be German to know that skill.
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traveled and lived in germany for a short time here, and never met anyone like this fischverkäuferin. wjw….i do understand her wanting to let people know about traditional crafts in Germany Post WW2.

when i was there my arts and crafts appreciation was extended towards the fine pilsner brewers exclusively. quite enjoyable craftsmanship in that department.

it wasnt hard to find this link, decentcraftartphotographer lady:

http://www.wildthingsbeads.com/article-gcbi.html

not sure how accurate it is but apparently there may be some beadmaking going on there
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I just like how she trashes other photographers as ghetto.. goes on and on about how fine art her work is..and then charges $6.00 for it. What a joke.

And what is this about??

because when I joined Etsy one year ago I was totally shocked about all the many ‘trash photographers’ from USA who make (without exception) ugly junk photos of European countries (especially of Germany) and publish them here for sale. I still do not know the reasons for this very primitive behaviour that continues on and on, because we Europeans do not make such ugly photos of the USA and put them here for sale…
or should we do that also do in the future now?

Don’t Forget!

20 Jul

to send in your callouts to my email! etsycallout@hotmail.com

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