Where to even start with this one? It’s quite a tangled web and seems to have far too many coincidences to be on the up and up. First of all, I’ve been following the forum threads about the front page repeats with some interest although I’ve probably missed plenty of them. There’s one seller who seems to show up in every thread to defend the constant repeats and slam anyone who dares to complain. No, I’m not talking about Polestar. It’s BrokenGhostCouture, aka MyFairMaiden and TattyTess.
I think she also has at least two undisclosed accounts which she’s been using to create treasuries to help get one of her three shops on the front page. These accounts are under the name SnowInJune and TessaF1993.
Specifics: SnowInJune registered on Etsy on May 30, 2010 and lists her location as the great white north, another name for Canada, and home to brokenghostcouture, as well. SnowinJune has made 19 treasuries in that time and only one small purchase. Of the 19 treasuries she’s made, every single one of them features either brokenghostcouture, tattytess, or myfairmaiden.
According to Craftcult, 7 of these 19 treasuries have made the front page. That’s 7 treasuries in less than 4 months on the front page and all of them featuring brokenghostcouture or one of her other 2 shops:
Even better, check out the very first treasury she made and look at the avatar she was using at that time.
Now, check out brokenghostcouture’s curated front page lists on craftcult:
Does anyone else think that those avatars look like the same person? Except for the hair color, of course.
Now, check out this treasury from MyFairmaiden, one of the three disclosed accounts, that made the front page in April:
She actually featured one of her other shops (brokenghostcouture) front and center and it still made it to the front page!
The account under the name TessaF1993 was opened on August 20, 2010 and has no feedback. She’s evidently been too busy making treasuries to buy anything. Here’s her Treasury East history. Fifteen treasuries made in less than 4 weeks and ALL of them featuring, you guessed it, brokenghostcouture, tattytess, or myfairmaiden.
Of course, 2 of them have already made the front page. Pretty fast work for someone who’s been an Etsy member for less than a month and has never bought anything:
If you’d like to check out even more “coincidences”, pay a visit to treasury east and search for brokenghostcouture. She features one of her other 2 shops in each and every treasury she makes.
A lot of this started to come out in this thread (now closed for calling out, of course), especially around page 12:
Here’s an example of the nastiness that brokenghostcouture spouts in any thread that criticizes the front page repetition. This post is from this thread which is still open:
“I’d be really interested to see a shop who sells a product that has wide appeal with buyers, who has visually stunning photos, has a large inventory and adds several new items daily as well as renewing many daily, that ISN’T being featured in a lot of treasuries and in turn FP spots.
If I can be shown such a shop or shops, then I’d be convinced that something is awry here. But…so far, I haven’t seen this. The only ones I see on FP regularly are the ones who 100% qualify in all the points I listed above (add in make treasuries often, network with other sellers, tag items in a treasury-friendly way). The ones who aren’t being featured often in treasuries or FP…need to make some changes to get there.”
According to past admin forum posts, brokenghost is seriously violating the treasury rules:
Lauren is correct.
If people are putting their own items from a different account into their treasury, then it may not be caught. In that case, we encourage anyone who sees someone putting their own items from a different account into their treasury to send an email about it to abuse [!at] etsy.com. Thanks.
Posted at 5:53 pm, November 19, 2008 ET – Report this post
Right. Don’t put items from an alternate account into a treasury list.
There isn’t any “punishment”, unless I guess they keep doing it. They’ll just get a letter from an admin explaining the rules, I believe.
Posted at 6:02 pm, November 19, 2008 ET – Report this post
Michelle’s point is the same as the basic written rule: the Treasury is not for self-promotion. That means for the PERSON, not just the username.
We generally let people feature one of their own items in a list without sweating it, though that item will be removed if the list is promoted to the front page. If someone is adding their own items from different usernames they hold, it gets difficult to tell that self-promotion is happening (especially because people often do not disclose multiple accounts as they should).
While the person may not be intending to be deceitful, it’s not really in the spirit of the Treasury to feature your other shops. The Treasury is intended to feature the work of other sellers that you admire. If you see excessive abuse for self-promotion, then we ask you let us know so we can work with the member to correct the situation. Simple as that.
Posted at 6:16 pm, November 19, 2008 ET – Report this post
I encourage everyone to report these violations to administration. If Etsy had a top 10 list for asshat sellers, she’d be right at the top for me!