LindsayWertin, nacreart

24 Nov

Charlotte Russe is not vintage:
– from LindsayWertin: http://www.etsy.com/listing/58039532/charlotte-russe-thrift-size-8-white?ref=v1_other_1

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This shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/nacreart sells mass quantities of sweatshop made compacts and cigarette cases and calls them ‘handmade.” I found no less than a dozen wholesaler sites for these exact items.

Example: http://www.chinacomputerparts.com/buy-compact_mirror_with_pearl_mother/
http://www.tradekorea.com/products/Mother_of_Pearl.html
http://www.alibaba.com/product-free/105160476/Compact_case_and_Hand_mirror_with.html

The etsy shop doesn’t even bother using a different photo than the ones on the wholesaler websites. I’ve reported this 3 times, and they keep making sales. I guess its the resellers that have made sure etsy stays profitable to make a good show for the new investors they just got. Good to see etsy fully adhere to their “handmade pledge.”

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96 Responses to “LindsayWertin, nacreart”

  1. JewelJewel November 25, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    what about these lovelies… description sounds slightly coached (cough, cough) but still completely confusing – “India is our factory”? I bet.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/62792236/ox-bone-bracelets?ref=pr_shop

  2. losinghope November 25, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/nacreart

    Pathetic…etsy is spitting in the face of the honest sellers. All they care about is pumping up sales so they can sell the site. We’re just pawns in their game.

  3. The Unknown Etsian November 25, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/62792236/ox-bone-bracelets?ref=pr_shop

    It would probably be a good idea if he took off the Ebay watermarks too.

  4. Life During Wartime November 25, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    LindsayWertin’s shop is a dumpsterette with all the thrift store junque there is listed in handmade categories.

  5. WhistlingDixie November 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    If anybody still thinks that flags are investigated, it’s time to realize that they are not. It’s all about the bottom line, and deals with social websites now.
    Etsy wants to compete with Ebay or or at least suck some dough out of Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites.
    It’s about $$, nothing else. AT ALL.

    So, if you are creating your own things or selling real live vintage, you have to compete with the shit manufactured overseas in sweatshops, Walmart, Canal St, Dollar Tree, and garage salea. This is what Rob Kalin has done to handmade. He is the Devil to real artisans, lies, cheats, obfuscates, and wants to get as much for himself as he can. There is no real concern or passion in the man at all.

    Etsy has downgraded us. Reminds me of the film where Bette Midler said “I’ve been kidnapped by KMart!”

  6. Artfire Seller November 25, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    FYI, GardenofSecrets is back as Lacachet on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/people/lacachet

    Original thread about this chick here: http://etsycallout.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/guess-whos-back/

    These earrings from Gardenofsecrets: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/35770728

    Are now being sold by Lacachet: http://www.etsy.com/listing/61721200/pyramid-blue-earrings?ref=pr_shop

  7. Life During Wartime November 25, 2010 at 7:12 pm #

    You’re right, Whistling. The most Etsy will do about a shop blatantly violating the TOU is offer them coaching to help them disguise what they are.

    One year ago, Etsy promised the community of sellers and buyers that the reseller issue would be addressed. Didn’t happen.

  8. em November 25, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    Ok, PLEASE tell me how lacachet joins Etsy (again) and manages to sell almost 300 things in a month? I mean, is it shilling? I don’t mean to sound desperate but it blows my mind whenever a jewelry seller is called out here who has mediocre things but sells an assload.

  9. it stinks November 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

    Charlotte Russe is not vintage:
    – from LindsayWertin: http://www.etsy.com/listing/58039532/charlotte-russe-thrift-size-8-white?ref=v1_other_1

    ****************************
    She doesn’t have this tagged as vintage – it’s in the handmade category (which it clearly is not).
    Has she changed her tags? All of her shop is just garage sale crap and her “descriptions” make her sound like she has mental “issues”.

  10. em November 25, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    Sorry for the above post, I should have read and thought first, lol.

    What I think might be happening: maybe she sets up shop, lists everything, and just renews like a mad woman to rack up the sales quickly. Then as she runs up a huge bill and/or the negs start piling up, just abandon shop and open up a new one.

    In the lacachet shop, four out of five pages have all been listed/renewed in the past 24 hours. Seems like a lot to me. Just a guess, though.

  11. WhistlingDixie November 25, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    I don’t think they are coached. I think they are “warned” and perhaps not by etsy staff. Much of the time they edit and reword to fit the venue. It doesn’t take much sense to do that without being coached. Esp if they know that what they are doing is dicey.

    I don’t think that any staff at etsy is bothering to coach or check flags or anything. They do seem to be concentrating on trying to keep their “community” and “handmade” and “vintage” image by shutting up anyone who “calls out”. It’s all about the image; the image does not fit the reality and THERE IS NO ONE at Etsy that gives a shit.

    They just want their paychecks, the guys up the line right up to the top. The desperation is palpable; the employees are not up to their jobs but there is nobody to manage them so unless they draw attention to themselves, they can make mistakes. After all, Kalin himself says that they are “all CEOs”.
    He doesn’t have the testicles to manage a company, likes the anarchy, and is making big money and feels like a celebrity. Why put any effort into doing something that might upset everybody’s applecart?
    They are all out for themselves, every one. the forum admins are just the most obvious. I think that they all get wasted together at lunch. Where else will they get a job with the apparent skills they (don’t) have?
    The blog writers suck, they don’t research, their writing is crap, the techies play all day without solving real problems. Who else would give them a job? I am willing to bet there are kids with really short resumes making some nice money “working” at Etsy.

    I am sure that there will continue to be nice fat profits for Etsy as they continue to destroy the original “concept”— which, by the way, was initiated by a self-proclaimed scammer who seems to be proud of faking his way into college. He just got fucking lucky. He’ll come out with $$ by selling out or dealing with one of the other companies who have REAL managers and businessmen who know what they are doing.
    Kalin has been flying by the seat of his pants. I don’t like to think about his pants, because it makes me want to poke him right there with a stun gun.

  12. The Unknown Etsian November 26, 2010 at 7:25 am #

    Are now being sold by Lacachet: http://www.etsy.com/listing/61721200/pyramid-blue-earrings?ref=pr_shop
    ___
    I don’t get this one either. The items are nice, they look handmade. Everything looks right. The only think I see is that she started with low prices and now they are $16 a pop. Thinking she must shill to get started tho.

  13. JK November 26, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    WD, you’re on to something regarding Etsycorp’s tendency to shut down the whistle-blowers instead of actually fixing the damn problem in the first place. It’s easier to pretend there are no problems instead of taking the initiative to actually correct what’s going wrong.

  14. Christine November 26, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    I love this blog but I don’t think there is a need for it anymore. It is very clear that Etsy is no longer a handmade site. It hasn’t been for a long time. If we believe it is than we are just kidding ourselves. Etsy changed what the site is about but didn’t have the guts to come out and say it. I’m done with Etsy, emptied my shop some time ago and I won’t buy there anymore.

  15. The Unknown Etsian November 26, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    I think WD is right. The employees are limited on what they can really do given the corporate culture. Give the difficulty of finding jobs in this economy is one reason to go along with the program. The other enticement could be if Etsy goes public, they get shares in the “next’ Ebay. Or so they think.

  16. Life During Wartime November 26, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    I think the employees are taking a huge gamble if they think being part of the present Etsy will bump them up in line in future. Truth of the matter is, whenever the corporate org chart is seriously re-drawn — for any one of a variety of reasons — heads will roll.

    I, too, think calling out resellers at this point accomplishes little, except to give us a place to vent. I am super mean, but I would like to see more exposure of Treasury curators who have shops and should know the rules, but who repeatedly feature resellers, faux vintage, homewares etc listed as supplies, and category/tag/title abusers. I would also like the curators of Etsy features that do the same linked to the call outs.

    Yes, it’s simple and safe to say that ‘Etsy’ promotes violators. But all these promotions have a user name associated with them.

  17. Maul November 26, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Hey Etsy, keep up the good work putting treasury team front page repeats on the front page during Black Friday! They’ve earned it with all their hard work photographing, tweeting and threatening people in the forums!

  18. sick of cupcakes November 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    It warms my heart to see the pole sitting bitch on the fp for the 4th or 5th time today. Hope she chokes on a turkey bone.

  19. em November 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    I noticed that, too, Maul. I’ve seen tinahdee on there three times today I think, and Polestar at least twice. I think jarosdesigns has been up at least twice today, too. It’s weird that I can remember all their shop names… wait, that’s just because I see them every. single. day.

  20. Maul November 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Polestar makes it to seven or eight Black Friday front page features! Right now she’s only at four, which isn’t fair considering all the hard work she does.

  21. em November 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    Ya, it’s only fair that those who work the hardest get the largest reward! Ha ha..

  22. Maul November 26, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    After two back to back appearances Polestar is up to five Black Friday features on the front page. Will she be up to seven or eight when I return from shopping? Stay tuned!

  23. Artfire Seller November 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Polestar has been on the FP 6 times in the last 24 hours, and 3 of those FP treasuries were created by Raceytay.

    It just kills me because it’s like Etsy keeps doing this in the ultimate F*ck You to anyone who complains there is favoritism.

  24. JK November 26, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    Buyers get bored with the FP repeats, too, and the desperate clinging to favourites and the Etsycorp aesthetic doesn’t always produce the desired effect. More than one person has expressed surprised when seeing the Etsy URL on my business cards, saying they didn’t realise that [product y] could be purchased there and thought it was only certain styles and types of products. One woman told me she thought it was a wholesale site — I had to bite my tongue to keep from giving the response I wanted to say!

  25. losinghope November 26, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    Polestar has been on the FP 6 times in the last 24 hours, and 3 of those FP treasuries were created by Raceytay.

    It just kills me because it’s like Etsy keeps doing this in the ultimate F*ck You to anyone who complains there is favoritism.
    __________________________________________________

    I was up at 3 a.m. this morning and raceytay’s treasury was on the FPwith Polestar in it. It’s like Etsy gave her extra because she tried to calm the masses in the forum. It’s almost embarrassing except for the fact they are laughing all the way to the bank.

  26. WangFu November 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    Well considering HGTV just did a handmade Christmas special and featured etsy, I am not surprised the usual suspects are hitting the FP.

  27. scrapmetal November 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    All this talk of PoleStar… what exactly is so great, fantastic, or whatever about her shop? I’ve seen her pieces, and although they are cute and all, I don’t see how she is so far above everyone else in skill, innovation, marketing strategy, advertising, blogging, photos, descriptions, hard work, etc. that gets her FP status all the time. She claims on the fori that it’s all about the hard work skill, presentation etc that she puts into it, but I really don’t think that’s it. Is it just a fad, sort of a viral phenomenon, as to why she is so popular? Sort of like the kids in high school that were so popular, yet there was no real difference between them and the ordinary joes and janes of the school. So what gives?

  28. sick of cupcakes November 26, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    She’s in so many treasuries because it’s almost a sure shot to the front page if you add her.

  29. ThisEtsyChick November 26, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    PLEASE someone tell me I’m dreaming. Anyone?

    SparklePeach sold item: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/37874086

    GardenSecrets current item: http://www.etsy.com/listing/62965117/tiny-snow-bunny-post-earrings-free-us

    She is the biggest ASS on Etsy. How in the HELL does Etsy keep letting this woman open shop after shop with such a horrible track record??

    How many shops has she had? What are all the names? Does anyone know? I’m sure her customers would LOVE to know how she operates. This is just disgusting.

    Ugh.

  30. em November 26, 2010 at 9:31 pm #

    All this talk of PoleStar… what exactly is so great, fantastic, or whatever about her shop?

    There’s really not much that’s so great about her shop. She figured out how to take a pretty photo and has a variety of things in different colors that suit treasury themes. The rest is blind luck and I hope she knows that.

  31. The Unknown Etsian November 27, 2010 at 7:16 am #

    Pole Star seems to jump into any forum topic that mentions front page favorites. She gives the standard about how hard she works, the photos etc etc. Then she gets nasty with anyone who doesn’t agree with her. And her stuff ain’t that great – its the same thing over and over in a different color.

  32. Artfire Seller November 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    Pole Star seems to jump into any forum topic that mentions front page favorites. She gives the standard about how hard she works, the photos etc etc. Then she gets nasty with anyone who doesn’t agree with her. And her stuff ain’t that great – its the same thing over and over in a different color.
    __________________________________
    ^^^ This. It’s bland and boring, like most of Etsy’s front page favorites. Washed-out bland colors to apparently go with the washed out, bland, repetitive “style” (and I use the term loosely) of the people who pick the front page.

    Instead of looking at the trends, apparently Etsy is trying to set it, and they’ve ignored people begging for something…. anything… different on the front page.

    I’ve got to give it up to Artfire…. their front pages are vibrant and colorful, and they go out of their way to make sure that everyone has a shot at being included.

  33. Life During Wartime November 27, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    Etsy is not setting the trends in its marketing guidelines. They are using the trend suggestions followed by off-shore mass manufacturers for gifts and housewares.

    See:
    http://www.creativecoop.com/products.aspx

    Page through the online catalogs, and you might even recognize items actually sold on Etsy without alteration as handmade, vintage or supplies ;) as well as inspo for a lot of the Etsy faves.

    Do some googling, and you will see other wholesale merchants that fit the Etsy style very closely. You will see sources for sellers who simply buy items to spray paint, and sources for faux vintage.

    This is so sad, because a site for handmade and vintage should offer pretty much every imaginable style from the past and present, as well as being a trend setter for future styles.

    All joking in the forums aside, there aren’t really many owls, cowls, ‘staches, and foxes on the FP and in the Finds. The hipsters are still there, but the shabby country mass-market trend started in the 90s is beating them out.

  34. Artfire Seller November 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    Etsy is not setting the trends in its marketing guidelines. They are using the trend suggestions followed by off-shore mass manufacturers for gifts and housewares….

    This is so sad, because a site for handmade and vintage should offer pretty much every imaginable style from the past and present, as well as being a trend setter for future styles.
    _________________________________________

    But that is the thing, don’t you see?? Artists, artisans, crafters, whatever you want to call them should be featured for what THEY make… not because they are following a trend.

    Etsy’s front page should be focusing on fresh, creative, unique ideas, not attempting to look like an Ikea advertisement (or Creative Coop or Pier 1 Imports or whatever else is popular right now).

    Instead of encouraging creativity with what they feature, they are trying to curb it. Also, not every part of the country has the same style. Heck, I’m not far from Dallas, and they love the gaudy stuff: Hot pink, zebra prints, gaudy handbags, rhinestone brooches, and blinged out Maltese crosses. Etsy would have a stroke before they put something like that on their front page because God forbid it doesn’t reflect what is “hip” in Brooklyn. Hell, maybe it’s scarecrows and flipflops in North Dakota, but does Etsy care? No!

  35. Life During Wartime November 27, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    I agree completely, Artfire Seller.

    I happen to live in the fly-over central portion of my state, lots of small towns and rural areas. Most of what I see featured on Etsy can be had at any craft/antique/country decor barn locally. When I first saw the old Etsy (circa 2006-2007) I fell in love with the site because of the wide variety of styles that were featured. Including items such as you describe as being popular in the Dallas area. I so wish there was a site of archived Etsy FPs from 3-4 years ago, so we could accurately compare then and now.

    Some of the Art Fire FP collections look a bit like the old Etsy, except that — believe it or not — the old Etsy was less girly than the current Art Fire.

  36. kitten November 27, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    While I wish Etsy wouldn’t feature the same folks over and over on the front page, I’ll take theirs over Artfire’s. Is their front page a random thing or does someone actually pick it? :O

  37. ThisEtsyChick November 28, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    GardenSecrets = SparklePeach
    Look at the Little Bunny Earrings listing in SP’s sold orders and GS’s current listing.

    Classic.

  38. FormerEtsyBuyer November 28, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    Yes, GardenSecrets DOES have the same pictures (like her hand holding the lockets, etc.) as Sparklepeach. GardenSecrets shows a different birthday, doesn’t reveal her location, and her name is “Christina” (shown in her listings) as opposed to Kristin, but she’s just thinking she’s clever. NOT. Also sparklepeach has a link in her announcements to her website.

  39. ThisEtsyChick November 28, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    Same exact listing and photos in both shops. Now, unless SparklePeach sold her entire business (photos and all) to Christina in Ohio or whereeverthehell GardenSecrets is from, I’m calling BS!

    Honesty, how many times does one person get to screw over customers and start from scratch with a new shop?

  40. em November 28, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    Wow that woman is a serious nutjob. All that work for a few bucks.. ridiculous. I’m sure karma will come back to bite her in the ass soon.

  41. Artfire Seller November 28, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    I’m confused….

    On Etsy, there is a shop called Garden OF secrets (Gardenofsecrets) that has reopened as LaCachet.

    There is a shop called Garden Secrets (or Gardensecrets) on Etsy.

    Without straining my pea brain… which one has the same things as SparklePeach? And SparklePeach now has notice on their shop that they are “closed for business on Etsy.”

  42. ThisEtsyChick November 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    GardenSecrets and SparklePeach have the exact same listing with the exact same photos. GardenSecrets is a current listing and SparklePeach has it in her sold items. It’s the “Tiny Snow Bunny Post Earrings” by SparklePeach and “Tiny Snow Bunny Post Earrings – FREE US Shipping” by GardenSecrets. Each description is slightly different, but have elements that are word for word. Looks like as GardenSecrets, she has been more careful by re-taking other photos, but must have been too lazy to retake these.

    Christina? Kristin? SparklePeach? DearestClementine? Peaches4Me? GardenSecrets? Any others I’ve missed? Lame.

    She keeps doing the same glaringly obvious thing on all her shops, which is why it’s so damn easy for her to be spotted every time. Her poor customers!

  43. Artfire Seller November 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    Ooooooooooh, thank you very much for the clarification.

    I wonder if SP sent the items to a relative who photographed them and then posted them on Etsy for her? I see the negs have started rolling in for SP’s shop with the same complaints: Nonreceipt of item and no communication.

  44. Maul November 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    I’ll eat my hat if this doesn’t make it to the front page tomorrow:

    http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4cf2ccdd974d6d9107d66fc6/hot-cyber-monday?index=47

    It’s got all the right ingredients for an Etsy admin front page favorite!

  45. Maul November 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    Wow, just saw all the agteam Cyber Monday treasuries:

    http://www.etsy.com/treasury/tags/agteam

    Shall we start placing bets as to appearance by front page favorites tomorrow? I’m betting on at least 3 Polestar appearances.

  46. sick of cupcakes November 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    That treasury is only missing a xenotees item.

  47. scrapmetal November 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    Life During Wartime- there is a website that archives everything on the web- it’s called the Wayback Machine (After the old kiddie cartoon with Peabody and can’t remember who…)
    http://www.archive.org/web/web.php
    I checked old etsy FPs- no questions it’s gotten a lot slicker, with all photos resembling one another in terms of background, color, focus, design, size of item in relation to background, etc.

    check it out

  48. Artfire Seller November 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    OMG… I had to do a double-take for Raceytay’s photo in the treasury linked above. Why? Because it’s almost exactly my desktop background, which I got from Desktop Nexus.

    It almost looks like it’s the same photo but photoshopped. The wallpaper photo was posted in October 2009 and is here: http://nature.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/189526/

    Actually, you also need something from Glitzglitter to round out that treasury for it to be a home run.

  49. Life During Wartime November 28, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    Thank you, scrapmetal! I knew about the Wayback Machine, but I didn’t think to check there (duh). That’s a small sample, but it can be seen how a few grey-beige FPs slowly started filtering in 3 YEARS AGO.

    I love how the items on the old FPs looks so bright, clean, and new. Just looking at the current Etsy FP, I keep thinking LIFE AFTER PEOPLE.

  50. detroit November 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    scrapmetal
    November 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm
    All this talk of PoleStar… what exactly is so great, fantastic, or whatever about her shop? I’ve seen her pieces, and although they are cute and all, I don’t see how she is so far above everyone else in skill, innovation, marketing strategy, advertising, blogging, photos, descriptions, hard work, etc. that gets her FP status all the time.
    _________________________________

    It’s just a wretched feedback loop.

    Polestar is on the FP a lot. So the sychophant suckups who suck put her in their treasuries, in hope they’ll make it to the FP, and then in hope of treasury reciprocation.

    So, she’s included MORE treasuries, makes it to the FP even MORE. And even MORE people put her in their treasuries, hoping it’ll make the FP, and hoping for treasury reciprocity…….ad infinitum.

    Did anyone read this article (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/28/business/28borker.html?_r=1&ref=business) about the guy who games the Google algorithms to get to the top of the search results, by getting NEGATIVE reviews of his shop? Since any mention, even negative, moves you toward the top of the search results.

    Well, the FP mafia isn’t a lot better than that scum, IMO. But, like in the article about him – he’s just one guy, the real evil people are the ones who let it happen (Google, Ebay, Amazon, Mastercard…), and in the case of Etsy, ETSY is the ultimate bad guy. Letting their treasury / FP system be so calculatedly gamed.

    BARF!

  51. Maul November 28, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    Polestar is so great that she is in 3,556 treasuries. Good thing the new treasury system brought fair representation to the front page, just like the Etsy admins promised it would!

  52. uh-huh November 28, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    Wow, Racetay was on FP 8 times on the 26th.

  53. Maul November 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    That’s totally not true uh-huh.

    Raceytay was on the front page ten times on the 26th: eight times as a part of a treasury and two times as a curator.

  54. uh-huh November 28, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    Well hot damn! Wonder what the all-time FP slot/curator record is, anybody know?

  55. kitten November 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    ThisEtsyChick said:

    GardenSecrets = SparklePeach
    Look at the Little Bunny Earrings listing in SP’s sold orders and GS’s current listing.

    Classic.
    _____________________

    Yeah, you’re right!

    SparklePeach
    http://www.etsy.com/transaction/37824233

    GardenSecrets
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/63183307/owl-friends-a-brass-locket-necklace

  56. ThisEtsyChick November 28, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    Gee, I wonder if she’ll stop by and comment again like she did last time. Saying how “sorry” she is and how “wrong” it is to do what she’s doing.

    WAKE UP ETSY! You are knowingly letting the same woman open multiple shops only to screw over her customers and take their money. Don’t you have any scruples whatsoever?

    Oh and Kristin Purcell, you should be absolutely embarrassed. Karma’s a bitch.

  57. Alli November 29, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    The finds today featured this shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ecarpetgallery

    Like ecarpetgallery is even a real sounding username.

    They claim in their announcement that they’re a factory. Come on etsy.

  58. Susan November 29, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    http://www.ecarpetgallery.com/Discount-Carpets.aspx

    I should go knit some mittens by my fireplace now, I’m feeling the need for something HOMEMADE!

  59. The Unknown Etsian November 29, 2010 at 9:12 am #

    SparklePeach is also on Artfire under a different name. I can’t find the discussion post there but she made a big pity party posting about how Etsy closed her store with no warning etc.

  60. Pox November 29, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Here is SparklePeach’s boohoo thread on AF

    http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=18362

  61. The Unknown Etsian November 29, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    http://www.facebook.com/SparklePeach

  62. The Unknown Etsian November 29, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=18362

  63. Maul November 29, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    That’s great how SparklePeach tries to play the victim and most of the people in the thread don’t both looking at her feedback until it is explicitly laid out for them.

  64. em November 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    If any of those who revealed the ‘real’ SparklePeach aka dearestclementine aka gardensecrets etc. etc., are reading this… thank you for not being afraid to say the truth!

  65. Nicole November 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    I hope Etsy Call Out makes a new post for Kristen Purcell’s new store, it seems like Etsy has been watching some of the recent blog posts with the bridal sash maker’s store pulled the same day. She is truly someone whos ip address should be blocked from opening any other accounts and all her accounts should be closed. From her store announcement it appears that Etsy haven’t shut her down, she’s voluntarily ‘closed’ her sparkle peach store- probably she can’t close it because it has outstanding Non Delivery complaints open. But they cannot allow her to continue treating buyers this way.

  66. Inspector Yuk November 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    @ Midnight’s links: OMG!!! after going to the stock photo site and seeing all the carnival shots, I believe that a lot of our ‘photographers’ are simply digitally altering stock photos!!

    I realize that Etsy would still consider that ‘handmade’ by their terms, but wow, I had no idea. Silly me thought photographers actually took their own photos.

    It dawns on me that if Etsy were actually to get rid of everyone who didn’t create from raw materials themselves, and I’m not talking mining your own silver or shearing your own sheep, but not starting with a an already finished product instead of creating that product out of raw materials, they’d have probably 500 sellers on their site.

  67. anon November 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    wow.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/ecarpetgallery

    got a mention on the etsy FB page today.

    from what i see they are a reseller, drop shipping, and probably child labor.
    anyone care to add some research?

  68. Life During Wartime November 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    Here’s a thread about this just started in the Forums:

    http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6700748

  69. JewelJewel November 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    did i miss something big in the forums in the last week or two? been too busy to pay attention but all of a sudden a big rash of duck-suited avis and hints at someone getting the boot for being too vocal? who got kicked off the island?

  70. JewelJewel November 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    ok, so someone was silenced… and I just can’t remember who it was that always had the duck avi – who?
    http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6699695

  71. freckleyredhead November 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    Was it SanDesign? I think that’s the one with the duck avi.

  72. sick of cupcakes November 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    I thought San had those sexy lips?

  73. JewelJewel November 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    I thought it was San, too, because of the duck, (that’s who i remembered having it on and off) but her shop is still open – maybe muted and not banned???

  74. em November 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    I’m pretty sure it was San, they had both the lip and the duck avi, right? Plus I haven’t seen them in the forums lately which is odd for an outspoken person, lol. Loving all the new duck avatars, though.

  75. ebilly November 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

    I was just going to ask about all the ducks.
    I was reading a topic about resellers been feature on FB and the ducks where all over the place.

  76. Holly November 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    How is this a crafting supply??? http://www.etsy.com/listing/62698837/bird-business-card-holder-stand-for?ref=fp_ph_15&src=favitm

  77. tipster November 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    ok, duck suits are in protest for San being silenced but why was she silenced originally?

    Sandesign….I miss you
    http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6694495&page=1

    Re: The Duck Avis..To All The Curious
    http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6700710&page=1

  78. Life During Wartime November 29, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    Holly, PrettyLittleStore is an importer and reseller of vintage style items. Some of the items, like the bird card holder, are purchased wholesale from Creative Co-op, a distributor of Asian-made contemporary decor items. You can see a business card for PrettyLittle’s other business in the photo — google their online store. They also sell on Ebay, Big Cartel and elsewhere.

    There are a bunch of shops selling Creative Co-op goods on Etsy, even though the items are not handmade by them, are not vintage and are not supplies.

  79. sick of cupcakes November 30, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    I just realized that last year’s FP sweetheart Yokoo hasn’t been on nearly as much as she used to. It seems like every time I looked last year, there she was.

  80. The Unknown Etsian November 30, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    OMG… I had to do a double-take for Raceytay’s photo in the treasury linked above. Why? Because it’s almost exactly my desktop background, which I got from Desktop Nexus.
    It almost looks like it’s the same photo but photoshopped. The wallpaper photo was posted in October 2009 and is here: http://nature.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/189526/
    ____
    And worse yet, her photos are BADLY PHOTOSHOPPED. Badly.

  81. JK November 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    Well-spotted, SoC! It seems that Etsy’s favourites are as changeable as their trends.

  82. jenjasmine November 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    SoC & JK- you spoke too soon!

    Yokoo is in Handmade portraits right now.

    http://www.etsy.com/storque/spotlight/handmade-portraits-yokoo-11264/?ref=fp_blog_title

  83. sick of cupcakes November 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    Ugh gross. Why did I click on that link?

    Who the hell needs an 11′x8″ scarf?

  84. madmomma November 30, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    nice article in the Post! ya want fakes? come to Etsy!!!

  85. jenjasmine November 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    WhistlingDixie-

    Holy carp- I clicked on that link, and on the sidebar it had a list of what my facebook friends had been looking at and posting on FB.

    Creepy.

    Wondering if I should delete my FB account…

  86. em November 30, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    does Yokoo really need to be featured again? Is this ‘handmade portrait’ thing just another way of giving free advertising to Etsy favorites? WTF…

  87. already gone December 1, 2010 at 6:09 am #

    Oh heaven’s with the Yokoo! I am a fiber artist and it is not physically possible to knit or crochet for 15 friggen hours a day! Your muscles just wouldn’t have it. And it is also physically impossible for only 1 person to knit or crochet all of the items she sells in any given week. I know this because I did an experiment last year after the holidays and it’s just not possible, even with the big, chunky, 1 skein of yarn could make a scarf big enough to cover your car with, projects that she does.

  88. sick of cupcakes December 1, 2010 at 6:55 am #

    It took me two days of straight knitting (I have no life) with super bulky yarn on big needles to knit myself a nice 5 foot scarf. I have never tried to knit one large enough for the entire family, but I am assuming it would take longer.

  89. detroit December 1, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    I coulda swore I saw an article years back about Etsy. And it mentioned Yokoo, and that she’d hired helpers. Which is fine according to the TOU. But there is no mention of team members in her profile. And the video certainly makes it look like she does it one her own.

    I know there are electric knitting machines. Are there crochet machines?

  90. detroit December 1, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Yeah, she sold like 9 items in the last 24 hours. I realize it’s holiday season – so she’s getting a lot of orders. And people with a lot of practice can knit / crochet really fast.

    But even if your worked 24 hours a day, and worked to stock your shop ahead of time, is there any way you could make that many items?

    Hey, are all our comments here getting moderated here now? Or is it just troublemakers like me? LOL!

  91. etsycallout December 1, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    It’s just you detroit! lol. See the reason for moderation (which hopefully does not last long) in the latest post.

  92. Artfire Seller December 1, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    While cruising Etsy for supplies I ran across this.

    Oh really? A reserved order for gardensecrets (aka Sparklepeach)? You don’t say: http://www.etsy.com/listing/63300775/reserved-for-gardensecrets?ref=sr_gallery_6&ga_search_query=photo+locket+&ga_search_type=supplies&ga_page=2&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title&filter%5B0%5D=supplies

    So she can’t ship items but has enough wherewithall to order supplies? With whose money?

  93. bellacruz December 2, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    I saw the handmade portrait of Yokoo. I actually liked her stuff and experienced a moments jealousy that she can crochet for 15 hours a day. I couldn’t do it and still be alive, myself, but, would love to not have to work so I could indulge in my creative pursuits for 15 hours a day. Wouldn’t that be nice?

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