From her announcement:
At Sandy’s Charming Beads our mission is to produce unique one of a kind jewelry pieces at reasonable prices. All my jewelry is hand made and all designs are original. I only use the finest materials, including turquoise stones, .925 sterling silver, onyx, freshwater pearls and hand crafted wood beads.
also in shop lisaloren with same words about Miami & celebrity yet left out the homemade part:
In gold too. Sandy- http://www.etsy.com/listing/72403423/gold-sideways-cross-bracelet
Exact title of “Small Sideways Cross Necklace 14 K Gold Filled”
Just saw this shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Vintagereawakend indirectly call herself out in this forum thread:
http://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/business-topics/discuss/7612539/page/3 Even though she feels qualified to comment about misunderstandings of new shop owners, she either failed to read Etsy’s policies about what is vintage on the site, doesn’t understand her “steampunked” vintage pieces are no longer vintage (where she lists them) but handmade, or doesn’t care.
Since she has actual vintage items in her shop that are properly listed, I doubt Etsy will care about her category violations…but I am calling her out anyway. Was sorely tempted to post a comment in that thread that she should review Etsy’s policies for listing vintage concerning (cough cough) UNALTERED vintage items, but it’s more fun to see if any of the forum regulars notice the issues with her shop — betcha they won’t.
Before we start with today’s callout we need to yet one more time point to the very top line on this blog, “Calling out blatant mistaggers, resellers, and other hot topics since admin won’t let us.” that has been there since February 2009. We are tired of the butthurt we hear when the post is not about resellers. We cover all topics alright?
Now back to a callout that isn’t about a reseller-
“I have bought several upcycled sweater coats from this seller:
She is a sweet lady, don’t get me wrong…but a horrible business owner!
First, her sweater coats sell out SOOO fast that if you have a slow internet connection, you don’t have a chance. She has a waiting list months long…She is well aware of this issue but REFUSES to sell them on Ebay or online where others with slow internet connections could actually have a chance to buy them! She says “Well if you are meant to have one the right one will come along” uh-huh except if you have a slow internet connection…I guess…
Okay, but here is where it gets STUPID….She has upped the prices on her sweater coats over the years from 200.00 to now 300- 400.00. She has a Facebook page “Katwise” where if you want to sell one of her sweater coats, you are supposed to use her “sweater swap” discussion topic to sell it there…She and her followers/collectors bad mouth people who try to re-sell them on Ebay because it is not “in the spirit of selling things”…whatever! Anyhow, I went to try and re-sell one of her sweater coats on her discussion board on Facebook. Since her items are now selling for around 300+ dollars, that is what I asked for mine. Well, she GOT ON ME about it and put up a post that it was NOT the original price I paid for it and I needed to ask for significantly LESS ..as if to DICTATE which price I could re-sell it at!! SERIOUSLY!!!??? Who does she think she is!!!! I think all the sweater fibers are contaminating her brain…
Now I have a dilemma…do I sell it on Ebay and face more of her wrath and the wrath of her followers or re-sell it at the original price on Facebook even though the fair market value has clearly risen? I feel like it would be easier to sell a stolen Warhol painting at this point!!!!”
Hi There, I’ve never done this before so I hope I’m doing it right. There is a shop on Etsy called Hearts & Bows Bath & Body (http://www.etsy.com/shop/heartsandbows494). This girl has copied Flourish Bath & Body almost to a “T” (http://www.etsy.com/shop/flourishbathbody).
It started with packaging that just looked kinda similar. Her shop announcement/profile was pretty similar too, although that’s been changed. Then she stole the wording from Flourish’s listings for multi-packs of lip balm almost word for word. Her soap looks nearly identical to Flourish and she had soap samples listed that looked exactly like Flourish’s too. I can’t be certain of course but I’m pretty sure she’s aware of what she’s doing.
Flourish belongs to a soap forum that I’m also a member of. When a thread got started on our forum about Flourish having an “admirer” a few things started to change in Hearts & Bows shop. It was like she was reading the same forum and suddenly realized what she was doing was just wrong. But then she must’ve had a change of heart ’cause it got worse.
If you compare the shops side by side her product labels are now almost identical. She started out with just lip balm but now has Flourish’s entire line of products copied (well except for a few, which she states in her shop announcement are “coming soon”). Her photos are almost an exact copy, the only difference for the most part being that she lines her products up in the opposite direction. The font on her labels, the colors, the wording…it’s almost all nearly identical.
Flourish is one of the top B&B sellers on Etsy. She’s had a lot of exposure, seen a lot of treasuries and been on the FP quite a few times. She was also a featured seller. The owner (Brooke) has put a lot of hard work and dedication into getting to where she is. Now all of a sudden this little copycat comes along and it’s Hearts & Bows being plastered all over the FP, the treasuries, and in an Etsy Finds e-mail. She was even on Heartsy. I really think people are getting the two shops confused because the copy is nearly identical, especially now with the new labels and photos that were just posted in the last few days.
You can also see more product photos on her FB page. (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hearts-and-Bows-Bath-Body/153060104750262?sk=wall) Take note of the picture posted on 28MAY11 of lip balms in progress. Flourish has an almost identical picture on her own FB page. It’s also amazing that the product Flourish most recently commented on on her FB page was her saltwater soap, and the most recent product Hearts & Bows commented on on her own FB page was her own saltwater perfume. It goes on.
I normally like to give people the benefit of the doubt but seriously, unless they were born with the same brain I just don’t see how this could not be intentional. There was also a thread started about this on the Etsy forums, but of course it got closed by Admin (http://www.etsy.com/teams/7718/site-help/discuss/8559149/). Please could you maybe put this in the blog? I really think a lot of Flourish’s hard work is about to go down the drain because this other person has copied her so well that people seem to be confusing the two. Thanks for anything you can do.
I created this treasury awhile ago to see how long it would stay in the treasury list. It is a subtle callout and is still there. I made reference in the title ‘Love Ali of those Etsy Owls” to the website they are all getting their imported junk from Aliexpress.
Here is the treasury: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d97754ffc8f6d912c9c49ac/love-ali-of-those-etsy-owls
Here is the website they are getting their stuff from.
I flagged the shops as I put them in the treasury but they are all still there selling the same junk. The sad thing is that at least 6 items sold and I had to fill the treasury slots with more. Some of the necklaces sold for as high as $25.00 when you could ship them from China for less than $5.00 each. There are also a lot of sellers selling the same stuff but adding 1 or 2 charms so it qualifies as handmade.
Just saw this shop on the Etsy front page
with this item
and guessed that the handmade lamp would be listed as a fauxtique in Vintage — and I was right!
The shop is full of new items made from vintage bits and pieces, as well as reproductions. All self called out in the descriptions with words like “vintage style” “reproduction” and “one of a kind” but listed as Vintage.
FleaMarketHoax also lists comercially produced postcards as Handmade Paper:
Notice the ripoff of the publisher’s description of this item on their own site in FleaMarketHoax’s description:
They are listing copy/prints of the graphic work of other artists under Handmade Art. Do they have permission/license to make and sell these?
“Purchased early 1990s” clothing item
might be vintage if it is pre-1992, otherwise not.
Shop full of issues sailed thru the Etsy admin vetting process and onto the front page.
It is sad to see a once-handmade shop became a reseller shop.
The listing on eBay says… “The item will be shipped from China directly!!”
I did a search on your site and didn’t see this one come up, so I’m submitting it.
I was searching a beaded felt bracelet. This *necklace* is obviously not a bracelet, felt, anklet, enamel, brooch, nor does it have any charms…
I’ve flagged this item several times and saw the watermark tonight, and then flagged the entire shop.
Edit to add: Candybead’s self callout in the forums: http://www.etsy.com/teams/7718/site-help/discuss/6687229/page/1