Here’s an interesting case of blatant shilling:
User beadstyle http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7031328 had some major issues with customers not receiving their items in a timely manner and feedback reflected it. What’s a person to do?
It looks like beadstyle used her other shop, CatalystPhotography http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6972199, to artificially pump up her feedback score.
Consider the location of both shops, Richmond, VA and the birthday of both owners, August 17th. Check out the pictures from these two shops-
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31083195 pay careful attention to the labels used in this listing
CatalystPhotography has left 13 positive feedbacks on beadstyles’ shop, all posted on 9/25 for items all purchased on 9/25- but has received no feedback at all in return.
Also suspect, is the presence of another shop, Rivercityburner http://www.etsy.com/profile.php?user_id=8138498 who left six positive feedbacks for beadstyle on 9/25 for items purchased on 9/25- yet again, has no feedback at all in return.
This entire thing seems super fishy to me and it doesn’t help that dear “probably” shilling beadstyle was also featured on the front page today.
Does anyone else find this a bit odd?