Check out this blog post on The Mayberry Sparrow about another “regs123” type who paint other artist’s work with watercolors and call them originals: http://themayberrysparrow.blogspot.com/2009_10_01_archive.html#7550051937366615672
One of the art thief’s shops is now closed-WatercolorsBlooming http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7202614
but VintageChildhood http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=8091777 is still open…
The art thief’s response when she’s uncovered? “I have an art degree from Hawaii and I am actually an artist. I painted this painting from your print. I can mail you the actual painting if you’d like so you can see it is not a print. I do not sell any prints in my art shop.”
(edited to add links)
and an interesting email I received:
I don’t have a callout but I wanted to let you know something I got extremely excited about today. You called out hchappycat
a while back for selling items under “supplies” that were not supplies…. some sort of IPOD wrap thingy. She had other items in her shop that violated the Etsy do’s and don’ts, items tagged as supplies but were not. I’m sure many people have flagged her. So I sent an email to flagged@etsy about it. The items were removed within a day
of me sending the email. not to mention every single item in her shop is gone
… she had at least 6 pages. not sure if she removed them or etsy finally cracked down on her shop.
I’ve always had great response from Etsy when I send emails about violators, as long as I provide good evidence as to why items/shops should be removed, Etsy usually does it. I really appreciate what you are doing on etsycallout, I read it almost everyday. Thought this info might help other readers who get frustrated when their flagging appears to have no effect. Maybe sending a well thought out email is a more effective way of getting the point across.