2 readers brought up this embarrassment:
Have you seen the latest technique for getting your item on the FP?
Stick a random item in your listing, and include it in your tags…
Proof this works? Check out the organic baby quilts tagged “pinecones” and put in a “using the search term pinecone” themed FP by Etsy. http://craftcult.com/vault_list.php?list=6434
What if loads of sellers start doing this?? As a seller I’d love to have the nerve to try, but as a buyer it would make shopping impossible. Grr.
A seller included a pinecone in her photo, for decoration, and then tagged the listing (for a baby blanket) ‘pinecone’? And an admin, probably CWI (curating while intoxicated), included the baby blanket in a FP collection based on a search by Etsy for items tagged ‘pinecone’?
This deserves a blog post of its own, ECO. Because if this worked for one shop, more sellers will be doing this. I read the listing description twice, and there is nothing about a free pinecone included with purchase of the blanket.
This is in a way hilarious. In a ‘this is your brain on drugs’ kinda way.
I’d flag it, but I am not sure how…and it was already sanctioned by the Etsy staff.