Add Photo Backdrops In Tags To Get On FP

30 Oct

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.

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.


25 Responses to “Add Photo Backdrops In Tags To Get On FP”

  1. Angel October 31, 2009 at 12:32 am #

    What the hell is a “white yellow hug”?

    Modern creamy? Weird strange?

    Opal birthstone?

    Modern green magic? Fairytale glasses?

    (you probably can tell by now that I have insomnia)

    Canada Christmas?

    Rustic trees?

    Wish wishing?

    If I came across ANY of those products in a search for any of those search terms, I’d be mighty pissed. As a buyer, nothing pisses me off more than seeing some seller think they are clever by throwing some random tag in so their baby blanket shows up when I’m searching through necklaces.

    Now I’m tired. And annoyed. THANKS FOR NOTHING, ETSY.

  2. Marky October 31, 2009 at 1:50 am #

    You say you “read the description twice, and there is nothing about a free pinecone included”.

    But the listing says: “All orders come with a free eco gift to make you smile” — that’ll be the pinecone! If I opened the blanket to find a free pinecone inside, it would make me smile. Or at least, grimace…

  3. Kirsi October 31, 2009 at 1:52 am #

    “◆ All orders come with a free eco gift to make you smile!” – a free pinecone, maybe? Sorry, a free ‘winter pinecone’? A couple of the tags for this item: winter pinecones, earth holidays, scarlet christmas…

  4. Gern Blanston October 31, 2009 at 5:07 am #

    People do this with the background colors too.

  5. dagnabbit October 31, 2009 at 6:02 am #

    and Etsy staff cannot be bothered to look at anything they pick. They TRUST THAT THE TAGS WILL BE CORRECT. I am yelling because this is what an Etsy admin actually told me.

  6. Angel October 31, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    I had written up a list of ridiculous tags and links to various items in this store, but it apparently didn’t meet the moderation thumbs up.

    The fact that this is carried out through the store is indicative that the shop owner knows very well exactly what it does. And frankly, if I’m doing a jewelry search and her bib comes up, I’d close the browser. Everyone loses.

    I’m not sure when I’d use the search term “wish wishing” either, but I sure as hell can’t imagine it’d be in relation to anything in her shop.

  7. Lu October 31, 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    Interesting! That’s the secret to go on the FP? Good to know!

  8. Thud October 31, 2009 at 5:00 pm #

    This item is on the front page now (same seller):

    in an admin chosen FP

  9. Life During Wartime October 31, 2009 at 6:19 pm #

    Reading ECO
    Wish wishing
    That the blowing windy wind
    Would let the yellow sun seeds
    Shine thru the tunnel
    Between an Etsy Admin’s ears
    Psst! Here be tag abuse


    The free eco gift comment has been in her listings for 6 months or more, but most photos don’t include miscellaneous ‘organic’ objects. So I don’t think there is any offer to either sell or gift a pinecone in the blanket listing. My impression, anyway.

    It’s really sad that Etsy encourages this kind of promotion. The items in this shop look really inviting and the photos are yummy. On Etsy, this is not enough.

  10. Angel October 31, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    Mailing pine cones across borders is seriously iffy. Lots of countries won’t allow you to send plant matter between countries without loads of import processes (something that is simply not viable for the average Etsy seller).

    As a Canadian myself, I’m well aware that I can’t cross the border with so much as an apple in my pocket. I can’t even go between provinces with a bundle of sticks gathered outdoors without breaking a law. I sincerely doubt that this seller is sending pinecones.

  11. Gern Blanston November 1, 2009 at 7:19 am #

    Another reseller.

  12. Kirsi November 1, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    “I sincerely doubt that this seller is sending pinecones.”

    😀 I guess she won’t be sending ‘sustainable kids’ either, then.

  13. Angel November 1, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    Well, that totally depends if she can shove one into a flat rate mailer, Kirsi 😉

  14. mizdarlin November 1, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    I can at least explain the Christmas Canada tag…
    I often look for stuff I want or need from Canadians first, as this precludes the dreariness of wondering what our insane Customs agents will decide they hate next (really,they aren’t all that bad, just anal) and like Americans, we believe in supporting our own whenever possible-and the item listed would be a lovely Christmas gift for a small child-if you are gonna pick nits, that might not be the best call…

  15. janicejoplin2 November 1, 2009 at 2:59 pm #

    I studied the material. Does it look like pinecones in the material to anyone. I’m just curious. It’s a stretch, but just maybe.

  16. Life During Wartime November 1, 2009 at 4:10 pm #

    I looked at the blankets enlarged. The red material is a really nice William Morris type floral and the green is loops of vines. Didn’t see any cones.

  17. Max November 1, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    So, does this mean that if a seller includes an open dictionary on their pic that they can multi-tag using every word on the page that the dictionary is open to?

    Seems reasonable. At least as reasonable as “wheat bone simple” which was featured on the FP *after* the change in TOU was announced. WTF is “wheat bone simple” as regards a “crib baby bumper pad”?

  18. Laura November 1, 2009 at 6:55 pm #

    Her items are really pretty though! Do you think the listing with the little girl modeling the dress comes with the order? I got me 2 boys, and I’ve been wanting a cute little gal for some time… I can skip the labor part, so I’m in! And she’s holding a little blue bird too.. dress, cute little girl, and a crafty blue bird… good deal!

  19. janicejoplin2 November 1, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    Life During Wartime..Thanks. Well, that was the best I got. ha So much for giving her the benefit of the doubt!

  20. Angel November 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    Everything on Etsy is a potential Christmas gift. And lately, likely made in China.

  21. Sighing deeply November 2, 2009 at 12:30 am #

    I don’t mind the over-tagging in general – if Etsy admin won’t pick her up on it / make her change it and it gets her on the FP cos she uses words they like, good luck to her! Generally if someone wants to squeeze a dozen different words for cream into their listing it does me as a shopper no harm… but tagging for things that have nothing to do with the item is really annoying.

  22. MadeByM**** November 2, 2009 at 6:19 am #

    I flagged it as a tag issue:

    “A prop in the photo (pinecone) should NOT be used as a tag! The pinecone is not for sale, nor is it part of the item for sale!”

    It’s bad enough that this seller is tag abusing, but it got on the front page? This is such BS!

  23. Michelle November 2, 2009 at 10:28 pm #

    I totally agree that the admins don’t even read the DESCRIPTIONS of the items they’re featuring.

    I saw a dollhouse on the FP a few days ago, and it was even in the description that it was purchased from some big dollhouse company, and she was selling it for half price because of whatever reason, and linked the website where you can see the dollhouse, and compare the price to what she’s selling hers for. RIGHT THERE IN THE DESCRIPTION. Amazing. I flagged it, sent it to content at etsy, and even convo’d rob white asking what the HELL the admins are doing when they’re creating their FP’s besides ignoring the RULES they only enforce when they’re called out on it.

  24. Angel November 3, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    Etsy is the new Craigslist.

  25. pussdaddy November 10, 2009 at 1:44 am #

    Wouldn’t the person be assuming that admin were going to search the word pinecone for instance, and what are the law of averages that they think this and it so happens? I mean isn’t that a long shot. “Let’s see, I am going to stick this golfball in this pic, and when admin searches golfballs my picture will come up”. For one thing they are assuming admin will be searching for pinecones, or golf balls or whatever. It doesn’t make any sense to me whatsoever. Maybe they wanted to embellish their picture-the same way that a seashell has nothing to do with a necklace but people throw a necklace across a seashell and take the picture, or they toss earring on a saucer and take it.


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