Charmstar

30 Nov

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Does this look like a resell to anyone?

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29345770

http://www.overstock.com/Jewelry-Watches/Sterling-Silver-Horseshoes-Stud-Earrings/2663409/product.html?cid=123620&fp=F&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=10862235

Kind of breaks my heart, since I was an inch away from buying them…
The seller has mostly “charms” in their shop- I can (maybe kinda) understand sticking a mass-produced charm on a chain and calling it “handmade”, but it looks like the earrings in question are just a blatant resell. I hope I’m wrong on this one…

Love the “Thank you etsy for featuring these earrings in the Equestrian Chic Gift Guide!!!” *roll eyes*-ECO

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17 Responses to “Charmstar”

  1. CMOM November 30, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    Well, I have to say that at least she didn’t use the stock photo from the wholesalers site! I’ll be tagging this one fo’ sho’!

  2. Life During Wartime November 30, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    Do we know who the wholesaler is? Many wholesale sources are private, and would forbid their customers to use their photos. This allows the retailer to pretend the item is theirs, market it (their own photos and packaging) and price it without potential customers gaining access to the wholesale prices for comparison.

    It is possible that the Etsy shop did buy the horseshoe pieces and attach them to the earring studs. I think I’ve seen some kind of horseshoe components in a FIRE MOUNTAIN catalog presented as ideal for making stud earrings. To be handmade on Etsy she isn’t required to have cast the charms herself. There are a finite number of popular charms and components for earrings, so it is understandable that Etsy shops that make simple assembled jewelry will sell pieces that aren’t unique. I would even say that the more mass-produced the item appears, the greater the appeal to a large segment of Etsy shoppers (and the Etsy admins as well).

    To call out a jeweler, I have to see pieces that are one single element (nothing to assemble or alter) that are commercially available as seen in the Etsy shop.

  3. MadeByM**** November 30, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    So, are you saying Overstock.com bought them from her? Doubt it…….

  4. imwithya November 30, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    In the Gift Guide? Grrrr. You can also get them at Target!

    http://tinyurl.com/yhm8yud

  5. Blatant November 30, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    This is pretty obvious. A jeweler would be more than happy to mention how they soldered on the charm to the studs and perfect copies wouldn’t be crawling around on retail sites.
    It’s a continuing shame.

  6. Life During Wartime November 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    I’m saying there are common subjects for charms and metal jewelry components. The item on overstocks was mass manufactured, but they could have purchased the same components as the Etsy shop. The Etsy shop could have purchased the earrings from the same source as the retailer on Overstocks, and IMO the earrings were not made by the seller. But it’s just my opinion.

    Based on what jewelry assemblers on Etsy sell (or are allowed to sell), it’s really impossible to prove unless they use someone else’s photo. Even then, Etsy doesn’t care. Like the ‘organic’ earrings from the previous ECO post.

  7. Life During Wartime November 30, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    The Peace Sign stud earrings are on Overstocks as well:

    http://www.overstock.com/Jewelry-Watches/Sterling-Silver-Peace-Sign-Stud-Earrings/2663401/product.html

  8. RocksInMySocks November 30, 2009 at 8:17 pm #

    Looks like she used the photo from Target’s site instead!

  9. RocksInMySocks November 30, 2009 at 8:19 pm #

    oops, should have checked the listing on Etsy first. She did take her own blurry photo. Perfect for the GG’s!

  10. Kirsi December 1, 2009 at 12:54 am #

    Since her jewelry making abilities are for all other items limited to hanging a charm on a chain or an ear-wire, it’s quite logical to assume she didn’t solder the charms on the studs.

  11. Voice December 1, 2009 at 9:07 am #

    Oh, for fuck’s sake, speaking of resellers in the gift guides: svetlana1963 is in the December Turquoise gift guide http://www.etsy.com/gift-guides/shades-of-turquoise/271 AND the holiday fashion guide http://www.etsy.com/gift-guides/holiday-fashion/255

  12. Life During Wartime December 2, 2009 at 12:48 am #

    “Created by artist” and resold by Svetlana.

    Damn.

    I think the only way to stop her now would be to sock up as YuraReeseEller and buy out her shop…JK.

    There is something wrong at Etsy. More than just unprofessionalism, airheadedness, and mindless greed. It’s like they’re mocking the founding principles. It’s weird.

    This seller has been caught shilling, she’s probably been flagged hundreds of times, she’s used photos from wholesalers in her reseller listings, the listing text says plainly items were made by ‘artist’. No way is featuring her an accident of assumed handmade by seller. They KNOW.

  13. MadeByM**** December 2, 2009 at 6:07 am #

    Kind of ironic………..over on Regretsy, there is an Overstock.com ad, featuring the earrings above! Funny!!!

  14. imwithya December 2, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    Svetlana is in TWO gift guides!???? WHAT. THE. FUCK.

    Etsy needs to fire the admins who pick items for the gift guides or just get rid if the freaking things. What a joke.

  15. JajieBo December 2, 2009 at 11:46 am #

    Looks like Svetlana finally got a “negative” feedback- that made me laugh. Thumbs up to whomever had the balls to do that! : )
    She seems to be quite adept at shilling. One says something like “great piece- no debt!” Yeah, that’s totally something a customer would say after purchasing 300 items from you. Nice one.

  16. crazy cat lady December 3, 2009 at 6:20 am #

    as a jewelry seller on etsy, sometimes I just wonder why I bother trying to create shit. I mean, I don’t do anything all that complicated – I’m a beader – but I do sit, sometimes for hours, trying to come up with the “right” combination of beads and metal, combining colours and texture, making sure my wire wrapping and crimping is correct…

    when all I need to do is take the creativity the fuck right out of it and put a mass produced charm on a mass produced chain and take a photo of it on a piece of scrapbooking paper. Not even worry about putting it on a model to show how it lays, or showing the clasp!

    That’s the way to get into multiple GGs and FPs for jewelry makers. Forget creativity – go laziness. 😦

  17. Life During Wartime December 3, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    I’ve wondered why so many charm necklace sellers never show the clasp. Or more detail of the chain. If you truly handmake your piece (as in buying bulk spools of chain), I would expect there would be a choice of chain styles available, not just 2 different lengths of what is shown in the photo. This suggests to me that the chains are premade, and there really isn’t any difference between buying these items on Etsy or on Ebay…except the price.

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