8 Dec

Reader Comment:

This seller was recently called out on the Etsy forums:

The OP was blasted for calling out and everyone involved in the thread decided that the shop in question was probably a wholesaler who provided her products for all of the websites that they could be found on. Someone convoed the the person who was called out and she responded that her shop was a collaborative effort – she runs the shop and Amy makes all of the product.

A simple google search for “Amy’s brownie pops” brought me to this website:

and Amy is indeed the person who makes these treats. In Rhode Island. Not Salt Lake City, where The Cats Meow Favors is located. Amy is a wholesaler as well as a retailer. It would appear that the “collaboration” betweeen The Cats Meow Favors and Amy involves nothing more than placing an order.

I agree with everyone involved in the now closed thread that you can’t just go calling out a person simply because you *believe* that they are a reseller…however, the OP should have done her homework because it actually does look like The Cats Meow Favors is reselling.


19 Responses to “TheCatsMeowFavors”

  1. Life During Wartime December 9, 2009 at 12:33 am #

    I saw that thread on the Closed Threads blog.

    I agree with your Reader that we need to be aware of the Etsy rules and have some solid evidence why you suggest an Etsy shop is a reseller. We also have to accept that sometimes proof isn’t enough if the shop owner insists they make their own stuff…and/or Etsy likes their style.

    However, the higher the number of probable or proven resellers the Etsy community sees promoted by admin, the more public calling out there will be. And innocent shops are going to be called out in error. The first step in addressing this problem is for Etsy to come clean about whatever the change in policy actually is. Then sellers who feel they can co-exist with the resellers can stop wasting their time scrutinizing other shops, and those who want a more authentic handmade selling environment can give up on Etsy, and leave.

  2. CMOM December 9, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    Looks like her pricing is the same as what is listed on the website so I don’t see how she is making any money… unless she gets a wholesale discount that isn’t posted. And look at how many hits her listings have!!! One has over 6K!!!! I need to learn how to make candy…

  3. MadeByM**** December 9, 2009 at 6:53 am #

    I’m still surprised that food is even allowed on Etsy. It’s not really handmade arts and crafts, vintage or supplies.

  4. CMOM December 9, 2009 at 9:23 am #

    Good point M… and how would the consumer know if it was prepared in a clean kitchen? I wouldn’t buy food off of Etsy.

  5. Nobody Understands My Pain Either December 9, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    Amy’s Apples is a wholesale company as well as a retail site – anyone that sells her favors buys them at wholesale and marks them up to a retail value. The retail value seems to be the same at every site they’re sold on, so I’m guessing Amy’s Apples has the retailers agree to a set price.

    As far as the Cats Meow – she’s all over the gift guides and the FP this week and she has been flagged with links to the actual company who makes the product.

  6. janicejoplin2 December 9, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    sigh…..I don’t believe it! She has such a cute kitty! Downer Dude

  7. vicki December 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    She was on the front page again today, I guess etsy doesn’t care that she is a reseller.

  8. MadeByM**** December 9, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

    I think if you’re going ot sell food on-line, and it doesn’t matter if it’s on Etsy or a huge, well-known brand, you should be able to view their current Health Dept. certificate! I’m definitely not buying food items off of Etsy. There are too many ignorant people out there that think they can whip up a batch of cookies and sell them without the proper precautions.

  9. Life During Wartime December 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    Amy has paid employees:

  10. JajieBo December 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm #

    BROWNIE POPS?!? Oh, heaven help me.

  11. elizabeth December 9, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

    I’m not so shocked at the possibility that she is reselling, but at the prices and the shipping costs! 44.00 for a bunch of brownies, albeit really pretty brownies, and then 22.00 to ship the freaking things?!?

    I really don’t think etsy cares anymore about resellers, it’s all money in the bank as far as they are concerned, and at least this reseller has nice pictures. I’m going to become a reseller so that I, too, can finally get in a gift guide or on the front page.

  12. Kirsi December 10, 2009 at 12:24 am #

    Is she drop shipping them or are they first delivered to her?

  13. Life During Wartime December 10, 2009 at 1:11 am #

    I wondered about the shipping, too. On Amy’s site there aren’t any charges you can see without putting items in the cart, except a cooler charge for shipping items during hot weather. Amy’s site says that shipping cost is based on the dollar amount of the purchase. I am guessing stuff is drop shipped from Rhode Island, but there is no way to know without asking the seller.

    Found another reseller call out thread on the Etsy Closed Threads blog

    Another promoted shop with nice professional photos.

  14. Kirsi December 10, 2009 at 3:40 am #

    “Found another reseller call out thread on the Etsy Closed Threads blog

    Another promoted shop with nice professional photos.”
    And the person calling out says she won’t report the shop?!?

  15. JK December 10, 2009 at 6:36 am #

    Wow, that decal reseller is a winner. I love it when they aren’t even slightly subtle about it. And by ‘love’, I mean ‘want to beat admin about the head and shoulders with a cluebat’.

  16. CMOM December 10, 2009 at 7:00 am #

    It’s funny to me that the other people responding to that post just assume that the etsy seller must also sell their handmade items on Amazon. You know what happens when you assume?? What a bunch a SHEEP.

  17. Lu December 10, 2009 at 8:57 am #

    That thread is a gem really!

  18. crazy cat lady December 11, 2009 at 6:58 am #

    Where is the CatsMeow call out thread? I couldn’t find it on the CT blog.

  19. Life During Wartime December 11, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    It’s on page 3 now, and the title is: Is reselling dropshipping allowed?

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