*Update- Many of the listings were swapped out for others and some of the wholesaler photos have been replaced with her own photos.
Hi, thanks for starting this blog, it makes me sick to see these dishonest sellers on Etsy. I found this seller a few months ago searching for bridal combs. She was selling an unaltered, mass produced rhinestone hair comb you can buy online for about $8 for over $80. I flagged it with links to the online store and it was never removed. I checked recently and she’s now selling jewelry from this site. Here are the comparison links:
‘original handmade’ , $63
mass produced, $4.50:
someone bought this:
‘orignal handmade’ $79
mass produced, $5.50:
‘original, handmade’ $49
mass produced, $3.75
ECO wonders if this might be a new reseller tactic… make it super expensive and nobody would suspect??
UPDATE 1/8/10: Received another email about Portobello-
I noticed seller Portobello has been listing items that she purchased wholesale from 925e.com. How do I know for sure? She is using THEIR pictures!! Someone on etsy kindly pointed me in your direction tonight, and when I went to your blog, I could barely believe that there was Portobello right at the top!! LOL! I know she has been reselling all sorts of rhinestone hair combs and earrings and even a tennis bracelet, but this is a new low!
Her entire “collection” seen here:
can be found at 925e.com (with the same pictures, no less!):
She has 18 items currently listed in her shop that she purchased from 925e.com. Every picture that is shown with the “torn paper” motif is directly from 925e.com’s site. And she is selling her items at 9 or 10 times (or more!) the wholesale price, so it’s a ripoff all the way around. Shameful! AND, 925e has an $800 minimum, which means she bought at least $800 worth of their jewelry with the intention of reselling it at HUGE markup.
She had several other items in this section of her shop, but I guess even she realized that they wouldn’t pass for handmade so she removed them. These were things like a regular sterling braided box chain marked as “handmade”, and things like that.
I’ve flagged each item and sent a link to the exact item on 925e’s site, the exact picture, and nothing has been done. Why is that?
And to mention one more thing, Portobello has not only been reselling, but she misrepresents things all the time as “vintage” when they are brand new items, purchased from brass wholesale companies (that we’ve all seen a thousand times—brass ferns, brass geranium leaves, etc.).
I posted a comment on your blog about this, with links directly comparing 6 or 7 of her items to the 925e catalog. I only just saw your email address!
Thanks so much for your great blog! I’m really glad someone sent me your way tonight.