12 Mar

From the inbox: “I have bought these exact earrings on ebay before. this is not the ebay seller i bought them from but i found someone else who sells them.”

etsy listing

Ebay (top right)

“you are looking at handmade Lakh ( type of clay ) earring sets made exclusively in India.” And the seller is in Austin 🙂


36 Responses to “trendsofindia”

  1. MadeByM**** March 12, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    Flaggy, flaggy!

  2. badkitty March 12, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    Almost five bucks to send a pair of earrings from Austin? For that price, I’d expect them to be coming straight from India.

  3. Kande March 12, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    She was also in the FS chat room. It is a game where one etsy seller is featured at a time for five minutes. In order to become the next FS, you have to buy from the current FS.. Anyway!

    She was in there spamming up her product even multiple people told her not to. We told her about the rules of the game and she was basically black mailing us. We had to buy from her and she would stop… pfft not a chance when your acting like that..

  4. notvintage March 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    I wonder if people who buy supplies– esp jewelry supplies– pay attention to what their supplies are made from and whether or not they conform with health & safety regulations in this country?
    There is so much “assembled” garbage listed on Etsy that I would be very circumspect, as a buyer, unless there was full disclosure of where the materials and “findings” come from, especially if the piece is under $15.
    Just wondering how many potential buyers every consider this aspect, instead of just trying to get “the best deal”…..

  5. Crazy Cat Lady March 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    Well, when I make my “assembled garbage” earrings to sell on etsy, I buy some of the handmade beads on etsy itself…from etsy sellers, and they are handmade, and I’m still able to sell the earrings for $15 or less. However, you’re right – I can’t know where my sellers are getting their glass or polymer clay, and I can’t know the actual living conditions of the person who mined the silver, or made the silver into the headpin, etc.

    Do you know about the health and safety regulations of the country of origins of everything you buy? Or do you just judge the things you don’t like?

  6. PussDaddy March 12, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    Those are some ugly assed earrings.

  7. Hmm March 13, 2010 at 1:55 am #

    Etsy seller who now outsources their production to India… but still sells on Etsy, home of “all things handmade”

  8. Amy March 13, 2010 at 4:10 am #

    Interesting article Hmm – i have commented.

  9. megan March 13, 2010 at 6:24 am #

    Hmm and Amy – the Etsy seller you are pointing out does not outsource all of her items to India – she very clearly states in the article that she makes some products by hand and some products are outsourced depending on need (for example, when a major retailer places an order)

  10. detroit March 13, 2010 at 7:05 am #

    Lord! I’m sure that Showpony person is nice and all. And her designs are cute. But they certainly do not belong on Etsy.

    Etsy is for items HANDMADE by YOU. If outsourcing to India is allowed, hell, the Gap could sell on Etsy then. Because, like this seller, someone at Gap designed the garment. Then it was outsourced to a third world country for materials and production. No difference.

    Though, the way Etsy is going, there’ll soon be no difference between Etsy and Walmart.

    McEtsy? Is that catchy enough? Someone needs to think of a clever name that captures the loss of the handcrafted principle on Etsy.

  11. notvintage March 13, 2010 at 7:31 am #

    Crazy– I can see how insultingly my words came out, and I want to apologize for any offense I have given.

  12. Trends Of India March 13, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    Guys all i have to say in my defense is this i am sure you must have seen these type of earrings some other web site like e bay.
    This particular type of clay jewelry is an Indian jewelry specialty. I liked it very much, so i looked on web site and called some of my indian friends that how they make this type of jewelry and i tried to make the same thing by myself. So yes it will resemble, but is hand made by me and with some improved quality then original Indian Stuff.

    I hope this helps. And i would call out people who without finding out the truth post nasty things on etsy blogs and try to ruin reputation of other people. I would say that’s very selfish of them. and ignorant.

    Thanks a lot
    Trends of india.

  13. Thud March 13, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    Then why do you state that they are made exclusively in India?

  14. JonhCocktoasten March 13, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    I am sorry but the fact that you originally stated they were FROM INDIA and the exact same earrings are for sale on ebay are not working in your favor AT ALL.

    As you can see, this blog has been around a while and this ain’t our first rodeo.

  15. ohmeohmy March 13, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    I hope someone took screenshots before she changed her descriptions to “fit” into etsy legal. My my, I can’t believe how people lie so easily!

  16. ohmeohmy March 13, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    Both sellers need to be reported directly to Michelle at community@etsy. com with “michelle” in subject line. It’s going to bog things down if everyone flags, so just one person should do it.

    It would be a good idea to link to that business blog, and for the other, to link to ebay. Both should also be linking to etsy callout as proof.

    These items are not what etsy’s about. Etsy is for the independent crafter/ artist who handmakes a piece by himself/ herself. This person who has these bags has obviously outgrown etsy and needs to move onto a website.

    The other person needs to remain at ebay where reselling is allowed.

    Don’t come here to defend yourself when you cannot be honest about it. It makes you look like an even bigger liar. And if you change your wording in your shops after being discovered, how can you live with that lie?

  17. ohmeohmy March 13, 2010 at 9:02 am #


    Are you a metalsmith? No? I didn’t think so.

  18. ohmeohmy March 13, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    I reported the bag seller to Michelle with a screenshot of her announcement in case she tries re-wording it to be etsy legal.

  19. detroit March 13, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Thanks Ohme.

    Unfortunately, if HeyMichelle ever even gets to it, it seems that all the seller will have to do is change their page, and deny, deny, deny! lol.

    I would just LOVE a pure place for handmade that wasn’t all junked up and polluted.

    Sigh. One can always dream….

  20. Crazy Cat Lady March 13, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    Nonvintage, thank you. Sometimes it’s hard being a jewelry maker on Etsy, especially if you make jewelry with beads. There is a lot of snobbery. I try to make beautiful and interesting designs, but in the end, some of it is putting beads on a headpin, as painting is simply putting paint on a canvas.

  21. notvintage March 13, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    I was referring to this sort of thing–

    Whatever a ‘snob’ is

  22. Life During Wartime March 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    Shop announcements, descriptions etc have been edited by sellers after being called out here, or after being flagged and contacted by Etsy. Then the issue becomes not whether the items are handmade by the seller, but whether the seller is truthfully describing their items.

    So, Trendsofindia, is the item called out here made by you or not? I find it hard to believe that if you made the effort to successfully master a traditional Indian style you didn’t write about doing this at length in your seller profile. Would have made a great marketing tool, but…you have no seller profile. Instead there is this from your policies page:

    “Trends Of India is a jewelry outlet selling silver,stone,necklace,table linens,pillow covers,table runners, made to order curtains, handicraft items,paintings and leather items.”

    WJW. You’re a metalsmith, a leather crafter, a painter, seamstress, and now have taught yourself Indian enamel work? I think you have a lot more editing work to do in your shop to cover the traces of eau de reseller.

  23. Bedazzled VONdom March 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    “This particular type of clay jewelry is an Indian jewelry specialty. I liked it very much, so i looked on web site and called some of my indian friends that how they make this type of jewelry and i tried to make the same thing by myself. So yes it will resemble, but is hand made by me and with some improved quality then original Indian Stuff.”


    You’re a jhūṭhā.

  24. JajieBo March 14, 2010 at 7:27 am #

    Aww, TrendsofIndia- where’d you go? Come back and prove us wrong!

  25. Trends Of India March 15, 2010 at 6:36 am #



    AND THIS IS FOR Bedazzled. you are a *Chutya* and that too certified.


  26. Bedazzled VONdom March 15, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    OH NOES!




    (Ten bucks says she also has Sharpie eyebrows.)

  27. JonhCocktoasten March 15, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    Trends, so are so full of shit your eyes are brown.

  28. Sarah March 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    This seller was also in a regular chat room a week or so ago (typing in all caps the entire time) acting like a child. When it was brought up that their items appeared to be resold, they responded by saying that most of the items on Etsy are not handmade, citing one of my sewn items — obviously it’s not handmade since it was made with the use of a machine.

  29. trendsofindia March 15, 2010 at 7:01 pm #

    Ha Ha so Sarah you are a re seller. guys one more re seller for u. who use machines like i do to make my stuff. and u john cockrin cockroach what ever your name is. looks like u are in shit. heeeeee. @ bedazzeled after my msg. there is a wink. so don’t waste your time, i will be here still selling my products. and u keep wasting every body’s time.

  30. notvintage March 16, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    trends: You are welcome to your desperate search for ignorant buyers. Anybody who looks at your jewelry and thinks it’s handmade is a moron. Anyone who buys is just looking for cheap shit. Watch that profit margin, y’hear?

  31. jeweledmd March 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    Trends of India shop is empty, so sad.

  32. Bedazzled VONdom March 17, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    I’m sure she’s just taking a breather while she recovers from the onslaught of new orders that flooded in over the last few days while she was flaunting her obvious superiority here.


    Vaha ēka gūṅgā aura badasūrata vēśyā hai.

  33. Tina March 24, 2010 at 3:50 am #

    Trendofindia you are the rudest person I have ever met in a chatroom. I am so glad I reported this to this site, and Etsy!

  34. Trends of India March 31, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    So as you Tina. I reported your site as well.

  35. trends of india April 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    Guys i am on etsy under a different name but selling same stuff which is not hand made. try to find me. good luck

  36. me April 28, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    That is the most pathetic thing I have ever heard.

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