13 Mar

Reseller from China, also selling on ebay (don’t even bother to edit the ‘bidding’ terms)

exact same photos, title and descriptions

I saw this peacock eyes headband being sold for uber-expensive price on seller portobello that’s previously been called out, the listing’s not there anymore though, probably removed or sold. haven’t checked on the sold items yet.

also guilty from trying to avoid etsy fees
listing for $1, shipping’s for $96

thought Etsy would mind this one if it’s directly affecting their fees?


31 Responses to “smilingstar”

  1. Smartass March 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    GEE WHIZ that cheap-ass item better come in a sterling silver shipping box!

  2. 'Elle March 13, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    And that shop has so many sales, too.


  3. vicki March 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    I get so tired of these resellers, they never have any favorites or buy anything on etsy. Don’t know why but it really pisses me off. I feel so much better now having said it.

  4. Life During Wartime March 13, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    BlueKitty, the shop at your link has every item I viewed in the wrong category! I didn’t click on all the items, but it would not surprise me if none of them are correct. The tags…holy moly! Can’t email this one to Michelle, though, because she doesn’t care to address blatant category and tag abuse at this time. Oh, well.

  5. Cat Power March 13, 2010 at 11:04 pm #

    And another thing, bluekitty, if that type drawer is vintage, I’m Shirley Temple at 4 yrs. old!

    I happen to own a vintage/antique type tray, and there is no way in hell that that one was ever used. There are no black ink stains, and it looks as though the back is plywood or fiberboard, which they were not, if authentic.

    Also all the rings made out of spoon and fork handles are tagged vintage in the titles, and they are not…just made from old stuff, so they are new… errrgggggg! Really pisses me off!

  6. Sara March 13, 2010 at 11:36 pm #

    What really bothers me aren’t the blatant ones with ebay accounts, but the ones who pretend to be handmade – it’s like, we know we’re invading your hard-fought territory and cheapening your work and deliberately subverting your philosophy and way of life and culture – but we’re not only going to do all of that, we’re going to do it and lie to you at the same time.

    Like this seller (who may be real, who knows.):

    Feedback, pictures, etc. suggest reseller – but she has a damned Youtube video “showing” the “handmade” process. None of the video is actually convincing – she’s got a bag beside a sewing machine, some unidentifiable straps, and some kind of pattern sheet – but there it is. I wonder if they laugh to themselves as they do that or just consider it a cold business decision.

  7. BlueKittyMiniatures March 14, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    I hadn’t noticed until now but the printers’ tray seller has FB for all sales left on the day of purchase.

    How do these new sellers ship so fast and get FB from everyone?

    Half my customers never leave FB, even when they regularly buy from me.

  8. JonhCocktoasten March 14, 2010 at 5:17 am #

    Check this out:

    Loads of reproduction vintage brooches.

  9. JajieBo March 14, 2010 at 7:16 am #

    Sara, that CrazyBoy shop sucks. The negative feedback suggests that the bags arrived sealed in factory plastic, and smelled of chemicals. I didn’t even watch her youtube video yet, because I just ate and hae no desire to puke my guts out at the moment.

  10. JajieBo March 14, 2010 at 7:25 am #

    And the crazyforkers shop in comment #2 definitely stinks of some shillery.

  11. Amy March 14, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    that video by crazyboy is hilarious! I am so NOT convinced.

  12. detroit March 14, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    Wow. That Crazyboy shop is terrible. So obvious it’s factory work. So, the (sweat) shop owner took pix of a worker, or his wife, assembling a bag. Big deal. Arrrrgh!

  13. Amused March 14, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Even the positive FB in Crazyboy’s shop says not handmade over and over.

  14. Kirsi March 14, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    Why do people leave neutrals and positives when they don’t receive what they payed for?

  15. JajieBo March 14, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    ^ I think most do it in fear of retaliatory neg. feedback.

  16. Amused March 14, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    Maybe they were kiss and make-ups that changed the FB but not the comments. I thought of that although some still say they are happy even when they state it is clearly not handmade.
    ???? Who needs a reputation for handmade goods, apparently not ETSY.

  17. Life During Wartime March 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    WJW about broochking! Cheap faux vintage pins listed as handmade jewelry. And the number of sales in only a few days, yikes! I wonder if the buyers for this crap are Etsy artisans who are going to incorporate the pins into their own designs and sell them as items made with ‘vintage’ jewelry?

    Even in the photos you can tell the metal isn’t vintage…I shudder to think what the metal parts are made from and would not want to wear them touching my skin.

    Saddest of all, this shop opened and got established AFTER HeyMichelle started her clean-out-the-resellers project. Considering the number of listings in the shop and the number of sales, I am sure they were spotted and flagged multiple times.

    Great call-out!

  18. Cat Power March 14, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    The broochking shop has one feedback, and it was left the day of the sale…gee, I’m really impressed with their fast shipping, aren’t you all?

    I think I’ve just about had it with the games that Etsy is playing to try to quell the rumbles about resellers….too little, too late.
    And not even making a dent in the new shops, much less the ones who have been on the site for a year or more.

    Let’s face it, they are never going to clean house the way we’d like them to, so why do we continue to get our blood pressure to the danger point?

    I’ll continue to read all these threads, and blogs, etc., but I’m finally going to stop seeking out the bad guys, as it is a big fat lesson in futility and frustration.

    And plus, now that the tag line is gone from the site, it is going to be open season for resellers to flock from the far corners of the earth! The gates have been opened, and I’m gettin’ out of the way of the stampede!

  19. Life During Wartime March 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    Here is broochking’s older (if you consider being open 3 months ‘old’) Etsy shop:

    Check out the prices, and number of sales during that brief time,

    How many people still believe that Etsy is about ‘handmade’ and authentic vintage? Would a handmade by the seller jewelry shop or seller of real vintage brooches make this many sales during such a brief time on Etsy?

    The customers are out there for junk, and they are opening their wallets wide for the resellers.

  20. Life During Wartime March 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    Broochking does not disclose smilebox as their other shop.

    She clearly states in her Profile bio that her stock is manufactured for them in Asia…the stuff she lists as handmade and tags as vintage:


    Three dolla make her holla.

  21. WTFISAPDF March 14, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    Another Etsy fail on the front page.

    Vintage my ass. These were sold at Target LAST YEAR

  22. lala March 14, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    Anyone see the front page of Etsy tonight (around 8:30 EST)? Rain boots available last year at Target were on the front page
    So I guess anything before 2010 is vintage !?!

  23. ohmeohmy March 14, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    What the hell causes crazyboys’ handbags to be stinky?? I think I’ll send him a convo and ask.

  24. Amused March 14, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    Chemicals of some sort would be my guess. Sniff away people.

  25. ohmeohmy March 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    crazyboy wrote back and said they became “stinky” during transportation. He said he has changed the packaging…

  26. ohmeohmy March 14, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    I wouldn’t want a bag full of unknown toxins

  27. ohmeohmy March 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    WOW, he told me it was from naphthalene which is used in mothballs. Toxic shit too. This is what I got from google:




    Hazard Summary-Created in April 1992; Revised in January 2000
    Naphthalene is used in the production of phthalic anhydride; it is also used in mothballs. Acute (short-term) exposure of humans to naphthalene by inhalation, ingestion, and dermal contact is associated with hemolytic anemia, damage to the liver, and neurological damage. Cataracts have also been reported in workers acutely exposed to naphthalene by inhalation and ingestion. Chronic (long-term) exposure of workers and rodents to naphthalene has been reported to cause cataracts and damage to the retina. Hemolytic anemia has been reported in infants born to mothers who “sniffed” and ingested naphthalene (as mothballs) during pregnancy. Available data are inadequate to establish a causal relationship between exposure to naphthalene and cancer in humans. EPA has classified naphthalene as a Group C, possible human carcinogen.

    I hope no expectant mothers bought his bags.

  28. 'Elle March 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    I’m assuming they smell because they’re made with cheap materials & packed in airtight factory plastic. Once you open it, the smell is released!

    I had a pencil pouch I got from overseas that was this way. Didn’t buy it on etsy, though. Shocker, I know.

  29. CMOM March 15, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    lala – nice Target rain boots! Check out LoRyan’s other “vintage” listings including a BCBG beaded bag and a Michael Korrs “never been worn” bag. Both might be vintage… but might not. Etsy should make these “vintage” listers prove that the items are vintage but that would take actual work!

  30. Ali March 16, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    Smilingstar shop listing

    Urban Outfitters

    ganked photo reported to etsy. There’s another listing in her shop for a headband with a pic of a blonde – seems Urban Outfitters-esque, but I can’t find a U.O. photo of it

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