20 Mar

One can not make a brooch like this for $13.50:

FOUND ON EBAY by wholesaler Pugster-

With over 4,000 charms and other jewelry items, Pugster888 is able to offer remarkable prices to fit every level of jewelry enthusiast. Pugster’s line consists of selections in all varieties, shapes, sizes, and colors. Pugster888 is known internationally, and proud to offer customers the best in Italian Charms. With our wide selection of products and competitive prices, customers worldwide can enjoy one-stop shopping for up-to-date trendy Pugster fashions. All Italian Charms sold by Pugster are compatible with Zoppini, Disney, Nomination, Boxing, and other brands of Italian charm bracelets.

We pride ourselves on high quality, excellent prices, and honest retail concepts;

Of course, there are oodles more in her shop.


17 Responses to “JewelsSoSweet”

  1. Life During Wartime March 20, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    Whoa…did you read the Policies page?

    It says “We are a small jewelry company. Most of our items are those that we fix jewelry we find and we sell it to you. Many of our items are vintage.” Oh, and the owner of the company is blind.

    Although everything about this shop screams I’M A RESELLER to me, considering Etsy’s latest position on small factories, ‘successful’ businesses on Etsy that don’t make their items, and resale jewelry in general, I don’t think this shop has anything to be concerned about. Etsy can always coach them to move a bunch of retro stuff straight from the factory (like the mushrooms) over to vintage and everyone will be happy.

  2. nevermind March 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    What’s with the coaching anyway? I reported a shop for reselling, complete with links to the wholesale place they got everything from.
    Somehow the shop stayed, but ALL the listings were re-worded to now be handmade, and they changed the pics from the ones stolen from the wholesale place to their own (albeit crappy) ones.

    Heard through the grapevine Etsy contacted them, and they simply lied and said they made the stuff, so Etsy told them how to rework their listings to comply.

    WTF??? I’ve never looked at any shop the same way again. And this was over a year ago. If Etsy doesn’t have time to check all the flags, how do they have time to coach obvious, proven resellers on how to comply????

  3. Life During Wartime March 20, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    nevermind, Etsy has been doing the coaching thing with resellers for years. Some of the factory clothing sellers were early beneficiaries of Etsy’s help. Etsy told them to crop out text from catalog pages and even the model’s face or head so the photos couldn’t be definitely matched to wholesale sites and Chinese Ebay.

    Did you read the minutes of one of the Labs on Resellers posted in the Forums?

    It looks like the shops that Etsy decided were unsuitable for the site (resellers with few or no sales) had their shops deleted. The acceptable resellers had their items temporarily removed, and then the shops reopened after coaching. I guess this is why it takes so long to handle each flag because of the hand-holding the staff has to provide the factory based shops to help them hide what they are.

  4. vicki March 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    Wow 39 sales, guess people love their crap. This is sad that they don’t get shut down.

  5. Suz March 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    WTF has being blind got to do with anything, let alone reselling?

  6. Holly March 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    WOW WOW WOW whoever wrote the announcement just sounds like a retard. Must not have been the owner of the company or maybe it was seeing as how she or he is supposedly blind

  7. 'Elle March 20, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    I have a $50 that says the owner isn’t blind. Blind to what etsy is for, maybe.

  8. JonhCocktoasten March 21, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    What a fucking disgrace.

  9. Suz March 21, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    Just cuz you say it’s handmade, doesn’t make it so.

  10. Kieran March 21, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    She makes pins that elaborate by hand, and she’s blind?
    What a croc

  11. Life During Wartime March 21, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    Kieran, I think the blind person who owns the business has employees, and Etsy is down with that. Especially now. Whether or not any of the employees actually MAKE the jewelry they find, fix or is vintage (yeah, whatever) is the question. If the item on Ebay is typical, then we know the blind person doesn’t have to do the photography because they are using a stock photo for the flag…just adding the shop name’s initials.

  12. Life During Wartime March 21, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    She actually has 3 shops on Etsy, which are not disclosed in JewelsSoSweet. They are DaintieDesigns
    and MrsSupply

    She also has shops on Zibbet and Artfire. I found her multiple identities from a cached Japanese facebook page where she was being featured by Zibbet as an ‘inspiring’ story — ie, her health issues.

    Check out the mass produced beads listed in the (handmade) Glass category on Etsy in MrsSupply
    Quoting from the description:
    ‘These lampwork glass beads are one of a kind. Each one is made special for Mrs Supply.’
    Yes, factory made but listed as handmade on Etsy. The MrsSupply who doesn’t list her supplies as supplies.
    Flag at will, not that it will accomplish anything…

  13. Life During Wartime March 21, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    My comment above has several links, so is awaiting moderation.

    I would like to add that after reading about her on the web, this woman’s health issues are very real, and I sympathize with her physical pain and the financial burden of her medical expenses. However, this does not give her, or her family, a free pass to bend the rules.

    I recently lost my husband to a rare disease so I am not simply an armchair commentor here. Seriously, keep the legit Etsy shops, and categorize your items appropriately. Ditch the illegal items. And best of luck to you!

  14. detroit March 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    LDW – Sorry for your loss. And I agree. I think when people mention their difficulties in a sales context, when it’s not relevant, they do a disservice to themselves, and cheapen their story.

    Regarding buying on Etsy these days, with so many resellers allowed – I guess the only solution is to stick to buying really amateur looking, obviously homemade stuff – lol.

  15. JonhCocktoasten March 22, 2010 at 6:20 am #

    LDW, I am so sorry for your loss.

  16. JohnCocktoasten March 27, 2010 at 6:16 am #

    Her shop is EMPTY.

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