Reader Post

1 Apr

Not sure if this is the place to link this, but in this article today http://www.etsy.com/storque/spotlight/guest-curator-goth-thrives-with-haute-macabre-7551/

there’s a picture of a coat http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_1&listing_id=42175764

from this shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/yuan123

My interest was piqued because it says, “Hello,everyone,welcome to my shop.
[…]
Each piece of clothing will have cost us a lot of time and effort, design and manufacturing process are very complex, but we take seriously each and every detail, here is part of the clothing production process:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36281623.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36863269
I hope my customers to have more comprehensive understanding of my design, and hope that customers will be able to like my designs.”

Seems like in those photos and in the text at the top of their greeting that more than one person is making these clothes. I am not sure if it is a legitimate collaboration (there’s no information provided in the profile), a translation issue (they translated restaurant for shop), and/or a reseller. Does someone want to look into this?

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9 Responses to “Reader Post”

  1. Life During Wartime April 1, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    Since the shop is full of catalog photos, it seems easy enough to have a model or office lady sit down at a sewing machine for some professional pics, and get a few shots in the work area were the designers work up the prototypes.

    The clothing is not custom made. A range of sizes with measurements is listed with the items. and there may be size or two on the smaller and larger ends of the range not listed on Etsy in their warehouse.

    It might be a small collective, though, because their prices are a bit higher than the typical reseller shop. And they’ve made fewer sales because their prices are closer to handmade prices.

    I dunno about this one.

  2. insaneinthebrain April 1, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    I like how they have all size available for all models and customer doesnt even have to wait until their item is made. its amazing this is possible with one person running the shop. i wish i could work efficient like this too! HA
    I also like this shop full of wonderful wholesale items and more : http://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueberryManor?page=1

  3. Em April 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/sannyssecret

    A poor buyer got duped by this reseller who has clearance jewelry from Target and other chain stores. In her listings, he/she says:

    “Please NOTE: I use “Recycled Earring Cards” that once belonged in a store so when you receive your earrings they may be on a tag with prices that are different than what you paid. Please disregard those prices as they are not relevant to your purchase.”

    And the girl in the thread she posted said when she compared the earrings she bought to those at Target, it was the same style earring card with the same price! She was really confused at first, since she really thought she was buying handmade jewelry, made with care and “love.” Then she was just pissed that the seller lied to her.

    There’s also some pendants from Michael’s listed under handmade. This shop is a mess.

    Here’s the thread: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6482643&page=1

    Etsy really needs to seriously rein in these resellers. Genuine fans of handmade are getting screwed over and it’s only hurting them in the end.

  4. Amy April 2, 2010 at 1:37 am #

    I have to say i read that storque article and this shop did make me wonder. But I just don’t know for sure.

  5. L April 2, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    Woah! So it was there one second, and I went to go back and look again, and the storque article is gone! Makes ya go hmmmm.

  6. L April 2, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    And of course, as I say that its now back. I swear for like 2-3 minutes there it was displaying a 404 missing file error on the etsy page where the article use to be.

  7. etsyfan April 2, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    I guess we haven’t come to a conclusion on this. I think I will steer on the safe side and not get the coat. Oh well…I found some clothes made locally (to me) that are cheaper and more environmentally friendly so I’ll opt for that shop instead.

    I’m a bit peeved that they let a guest curator post something questionable – front page…ok, fine, sometimes things slip through, but don’t they edit the Storque blog posts? Or at least, they really should. It makes etsy look bad, and its one reason I don’t really recommend shopping there in general, but refer people to specific shops.

    Thanks everyone for looking into this, and for posting my comment as its own blog post [yes, I’m dorky, and therefore highly honored haha 🙂 ]

  8. etsyfan April 2, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    “its one reason” should read “it’s”

    sorry!

  9. hannah April 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    i guess i am finally getting the hang of google analytics as i followed it back to this thread, where someone clicked on the link to the target reseller! fun fun, i wouldn’t have known this all too needed site existed…..

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