Just wanted to run this by you:
I noticed a pair of long cable knit fingerless gloves on the “recently listed” page. I liked the color, so I clicked to this shop: mymayamade.etsy.com.
After a few clicks I noticed that these gloves were priced quite low for what they were (I do crochet, so I know) PLUS they had some very low quality photos, esp. the photo for this item http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=44148843 — it looks like it was pulled off a website.
MyMayaMade only has 3 items and was opened today (4/5/10). No other information, except that the profile states that it’s “Hademade with LOVE!” Uh.
I did some google-ing and found this: MyMayamade.com, which is for dog collars with crochet flowers etc on them (and the website is a bit tacky IMO). But did you know mymayamade has a President? That’s impressive. See this comment on http://220.127.116.11/search?q=cache:tOCTTZ2s_CMJ:www.stormdawg.com/stimulus-october/comment-page-15/+mymaya+pet+collars&cd=9&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a#idc-cover, halfway through page 6.
What’s also more impressive is that this president (“Jack Malken”) might also be the owner of Imforex. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jack-malken/6/944/474. and http://imforex.com/. Both companies are based in Santa Barbara. And hey, Imforex also has a Beijing branch!
And the kicker: the phone # for Imforex and for MyMayaMade.com is THE SAME NUMBER.
So did I do enough research to prove that this is a reseller? It’s hard to tell sometimes. And normally I just sigh and say, wow this Etsy reseller problem is huge. But this time the possible reseller is on my turf. I work hard to crochet high quality items and to see sub-par work being sold at low prices is crossing a line with me.
I’ll also report all this to Etsy and see how it goes.
Thanks for listening, and for supporting ACTUAL handmade.