10 Jun

I have been coveting a particular dress from a designer for the last several years. So imagine my surprise when I saw the dress on Etsy. I compared the online retailer to the Etsy shop and the Etsy shop has the exact same photos as the website. I don’t know if the Etsy seller got permission to use the photos, lifted (stole) the photos, or if the Etsy seller is copying the dress design, or if they are drop shipping the dresses. I did however email the Etsy seller as well as the owner of the other website. Both said that neither one of them are affiliated with the other. The online retailer (the non-Etsy website) did say that the dresses are NOT hand sewn, that only the appliques and embroidery are.

Etsy seller (reseller): StarBoutique (located in New York)

Online retailer (located in California):

Here is just one example:

Funny how 2 places not affiliated with each other share the exact same photos 🙂


20 Responses to “StarBoutique”

  1. Cat Power June 10, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    Some people just don’t get it, do they? In this day and age when you steal someone’s photo, it’s so easy to track down the original. How can they be so dense that they don’t realize they will be found out in a heartbeat?

    A reseller for sure…probably bought a bunch wholesale and are simply doing their thing on Etsy…why does that not surprise me in the slightest?

  2. Elektra June 10, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    Well, obviously they are both buying the garments wholesale from the same supplier and charging different prices ; ) The Etsy store mentions ‘no alternations’, as they sell them as is…I think this is very typically of the Etsy marketplace nowadays. With the recession, people are turning to wholesale vendors of certain goods that niche markets enjoy, such as vintage inspired gowns, and then they are re-selling them online where they don’t have the overhead of a brick and mortar store….

  3. Stacey June 10, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    Yep, those are all Nataya dresses.

  4. Life During Wartime June 10, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    I’m thinking I’ve seen the long red and black ren faire dresses on Etsy at some point, using the photos from vintagestyleclothing.

    I am so bored with faux vintage everything.

  5. MadeByM**** June 10, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    The dress is pretty……..but doesn’t belong on Etsy! Flagged…..hope they do something about it!!!

  6. AH June 10, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    I found six different online retailers that sell those dresses. All one has to do is look up the designer ‘Nataya’ dresses.

  7. detroit June 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Oh. I just thought Etsy made some new categories:

    ‘Vintage INSPIRED’, and ‘Handmade INSPIRED’…lol. They should also add ‘Kinda like supplies, or as-is, whatever, who cares, junk’.

    Then they’d have a category for everything under the sun. And they might be one step closer to achieving their goal of overtaking Ebay.

  8. detroit June 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    Although, since Ebay has Paypal, Etsy needs to come up with it’s own Paypal. With it’s special stamp of half-assedness in its operation, and a faux hipster name / vibe.

  9. Life During Wartime June 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    Handmade inspired is usually handmade by someone, just not by the shop owner. And Etsy was supposed to be the alternative to that situation. Etsy lied.

  10. Amused June 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    Reseller or actual vintage?

  11. Cat Power June 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    It looks to me to be a mix of both. The sterling rings don’t look vintage to me, but some of the brooches and cameos might be.

    I’ve been around a long time (age-wise) and sometimes can spot the new stuff, but some of these are pretty good and hard to judge without holding and touching.

  12. Life During Wartime June 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    I agree with Cat. It’s hard to date ethnic made unsigned generic silver jewelry. The styles are traditional. Could be 40 years old or 40 days old. The cameos look old, but there was a cameo mini-fad a few years ago and new ones are still being made by craftspeople in the traditional style. I really cannot tell. Even in person I haven’t the knowledge or experience to say for sure these are old or they’re not.

    Resellers of newer jewelry have been called out here, and their pricing was very different. Worldwide seems more like I would expect for the real deal.

  13. um_ya June 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    Anyone see the current featured seller VectorCloud?

    All of her pieces are new, but tagged ‘vintage.’

  14. JOINAA June 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    I looked at all Vector’s listings and none were categorized as vintage.

  15. AH June 10, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    Amazing. It looks as though the dresses were removed from the sellers shop. I wonder if the seller took them down or Etsy did? Too bad the dresses were not removed from the shop before buyers had purchased some of them. I wonder how many of those buyers thought they were buying a handmade dress.

  16. Life During Wartime June 10, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    um_ya, I don’t think the typical Etsy shopper knows the difference between VINTAGE and RETRO. Actually, I doubt most Etsy sellers know, either, nor do they care. Vector’s items are retro. Retro = vintage inspired.

    She didn’t put her items in the Vintage category, and that’s a good thing. Vector isn’t breaking any of Etsy’s rules.

    Etsy should have limited the use of the vintage tag to handmade items that are made with vintage elements, embellished vintage, or repurposed vintage. They didn’t do this, so now anything on Etsy can be tagged as ‘vintage’.

  17. sick of cupcakes June 11, 2010 at 5:53 am #

    I really love the vintage inspired dresses. I don’t think they would work well with my trips to the post office, ball field and grocery store, though…since they seem to be the only places I get to go.

  18. JOINAA June 11, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    Shit like this KILLS authentic vintage.

  19. nox June 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    For the person who mentioned coveting a Nataya dress – I bought one a few years ago for a friend’s wedding. It looked really nice on the website. In person, it was quite different. The fabric wasn’t as soft or drapey, and the appliques were crude. Thankfully I was able to return it.

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