Mistagging- ClassyWedding

11 Jun

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I have flagged this Etsy shop repeatedly over the past 6-8 months. This listing is but one example of flagrant mistagging.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/36273737/bridesmaids-pashmina-shawl-in-ivory
Title says “pashmina” (a pricey fiber from the belly of goat, really) and materials used say “viscose” (a plant-based fiber).

My guess is that the label that was sewn onto the shawl in the factory indicated “viscose.” Handwoven? Really?

I hope this message went to the right place. I am so irritated that I’m probably messing this up.

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26 Responses to “Mistagging- ClassyWedding”

  1. KCS June 11, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    I think “pashmina” has become a generic term for a shaw of any type of fabic.

  2. blood, sweat and tears June 11, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    what i wrote as i flagged:

    the shawls I can guarantee you are not handwoven by the seller. I am a weaver, and there is NO WAY that this US resident can spend the HOURS it would take to weave these fine thread shawls. I am not sure that even the fabric content is honestly given, but that is secondary to the LYING….soooo tired of this ETSY!

  3. uh-huh June 11, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    They do have some nice crease marks like on the shawls I bought in markets overseas.

  4. JOINAA June 11, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    More dreck from the shops eager to profit from the wedding insanity.

  5. MadeByM**** June 11, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    And when I look up pashmina shawls on other sites, they are a lot more expensive!

  6. MadeByM**** June 11, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    Except for Target! They are going for $14.99.

  7. Cosmic Yuk June 11, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    If she isn’t a reseller, I’ll eat a pashmina! You can buy these all day long on Ebay, and for what she’s selling 1 for I can buy a dozen! http://cgi.ebay.com/100-PASHMINA-SCARVES-SHAWL-STOLE-WRAP-WHOLESALE-LOT-12-/270487605935?cmd=ViewItem&pt=IN_Women_s_Apparel&hash=item3efa5152af

    Wouldn’t you love to contact the poor souls who thought they were getting something unique and handmade for a good price with the links to ebay auctions like this?

  8. Life During Wartime June 11, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    While she’s weaving the pashmina shawls, she is also setting rhinestones into brooches. Or maybe just messaging her suppliers to dropship orders…the only location given for the shop is ‘United States’.

    Etsy needs to review the entire Weddings handmade category to get the resellers out of there. It shouldn’t be up to the community to waste time wading thru online bridal wholesale sites so they can document flags.

    If there is a Weddings shop selling shawls + rhinestone jewelry + hair ornaments, one or more of these product lines are reseller goods. Or even all of the products.

  9. JohnCock June 11, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    She will tell you she hand-dyes them. Which, given the crease lines, is obviously not true.

  10. Life During Wartime June 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    What a slap that would be at the Etsians who do hand dye or hand paint textiles!

    What will she say about the jewelry with the elaborate rhinestone settings? I looked at the items, and didn’t see any little embellishments she could have added that were not part of the original findings.

    Seriously, I think the members of Etsy’s staff who are involved with ‘marketplace integrity’ should be sent on field trips to see first hand how items are manufactured vs how items are handmade. Or have retired experts from the era of US manufacturing come to Brooklyn to give presentations. I think many of the resellers being allowed to stay open on Etsy are due to ignorance on the part of the staff.

  11. Hmmm June 11, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    It’s only the fringes that are hand-woven if you read the description carefully. lol

  12. Cat Power June 11, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    Life During Wartime hit the nail on the head, re. the Etsy staff…they are just plain ignorant, and proud of it!

  13. detroit June 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Why are wedding stores always so scam-y? (Sorry for anyone here who has an Etsy wedding store – I’m sure YOU’re on the up and up.)

    I guess people just think brides to be are 1) crazy, 2) not worthy of respect, and 3) stupid.

    Even ‘real’ wedding stores, where most brides shop, sell a lot of, um, flammables (ie, synthetic fabrics, tacky shit), but, because it’s ‘bridal’, it’s priced as if made of silk and gossamer and gold.

    Like the whole cake scam. If you call a pastry shop and order a plain white sheet cake, it’s one price. If you order the exact same cake, but say it’s for a wedding, rather than a company picnic, you get a different, higher price.

    I guess this is a little off topic here. But this store is an example of it. I say, people who want to take advantage of brides, are sexist, and mean, and suck! lol.

  14. boots June 11, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    who would even buy those shawls, the pics are terrible

  15. JOINAA June 11, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    Brides are temporarily insane, and people take advantage of it.

  16. detroit June 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    boots Says:
    June 11, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    who would even buy those shawls, the pics are terrible
    _____________________________________________________

    I agree. But apparently a lot of people do want to buy them, since the store has over 1,000 sales. Ugh.

    JOINAA Says:
    June 11, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Brides are temporarily insane, and people take advantage of it.
    ________________________________________________________

    I guess the stereotype is true to some extent. Though certainly not for everyone.

    I guess that’s why I’ve never had the desire to be a ‘bride’. I grew out of unicorns around 10 and, was never into princesses to begin with. More into building, assembling things. And crafts.

    If me and my partner ever have an extra $20,000 sitting around (average US wedding price?), we’re buying a house. And the few times we’ve had $5,000 or so extra – we’ve used it to travel extensively.

    I guess different people have different priorities. But I never understood spending such a HUGE amount on one day, where I’d actually be horribly uncomfortable – with everyone looking at me, dressed as a giant Elizabethan dessert. It’s weird yo.

    To each her own. I guess. I try not to judge (who am I kidding – I’m a judgmental hypocrite to the max! lol ). But the materialism of modern weddings is a little barfy to me.

  17. Sara June 11, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    My wedding cost about $100, was held years after we were permanently committed to each other, and was wonderful.

  18. Laura June 12, 2010 at 12:55 am #

    Here’s the link to their ebay too: http://stores.ebay.com/Israel-Depot Items FROM Israel, not handmade!

  19. jenn June 12, 2010 at 5:12 am #

    Etsy has staff involved with “marketplace integrity”???

    Hahahahahahahahahaha.

    I’m sorry, not laughing at you, LDW.

    I just completely fail to see any results of this marketplace integrity staff. Unless they think it means making sure that just the front page is reseller and TOU-violation-free. Oh, wait, fail there too.
    Hmmm.
    Maybe they’re still in ‘training’.

    Or trying to figure out how to spell ‘integrity’ so they can google the meaning.

  20. Etsy Person June 12, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    What does the pashima shawl have to do with paisley as listed in the tags? (answer NOTHING)>

  21. JOINAA June 12, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    Etsy staff does not know what integrity means. they probably think it means “sucker”.

  22. Life During Wartime June 12, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    Etsy Person, a few of the shawls are made from paisley pattern fabric. Seller says pattern is woven in, but on my screen it looks too flat, more like printed on. You can’t see the paisley on the white shawl, and I wondered about the title, too.

  23. insaneinthebrain June 13, 2010 at 3:15 am #

    these shawls cost no more than $5 on an expensive market place in Turkey or India. With some negotiating maybe even less.

  24. ohboy June 29, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    In my opinion, when someone has to tell you it’s “classy” – it ain’t.

  25. Iam Truun July 4, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    hello all…

    i used i.d. to get a custom-made wedding band – it was definitely hand-made! We negotiated and discussed the details for about a week and, once i placed the order it took, delivery tokk about 16 to 18 days. That may not sound fast but i live in canada where frenchmen run the post office so that was blazin’ quick!

    as for the shawl, international pricing – i.e. what residents pay in their own countries – tends to be a fraction of what we pay so don’t be surprized by very wide discrepancies. North American retailers sometimes latch onto a product for pennies on the dollar and then sell it for dollars on the pennies. I just saw a sterling silver ‘flip’ ring with a cameo and a black onyx stone offered (honestly – sort of) at $63 and the same ring (same photo!) ‘offered’ at $500+ … caveat emptor!

  26. Iam Truun July 4, 2010 at 7:04 am #

    hello all… reposting to edit overlooked typos!

    i used i.d. to get a custom-made wedding band – it was definitely hand-made! We negotiated and discussed the details for about a week and, once i placed the order, delivery took about 16 to 18 days. That may not sound fast but i live in canada where frenchmen run the post office so that was blazin’ quick!

    as for the shawl, international pricing – i.e. what residents pay in their own countries – tends to be a fraction of what we pay so don’t be surprized by very wide discrepancies. North American retailers sometimes latch onto a product for pennies on the dollar and then sell it for dollars on the pennies. I just saw a sterling silver ‘flip’ ring with a cameo and a black onyx stone offered (honestly – sort of) at $63 and the same ring (same photo!) ‘offered’ at $500+ … caveat emptor!

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