portobello is back!

16 Jun


is BACK! I guess admin couldn’t pass up on the money she makes for them.

I sent them all kinds of links to alibaba, rhinestonejewelery.com, etc, with screenshots of her facebook page, her non etsy legal items, etc.

She was gone for a while and set up shops on many different venues. One is facebook with a cart.

She is breaking the new linking rule, as she has her facebook selling site listed on her etsy shop and sells MANY of the same stuff she sells on etsy.

I am not going to bother to put any more time into this and reporting her, but if anyone would like to have a go, best of luck! Others have been trying for years with no luck.

Here is her shop that she talks about in her profile: “Designs by Portobello collection is also available at our online shop” http://www.portobellojewelry.com

and etsy shop so you can compare: http://portobello.etsy.com

She probably reads this blog and will “presto chango” get rid of all offending items.


23 Responses to “portobello is back!”

  1. Cosmic Yuk June 16, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    My recommendation is not to use the flagging system. I don’t think anyone is accountable for flags in the end. I have found it much more useful to use the help desk form because a record is kept and although you aren’t given the rationale for any decision, there is a record that is traceable, and I don’t think they can just dump them as if they didn’t exist like flags.

    And if I were you, I’d contact anyone who bought something and provide them the link to the item on the wholesale site. Let them complain to Etsy and spread the word about what a rip off it is. Unfortunately, it’s after they’ve already left feedback, but hey, who knows what damage a couple of pissed off bridezillas could do.

  2. Ron UH OH June 16, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Yes flagging does not work.

    There are over 1100 chanel listings.About 90% are not authentic.Flagging does no good I have tried..Sellers are buying reproduction chanel buttons and listing the jewelry they make with them as authentic chanel button jewelry.I have flagged current fake chanel and gucci, vuitton and coach bags listed as vintage authentic to no avail It started when a friend actually purchased a chanel button item on etsy some time back and than saw hundreds of this button jewelry starting to appear on etsy.At that point she realized no one could have access to 1000s of authentic chanel buttons unless they were chanel.

    Instead I choose not to purchase on etsy any longer.On ebay and bonanzle they do a better system with vero but etsy does not seem to notice violations and to ignore items that are flagged. What is the worst is people are paying big money thinking they are getting real designer items.Most listings do not attempt to describe the item as anything but authentic. I used to look to buy vintage designer items on etsy but no longer.

  3. JohnCock June 16, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    I think its more like 99% of the Chanel items are fake. LV is the same. Since trademark infringement isn’t something etsy is going to police unless the holder complains, flagging is particularly useless here.

  4. Nicole June 16, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    What an absolute joke. I too thought she was ‘gone’, her store had no listings with no vacation mode so clearly they were pulled for a second time. How many effing chances do these lying thieves get?

  5. Anon June 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    I’m so fucking shit of this shit.

  6. uh-huh June 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    Etsy is getting so shady, this is really depressing.

  7. Brian June 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    Yes, her items were removed on May 7th although her shop remained on etsy. She added a blurb at the top of her shop announcement about being just “sooo busy” and to contact her at her website! I reported the link (twice) but it remained there for the whole 30 days she was off of etsy (she returned last week, sadly). Her announcement doesn’t say it now, but her profile still says to visit her website, which has everything she sells on etsy, which I’ve reported again (two more times) but it’s still there as of today.

    She sold so many items that were never handmade or hand-altered, especially the rhinestonejewelry.com earrings and hair combs, and yet etsy never closes her shop. I’m waiting for the person who bought the dangling pear earrings (from rhinestonejewelry.com) just before she was “swamped with orders” in May because I WILL send them a link to the earrings that were $4.50 (she charged $79).

    I’m sure she’ll start selling those earrings again in a month or so—why not? Etsy just lets her keep doing it.

  8. detroit June 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    Well – I can only hope this ugly shit will hurt Etsy in the end. Customers are extremely fickle, and it’s a fine tipping point in the collective unconscious of the public between ‘cool site’, and ‘cheap garbage’.

    Now that everyone can have these fake brand names as they’ve choked the markets over the past decade, they just look tacky now to the majority of the public.

    Etsy does NOT want to be associated with Canal Street / flea market / dollar store type goods in people’s minds. Why, oh, why are they letting that happen?

  9. Life During Wartime June 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Here’s a shop that I found on Pounce a few days ago when they had no sales:


    It’s an odd mixture of goods to be handmade by one seller.

  10. uh-huh June 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Brian Says:
    ………. I WILL send them a link to the earrings that were $4.50 (she charged $79).

    Seriously? That is amazing and/or disgusting.

  11. Cosmic Yuk June 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    Brian said: I’m waiting for the person who bought the dangling pear earrings (from rhinestonejewelry.com) just before she was “swamped with orders” in May because I WILL send them a link to the earrings that were $4.50 (she charged $79).


    Well, the buyer might not care if they were handmade or not, but I’m betting she’ll care that she spent $75 more than she needed to. That’s some markup.

  12. Brian June 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    Yes, that is a TRULY disgusting markup! If you go to rhinestonejewelry.com and look at earring style #15074, you’ll see what I mean (they’re $4.50 a pair). And she’s sold many pairs of these earrings throughout the years, for $79. Plus MANY of the other earrings from there as well, at about a 20-times markup. Also if you look at the rhinestone combs on that wholesale site, Portobello has sold the “elegant heart comb” ($4.25) for over $80, the “leaves and flower comb” which is $13.75 wholesale, but she sold it for about $169, I can’t remember exactly, plus many more of those wholesale combs. Just tons of stuff from that wholesale site, which she marked up outrageously. And she probably sleeps well at night. Uggggh.

  13. Anon June 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    Brian, she sleeps well at night on a bed of money. Seriously sick, deranged people on Etsy.

  14. Amused June 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm #


  15. mal à la tête June 16, 2010 at 11:39 pm #

    My thoughts, Amused, are that this is a re seller that had been closed down before many times as a merchant of rip off oil paintings. Now it seems they get to stay open. I guess it’s okay if it’s mostly tapestries? Where’s the purses and shoes? Etsy sucks more and more, didn’t think it was possible.

  16. bellacruz June 17, 2010 at 3:29 am #

    from the tapestry shop above, one of the “painting” descriptions:

    * 100% hand painted by Chinese expert artists with oil paint on real canvas. Without digital technique.

  17. JOINAA June 17, 2010 at 5:25 am #

    A”Provence Belgian tapestry” from Bejing. NOw, that takes the cake.

  18. JOINAA June 17, 2010 at 5:30 am #

    “We are a professional wall decors manufacturer based in China, we manage tapestries, wall stickers, wall paintings, wall papers, wall clocks and so on. Especially we have a tapestry workshop based in China.”

    This sure does need some research, but I am too sick of Etsy employees to help them. They don’t want the help, because they don’t want to be bothered while they are taking a nap or having phone sex in their little playset.

  19. itstinks June 17, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    Phone sex. That’s funny.

    I can buy those same tapestries on Saturdays down at the gas station by my house. The guy sets up out of the back of his pick up truck. You can also buy bonsai trees. And no shipping charges.
    I’m sure that’s true of most cities. WHy would anyone buy that cheap stuff on the internet?

  20. MadeByM**** June 17, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    Gosh, I made the mistake of going over and reading a little bit on the forums and kicked myself for wasting my time…….

  21. Life During Wartime June 17, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    So even the painting shops are staying open long enough to make sales on Etsy. This must be the work of the SCRAM bot: selectively curated resellers and manufacturers.

    mytapestry would only have been on undiscovered pounce a few days because they started making sales so quickly. I missed that shop!

  22. stinkypants June 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    Hooooo Doggies!

    $189.00 ?!!?!?!?!?!?!!

  23. mal à la tête June 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm #

    The tapestry shop is still open. Still. Fucking. Open.

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