Hindsvik

17 Jul

From the inbox:

There is a vintage seller which is a darling of the etsy staff.  I noticed a familiar item in their shop.  It is a third hand magnifier, here is the current listing http://www.etsy.com/listing/51337528/industrial-display-vise

These are not vintage, they are made in China and can be bought at any Princess Auto store for $5, as well as on their online store.  Princess Auto stores are across Canada, including several in Ontario near where Hindsvik is situated.
Here is the item on Princess Auto: http://www.princessauto.com/tools/hand-tools/tools-hobby/2970341-third-hand-with-2x-magnifier

Hindsvik have already sold seven of them for $35 each, it’s obvious that it is just a reseller situation. I have flagged and Etsy has done nothing. In their original listing Hindsvik stated how they had multiples available, but soon edited that out.   I had been a fan of Hindvik but now I really don’t trust any of their listings.

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171 Responses to “Hindsvik”

  1. wahwah July 17, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    How about we ALL buy these 5.00 pieces of crap and list them for 6.00. Oh wait, no.Etsy would take ours all down and leave this piece of shit seller up.

  2. imwithya July 17, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    Couldn’t they just list that as a commercial supply? Why try to pass it off as vintage? Tools are allowed right? I use one of those all the time.

    And what’s with the drawers? I’m totally going to start scouring the alleys around here for nasty, old furniture and remove the drawers to sell on Etsy. Who knew?
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/49103872/rustic-wooden-storage-drawer?ref=v1_other_1

  3. Melindotty July 17, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    *WARNING* Found a seriously ridiculous factory seller:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/worldwidelabel?ref=seller_info

    They don’t even try to hide it!

  4. Blue Kitty July 17, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    Melindotty Says:
    July 17, 2010 at 9:05 am
    *WARNING* Found a seriously ridiculous factory seller:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/worldwidelabel?ref=seller_info

    They don’t even try to hide it!

    ………………………..

    The clothing labels would probably be OK if they listed under “Supplies, commercial” instead of “handmade everything else”.

  5. Disgusted July 17, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    I bought MY 3rd hand magnifier (pretty much exactly like the one at the shop) at HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS!!! For less than $5. What a crock.

  6. ScrapMetal July 17, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    I wan to know if the staghorn beetle is for sale, along with the dried up twig. Then, maybe the thing is worth $35!

  7. Bedazzled VONdom July 17, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48801008/wood-utensil-set?ref=v1_other_2

    Oh puhlease.

  8. wahwah July 17, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    With 2200+ sales worldwidelabel is there to stay. It wouldn’t matter what they sold.

  9. Life During Wartime July 17, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    As someone who used to sell a lot of late 19th and early 20th century furniture — some of it handmade OOAK authentically rustic from rural areas — my spider sense tells me that little (if anything) in Hindsvik is vintage at all.

    I’ll look at her shop in detail….

  10. PussDaddy July 17, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    Ok now, the wooden utensils take the cake.

  11. elizabeth July 17, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    I have one of those that I got at radio shack. Mine is all rusty and solder spattered, so it should be worth even *more* than 35.00 since it looks all vintagy and worn and all.

  12. uh-huh July 17, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    Ditto, Disgusted, got mine at HF, I’m sitting here looking right at it and the photo in the etsy shop, and it is exactly the same goddamn thing. This is utter BS.

    I’ve had it with all the slimy, lying, thieves. This is really really making everyone on Etsy look suspect.
    I’m cutting the etsy advert part off the bottom of my free MOO cards right now. I refuse to direct anybody to the main site anymore, only my shop, if I was already better established elsewhere I’d close it right down.

  13. Life During Wartime July 17, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    I looked at the seller’s sold items, and there are some vintage pieces there. And many items that might be, or might not. Most items are not dated in any way. Most items are described as in ‘good condition’ or ‘good vintage condition’ — which means that there are obvious flaws and/or wear…none of which is ever described. I love the photos showing 90 (?) year old book pages clipped to a countertop snack pack display. (I have 90 year old German books with color plates, and I don’t recommend trying the clip technique at home!) Finally, the seller seems to have stashes of several ‘vintage’ items, sold over and over, with no explanation of how she got them.

    I think this is a mixed bag shop with some vintage, newer items, and outright resale goods.

  14. toastycrackers July 17, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    Hindsvik has been featured 12 times on the FP in July already. That actually seems low for them. However, they were featured in the Storque THREE times last week. Sickening, and this makes it even worse.

  15. toastycrackers July 17, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    By the way, I have one of those little magnifier things that I bought from Urban Outfitters recently.

  16. wahwah July 17, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    They fit the etsy brand, along with many other jerks.

  17. JK July 17, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Their shop makes me feel like I’m looking at a minimalist hipster version of the IKEA catalog. It’s strange to me that they show so little detail of any piece, and it’s just as strange that they have so much stock of certain ‘vintage’ pieces. I’ve lucked into more than one batch of so-called new old stock, but not with that kind of frequency. I wonder how buyers manage to avoid getting suspicious.

  18. detroit July 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    I’m not an antique person. But, midcentury, really?

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/46660065/mid-century-modern-telephone

    Maybe mid decade 90’s.

  19. tovangogh July 17, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    What pisses me off is the etsy sellers who buy these to put in their handmade items. Those sellers (the ones who knit, crochet and sew clothes) should be the last ones to buy from someone like that.

  20. Life During Wartime July 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/51106785/early-century-metal-lamp

    Actually a 1950s brass base lamp with typical ball trim. Really grungy looking brass. I’d have a hard time selling that for a couple of bucks. Seller’s dating is 1/2 century off.

  21. Life During Wartime July 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48952022/modern-german-tea-set

    Seller shows no marks, does not date, or ID the pattern. States condition as ‘good’ which means there are issues, not specified.

  22. detroit July 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    I like how they’re selling card catalog drawers at $25 a pop too.

    Man. Kids!

  23. EtsyBurnout July 17, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    Once you pay for shipping you’re out $50 or more for the $5 item! Very sad they are alowed to get away with this.
    Maybe if the buyer is notified about this (find them in the feedback section) they could demand a refund and help shut this seller down. I know it won’t happen, but just a thought.

  24. groove is in da heart July 17, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    I got mine at Urban Outfitters too. Such bullshit.

  25. Daniel and Valeria of Hindsvik July 17, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    These vises are “new old stock” acquired from a retired hobby shop owner and are indeed vintage, not a reseller item. We were told they are purchased during the 1980’s so they do fall under the Etsy guidelines for vintage (being 20 years or older).

    That being said, we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have about our items.

    -Daniel + Valeria @ Hindsvik Shop

  26. maude July 17, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    why is the vice tagged as “mid century modern” if it’s NOS from the 80’s?

  27. Life During Wartime July 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    Maybe for the same reason that a 1950s brass lamp (something which is actually MCM) is called ‘rustic’?

    We’re talking Etsy here.

    As a buyer on Etsy, I feel the only way to find items of interest is to browse thumbnail photos. Too much of the language in too many listings (titles, tags, descriptions) is meaningless babble so searching is a waste of time.

    Since it’s (supposedly) 80s, maybe the listings will morph into ‘memphis style’ now. Wait…are the vintage vises Made In China? There should be some kind of markings on a tool like that.

  28. uh-huh July 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    Was the line about the retired hobby owner in the listing before? I didn’t notice in when I nearly fainted from the price.
    I guess they just made them better in the 80s.

  29. Stephica July 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    I’ve got a question, who did you have to pay to get that stuff on the FP 117 times?

  30. Bedazzled VONdom July 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    “That being said, we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have about our items.”

    I have a question. Were you smoking crack when you decided to list cheap, poorly made, NEW, dollar store wooden utensils on Etsy?

    Or how about that phone? Were you high when you decided it was made in the 1960’s?

  31. Bedazzled VONdom July 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/46845537/large-lava-sculpture

    Not vintage. Sold here at freaking PETCO.

  32. Inspector Yuk July 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    You know what? while that third hand with 2x magnifier may be indeed be ‘vintage’ in terms of it being ‘new old stock from a retired jeweler’, when it is exactly the same as what can be gotten today for 1/5th the price, I don’t know who to be more pissed at. the seller for exploiting the ‘vintage’ aspect or the customer who is stupid enough to buy it. Just because it’s old doesn’t make it any more valuable than one you buy at a tool supply store today.

  33. Inspector Yuk July 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    Oh and if you painted these maple syrup buckets they are no longer vintage. http://www.etsy.com/listing/49104913/yellow-maple-syrup-bucket

    I collected a bunch of these up in the adirondack mountains near our camp and not one of them is painted.

  34. Life During Wartime July 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    Good catch, Inspector! A ‘Hindsvik Original’ cannot be Vintage.

    This is another very successful Etsy shop which has a customer base that doesn’t comparison shop or demand any evidence that an item is truly ‘vintage’.

  35. Disgusted July 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    You know what? while that third hand with 2x magnifier may be indeed be ‘vintage’ in terms of it being ‘new old stock from a retired jeweler’, when it is exactly the same as what can be gotten today for 1/5th the price, I don’t know who to be more pissed at. the seller for exploiting the ‘vintage’ aspect or the customer who is stupid enough to buy it. Just because it’s old doesn’t make it any more valuable than one you buy at a tool supply store today.
    _____
    Which shows that as many Etsy sellers are ethically challenged, it would behoove buyers to see how many times each seller has sold the same “vintage” item. While some items could be duplicates such as vintage glassware or certain toys, plenty of things are either still made or are reproductions.

  36. EtsyBurnout July 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    They’ve removed the item from their etsy shop!

  37. wahwah July 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm #

    OT:

    Reseller or not, this shop cracks me up.

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/51743649/a-beautiful-nice-fashion-jewelry-tibet

    No description whatsoever, just a drawn out, garbled shipping explanation. Except in one place it says Free Shipping and at the bottom it says 2.00.

  38. imwithya July 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    That phone is sooo not from the 60s. It *might* be 80s but I’d bet it’s 90s. It has a redial button… when did they add those?

    And if that “mid century lava sculpture” is actually a hideaway for a lizard terrarium well then that’s just hilarious… and sad at the same time.

    If Etsy sellers don’t stop describing everything as “mid century” I’m going to scream! Is it because they are young? Like born in 1990? I mean I wasn’t alive in the 50s or 60s either but I can tell when things are genuinely from that era. For god’s sake do some research kids!

  39. wahwah July 17, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    How is something both vintage and modern?

  40. becky July 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    I think my absolute favorite is the folding chair painted blue.
    or maybe the antique wrench collection ($18 and they don’t even state if the wrenches are metric or SAE!

  41. detroit July 17, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Ruh-roh! Where’d it go?

  42. detroit July 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    becky Says:
    July 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I think my absolute favorite is the folding chair painted blue.
    or maybe the antique wrench collection ($18 and they don’t even state if the wrenches are metric or SAE!
    __________________________________________

    Silly Becky. These hipsters don’t actually USE wrenches. So the measurement doesn’t matter.

    They just scatter them artistically somewhere to look rustic. Or shabby chic. Or midcentury.

  43. it stinks July 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    I’m sorry but this shop is an absolute joke to me. There is no way even real stupid people could think that this junk is vintage. It must be some kind of joke.
    Look at this:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48950864/set-of-three-orchard-baskets
    Orchard baskets – are you kidding me?

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/49574345/large-wooden-spice-grinder
    These are sold at every Target, Walmart and Kmart in the country even as we speak.

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48278718/vintage-salad-bowl-set
    You can get these “vintage salad bowls” at Target – I almost bought some a few months ago.

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/46845537/large-lava-sculpture

  44. it stinks July 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    Crap, I wasn’t through ranting in the above post.

    That stupid Lava rock thing is what you put in fish tanks and terrariums as someone stated above and they want $215 for it? You have got to be kidding me. I am soooooooo pissed off right now.
    And Daniel and Valeria have the nerve to come here and defend themselves. I would love to chunk a lava rock at you jerks right now. You stink!!!!!!!!

    I’m not even going to mention the dollar store wooden spoons.

  45. Sandra July 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48142232/homeopathic-glass-bottles

    “Homeopathic glass bottles” – 4 for $29. I bought a case of 36 these a few years ago for $12. I still have quite a few of them left. I had no idea that they were now worth 22 times what I paid for them!!

  46. it stinks July 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    Those glass bottles are in NO WAY vintage. The local soap supply store in my town sells them by the hundreds.
    Funny thing is, if ol’ Daniel and Valeria listed them as supplies and didn’t charge an arm and a leg for them, they would be etsy legal.
    But I forgot, since etsy admin love them, they are etsy legal.

  47. it stinks July 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    Here is a site where you can get those wonderful “vintage” bottles for pennies each:
    http://www.specialtybottle.com/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=2

  48. weeeeelnow July 17, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    I convoed and asked Hiney to please put up pictures of the bottom markings on the china set.

    vintage homeopathic? not with plastic lids and the plastic insert holy shit i get mine from sksbottle.com and sunburst bottle

    thinking I might start actually selling all those little glass bottles and vials I bought to sell last year. never got around to it. 29 for 4?!?! i’m hopping on that “supply”

    http://www.specialtybottle.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=14

  49. weeeeelnow July 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    yeah, I’ll title them “vintage style” amber glass apothecary bottles” yessiree, I’m going to do it. And I’ll charge much less, oh, a deal! Too bad I couldn’t compare shops and advertise I’ll sell for less than one-half of the competitor’s shop. ha

  50. Inspector Yuk July 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    And while we’re on the subject of ‘vintage’, that ‘vintage scientific flask set’ isn’t vintage either and as everything else in the shop, way overpriced: http://www.indigo.com/glass/gphglass/erlenmeyer-flask.html

  51. wahwah July 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    Make sure to take FP worthy pics to fit in with the etsy vibe.

  52. Inspector Yuk July 17, 2010 at 8:02 pm #

    Gah!!!!!!!! same with all these metal drawers: http://www.etsy.com/listing/50329281/red-metal-drawer

    Once it’s altered it is no longer vintage!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. whoreforcolor July 17, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    I owned that exact red phone in either the late 1980s or 1990s and just flagged it. I don’t know how they think they can get away with passing it off as sixties – it looks NOTHING like any 1960s phones. Just flagged it.

  54. Ross Stik July 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm #

    These vises are “new old stock” acquired from a retired hobby shop owner and are indeed vintage, not a reseller item. We were told they are purchased during the 1980′s so they do fall under the Etsy guidelines for vintage (being 20 years or older).

    That being said, we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have about our items.

    -Daniel + Valeria @ Hindsvik Shop
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    well with a reliable source like that, who could doubt you?
    I was told pigs could fly.

  55. wahwah July 18, 2010 at 5:20 am #

    Golly, why aren’t they answering these other questions?

  56. ASSWIPE July 18, 2010 at 5:33 am #

    YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT YOU SELL, NOT JUST WHAT OTHER PEOPLE TELL YOU!!!!!!!

  57. Mad Scientist July 18, 2010 at 5:56 am #

    The company that makes those “vintage” scientific flasks wasn’t even started until 1989: http://www.tradekey.com/profile_view/uid/4545734/LBTShanghai-Laboratory-Equipment-Co-Ltd.htm

    You can see from the glass etching on the Erlenmeyer flask that sat LBT on it because every company marks them http://www.etsy.com/listing/49882783/vintage-science-flask-set

    Not to mention you could get two sets including a 2000 mL for that insane price. I wouldn’t pay that for a volumetric flask.

  58. pamela July 18, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    I have one of those hand s free magnifiers that I use when I solder!! That is ridiculous!! They were selling them as hand made??? OMG!!!

  59. Brian July 18, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    Magnasonic made some electronics like this phone and also a CD boom box, and called them their “retro red” collection. This was just a few years ago and I remember this phone. If you google “Magnasonic Retro Red” you’ll see the boom box. Telephones with push buttons were available starting in the 70s, not the 60s. And this is a modern phone obviously with the redial and hold buttons. So my question to this seller is: why are you calling this “mid-Century” and that it’s from the 60s?

  60. booooooooo July 18, 2010 at 8:21 am #

    Sigh, I’m totally guilty of putting Hindsvik in treasuries. That’s not going to happen again.

    I don’t necessarily agree with all of the accusations made here, but it is definitely clear that their practices are pretty disgusting. Such a blatant, arrogant disregard for the TOU just absolutely sickens me.

  61. Alli July 18, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    That lava rock makes me want to barf. Who would buy that anyway? It’s ugly as sin.

  62. it stinks July 18, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    Alli,
    It would look pretty in an aquarium with colored rocks and fish swimming through it, which is what it’s intended for. My son had one that was purple and pink and really ugly outside of the fish tank. But when you put it in water, it looks different.

    It’s the fact that they want $215 for it that kills me. It makes me beyond angry.
    And you all do realize it’s ceramic, right? It’s not really made of lava.

    I don’t think I’ve even been as pissed off about a call out before.

  63. durr July 18, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    Is anyone actually stupid enough to buy that for 215? God I hope not.

  64. wahwah July 18, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    In Finds today…

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/49290455/8-bird-knobs-best-seller-cabinet-knobs

    “These are the last of my bird knobs until the antique store where I purchase them gets more sometime in August…”

    blah blah blah

    Or, you can buy a dozen fo 5 bucks here…
    http://www.michelniques.com/Cast+Iron+Bird+Drawer+Pull+Set+of+12

    …and slap some paint on them.

  65. JK July 18, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    I always enjoy it when fake-vintage/handmade sellers pop up in these posts, acting smug and certain that everyone will swallow their stories, then disappear completely when people aren’t taken in by their act and continue to point out how they’re misleading buyers.

  66. Bedazzled VONdom July 18, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    But but but they said they would answer “ANY” questions about their items.

    I’m sure they’re just busy busy busy.

  67. Brian July 18, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    This is off-topic, but I thought I’d mention that Portobello has all her things removed from her shop. AGAIN. This is now the third time since mid-February. The first two times were for blatant reselling, and probably this time it’s because she had links in her profile—two direct links to her own website. Her profile doesn’t have any links in it now (to twitter or facebook either). Just yesterday, she had a new shop announcement about free shipping through July 24th, and now she is claiming (AGAIN) that she’s just “too busy with orders” and will be back soon. It took her until this afternoon to change her shop announcement.

    So my question is this: how many times does etsy temporarily shut down a shop before they permanently do? This is THREE times in five months for Portobello. Yet they keep giving her another chance.

  68. Life During Wartime July 18, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    Brian, it appears that if your shop is at all successful, you will be given unlimited chances to be ‘brought into compliance’.

  69. Life During Wartime July 18, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    I think this callout has had a small but positive effect on Hindsvik. I looked at their shop today, and they are actually photographing marks on their newly listed pieces.

    I’d love to see them do the right thing and move their Hindsvik Originals to handmade, but I think Etsy admins would be sad if they did that 😉

  70. detroit July 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    Question LDW – why would moving the Hindsvik originals out of vintage, and into handmade hurt them (or Etsy)?

    I’m just curious. Like what is the advantage to sellers to mistag their handmade items as vintage?

  71. Life During Wartime July 18, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    Detroit, check out the Etsy Finds in today’s Dorque.

    Etsy likes to choose altered vintage items for features, even though listing permanently painted over items in the vintage category is a violation. In fact Etsy is more likely to feature an altered item than a similar item in authentic vintage condition…unless it shows significant damage and/or discoloration from water, mold, or permanent soil stains. Then it jumps to the top of the featured stack as ‘rustic’, the Etsy spelling of rusty + crusty.

  72. groove is in da heart July 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    Another former Featured Seller selling the magnifier:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/51792041/industrial-scope

  73. it stinks July 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    That seller, ethanollie, also has the same “vintage” orchard baskets.
    Maybe they shop at the same wholesaler – er I mean junk shop.

  74. kitten July 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    groove is in da heart Says:

    Another former Featured Seller selling the magnifier:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/51792041/industrial-scope
    ________________________________________

    Yep, ethanollie also sold one on 7/12 and 7/11. Aamzing how these folks get a lot of their vintage finds in multiples.

  75. ohmeohmy July 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    Here’s an idea! I’m going to take a trip to my local dump and pick up some old doorknobs, rusty soup cans, broken glass jars, and throw them in a store and call them “vintage crap”, the crappiest of crappy.

    And I think I’ll hit the flea market for some of those wooden spoon sets and folding chairs. Maybe I’ll find some folding card tables too.

    Ahhhh, I can just semell the money pouring in.

  76. ohmeohmy July 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    Brian,

    I bet portobello is closed because she has a ton of orders that she needs to order from her wholesaler.

  77. RocksInMySocks July 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    LOL! EthanOllie is undercutting the Hineys by a buck on that $5 magnifier. How do these asswipes sleep at night?

    Waiting for them to come back and answer the questions about those “homeopathic” bottles. I’ve noticed if you put some kind of bullshit adjective in front of this shit you can jack the price up tremendously.

  78. Life During Wartime July 18, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    OMG, another shop with the Etsy look but Holy Moly!

    Photos with too many accessories; some you can’t see the item clearly in any of the pics (maybe that’s the point).

    Metals identified by color. Yeah silver, silver plate, pewter, chrome plated stainless steel, and aluminum are the same COLOR but why do you say your items are ‘silver’? How do you know?

    Doesn’t know the difference between bakelite and celluloid.

    Calls groupings of unrelated items a ‘set’ rather than a ‘collection’.

    One item appears to be made of opaque glass, but is called porcelain. Obviously I don’t have the item in front of me, but the piece looks familiar.

    All hat and no cattle…the way to become an Etsy success.

  79. RocksInMySocks July 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    well, hello crazy!

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Crystl320

    Please see the madness a few posts down and do some flagging.

  80. Life During Wartime July 18, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/46054006/organic-bed-bug-killer-and-linen-spray

    People buy food from this shop? And stuff to put on their bodies? WJW

  81. wahwah July 18, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    I still want to know what Soothering means.

  82. Disgusted July 18, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    This gets my nomination for Worst.Photoshop.Evah

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48144716/sun-screen-body-oil-with-organic-aloe

  83. Inspector Yuk July 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    looks like she smeared some of that there lotion on the camera lens.

  84. imwithya July 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    The wrinkled craft store beach stickers decorating the bottle really make me trust that she’s qualified to make a product that will protect skin from the sun. Oh and the label scrawled in ball point pen is also a nice professional touch. And she sold one! Whoever bought it must be freaking crazy.

  85. detroit July 19, 2010 at 2:24 am #

    Thanks for the explanation LDW.

    I’ve never delved into Etsy vintage much before. Holy cow! I don’t know about vintage in the slightest – but I have been alive for a few decades, and have seen a few things – so common sense tells me a lot of the (artsily photographed) items in those shops are merely ‘used’. Not vintage.

    How can people say the bushel baskets are vintage for sure? I mean, they may be. But if I go down to my farmers market this weekend, I can get a bunch of them brand new.

    Or used, about a month old. with a beautiful ‘rustic’ patina of squished fruit on the bottom.

    And the ‘depression glass’ juicer? Again, it MAY be that, but they don’t describe and markings or characteristics that lead them to believe it’s old.

    I have an identical glass juicer that I got new.

    SMH!

  86. detroit July 19, 2010 at 2:33 am #

    My husband sells vintage items that are also reproduced. So, the people who buy from him want the originals.

    He has to do a lot of research to distinguish them. And he writes detailed descriptions about differences in serial numbers, labeling, materials, etc.

    I’m surprised these sellers don’t get angry customers. When the customer gets her item, and then realizes it’s for sale on the Crate & Barrel website. Or at the dollar store.

    I guess the Etsy customer isn’t that sophisticated of a vintage collector, and doesn’t really care though. They just want something that looks hip.

    Though I am kinda getting a hankering for one of those third hand things. They look kinda, um, handy – lol.

  87. not a copier July 19, 2010 at 5:18 am #

    You know, someone once posted here that we should start letting the customers of these people know just what crap they paid top dollar for. Since etsy will never put a stop to their top selling re-sellers perhaps that is the only way it will come to an end. I mean at least at e-bay you know you’re buying crap and are only paying the “crap” price.

  88. ZAJA Natural July 19, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    I think worldwidelabels is ok since its a supply? Not sure, but I have purchased from them on several occasions from my mom who is a designer. She loves their labels.

  89. Amy July 19, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    this shop is really ridiculous. Not only do they sell non-vintage but they sell utter crap at insane prices. $12 for vintage hair pins. http://www.etsy.com/listing/41002604/vintage-hair-pins
    unbelievable.

  90. it stinks July 19, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Amy did you read the description for those hair pins?

    **************
    This set of 1950s hair/booby pins includes both the wide pin and tighter pin set for setting hair. Both in bright original packaging, they are in good condition and make a unique addition to any bath or vanity!
    ***************

    Apparently, they are booby pins. LOL Ouch!
    I don’t care to pin my boobies.

    The old packaging on that is cool but the pins themselves are going to look exactly like new ones bought at Walmart, Target, etc except that they will probably be all rusty and nasty. And for $12 plus shipping. No thanks.

  91. Life During Wartime July 19, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    Amy, people do collect vintage beauty supplies, and the pair of items at the link are indeed old!

    The last time I sold a similar item was over 10 years ago, and I sold them in an antiques co-op, not online. I think I was asking about $5 for a partial card of pins if the graphics were way cool (the one here is okay, but kinda small). The condition of the paper box and card look pretty good, so I actually think the price is fair.

    I should add that collectors who buy stuff like this aren’t buying the pins, or curlers, or hairnets, or etc to use.

  92. Life During Wartime July 19, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Ha! I missed the booby! I was looing at the photo and the price.

    People collect all types of old things. That’s what selling real vintage is all about! Yup, the bobby pin hasn’t changed in more than half a century; people collect the pins on the cards for the graphics. Just like old needlebooks, where most likely the needles themselves are rusty. People want them mostly for the graphics.

  93. Life During Wartime July 19, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    OMG, it’s catchy. LOOKING, not looing.

  94. wahwah July 19, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    Are you looing at my booby pins?

  95. Life During Wartime July 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    You caught me!

  96. wahwah July 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    I shall have to soother you!

  97. Inspector Yuk July 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    Detroit, I think you nailed it. There is a significant lack of sophistication on Etsy all around, admin, sellers and customers. I’ve never really been into Etsy’s version of ‘vintage’, to me it’s just old, outdated stuff I used to own or lived with in my teens and twenties and thirties.

    But I think that comes from having a friend who is in her 60’s who’s home is filled with things that were in her family before she was born. Furniture made by her father and grandfather, toys made by her uncle, things with a history and a story behind them. Things that although may be reproduced today, can’t hold a candle to the originals.

    I don’t know why anyone would buy anything labeled vintage or mid-century or antique without any further clarification as to it’s origin or history. Sellers of vintage and older should be knowledgeable about the items they sell, they should be able to provide a little history or be able to point out specific details that prove it is actually as old as they claim.

    And for gosh sakes, even if something is old, it’s not a license to gouge unsuspecting customers. Those third hand with magnifiers are not worth $35. Just because they might have been acquired by an old hobby shop doesn’t make them any more valuable than the same exact item you can buy today. The ones you buy today are not reproductions, they are the same item. Same with the test tubes, beakers and flasks. Old doesn’t equate value. The ones listed as vintage are the same exact ones you can buy today. Same shape, same materials, there is no difference. You can’t tell an old one from a new one. Used, yes, but old, no.

  98. it stinks July 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    Life and wahwah, you made me laugh. Thanks for that.

  99. sparkalicious July 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    Detroit said: “I guess the Etsy customer isn’t that sophisticated of a vintage collector, and doesn’t really care though.”

    Actually the upside of that is: people who are serious collectors of vintage stuff can sometimes score big time. I got a fabulous Fiesta teapot for a couple bucks because the seller had no idea what it was.

    Sometimes the vintage shoe is on the other foot. Caveat venditor.

  100. Life During Wartime July 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    When they do feature actual vintage, Etsy admins choose items that look most like things sold new in the 1990s thru today. That’s not about appreciating vintage for the way these things are different from what you can find in a big box store today, but more about fitting in with the ‘trends’ Etsy is pushing.

    Etsy doesn’t care about Art Moderne, they care about Bonnie and Clyde. Mid Century Modern is Mad Men. Etsy limits itself to the bits and pieces of design eras seen in current pop culture media. Designs that are so popular they are being semi-reproduced in new items, which too often make it into features as ‘vintage’. Etsy is stubbornly lowbrow and unsophisticated. It’s so nouveau riche to worship expensive designer brands yet have no feel for good design, regardless of the name on it (or lack of a name even).

    There are bargains to be found on Etsy, and I have bought a few items the seller didn’t know about. Even Hindsvik sold a bunch of maybe (hard to see condition under all the silly props) pricey Depression Glass, probably at give-away prices since their descriptions hinted they were clueless about what they had.

  101. JohnCock July 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

    LDW, that is one of the most well-written pieces on the vintage subject I have ever read. You are exactly right about vintage as seen through the media.

  102. amused July 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    Hindsvik on FP right now. Anyone in need of overpriced beakers?

  103. detroit July 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    Oy vey! Even if Hindsvik was 100% A-OK, and had all awesome items – JESUS Etsy! There are HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of items on the site!!!

    I’m sure they could find some NEW stuff for the front page that conforms to their aesthetic!

    Who is Hindsvik blowing? Or whose rug are they munching? I demand to know!!

  104. Life During Wartime July 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    And there’s a set of test tubes, too. Test tubes are not housewares, people. Unless they’ve been properly cleaned (and not rinsed out in your kitchen sink) or never used, I wouldn’t want that stuff where I store and prepare food! I am waiting for someone to list a full bottle of mercury and title it as ‘vintage organic slinky’ and tag it ‘eco friendly’.

  105. Blue Kitty July 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    Unbelievable (except on Etsy)

  106. detroit July 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    And, ahem, Etsy admin:

    I practice tongue calisthenics daily! And I’m opening a shop soon!!

    Just thought you should know.

    Wink, wink. See you soon peaches!

  107. Brian July 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    Hindsvik changed the “booby” pins to bobby pins in their description. So they’re reading this…but not answering any questions here. Why is that, Hindsvik?

  108. Lizzy July 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    Brian Says:
    July 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Hindsvik changed the “booby” pins to bobby pins in their description. So they’re reading this…but not answering any questions here. Why is that, Hindsvik?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Ditto

  109. Life During Wartime July 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    Detroit, part of the problem is the Treasury curators.

    People should stop putting these silly trend items in their Treasuries. Sellers should stop burying their vintage or crafts under irrelevant props for their photos. Just say NO to Etsy’s trends. Science is not kitsch.

  110. Ross Stik July 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    curators put them in the treasuries but it is always 100% admin who puts that treasury on the front page. way to be an asshole admin. it’s like they do this shit on purpose just *because*

  111. wahwah July 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    People add the favorites to increase the chances of their treasury ending up on the FP.

  112. ebchimney July 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm #

    New poster here…I’ve always just lurked, but this subject makes me want to scream. I’ve been buying antiques and vintage forever, and I do appreciated the “undervalued” finds I come across on Etsy b/c sellers don’t know what they’re selling.

    But I’ve had it with so many vintage sellers selling obviously non-vintage! Describe to me why you think it’s vintage, people!!

    And a lot of buyers don’t care obviously…like someone said, so long as it looks hip and they bought it on Etsy.

  113. RocksInMySocks July 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

    detroit Says:
    Who is Hindsvik blowing?

    ========

    I’m guessing Mel Gibson.

  114. PussDaddy July 20, 2010 at 4:18 am #

    Ridiculous.

  115. sugar tits July 20, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    I agree with that. Mel Gibson works in mysterious ways.

  116. Lizzy July 20, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    Buyers don’t care or don’t know any better. My friend has bought 2 sets of party invitations on Etsy with trademarked pics like Disney etc.. She has no clue they shouldn’t be there in the first place.

  117. boots July 20, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    LOL what? I didn’t know measurements changed over time! ugh

  118. ebchimney July 20, 2010 at 8:09 am #

    And their “vintage” flask has sold.

  119. Stephica July 20, 2010 at 8:14 am #

    Those beakers from the Etsy blast that say LBT were made in China, and are probably new.

    http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/51009423/Iodine_flask.html
    http://www.lighting-china-supplier.com/d-p12918565-Beaker/

    The company has been around since the 60s, but the LBT mark is relatively new from what I am reading.

  120. Laura July 20, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    Why does any self respecting artist stay on Etsy? This seller was just on the FP an has these listed under dolls and minatures: http://www.etsy.com/listing/51255465/bear-kewpie-angel. These are a japanese brand of dolls: http://cgi.ebay.com/Sonny-Angel-Mini-Figure-Animal-Series-Ver-1-5-Cheetah-/170513374159

    This is what just sold off the FP: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/31738683 So, she’s a metalsmith? RIGHT!

  121. JK July 20, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    I really do think at least one admin reads this site and then rewards some of the sellers featured here to make sure their favourites don’t get their poor little feelings hurt for long. Why promote integrity or knowledge when you can make a quick buck?

  122. Bedazzled VONdom July 20, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    “So they’re reading this…but not answering any questions here. Why is that, Hindsvik?”

    They’re also not answering questions sent via convo.

    Liar, liar, overpriced, non-vintage crap on fire.

  123. Laura July 20, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    They put them in a finds? Wow. They are just hurting themselves! It’s only a matter of time before Etsy ruins their rep by promoting these types of sellers that they KNOW are commiting fraud. Etsy is cool because it was unique, a place to buy from direct the artist. They are polluting their own brand, and I already don’t do near the shopping I once did on Etsy. I go to Ten Thousand Villages to buy the things etsy resllers say they are making, and I try to buy direct from artisit via their own websites now.

  124. Laura July 20, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    What artist in their right mind would want to compete with this crap: http://www.etsy.com/listing/39994306/sale-thai-silk-pouch-purple-purse-with. I can’t believe that store is still up.

  125. stinkypants July 20, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/38303344/vintage-white-tank-top-embroidered-with?ref=v1_other_2

    Now, why did ya have to call that a vintage shirt. You still could have glued on those misplace nipple guards and called it handmade, ya silly galoot.

    I love their vintagehandmademidcentury 2010 flip flops. Ahead of their time!

  126. toastycrackers July 20, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    I spent many years on Etsy buying almost exclusively off the front page (lazy shopper, yes). But no more! Now that I know how it works I am much less enthused about this place and many of its sellers.

  127. Disgusted July 20, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    Interesting……www.etsy.com/listing/51080634/vintage-scent-diffuser
    Or maybe its a salt shaker?

  128. tineyeferart July 20, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    yes, England, during the mid-century, was incredibly proud of their smell and wanted to diffuse it.

  129. tineyeferart July 20, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    you know, just calling it something, doesn’t make it so. they could have just said what it is and give an example of how you could use a single shaker missing it’s mate. That there can create a whole new category.

  130. Brian July 20, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    I looked at Hindsvik’s “vintage” lab glassware, and I can see the brand on the beakers—LBT. If you google “LBT beakers” or look at LBT glassware on google images, it’s a brand that’s specifically made in China. So Hindsvik, since I know you’re reading this: why are you selling modern China-made lab glassware as vintage? What will you do when I contact your “vintage” beaker buyers and send them a link to the factory in China?

  131. Ross Stik July 20, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    Hiney must have massive cojones to buy a piece of crap test tube set for 2 bucks from the dollar store and mark them up a couple thousand percent. How can poor Hiney even walk with balls that big.

  132. Laura July 20, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    Etsy has become such a joke! I was a buyer only for almost 2 years, and I bought..a lot! I still buy more then I sell, but I haven’t purchased anything in about 2 months. My browsing and window shopping has all but stopped. It’s too disgusting to see what Etsy has become.

  133. Laura July 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    Sandra Says:
    July 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48142232/homeopathic-glass-bottles

    “Homeopathic glass bottles” – 4 for $29. I bought a case of 36 these a few years ago for $12. I still have quite a few of them left. I had no idea that they were now worth 22 times what I paid for them!!

    OMG! I just bought these bottles for .80 INCLUDING shipping! You have GOT to be kidding. And someone bought those LBT bottles?

  134. wahwah July 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    Hindlicker, I am a firm believer in karma, and while you may be licking the right asses to succeed on etsy, you will lose in the long run. Someday you will indeed get what is coming to you.

  135. Bedazzled VONdom July 20, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    http://unhappyhipsters.com/

    Daniel and Valeria, is dat choooo?

  136. detroit July 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    Hindstink’s motto seems to be “Dating from the mid century, it is in great condition.”

    I guess you can just take ANYTHING, describe it as midcentury, photograph it on a white backdrop with some Etsy approved curios – and you’re FP material.

    Wow – the more that Hindstink’s shop is analyzed, the more we can see they don’t just have a few ‘oops’ items – rather a significant portion of their store is reseller crap.

    They deserve to have their shop closed.

  137. detroit July 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    But, seeing as how Portobello is open. AGAIN. It’s pretty clear Etsy would never close Hindstink!

    Boooooooooo!

  138. Life During Wartime July 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    detroit, they say GOOD condition, not GREAT. Good means significant wear and/or some damage. I don’t think they understand the whole ‘condition’ factor since so many of their items are newish and only slightly used.

    In their defense, I want to point out that Hindsvik started out selling actual vintage items, some of their earliest sold items are awesome. I don’t know why they switched to science kitsch and other nonsense trends because their legit vintage was already being chosen for Etsy curated FP collections.

    Speaking of selling yourself out to Etsy’s nonsense trends, this item was on the FP yesterday:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/49593007/vintage-clipboard-set?ref=API_juln_CraftCult

    The seller took vintage (?) clipboards and covered them with vintage contact paper in two faux bois designs, and listed this brand new mess as a ‘vintage’ item. Depending on how much she had, she could have easily sold the paper for more than that.

    I wish I was a hacker, and could put badges in some of these shops, like the FP badge, but saying I VIOLATED ETSY’S TOU FTW and I SLAVISHLY STICK TO ETSY’S TRENDS FTW and HANDMADE BE DAMNED, I RESELL FTW.

  139. etsycallout July 20, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    How is crappy bottles with PLASTIC lids something someone wants to pay top dollar for??!

  140. imwithya July 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    Hey LDW two clipboards, two doilies and a desk lamp for $22 isn’t a bad deal. What? The lamp isn’t included? Or the doilies?

  141. Life During Wartime July 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    Ha, imwithya, I don’t think all the excessive prop-ery is included. It seems a shame to alter your vintage items and then cover up your work.

    Isn’t there some kind of rule on Etsy about not showing items in your photo, front and center, that aren’t included in the listing?

  142. ebchimney July 20, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    “What artist in their right mind would want to compete with this crap: http://www.etsy.com/listing/39994306/sale-thai-silk-pouch-purple-purse-with. I can’t believe that store is still up.”

    _______________________

    That elephant is photoshopped onto the purse in that picture! OMG.

  143. ebchimney July 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    Etsy would never close Hindsvik b/c they were a Featured Seller.

    And that would make Etsy look even more stupid.

  144. kitten July 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    ebchimney Says:

    Etsy would never close Hindsvik b/c they were a Featured Seller.

    And that would make Etsy look even more stupid.
    _____________________________________

    They closed ShadeJewelry and removed any articles he was featured… not sure if he was a featured seller, but wasn’t he in a Quit Your Day Job article??

    I do like some of Hindsvik’s items – especially their early sold items. Looks like they got greedy and lazy – I hate when sellers don’t use all 5 pictures and their descriptions are pitiful. The brand names of the lab items (flasks or beakers?) should of been noted in the description. There is also no excuse for the reselling. I’m always suspicious when someone has many multiples of items.

    Their prices are truly outrageous. Their true vintage items are grossly overpriced. It’s as if they picked numbers out of the air after a night of boozing.

    I’m also disappointed in HighStreetVintage – does someone have the guts to convo her and tell her that the daschund doorstop is new? Obviously I don’t, lol.

    Oh, I also liked Hindsvik’s blog, but no longer enjoy reading it – I feel as if I’ve been taken for a fool. (or something like that)

  145. imwithya July 20, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    Yeah I thought there was a rule about that, but having unrelated props in your photo sure can help you land on the front page, storque or finds emails!

    Look I get photo styling, I do, but unfortunately Etsy is allowing sellers to get away with having shops full of dollar store, mass-produced, non vintage crap just because their items are photographed stylishly, or placed alongside cute/trendy/vintage/mid-century/science-y/whatever props.

    As long as your photos are “Etsy style” you can sell whatever the hell you want and you’ll probably get featured by admin. While some of us can tell in a split second that these featured items are mass-produced or faux vintage, admin apparently cannot. Or they just don’t give a shit.

  146. ebchimney July 20, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    kitten: I made 2 comments about HighStreetMarket yesterday, and 1 of them had links to the weiner dog doorstop and the online shopping site that sells them new.

    Both of my comments say they’re awaiting moderation. Is that b/c I’m a new poster or b/c someone needs to check out the links first? I assume the latter.

  147. ebchimney July 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    Glad I found this thread, by the way. I don’t check this site as often as I should since I found it, so I miss some things.

    It’s good for me to know to stay away from the “top” vintage sellers. Then again, I’ve never bought anything from those sellers anyway b/c none of them put any details whatsoever in their descriptions. Now we have proof of why that is….

  148. kitten July 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    ebchimney Says:

    kitten: I made 2 comments about HighStreetMarket yesterday, and 1 of them had links to the weiner dog doorstop and the online shopping site that sells them new.

    Both of my comments say they’re awaiting moderation. Is that b/c I’m a new poster or b/c someone needs to check out the links first? I assume the latter.
    _____________________________

    I DID see your comment eb, that is why I mentioned HighStreetVintage. I guess I saw it in my email though and not on the blog. I think sometimes posts with links take awhile for some reason.

    Another somewhat “top vintage seller” that irks me is sweetshorn. She breaks a lot of rules such as listing items for $6.XX and telling you that you have to buy 2 more items to get that price. She is another one has grossly overpriced items and a lot aren’t vintage at all. Poor descriptions and no close ups of flaws.

  149. kitten July 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    Ok, I see my post #150 with the HighStreetMarket links is awaiting moderation… I never noticed that before!

  150. uh-huh July 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

    Re: photo props, yeah it’s a little confusing sometimes.
    Am I buying shoes? Or a suitcase?

  151. amused July 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

    … and FP again, fuckin’ awesome!

  152. PussDaddy July 21, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    For real? Unbelievable.

  153. toastycrackers July 21, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    Check this out: http://www.craftcult.com/etsyfeatured.php?userid=Hindsvik

    Three items on the FP in the last 24 hours and 1 item in the Storque for the week. Now all they need is 2 more items in the Storque or Finds and it’ll be the way it was last week when I checked.

    I don’t care if you have great stuff, being featured that much is repulsive.

  154. Laura July 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    toastycrackers Says:
    July 21, 2010 at 10:54 am
    Check this out: http://www.craftcult.com/etsyfeatured.php?userid=Hindsvik

    Three items on the FP in the last 24 hours and 1 item in the Storque for the week. Now all they need is 2 more items in the Storque or Finds and it’ll be the way it was last week when I checked.

    I don’t care if you have great stuff, being featured that much is repulsive.

    I just don’t get Etsy at all anymore. AT ALL. Are they that childish to read this blog and just not care that this seller is frauding buyers? It’s just so sad. I really have loved Etsy for its support of artists. And you know what, if they bit off more they can chew then fine..change the rules. Allow all of these shops, but STOP saying it’s a place for handmade and vintage!

  155. Midcentury July 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    Having studied the “mid-century”, I know what items from that period look like.

    It literally pains me to read those descriptions. 😦

  156. sick of cupcakes July 22, 2010 at 5:51 am #

    Etsy doesn’t give a shit about their customers….that much is painfully obvious.

  157. uh-huh July 22, 2010 at 6:15 am #

    Etsy doesn’t appear to care about business as much as having fun. Which is why they’re sliding into the crapper, reputation-wise. Unfortunately we’re all sliding along by virtue of association.

  158. uh-huh July 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    Just noticed an admin pimp Hindsvik’s shop in forum post regarding how to search treasury:
    http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6582679

  159. Life During Wartime July 24, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    As well as pimping aeon11, curator who loves the reseller pearl thongs. Which are still for sale:

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

    Yup, Etsy is all class.

  160. Garagetsy July 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

    Coming in a few days late, but this thread is such a great read. And I’m soooo glad you called out Hindsvik. I agree with kitten: they’ve become lazy and greedy. Their response here, and the follow-up questions that went unanswered, are hilarious.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And this from LDW bears repeating, it’s so spot on:

    When they do feature actual vintage, Etsy admins choose items that look most like things sold new in the 1990s thru today. That’s not about appreciating vintage for the way these things are different from what you can find in a big box store today, but more about fitting in with the ‘trends’ Etsy is pushing.

    Etsy doesn’t care about Art Moderne, they care about Bonnie and Clyde. Mid Century Modern is Mad Men. Etsy limits itself to the bits and pieces of design eras seen in current pop culture media. Designs that are so popular they are being semi-reproduced in new items, which too often make it into features as ‘vintage’. Etsy is stubbornly lowbrow and unsophisticated. It’s so nouveau riche to worship expensive designer brands yet have no feel for good design, regardless of the name on it (or lack of a name even).

  161. notvintage July 28, 2010 at 6:05 am #

    supporting the LDW quote above re: vintage and Etsy staff lack of sophistication about quality vintage (now, note how nice I am wording this).

  162. Cindy August 10, 2010 at 5:39 am #

    Not to beat a dead horse here, as I see the thread has somewhat died but I am SO glad to see Hindsvik taking a bit of a beating. I thought I was losing my mind for a while seeing them so frequently on the FP and in every Etsy finds email, especially the Sunday home decor one. I recall last Christmas, they sold a set of three deer that were from the dollar store for $25 bucks, or something like that. They also used to be the WORST OF THE WORST offenders for tag stuffing. You should have seen those tags before they were the featured sellers (they cleaned them all up just before they were featured). They used to cram so many words in their tags it was just pathetic. I’m glad to see people are catching on to their sneaky ways. I mean, I’m sure it would be stressful being an Etsy favorite and you’d have the pressure of always having to keep up with new stock, etc etc, but to resell 10 cent bottles for 20 something dollars is just terrible. They suck, I hate them and always have and I hope they get to eat the (vegetarian) shit sandwich that is coming their way.

    This pylon is NOT vintage, nor is it worth $115! These are newish and currently used all over the place on film sets. What a joke!!! http://www.etsy.com/listing/40991981/industrial-film-pilon

  163. buzzybee August 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    Hindsvik is still laughing all the way to the bank. Members of Etsy admin. and most of their customers are big fans of their blog. It is a good blog, but all that expensive travel they write about is funded by the customers they are duping with overpriced items, many of which are not vintage. Has anything changed since this call out? Hindsvik seems as popular and prosperous as ever, and while they haven’t listed any more third hand magnifiers, they are still listing scientific glassware from China. Pathetic!

  164. Happy 4th! July 2, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Everyone on Etsy sources their woven labels from WorldWideLabel because what costs $60 is over $400 in the USA. Trust me, I spent weeks researching where to have my labels made just a few months ago….Unfortunately, WWL is only good at larger text (over 8 pt. font) and larger images….and I could not afford $400 per custom label from the US based producers when I wanted 2-5 labels…..Ultimately, I decided to hand-print them myself now, which is the cheapest…. They need to just post themselves under supplies….

    As for Hindsvik, Etsy has proven that ‘chic’ is in the merchandising / photography of an item, not the origin…reseller shops are basically like Anthropologie, creating a sense of nostalgia with non-vintage items that seem to evoke a one-of-a-kind appeal….

  165. EtsyVigilante July 2, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    New reseller? Can these possibly be handmade? http://www.etsy.com/shop/inthanon919?ref=seller_info

  166. Reseller? July 2, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    It’s reseller. If you could go to this country you can find more 1000 shops for this lamp.

  167. Lindsey Couch September 2, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    I sell vintage on Etsy. I have at times been guilty about not providing enough information on an item, sometimes you just know the age of an unmarked item and there isn’t really a whole lot to say because you might not actually know the name of a pattern etc.. I think any dealer anywhere has occasionally had that issue. If anyone e-mails me with questions I always answer them honestly and the one time someone pointed out that something was a very good repro I took it down right away. Mistakes are bound to happen though.

    I also have been guilty of selling an item for more than I would personally pay for it, because it’s what the current market will bear and for whatever reason some items are just ridiculously popular. Truly in my opinion in any business you sell your product at whatever price your buyer is willing to pay. That’s just reality.

    Having said all of that (I wanted to be upfront) this callout and the links and information people have provided is just so terribly defeating and sad to hear. I never really paid much attention to Hindsvick because I don’t consider them a competitor (their style and vintage items are clearly way different then what i offer) After reading it all and checking out their items I have come to the same conclusion that many of you have and it is not a positive one. I did convo them once about how they can offer such low shipping on oversize items because we both live in Canada, i kinda figured it out now.

    Please though don’t write off all Etsy vintage sellers, some of us really have shops for the right reasons and have a genuine love for what we do and what we sell. I love vintage because of the design and history associated with an item and I truly love sharing it with others. Yes I am a business, but I would not compromise my honesty for money and would hate to think all Etsy vintage sellers might end up with a bad reputation because they are guilty by association.

  168. bc April 29, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    So, how about this one:

    http://www.etsy.com/teams/7718/site-help/discuss/10208905/page/1

  169. Lisa Mavian October 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    The owners of Hindsvik are liars and thieves. They take your money then make excuses why you haven’t received your item then do not answer you at all. If you pay through paypal they drag you along with excuses until the time limit for claims is up (as if you’d know this) and then you are shit out of luck. Disgusting. Do NOT ever buy from this seller.

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