4 Quick Links

11 Aug

I’ve been flagging this particular pair of shoes (which I bought NEW at a PayLess maybe 4 years ago at most) for about 2 months, to no avail. I even contacted the seller so she could correct her mistake – who simply replied “Lol it seemed like they were in my closet forever but ok thanks” !!! http://tinyurl.com/shoe2nv


Etsy promoted KHCF in the Etsy finds 8/2/10

Etsy Finds- August 2, 2010


Self called out in thread http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6575381&page=1
saying that items were made by “poor artisans” yet shop is still open? Really?!


Chinese shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/ffkla?page=1
Shop announcement says “In my shop you will find a blend of vintage items.some of them are handmade,some of them are collected from market.”ff


27 Responses to “4 Quick Links”

  1. Life During Wartime August 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    Etsy, the world’s largest flea market. Used shoes, pseudo custom gowns, sweatshop textiles, and junk jewelry. I mean, this is too down-market to be called a mall.

  2. eyefortineye August 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    The seller alam’s whatever had been flagged for this before, and all items were removed. Now they’re back and have been selling. Amazing. I suggest we write and ask exactly what is the name of the fund, point us to it on the internet, give us addresses and names of the fund managers, etc.

    I flagged it again with explanation.

  3. BooBoo August 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    “Price of all items are reasonable,qulity of all items are gergeous,including vintage jewelry,home collection and more”

    shoot self in foot, rinse, and repeat.

  4. mosquitoebites August 11, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    So, what happened? Etsy closed the thread and the store on July 15, and then, a couple days later, said “Ok, the heat has died down, you can post your items again. Just don’t call yourself out again and you should be fine.” WTF? If it was the same items in a new store I would blame the seller, but in this case Etsy is obviously aware.

  5. jelly belly August 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    Nice legs (the shoe seller)

  6. sick of cupcakes August 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    I just frightened my husband with those hairy legs.

  7. Inspector Yuk August 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm #


    Ok, my legs might look like that, but I would never, ever, ever, ever, ever, in a million years show them on the internet.

    I don’t even remember if they were wearing shoes, all I saw was HAIR!!!!

    I know some cultures don’t shave body hair, I know that. My brain just cannot accept seeing it.

    You know (totally OT now), people are skeeved out seeing earring in ears or or hats on heads, and both of those things can be washed and disinfected. But shoes on bare feet? I suppose you could spray them in Lysol, but I would still have visions of toe fungus lurking in the dark recesses just waiting to turn my tootsies into oozing stumps of rotting flesh.

  8. mosquitoebites August 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    Lol Inspector Yuk! Notice the hand on the leg? The gesture says “Look at these sexy legs”.

  9. BooBoo August 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    Those are Man Legs.

  10. Life During Wartime August 11, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    Hell with the legs…those shoes aren’t vintage!

  11. eyefortineye August 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    LOL, vintage legs, new shoes

  12. Disgusted August 11, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    Scarred up legs too if you look closer up on the left one.

  13. Sydney August 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    Those are my legs.. Sorry…

    Just kidding — mine are more tan than that, but after these past few days of bed rest, I’m going to take a bet and say they are just as furry.

  14. jelly belly August 11, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    “Lol it seemed like they were in my closet forever but ok thanks”

    Oh…..haha!! Silly me! *groan*

    She wasn’t even shamed into taking down the listing. Jaysus. This kind of off-hand, who gives a damn free for all is why it’s becoming harder and harder to be taken seriously as a vintage seller on etsy.

  15. PuissDaddy August 12, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    OMG you guys had me laughing so hard about those hairy legs, lol.

  16. JohnCock August 12, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    Check out this fauxvintage seller:


    She seems to list one item at a time. Her feedback is quite telling.

  17. Disgusted August 12, 2010 at 7:00 am #

    Check out this fauxvintage seller:


    She seems to list one item at a time. Her feedback is quite telling.
    She can probably only shoplift one item at a time.

  18. BooBoo August 12, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    The seller mentioned above me http://www.etsy.com/shop/jjvintage
    “Avoid the scalpers on ebay selling for hundreds above retail”
    and she is in three major cities at the same time? Good luck with that one, totally bogus. People buying from her have to be that poor young clueless demographic. She can have them.

  19. Bedazzled VONdom August 12, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    A one day only sale? On Etsy? WTF?

    Does she need a drug fix?

  20. detroit August 12, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    jelly belly Says:
    August 11, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    “Lol it seemed like they were in my closet forever but ok thanks”

    Oh…..haha!! Silly me! *groan*

    Okay. I have a terrible memory. But even I can remember if i got a pair of shoes a few years ago, versus a few DECADES ago.

    Come ON!

  21. detroit August 12, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    Looks like Alams was coached into compliance. No mention of ‘poor artisans’ in SE Asia. Now it’s just him and his friends from Jersey doing the super elaborate needlework – lol:


    In my shop you will find handmade needlepoint natural cotton quilts known as ‘Nakshi Kantha’. This is a folk art in South Asia, that has been around for hundreds of years. Quilts and bedspreads you will find here are made in NJ, USA, Few of my friends and relatives also help me out now and then. I take the pride of introducing this precious craft to the western world.”

    Christ Etsy! It’s one thing to never address a reseller – like maybe you haven’t waded through the flags. But this is a clear example of ‘coaching’.

    Hope all you Etsy employees sleep well at night. You have NO idea who he’s buying this shit from. At least Walmart, b/c of their high profile and public criticism can’t buy from workshops / factories with child labor.

    I can just see the 11 year old Indian kids hunched over their “Quilt Nakshi Kantha” work as I type!

  22. detroit August 12, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    I mean ETSY – do you REALLY think?? Do you TRULY believe that an adult in New Jersey hand stitches entire KING SIZED QUILTS for $100?


    Stuff like this, at these prices SCREAMS – either a) factory / machine made. or 2) highly abusive labor practices.

    That’s the Etsy spirit now though, right?

  23. Inspector Yuk August 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Wait, so they went from being honest (?) in saying they were reselling shit they bought from poor artisans, and now they are lying saying they and their friends and family make these in New Jersey.

    If they were handmade in the first place (In New Jersey) wouldn’t you have said that at the outset?

    Obviously no one who didn’t see the first iteration won’t be any the wiser, but …….wow.

    I think they send them an email telling them that their items are not in compliance because they have to be handmade by them or their ‘collective’. So the seller goes and changes the wording, Etsy then checks back and says ok, you pass! What can they do if they claim they handmake it, even though they clearly didn’t because they said so earlier?

    Really Etsy, are you so stupid? Do you really think people are going to say, ‘oh crap, I guess I don’t belong on Etsy’ and close down their shop? Really? If you are that gullible, I have some prime real estate in Louisiana for sale. Swampland? No, of course not, I wouldn’t lie to you!!!

  24. Life During Wartime August 12, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    Etsy encourages sellers who are reported to deceive the public. Resellers, factory shops, vintage shops that used to be the real deal now passing new items — it all comes down to the same thing. Etsy = fake.

  25. oopsforalams August 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    er, that was me. I wrote to alamstrading asking for the name and info about where the donations were going. I told him it was illegal to advertise that you’re giving the proceeds to a fund that helps anyone or any group without informing people the name of the recipients, or website for info, etc. He was very nice in his response and said he would remove it. He also said that he wasn’t asking for donations. (?) I didn’t respond to him, but he was very diplomatic considering my suggestions to him.

    In my eyes, telling people you are giving the proceeds of your sales to someone IS a donation and by telling people that, you are telling people that by purchasing those items THEY, the buyers, are donating as well even though they are getting something in return.

    It’s something that gripes me no end, the misuse of some sellers (y’all remember THIS copyright infringing thief http://www.etsy.com/shop_sold.php?user_id=8778013 – still at it on her own website btw: http://www.pinksupportacure.com) putting a pink ribbon on their “charms” or whatever and LOL, for god’s sake in one description she states “help support breast cancer research” but no mention anywhere else that she donates any or all proceeds from her crappy, juvenile, craft with the pixelated pink ribbon logo that she cheesed from somewhere on the internet. I wrote to her and she finally responded with “she donates 10% of her items”.

    Pardon my rant on that subject and PLEASE know that I communicated with some honest and genuinely generous sellers who do indeed donate 100% of the pink ribbon sales to Breast Cancer Awareness.

  26. Blue Kitty August 13, 2010 at 3:10 am #

    The encouragement of deception on Etsy is worse than turning a blind eye on resellers IMO.

    At least with an honest reseller trading as such people know what they are getting and who they are getting it from.

  27. Gila (11m2) August 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    Funny how so many Asian friends pop up…. And I just *love* this shop name, really says it all. http://www.etsy.com/shop/Asiamade2order

    If you care to research, they usually call themselves a thai goods and food exporter. http://www.wix.com/ThaiGFEX/ThaiGFex/product

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