chinookhugs

18 Aug

http://www.etsy.com/listing/34852080/steampunk-owl-locket-necklace-pendant

http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/sweetheartsinner/items/Beautiful_Victorian_THE_FLYING_OWL_Locket_Necklace_1

http://www.etsy.com/listing/44467329/steampunk-owl-locket-necklace-pendant

http://www.shophotstyle.com/the-owl-locket.html

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16 Responses to “chinookhugs”

  1. sick of cupcakes August 18, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    Owls and turtles are now steampunk?

  2. sick of cupcakes August 18, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    Wait, these listings do not match the links posted. The lockets are different.

  3. detroit August 18, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    I thought ‘charm on a chain’ is, unfortunately, Etsy legal.

    I’m NOT knocking beaders, or people who hand assemble. I just think SOME sort of aesthetic effort should go into the making of the item.

    And, as a shopper, I wouldn’t want to pay a $20 premium for the ‘labor’ involved in putting one charm on a plain chain.

    Plus, there’s the perennial issue – most buyers think the shopowner MADE the charm. It’s very deceptive.

  4. Life During Wartime August 18, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Yeah, this looks like the typical charm-on-a-chain seller.

    She may attach the charms to the chains, and there’s no way to prove she doesn’t. I believe the suppliers sell the lockets, various co-ordinating chains, and assembled pieces wholesale.

    I’m not convinced that buyers for these items know — or really care — that the seller only assembled the locket and chain to qualify as Etsy handmade.

    But the owls = steampunk thing? WTF is that? If they made cheeseburger lockets in that faux gothic style, would they be steampunk as well?

  5. uh-huh August 18, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    Those who don’t know what steampunk is use the tag more than anybody else. Coattail riders.

  6. JohnCock August 18, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    oh and MCM and mad men….some other fave keyword spams.

  7. Life During Wartime August 18, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Other abused tags: victorian, hollywood regency, rustic (all kinds of stuff is tagged with this, most of it with no rural relevance and/or roughly finished natural materials), bakelite (used for any kind of early 20th century plastic), industrial, antique, mod, hippie, boho,
    and of course, vintage.

  8. Toaster August 18, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    Looks like another candidate for the ‘not remotely steampunk’ tag on Regretsy!

  9. Amy August 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    I’m dubious all those rings in that shop are handmade. what is also odd is the moths – selling for thousands of dollars. Seems an odd juxtaposition considering the price of the rest of the jewellery/.

  10. elizabeth August 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

    I’m sorry but I don’t see an issue here. Putting a charm on a chain is considered handmade by Etsy, and son of a gun, but those things do sell! I don’t think the buyers care if they are just charms on a chain, they like them and they are willing to spend money on them. Coming soon to my shop, too.

  11. nox August 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    It’s steampunk because that seller has brass balls taking a $2 (retail price) finding, heating it up, curving it into a “ring” and charging $27 for it.

  12. ScrapMetal August 19, 2010 at 4:35 am #

    It’s hard to tell. My impression is that the seller might be a real master- IF those moth pins and that bracelet are really hers and handmade by her. If that is true, then what she is doing is selling the assembled pieces as a way to make some $ ‘cuz the real art is too out there in price for etsy buyers. However, this is all speculative on my part.

  13. Disgusted August 19, 2010 at 6:16 am #

    She is probably Etsy legal. I think she hand assembled some of her things (the fairy locket ring thing seems to have a different pattern inside the front cover of the locket indicating to me that it did not come with the fairy part of it originally). Her stuff will attract those who want to be trendy vs those who want a one of a kind, handmade item.
    Steam punk is the hot tag right now. You could tag a plastic glass with it and get lots of hits.

  14. buyergirl August 19, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    She does put them together, though they are all components. I personally bought the supplies on etsy for 1/4 the cost and I can make several of what I thought was cute in her shop. The components are super easy to find. The stampings do have to be attached to the lockets with solder so there is a little manipulation. It certainly doesn’t make it as awesome as someone who makes their items from scratch, but still, not a reseller.

  15. jayme August 19, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    Totally etsy legal-
    and i did some research also and the items are not identical –
    personally i wouldn’t spend the money on anything that i can get at michaels and stick on a chain myself-
    oh well.
    the ones that tick me off are ones that try to tell you that they handmade the actual pendant, but can’t tell you how they made it or even what kind of metals they used – those people suck.

  16. Leslie Todd August 22, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    I have some of those owl components. I also have some of the ring band components, although I don’t use them in rings. She didn’t make the components, but she probably put them together. The items listed in the retail store are not the same as the items listed in the etsy store.

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