19 Sep

Reader Email:

A new Etsy Finds post by Mary was released today, entitled Crowdsourced:

The Basic Ring by Etsy shop Creative Accidents was featured and immediately sold for the asking price of $12.  See the sold ring here:
Anyone with common sense should know that a $12 metal ring is certainly not handmade, nor does the shop keeper claim any of the items in the shop are vintage (they clearly are not).  Funny enough, the shop keeper doesn’t even bother to say she made any of her items either!
If you browse through Creative Accidents, whose shopfront states they’re located in NY (oh but conveniently they’ve just moved to Asia according to the shop announcement), you’ll see plenty of reseller crap.  Guess they moved to Asia to be closer to their suppliers!  Earrings for $3/pair, more rings for $8-$15, cheap rhinestone keychains, etc, etc.  Just to list a few:
This shop has been thriving for 8 months.  And Mary, c’mon you know better!

31 Responses to “CreativeAccidents”

  1. ScrapMetal September 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    Again – bottom line is that it looks purdy and the photo meets etsy standards. I don’t think the admins really look that carefully at the shops. And even if they are aware the shop is a reseller, they just want the Finds, FP, etc to look nice, to heck with standards.

  2. Toaster September 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    You have to love metal findings, jewelry, etc where the metal is just described as ‘metal.’

  3. tired-of-etsy-finds September 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Mary consistently vurates the finds emails with resellers, mass produced modern non-vintage “vintage” finds, repeats of her favorite sellers and items constantly, repeats of “FP regulars” and on and on.
    I no longer believe it’s a lack of homeowork or background checking on her part. I firmly believe she does it because she can, and to let the rest of us “lowly” wannabes that she’s got the control.

  4. southernskirts September 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    Did you happen to check out their clothing shop on Etsy?

    I don’t think that stuff is handmade, and same NYC listing but ships from Hong Kong.

  5. jenjasmine September 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    Can’t wait to see these on the FP

    About the only thing they do to follow the TOUs is divulge that they have another shop.


  6. Life During Wartime September 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    No one on the Etsy staff seems to find it odd that a single seller has the tools, supplies, and completed item inventory for crafts as diverse as making molds and casting metal jewelry (that ring is a single molded piece), making shoes, machine knitting socks, and embellishing tees, in what was surely a rather small work space in New York. Etsy = stoopid.

  7. Disgusted September 19, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    Especially precious is this statement,”Welcome to my store! My name is Cindy and I am a recent graduate from Parsons the New School for Design!” If that were true, why isn’t she designing anything?

  8. Life During Wartime September 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    Here is the 3 owls on a branch necklace on Ebay, sold from China:

  9. noCigar September 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    I disagree with one thing: MaryMary does NOT know better. She is ignorant and neither knows or cares to know anything about handmade or vintage. She must be intellectually incurious if she hasn’t picked up just a little bit of information in her years here. She blows. In fact, she done BEEN blowed for some time.

  10. Les September 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    Just pounced across this:

    I think I’ve seen the iPad cases at Staples / Office Depot. Love how they watermark them too…

  11. uh-huh September 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    Admin would feature a stolen, bed-bug infested rat turd if you photographed it nicely enough.

  12. Life During Wartime September 19, 2010 at 7:23 pm #

    mtrgood is a reseller, and in 17 Treasuries!

  13. tippy September 19, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    mtr good:
    Ship to worldwide EXCEPT the following regions: APO/FPO, China, HONG KONG,Italy, south Africa, India, and Malaysia

    Item ships from: Hong Kong.

    He won’t even ship that shit within his own country. How sad is that?

  14. Back Again September 20, 2010 at 5:19 am #

    Say it with me now: “There are no resellers on Etsy”.
    Only collectives. Collectives consisting of people who don’t know each other, but the creative process includes buying, receiving, and listing as their own.

    Highlighting and promoting these asshats as Etsy-approved should be one more wake-up call for true artists/crafters to get the HELL away from Etsy.

  15. Disgusted September 20, 2010 at 6:36 am #

    And while we are at it. Polestar makes lovely jewelry. But I am really sick of seeing the same thing in a different color of hers pretty much daily on the front page. Aren’t there any other jewelry designers on Etsy?

  16. JohnCock September 20, 2010 at 8:14 am #

    ROFLMAO Uh-huh. I think that is the most accurate and funniest comment in ages. You hit the nail on the head.

  17. SockCritterBreeder September 20, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    Off topic, but Etsy just had a little glitch. Full names were showing up in the treasuries instead of shop names. It was funny to click through and see many where some names were repeated multiple times within a treasury.

    I looked at a treasury that included one of my items and one of supersockmonkeys. I also looked at one treasury that I know has an item from cqqc. Low and behold, the same shop owner name showed up under both items.

    It’s fixed now, but was interesting while it lasted.

  18. JK September 20, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    Terrible error, but sort of perfect for the BrokenTreasuryCouture call-out!

  19. bellacruz September 20, 2010 at 11:14 am #


  20. etsycallout September 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    ECO is so sad to have missed that. There would have been some fun detective work going on!

  21. bellacruz September 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    It’s sad the potential harm to a few of our fellow sellers. The lack of empathy on the part of some is appalling.

  22. Life During Wartime September 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    Looks like this was a bad breach of security. Etsy should have taken the whole site down while they fixed it, if they couldn’t shut down access to Treasury.

    The Etsy community in general seems to be into being overly public about matters that some sellers would prefer to be private. I saw a forum thread start about how sellers should talk about their real world personal selves in their Profiles this afternoon, or risk losing sales, while folks are still dealing with the Treasury malfunction. I swear some of these Etsians are worse than thoughtless. Just plain nasty.

  23. Disgusted September 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    Etsy is also very cavalier with whom they share other supposedly “private” information. They don’t seem to keep much confidential.

  24. ebilly September 20, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    “ECO is so sad to have missed that. There would have been some fun detective work going on!”

    Just think, you could of been looking at a treasury with each item from a different shop. A few min. later you go back to that same treasury and you only see 1-2 names.

  25. Inspector Yuk September 20, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    I get it was a serious breach of privacy, and I get that it could have the potential to to put those hiding from a stalker in a sticky situation, but the level of panic some people are exhibiting are a bit over the top. And in the grand scheme of things, I don’t think this is going to amount to stalkers having a field day with Etsy sellers they might be stalking.

    Of course, it begs the question of what other private info they could inadvertently release to the www, it sure doesn’t instill much trust that our information is secure and protected. It also begs the question as to why a more secure protocol was not instituted the minute it was discovered. Taking down the treasury should have been top priority.

    If anything positive is to come out of this, maybe those who are selling online and need to keep their identity secret should take further steps like getting a DBA (doing business as) name that isn’t your real name. And getting a PO box for your business address. This way you sign up with your DBA so if that happens to be breached, no one knows who you are. And even if they did manage to figure it out with other clues (say you model in your listings) when they look you up all they find is a PO box, no street address, You can even get a PO box in a nearby town and not the one you live in,

    These are things to consider before opening an online shop to protect yourself before anything like this even happens, because shit like this does happen unfortunately.

    No excuses for Etsy, they fucked up royally, but anyone who doesn’t take the necessary precautions to protect themselves as well is putting their safety into the hands of an entity that doesn’t have a very good track record instituting features or thinking long term into the ramifications those features might engender down the road,

  26. uh-huh September 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    I had no idea there were so many stalkers out there, seems like almost everyone has had one!

  27. detroit September 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    Mmm. In the process of life you deal with hundreds / thousands of people. Most women I know (and a lot of men too) have had to deal with stalker-ish behavior at some point – ranging from merely annoying, to life threatening (I’ve seen it all, and experienced some).

    In the digital world, it’s easier than ever for stalkers to track their victims. And Etsy just made it that much easier. What happened wasn’t THAT bad. But, it certainly doesn’t inspire confidence, in a world where stalking and identity theft has touched so many.

    I doubt (hope that not) anyone was endangered by the latest fuckup. But it’s galling that a) it happened in the first place, and that b) they chose to keep the site open and fix it – rather than take things offline (thereby not losing all their listing and relisting fees that were accrued in that half hour – which were probably sizable.)

    There are no adults in charge at Etsy!

  28. PussDaddy September 23, 2010 at 12:51 am #

    Inspector Yuk gave some good advice.

  29. Linda October 22, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    I reported this sellers items many times to Etsy but Etsy does not do anything about this seller. Whey is it?

  30. mia March 30, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    I actually like their stuff even if they’re not handmade by the person :(. I wish Etsy has a category for something like that. It’s kind of like stuff from Modcloth.

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