MaggiesbridalShop, JPGemEnergy

5 Jan

This shop screams reseller to me.

Her shop announcement:

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my shop. I am Maggie, a Canadian citizen married to a Netherland citizen. My husband and I moved to the China for his work a few years ago. I bought my wedding dress from China , I was impressed with the quality and there was a lot of work put into the beading although I can’t comment on the labor used. This dress cost me almost $300, it was custom made to my size, they were flexible about changes I wanted and also the dress was based on one which costs around $900 in Canada. And since then I got a few for my friends in Canada as well, they just love it!

In 2008, I decided to start my own shop “ Maggie’s Bridal” – the place where you can find the perfect bridal gown of your dreams…..

TOP 6 Reasons you’ll love Maggie’s Bridal!

Quality

All our dresses are personally tailored for you from scratch. We treat each dress with special care, handcrafted details and dedication. We sole focus is to deliver the best quality, best fitting dresses at affordable prices.

Affordable Price

We operate with lower overheads than a local retail store. We do not need to rent the store and employ sales staff or an alterations department. We then pass incredible savings on to YOU! Up to 50%-80% OFF the retail price!

Handmade with Heart

When you find your favorite dress and place an order, we will confirm it as soon as payment has been received, and send the dress’s info to our tailors. Our professional tailor will begin tailoring your dress, it is carefully sewn according to the type of design. Different types of dresses will have different types of embroidery; the time to finish varies as well. Please note that all our dresses are handmade with heart.

A Perfect Fit

Our collections are designed to give you the most flattering look ever. No other bridal company has spent more time getting the fit just right for 2-26W. We offer a wide range of bridal gown styles.

Value

Every bride should look and feel like a million dollars, regardless of her budget. From design to delivery, we lead the entire process, so you don’t have to pay unnecessary markups. That’s the secret to helping you put together a look that’s priceless, for less.

Fashion

Our designers travel the world to bring you the latest trends, while never forgetting the traditional elements that are an integral part of this special day. It is all about finding the one perfect dress that’s right for you.

Enjoy browsing and best of luck on your big day!

 

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A reader wanted to discuss what people thought about items like this listing:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/41068082/remission-for-cancer

Is it misleading to claim your item can help cancer or tumors? Does it need to be on Etsy?

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36 Responses to “MaggiesbridalShop, JPGemEnergy”

  1. Lucy January 5, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Every bride should look and feel like a million dollars, regardless of her budget.
    ————–
    Who cares if child labor was used, so long as YOU feel great as a bride, that’s what matters. Who cares if the shop is handmade, so long as Etsy makes money off of fees, that’s what matters.

    Selfish bride=Etsy

  2. seller January 5, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    I love when sellers don’t even try to hide that they are resellers!

    As for the bracelet, many people believe in the healing power of gemstones, magnets, etc. If that is their belief and they are battling cancer and that bracelet gives them some comfort or hope to cling to, I see no harm. Doctors told my mother she was insane for taking all kinds of homeopathic/herbal supplements when she was diagnosed with cancer. Many of which were illegal here in the States. They gave her 3-6 months, she lived just over ten years with a diagnosis that even with the most aggressive therapy patients live no longer than 4 years. I think Cancer patients need to do what is best for them and do not need to be policed by the FDA or anyone else for that matter.

  3. Life During Wartime January 5, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    MaggiesBridalShop = MaggiesSweatShop.

    I saw a thread in the forums yesterday about how soap sold on Etsy does NOT have medicinal properties. Gemstone jewelry shops are making the same type of claims. I think as long as people don’t neglect medical options in favor of wearing gems or using herbal soap, no harm is being done. At best, there might be some placebo effect benefit for reduced symptoms (not the disease). At worst, using or wearing the items does nothing.

    I am much more concerned about jewelry artisans who work with stones who never disclose that their ‘gems’ are man-made or dyed. Because on Etsy I am sure there are shoppers who have no idea that gemstones aren’t naturally found in dayglo colors.

  4. em January 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    Regarding the bracelet, I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to make medical claims like that. If you claim your product has drug properties, then it needs to be regulated like one, right? Goes for everything else – pill-form meds, medicated soap, etc. They don’t get out of it just because it has magical placebo effects (sorry, I don’t believe gemstones do anything but make you look pretty).

  5. Life During Wartime January 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    em, I am not sure that you can’t make those claims legally. Every day on teevee I see ads for supplements available over-the-counter and online/by-mail that claim to burn fat, halt muscle loss due to aging, reverse diabetes, improve memory, strengthen the immune system, cause weight loss with no change in diet or exercise etc etc. Of course it’s all BS, but it appears that the makers of these bogus products, their advertising agencies, and the teevee stations/networks experience no consequences for promoting these items.

    The weight loss ones really crack me up because I lost 50+ pounds in 1998 — and have kept it off with no problems — so I know it is cheap (okay, free!) and easy to do this.

    When my husband was in the final stages of the rare disease that killed him, he did try some experimental treatments that didn’t work, but weren’t dangerous drugs that caused harm, either. The placebo effect did give him some initial symptom relief. Having 2-3 weeks of feeling better when you have only months to live is priceless.

    Personally, I don’t believe in the magic powers of gems and mineral stones, but sometimes you are just buying the belief.

  6. megansbeadeddesigns January 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Legally, there does need to be a disclaimer, such as on vitamin bottles or boxes of Cheerios, that the claims are not backed by the FDA. Then, they would be perfectly fine to sell.

  7. Wolf January 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    That first one, the whole shop screams at me that I’ve seen those exact photos on a mass manufactered site before. Several times in fact.

  8. Artfire Seller January 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    “….there was a lot of work put into the beading although I can’t comment on the labor used.” WTF??!!!

    Does this mean, “I saw little kids sewing tiny beads on this dress with their fingers bleeding but I chose not to look,” or does it mean, “I saw women sitting four hours at a time without breaks sewing these dresses?”

    Why don’t they just say, “It was a sweat shop, but it was cheap, so I looked the other way.”

  9. Pox January 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Maggiesbridal uses this company and their pictures:
    http://www.morilee.com/

  10. bellacruz January 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    I don’t promote the so-called healing powers of stones. I think there is too much manipulation from the time the stones are mined ’til they reach my hands. And how much healing can a 6mm stone do? That’s just me though…

  11. stinkypants January 5, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    How disgusting that they call that bracelet, Remission.

  12. madmomma January 5, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Nothing like telling people you can get them knock off’s from China right up front.

    It’s so cool that even my friends got their knock off dresses from China!

    Reminds me of those knock off purse parties that were all the rage a while back.

  13. EtsyDontCare January 6, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    The first store is whatever anymore Etsy can give a rats ass as the bracelet, people believing in the powers of stones is rather old. Maybe the power of the mind that the stones will work will help so it doesn’t bother me that they are offered. I’ve seen physic readings offered on Etsy too. To each their own.

  14. Etsy Wedding Seller January 6, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    I am growing more and more annoyed by Etsy’s inability to curb the reseller activity on it’s site. It makes me want to scream because I sit here and design and create all my wedding items BY HAND and then have to deal with this nonsense on a site that is supposed to be a HANDMADE resource. It is clear that MANY are trying to capitalize on the boutique unique shopping experience nature of Etsy and have moved their crap from Ebay to Etsy. Etsy is HIGHLY promoted in nearly all of the wedding magazines and blogs and they KNOW brides are using it as a resource for their special day. Recently I have found one that really has my feathers ruffled:

    Here is a seller ( FAIRYTALEEVENTS) on Etsy who has purchased a Mindy Weiss Asian imported applique and is selling it as “handmade”…purchased for $6.00 and selling it for $19.99.

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/59340128/something-blue-for-your-wedding-shoes

    here’s the purchased Mindy Weiss applique:

    http://shop.mindyweiss.com/products/rhinestone-shoe-applique-i-do

    There’s also a slew of CLEARLY Asian import bridal gown factories that have infiltrated Etsy….look at this one…gowns for under $100 …there’s no way that a gown that looks like the one pictured could be created for $250 or less even in a Chinese factory!

    seller: IAMBRIDAL

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

    To be honest this Etsy store is humorous ….I feel sorry for any bride that orders and expects a dress at those prices to actually look like the gowns in the photos. Nevermind the fact they state in EACH listing that they have over 3,000 bridal gown styles…something a handmade designer just couldn’t even accomplish. The detail descriptions of the gowns don’t even match the photos. And furthermore, a handmade designer could not make gowns like these in 15-25 days! Give me a break!

    Call them out on the blog please and flag these two sellers if you have time…..

  15. Life During Wartime January 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Etsy should have had a policy years ago that sent a daily list of URLs to admin for shops opening with a shipping address in one of the major manufacturing nations in Asia. Not stop them from opening, or anything like that. Just a list so an Etsy staffer could check for factory resellers.

    When I first encountered Etsy in 2006 Chinese reseller shops were closed on the spot when they were flagged. That was before Etsy sold its handmade (and vintage) soul to its investors.

  16. Stacey January 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    I know Raceytay has probably been mentioned here… she’s on the FP right now, tho, and the title and tag stuffing on this is just astounding:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/56446478/fenced-bokeh-black-ironwork-metal-fence?ref=fp_treasury_5

  17. losinghope January 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    It’s not enough that raceytay is on the FP multiple times a day…she has to tag and title stuff, too, and completely monopolizes her category. Her pics are nice but nothing earth shattering. I’m glad I’m not selling photo prints. I’d be pissed.

  18. madmomma January 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    Etsy Wedding Seller –

    my heart goes out to you because I know that some of the clothing resellers are the ones that Etsy either won’t get rid of or can’t?
    and thos wedding dress shops pop right back up even if they are eventually taken down…
    sometimes feels like a never ending battle.

  19. Cat Power January 6, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    Sort of like that game “Whack the Gopher”, or whatever the name is.

  20. Inspector Yuk January 7, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    Whack-a-mole.

    That’s alright, Artfire is planning to give resllers their own section and eventually spin off a commercial site. Talk about rolling out the red carpet!

    Resellers will be falling all over themselves to open a shop on Artfire, maybe they’ll all leave Etsy and they can get back to handmade again!

  21. sick of cupcakes January 7, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    They’ll never leave etsy. They get treated like royalty there.

  22. Jean January 7, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    I don’t think resellers will be leaving Etsy anytime soon, since Etsy isn’t getting rid of them and they are making sales, why leave? It upsets me how bold some of them are getting, going to the forums and giving a sob story about how they aren’t getting sales, and then some sellers feels sorry for them and buy something-ugh.

    That being said, it does seem like Artfire will be allowing resellers and I’m suprised by how the community isn’t getting upset by this. They are also changing how vintage is labeled. I guess time will tell if these changes hurt or help in the long run.

  23. megansbeadeddesigns January 7, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Maybe AF realizes that they will just keep popping up again and again so they figure they will make it easier on themselves by simply making a separate category. I can see how that would work… but not completely sure as to the motivation behind it. Unlike on Etsy, pro accounts on AF do not pay fees per sale, just the monthly do. So they do not make the $$$ off of resellers that Etsy does…

  24. Fed Up January 7, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    Wow, Artfire is allowing resellers? At the very least, I’m glad they’re being upfront about it. The most fucked up thing about Etsy is that they lie left and right about it and treat us like idiots.

    I mean, really, look at these amazing, handcrafted treasures! 😉
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/radicaltreasures?ref=pr_shop

  25. madmomma January 7, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    Makes me sick to see resellers set up shop and days later they are raking in sales. A few months later their sales have surpassed the legitimate sellers sales (and I am talking about sellers that have been on E for a LONG time)…

    Yup, just like whack a mole!

  26. bah! January 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    If I see anything bridal for sale on etsy, I automatically assume it’s reseller from china. How sad is that?

    In regard to the gemstones or ANYTHING that exploits emotional subjects… it’s crap. I understand about the power of the mind and emotions and nature. No prob with that, but have some class when writing the title or descriptions. Seems smarmy to me.
    Same goes for sellers boohooing that they have some incurable disease or are victims of domestic violence, etc. Playing on people’s emotions for a buck.

  27. bah! January 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    #13 Lisa:
    I see. oh jeez – I hate that kawaii stuff is allowed on etsy – isn’t that 99cent store?
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/boqinana?ref=pr_shop

    boqinana
    Retro Chic Handmade
    Accessories & Homeware

  28. argh. January 8, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    “If I see anything bridal for sale on etsy, I automatically assume it’s reseller from china. How sad is that?”

    DITTO! except for http://www.etsy.com/shop/theweddingcollection I know shes real, she was on Project Runway!

  29. Etsy Wedding Seller January 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Not all bridal items on Etsy are resell/imports…those of us on the Etsy Wedding Team are doing everything we can to flag and report resell items in the bridal section on Etsy. It’s a daunting task to say the least and we are MORTIFIED. Not only does this make brides question the authenticity and unique nature of OUR handmade products but it also constantly makes us have to justify our pricing to brides…we just can’t compete with these resell/import/Asian manufactured products! While those mass products don’t hold a candle to our handmade designs and quality it is completely out of control and ridiculous that Etsy can’t do SOMETHING more aggressive to curb this on their site.

  30. SarahN January 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    Re; cancer remission bracelets.
    It is an offence to make any claims for treating cancer in the UK.
    “The Cancer Act 1939 is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom passed in 1939. Its most notable provision is a clause prohibiting taking any part in publication, except under specified conditions, of advertisements that “offer to treat any person for cancer, or to prescribe any remedy therefor, or to give any advice in connection with the treatment thereof”.

    I think the FDA in the US have similar legislation.

    I don’t know how anyone could cynically name this cheap piece of junk ‘Remission”
    WTF???

  31. Spiritual Christian February 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Before giving an opinion on topics, it’s good to do some research. I agree with Seller…
    “As for the bracelet, many people believe in the healing power of gemstones, magnets, etc. If that is their belief and they are battling cancer and that bracelet gives them some comfort or hope to cling to, I see no harm. Doctors told my mother she was insane for taking all kinds of homeopathic/herbal supplements when she was diagnosed with cancer. Many of which were illegal here in the States. They gave her 3-6 months, she lived just over ten years with a diagnosis that even with the most aggressive therapy patients live no longer than 4 years. I think Cancer patients need to do what is best for them and do not need to be policed by the FDA or anyone else for that matter.”
    And I think she/he is right on with this statement. Faith is personal and individualized, just like in any religion. You don’t have to believe that gemstones have energy that react with the human aura to assist in healing, just like you don’t have to believe that Jesus was God’s son or that knit hats keep your head warm. There is evidence for all of these, just what do you choose to research and believe? To each his own.

  32. Spiritual Christian February 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    To SarahN – One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

  33. Spiritual Christian February 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    As for the first shop, it’s unfortunate they would resell on a website exclusive for handmade, supplies and vintage. It takes away from those shops who are honestly doing the hard work. If regulation doesn’t “catch” them, then karma will. It’s time to let the shops be and focus on ourselves in this one life we have.

  34. "Kumbaya" February 8, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    If folks are using Etsy as a resale shop, that’s too bad. There are so many hard-working, honest Etsy dealers out there trying to make a small profit on the things they love to do, I hate to see it being tarnished. However, I hope customers can see through that and support the many honest Etsy vendors. Now, on the subject of healing gems . . . do I believe in their healing powers? Well, the jury is still out on that one. However, there are some worldwide authorities proclaiming the great healing power of gemstones and crystals. In fact, the Native American culture is based on the nurturing energy of Mother Earth. The use of crystals and gemstones in medicine is not new. Alternatives to traditional medicine and healing practices are as old as the day is long. The Chinese have been sticking us with needles claiming to cure our ailments for thousands of years. I won’t do that either, but if the alternative works for even one person, then I say good for him. I don’t see any suggestions to wear a bracelet INSTEAD of seeking medical advice, so come on folks, let’s just live and let live. We all have a right to free speech, but sometimes it would be nice to see freedom from speech, especially negative speech. And let’s keep our comments a little more classy; all your comments immediately become worthless when you start throwing in the vulgarity, even if it is just the letters, we all know what you mean.

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