everythingdamask, studioremix, sugarpinkboutique

7 Feb

http://www.etsy.com/listing/62864449/candylights-buttercream-candy-color

these lights were on the FP. This is the first sentence of sugarpinkboutique‘s listing:
“I came across these adorable lights and just had to purchase some for my studio! I also thought they would go perfect in my sugar shop!”
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A brand new faux-vintage (& 98% mass produces) shop opened up: http://www.etsy.com/shop/studioremix

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Everything damask is selling these napkins for  1.99 plus free shipping:

The thing I found weird about this was her description:
“Unlimited quantities available.”
and..

“If you find a lower price…we will beat it by 5%.”
I just can’t see that these items are handmade… your thoughts?

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21 Responses to “everythingdamask, studioremix, sugarpinkboutique”

  1. Life During Wartime February 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    sugarpinkboutique is safe. Etsy has been allowing candylites (strings and bulbs) for years, and even promoting them on the FP and in Etsy curated features.

    studioremix is also safe because I saw some vintage items in her shop, and some that she claims to have altered. So even though she is a partial reseller, Etsy won’t do anything about it.

    everythingdamask has their own website here:
    http://www.everythingdamask.com/
    This does not look like a one person operation. How big the company is, and who makes their items and where the items are made…who knows?

  2. imwithya February 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    *sigh* Here’s another thriving reseller:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/mexchic

    But they’ve obviously been coached by Etsy so they’re cool. They work “in union with Mexican artisans” and everything they sell is of course “made with love”.

    Hey I’m all for helping out art/craft making communities around the world but I didn’t think that’s what Etsy was for. If it is just let us know and I’ll order some fair trade merch and resell the heck out of it (with love)!

  3. it stinks February 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    Those damask napkins are just a square piece of fabric that have been serged around the edge. It would only take a few minutes to make one of those.

    But that doesn’t mean I think that shop is full of handmade items.

  4. John E. Lynch III February 8, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    Hello Concerned.

    We are a small 4 person fabric converting company. Yes, we have a website, so what? EVERY item we sell is hand made in our Kaukauna, Wisconsin facility by us. We DO NOT resell other peoples products. Our shop is open for the public to tour during normal business hours.

    FACT: Yes, a napkin is a square piece of fabric.

    Thank you.

    John E. Lynch III
    http://www.everythingdamask.com
    john@everythingdamask.com

  5. WangFu February 8, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Well John, if you are a collective you need to follow the rules for one. And frankly, your stuff doesn’t belong on etsy.

  6. Susan February 8, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Sorry John, you’re not an individual making napkins with the occasional help of a family member and your commercial website certainly doesn’t look like a collective so I think you’re out.

    What I’m curious about though, is why you decided to open a shop on Etsy? Because I’m thinking that there’s someone out there telling small businesses that it’s okay to open on Etsy, and really, it’s not.

  7. Life During Wartime February 8, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    John/everythingdamask — part of the reason (I think) you were called out is that you have no profile, while your announcement and policies mention your business’s website, bult purchases, and beating your competitors’ prices. But nothing about being more than one person. The comment you posted here is what belongs on your Etsy Profile page.

  8. Life During Wartime February 8, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    er BULK purchases, not bult. Oops.

  9. stinkypants February 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    Johnson and Johnson – A Family Company.

  10. Andrea February 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    ED will be allowed on etsy because they are a small business. I think it’s time to accept that etsy is no longer about a single craftsperson handstitching ooak items and hasn’t been for some time. No one likes giant factories using child labor selling $3 necklaces on etsy, but I don’t have an issue with a 4-person “team” of US workers making napkins.

  11. mrpouncy February 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    ^^^
    arf.

  12. stinkypants February 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Well, I wouldn’t go so far to say ” no one “, because it’s obvious some don’t at all mind.

  13. Life During Wartime February 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Andrea, I agree that ED is a very small business. However, I thought such businesses had to say something about who and what they are on some shop page or other.

    Also agree that Etsy is now about promoting small businesses. If you haven’t, you should read this article:

    http://venturebeat.com/2011/02/02/matt-stinchcomb-on-the-cult-of-etsy/

    Quote from above that is most significant:
    Etsy will run a conference on small businesses and sustainability in Berlin this year.

    Stinchcomb hopes that in a couple of years from now, Etsy will not just be about handmade and vintage goods but also about agriculture, music, entertainment, services and even local currencies. Etsy could support community supported agriculture projects so you could invest in a local farm. According to Matt, “a farmer’s market is just an Etsy event offline.” Already, Etsy users can buy wool directly from a seller who has a flock of sheep.

    “I would love to see Etsy connecting more with the real world where we could allow people to source materials locally and ship locally and allow people to filter searches by carbon footprint,” said Stinchcomb. “What gets really interesting locally is also the idea of local currencies. I would love to see an Etsy currency evolve. We could create a whole new economy of micro-economies.”

    ——————–
    Changes being made to the Etsy site are pushing the old style handmade, vintage or supplies into the background in favor of resale goods and small manufacturers. That is what we’ve been calling out for a couple of years now. If the forums had been left as they were, think of the outcries when Etsy started hosting “micro-economies”.

    I’m sticking a fork in Etsy…

  14. sick of cupcakes February 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    I’ll stick to Ebay.

  15. Jael February 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    There is a link by everything damask to an outside selling venue on every listing description. That, in itself, is against etsy TOU, right?

  16. Life During Wartime February 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Jael, I think it is a TOU violation. But the rules for a small business mentioning the address of their website, and for a one-person craft, vintage or supply shop mentioning their ArtFire or Big Cartel or whatever, appear to be different.

  17. Life During Wartime February 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    On the Etsy FP, previous called out shop, naturalbamboo:

    https://etsycallout.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/natural-bamboo/

    Looks like they have been coached, and adjusted their inventory, and profile/policies information.

  18. JK February 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Funny how rules for resellers and rules for one-person/two-person businesses are different on Etsy, and always in favour of the resellers.

  19. JK February 9, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Off topic, but oh my god — http://unofficialetsyforums.com/index.cgi?board=announcements&action=display&thread=1581

    This was on the local news, but I didn’t make the connection at the time — the lady behind designedbylucinda lost her home, pets and 11 year old son in a fire on the 3rd.

  20. em February 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    I saw that too, JK. So tragic, I feel terrible for her.

  21. Jenny Teune April 30, 2011 at 5:08 am #

    I am very sad that you called out Sugarpinkboutique! As someone who makes and sells handmade items I use her shop all the time – she has the best and cleanest supplies for sewing I have ever seen, and as I am in Australia and she is in the US I can also say that she charges the cheapest shipping of anyone else I have purchased from on etsy. The little lights she sells are just perfect to make handmade garlands and Christmas Wreaths and now, she is gone from etsy, along with all her beautiful items!! I am so disappointed! I understand that you are trying to keep the etsy community handmade, but I see there are other sellers selling these lights and you have not called them out! Please think about the fact that people use all sorts of supplies to make their handmade items…. I hope you realise that sometimes you are just encouraging all the negative nellies and ruining it for those of us who NEED sellers like Sugarpink boutique on etsy… Just my two cents but as I said, I for one am very sorry to see her go!

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