not so PIF’s

17 Mar

Hi, I really have no particular shop to report right now, but I have an idea of a topic we can talk about on your blog?!

PIFS– Shops that are assholes that use the tag PIF or Pay it Forward; in order to gain sales in their shops.

Here’s PIF searched (link below), and I started to browse highest price first, and the amount of fake highly priced “PIFS” is repulsing to me. lol Maybe I’m just a tad bit over-dramatic and sensitive. haha There’s sellers that have every item in their shop tagged as PIF and all items are over $20, even $100!
These idiotic sellers don’t realize that they’re not helping their sales and reputation, but the complete opposite. Pissing us all off. MOST if not all people who are purposely setting out to find PIFS are NOT looking to buy a $300 coat. Kwim? So we’re not going to buy their stupid items anyhow. LOL *sigh*

Here’s the search.

SO..I was thinking maybe you can start the topic, and let us bloggers/viewers, out shops that do this in the comments section?


20 Responses to “not so PIF’s”

  1. manhattanite March 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    I’ve never even heard of PIFs…what are they? You buy something from another seller and they return the favor by buying from another seller? Makes no sense to me… This one particular PIF item for $75K has ‘diamond cut’ crystals…not diamonds, but crystals… looks like a silver necklace worth $2 with a cheap sweatshop made pendant worth the same….why even list it when it’s obviously the necklace is worth less than $10?

  2. sickofetsy March 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    People (assholes) tag PIF just to show up in more searches.

  3. Mathy March 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    Does anyone remember shortly ago when you could type in PIF and get almost nothing but actual PIFs?

  4. Fake March 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    I just about fell off the couch $75,000 for a silver octopus necklace. AND listed as a PIF. I don’t think this seller understands that crystals don;t go for diamond prices.

  5. b unit March 17, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    I think the guy selling the Hobby Lobby Octopus charm on a chain is a fan of Regretsy!

  6. Ashley March 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    I’ve never heard of PIF either, no idea what it is

  7. PussDaddy March 18, 2011 at 4:38 am #

    PIF’s are annoying to buyers

  8. Kick The Can March 18, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    PIF = Pay It Forward

    The idea is that you are offering something for the cost of the listing only, as a gift to whoever wants it, as a way of showing gratitude for the good things that have come this way and also as a way to “keep the flow of good vibes flowing through the universe”. Or something.

    Don’t look at me. I didn’t make it up.

  9. Sherri March 18, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    You might think that for $75K for the octopus necklace, they’d be willing to eat the $3–5 shipping charge, but NOoooOOOOOOO.

    “Is protection and good luck worth $75,000.00? No, it’s worth a whole lot more in my book but I’m a firm believer in karma.

    Whatever you do, don’t allow this hefty price tag scare you off because bad luck can easily cost you much more in the long run.”

    I wonder if they’d be willing to throw in some free snake oil?

  10. Whisperia March 18, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    PIFs make no sense to me at all. Is it designed to be some sort of circle jerk among sellers? Just trading around a bunch of free stuff? I don’t really get that. And as a buyer, if I’m looking for some beads, for example, and I see some for $5, but then I see some others for $0.20, I’m going to buy the $0.20 ones and not really care beyond that. But I’m selfish like that. 🙂

  11. PussDaddy March 18, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    There used to be a rule on Etsy about listing stuff priced so ridiculously high it wouldn’t sell. I have no idea if they changed the rule tho.

  12. Amy March 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Hmmm. To be fair to the octopus one, I believe their shop name is PIFS and they have tagged everything with that tag. It may be their personal philosophy or simply putting their shop name in their tags, which some people do, and not necessarily them trying to get in on all of that PIF action. Otherwise, yes people shouldn’t use that tag if it is not really a PIF.

  13. Sadie March 29, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    All of her items are tagged PIF

  14. Shelley April 5, 2011 at 5:28 am #

    To be fair there is a team called payitforward and when you make a treasury with your team members in it, you own them one. This has nothing to do with selling at cost.

  15. Jennifer April 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm #


    I found your post through a thread on our PayItForwardTreasury team on Etsy. Our team is designed to promote/market each other…I create a treasury featuring team members, they feature me in one of theirs. Some of us are using PayItForward (most our team name) as one of our item tags to make it easier to find each others’ items, as there are approximately 800 of us.

    I understand the frustration with thinking that PIF would mean one thing, and realizing it is something else, but please don’t confuse us with anyone who may be taking advantage.

    Our team page…


  16. marvo April 5, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    The original PIF’S died down a while ago.

    You should do your research before slandering ppl like that.

    NOW pif or payitforward means they are a member of a team where when you are included in a treasury, you pass it on by payback and paying forward.

    The only ppl who are “trying to get more views” (AND by the way noone wants views of those who aren’t interested – they want sales) are those who are not members of this team and are freeloading the tag.

    So stop slandering others if you have no idea what you’re talking about.

  17. etsycallout April 6, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    Admin have said that they want teams to have the word team in your tags so if you don’t want to follow the rules and be payitforwardteam don’t whine when you think people are judging you.

  18. GiveMeABREAK April 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    I will never ever do a PIF..I painted a wonderful POW/MIA painting to honor those who have served..are serving etc. in military.

    Listed it for $.20 free shipping and was hoping that a veteran or someone who had a family member serving would see it and buy it..

    The person who bought it bought 38 let’s say she spent $7.60 to buy $760.00 ( $20.00 a piece) worth of merchadise..

    The nerve..and I convoed her to ask if she wanted to dedicate the painting to and she said…

    ” JUST SEND IT!!!” PISSED? The next one I donated to the VFW…….errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh Never again..

  19. susan April 13, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Search PIF, sort by price and then it takes about 30 pages before getting into true pifs, where the price starts to get under $3.00. I assume sellers are trying to cover their shipping now.

    But it’s a horrible purposeful mistagging circlejerk and a team that thinks they own payitforward is arrogant as hell. Freeloading that team tag? In that case, I’m going to tag all my items with the team names that raceytag uses and see if anyone notices.

    Oh wait, I closed my shop last year. oops.

  20. sugar hart August 2, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    PIF is a treasury team tag.

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