Dashynka, Wallcandyarts

30 Mar

Before it was craft books, not it’s magazines!

I came across an Etsy seller with more then 500 sales of illegal digital copies of Japanese magazines and books! I already reported this to Etsy but i don’t know if they are going to do something about it…
If a person have time to do a little search it can find all this books for sale. i believe that this seller doesn’t have permission to sell digital copies of the book for $5!! And by the way most of this magazines are also available for free download in many ilegal sites around the world, so the sellers download it for free and sell it…
The shop:

I am sure you have already gotten complaints on them as they are now
listing on etsy now http://www.wallcandyarts.com/

also on amazon
some place called raintreeboutique


she also sells to walmart


so my question is how is this handmade? She claims it's just 
her.yeah right and i got a bridge I could sell etsy admin. On the
website it seems she (or collective)  has "fulfillment centers".
How many items does she have to make to be able to have her 
items in a fulfillment center? 

Although her items are great looking, there is no chance in hell
these decals are handmade.

They are also making a shop called wallcandy change their name:


20 Responses to “Dashynka, Wallcandyarts”

  1. AngryEtsySeller March 30, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    The WallCandyArts incident is a very good example of the fine line between handmade and mass-produced for Etsy or for any handmade marketplace website, for that matter. I don’t think Etsy or anyone else has policies that define how large a shop can be for their products to still be considered handmade.

    For example, when I scout for resellers, I see SO MANY sellers from overseas or even domestically who sell very cheap bags. When I think “oh, they’re resellers”, I just google and find that they have their actual wholesale websites and sell their products to other merchants. I have not reported them, because they are not really resellers, they are just HUGE operations.

    My opinion is that large shops ultimately hurt the handmade marketplace, because they can sell cheaper items due to the streamlining of many of their processes: they can cut shipping, processing costs due to large inventory, orders, etc.

    Anyway, thanks for all the links. I was seeing all this stuff in Twitter accusing this WallCandyArts of being mass-produced but I couldn’t find any references. Ultimately, this is all very sad and unfortunate. And I don’t even know why she was suing the Canadian lady if 1) the products are different and 2) the names are different as well, right? There is no Arts in the original Etsy shop?

  2. angryjeweler March 30, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    I’ve read the WallCandy Arts’ lady’s blog – go back a ways and she mentions how she still remembers opening her first distribution center (or contracting with one – something like it). They are NOT handmade and her “collective” doesn’t qualify for Etsy. It’s a shame what she’s done forcing other shops to change their names. She is in the US & Etsy is letting her boss around shops from other countries. NOT FAIR, ETSY.

  3. Life During Wartime March 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    I’m not sure how fine that line is separating mass-produced from handmade as originally defined for Etsy.

    Etsy hasn’t had any Indie vibes for years now. Small manufacturers (too big to be co-ops anywhere but Etsy) are heavily promoted. Resellers who are savvy enough to use discreet wholesale sources (not visible on the web) are likewise promoted. Etsy has a venue-wide image that sellers have to work with to be visible on the site. Again, nothing Indie…mass market trends for their target market. Even vintage feels the chill, with newish (1990s) items promoted most heavily even though technically they shouldn’t be listed on Etsy at all.

    Yeah, the Wallcandyarts situation is sickening, more so because I am not all that shocked or surprised.

  4. DannyGirl March 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    I don’t think that WallCandy is her second shop… maybe you should recheck that?
    WallCandy sells paintings and WallCandyArts (obviously) sells decals.
    Plus, WallCandy is from Canada and CandyArts is from NY.

    (please know I am not sticking up for anybody.. I think this is just as bad, I just don’t want WallCandy to get a bad wrap for nothing.)

  5. stinkypants March 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    Read this on WallCandy’s blog ( not to be confused with WallCandyArts ). It truly made my skin crawl. It is a post from WCA graphic designer. His gross patronizing words made me so angry.

    Dear BaldyLocks:

    Your story has touched and moved me. Reading all of the loyal your follower’s and supporter’s posts is proof of your brave spirit and inspiration. You obviously take great pride and care in making your art.

    I have been working with Allison Krongard for about 3 years now; I’m her graphic designer. I am obviously biased, but have never had such a amazing client and friend in my 20 years + of working. So it hurts a great deal to read all of the comments posted. She humbly started her business in her kitchen in NYC and has worked tirelessly growing and nurturing her business for about 10 years; very much like a growing child. As the global internet market has exponentially grown in the last decade or so, Allison has had to learn to protect herself from diluting her brand. No easy task to build a brand on your own, literally on her own. As you, she is protecting her livelihood. It has been my experience that we are still learning all of the nuances regarding international copyright/trademark in relation to e-commerce.

    Allison has no other choice than to protect herself legally, it is her only source of income. Since inception, she has helped it grow, through good and bad. This is not a personal attack on your character or otherwise, in reading your own comments it is obvious you come from a place of love. You have every right to feel the way you do, I would too. Although, as you know, we are all subject to a country’s laws when selling goods or services to its citizens.

    I wish you much luck w/ your recovery and your work that has inspired so many.

    And to all the naysayers who have posted many negative and derogatory remarks, please think twice about posting something that is meant to hurt and will exist in cyberspace forever.

    peace, sincerely-
    Eugenio M. Valle


    Hurts a great deal to read how people are pissed OFF that someone who is NOT even remotely handmaking her stuff is wanting to sell on a site like Etsy? Too bad! I saw pictures of her home, and while it’s great she is raking in the bucks, do NOT make it sound as if she would be destitute if she stopped selling in any one or five of the BIG BOX STORES and sites that sell her NON HANDMADE product.

    ” Her only source of income “. I can see it now. Formally wealthy Hamptonite, standing in a line to pick up slightly bruised wheels of brie from a posh foodbank. Makes me want to weep.

    She doesn’t belong on Etsy. Even putting aside the name issue, which seems a little iffy, if you and your boss lady cared so much about this kind of selling, do the right thing and just say NO to selling on Etsy. But then, you don’t really care.


  6. PussDaddy March 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    Well I have mostly stayed out of this one. My thoughts on it are as follows:

    1. I read Wallcandy’s story and was moved like everyone else and can understand why she want’s to use the name and is upset over losing it.

    2. I can perfectly understand a company wanting to protect it’s copyright or trademark or whatever. I mean after all they worked hard to make it and then paid the legal fees to obtain it. Sometimes protecting your rights aren’t always pleasant-for either party. However it’s still the copyright or trademark holder’s right to protect what they legally own.

    3. A company could also show some compassion. Make an exception. The names both only contain the words WallCandy. One is WallCandy, one is WallCandyArts. There are many other WallCandy something or others on Etsy though, so if you go after one you should IMHO go after them all. Are the words “WallCandy” what is trademarked or is it “WallCandyArts”? Neither one of these people sell the same thing. They are both artists but one does painting, and sets for plays and stuff, while the other one makes vinyl wall decals. Sorry but say for instance when they had the Lincoln towncar, that was probably trademarked too but people still use the words town and car anyway. Basically it would take a lawyer to figure this out really. However like I was saying a company could have a bit of compassion and make an exception if they wanted to, although that lends itself toward ‘You made an exception for ____, so why not for me, too?” stuff which is probably why people don’t want to make exceptions. If it were me though I would do it anyway because I do what I want to.

    4. This vinyl decal thing may have started in some one’s kitchen, but it appears to have moved out of the kitchen a long time ago and I believe it is more mass produced now. I don’t think it belongs on Etsy either. I mean shower curtains you find in Walmart probably start out as a pattern drawn on a piece of paper somewhere, then printed on plastic at a factory, and I don’t think they belong on Etsy either. Unless there is something in the manufacturing process that I don’t know about that deems them handmade then I just don’t think they belong on Etsy.

  7. you suck March 31, 2011 at 3:42 am #

    this shop was in the finds yesterday


  8. Facing The Lens March 31, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    WallCandyArts was featured on Etsy Bitch last week as well: http://etsybitch.blogspot.com/2011/03/etsy-screwing-etsy-shops-one-seller-at.html

    Fun fun fun!

  9. zabrina March 31, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    This makes me confused about handmade on Etsy.

    Do they consider WallCandyArts and artist with “handmade” designs that are reproduced on a manufacturing scale? Does that make her just like any other Etsy illustrator reproducing their prints, doing tee-shirts etc? How does scale of production figure into their TOU when it comes to illustration?

  10. zabrina March 31, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Oops, that second sentence should have read “Do they consider WallCandyArts an artist with “handmade” designs that are reproduced on a manufacturing scale?”

  11. Facing The Lens March 31, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Honestly, Zabrina, as long as it’s making Etsy money, I don’t think they care very much if it’s handmade or not, or if it’s a major company manufacturing the items or not. Money is all that matters.

  12. M March 31, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    I actually contacted a publisher about a book that showed up in Dashynka’s .pdf junkyard, and I got a reply saying that my e-mail was being forwarded to their legal department. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  13. tineyeferart March 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Sooooo it appears that Martha Stewart can now sell on Etsy… and Rachel Ashwell and Tomy Hillfiger and anybody who EMPLOYS DESIGNERS, USES OFF-SHORE MANUFACTURERS AND ORDER-FULFULLMENT CENTERS!

    I love that one of her employees (designers) outed her on the ORIGINAL Wall Candy’s blog.

  14. girl April 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Here’s another seller that sells copies made from Alexander Graham Bell


    Here’s what they say about it.

    “My goal with this shop is to make available historic images that have long been out of print, or were never widely available. The work for sale here is not original work, though images are digitally retouched to make them acceptable for modern printing.

    Most of the work featured in my shop is from the archives of the library of congress. Their digital collection is amazing; well worth checking out at loc.gov.”

  15. Alyssa O'Leary April 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    * waits for Martha Stuart to reach FP*

    This is getting seriously ridiculous. And IO find it funny that ‘friends’ of Mrs. Krongard are showing up all over the internet to defend her reseller stuff. Yes, it’s nice– but it’s also not handmade and it doesn’t belong on a handmade site.

  16. PussDaddy April 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    People can find a way to defend just about anything these days, or at least they give it a good try.

  17. Meh April 10, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Did y’all notice she took her items down from her shop? It’s empty.
    As well has NO SALES. Everyone in the etsy community, both sellers and buyers know all about her high; and mighty behavior, and no one is going to buy from her ever!
    I can’t believe someone who has a BOOMING business already, selling to Walmart for dawg sakes!! would want to take from the “little people.” Karma’s a bitch WallCandyFART. haha

  18. Meh April 10, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    I put the report in on Ripoff Report, and there’s a few commenter[S] pissing themselves in the rebuttal section. Saying the complaint should be removed from RipoffReport.com; as it’s not a real ripoff. Most likely one of the complainers came from here. I noticed the same posting styles from here and there.

    FYI RipOff report is not just a site for RIP OFFS people, it’s a site to review companies, and give your experiences with said ‘shady’ or just plain shitty companies. Ugh. RipOff report has to approve ALL entries- it’s a tedious process, and takes a few days to upload any submitted complaints; so if I broke any rules they wouldn’t have approved it!! 😉 DUH LOL

  19. PussDaddy April 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    April 10, 2011 at 10:07 am # Did y’all notice she took her items down from her shop? It’s empty.


    Well goodbye. We’ll miss you. Not.

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