27 Apr

This is an account of a person on another forum who posted this info about the fake sterling she got from an Etsy seller.  As it turns out the seller is now putting a comment in her listings that the chains *may* be plated, but they’re still tagged .925 on the chain itself and also the listing title does not say “plated”, it says “sterling silver”.  I have also attached a photo that this person included showing the results found by the silversmith, chains with the silver removed and the base metal showing through.  Here is the person’s post in its entirety:

Etsy seller

So I met someone at a bead show wearing a chain she got from this seller on Etsy. She mentioned how the price was crazy low for sterling. I ordered a few chains from the shop, just to see for myself. I had a silversmith test the chains, and they are in fact plated. I sent the chains back to the seller, and asked her to please change her listings to plated (and sent photos of the chain, compared to what actual sterling looks like). She said she was so sorry, and that she would change the listings and the titles, which she did, until the next day! The titles now say sterling, but in the description she put a tiny blurb about how they’re probably not real sterling…

I sent Etsy all of this information, and mentioned how many people have bought from this seller, thinking they were getting sterling chains (even if the price was way too low). and they said “I’m sorry to hear this. I have made a note of your complaint on the seller’s account. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you in the meantime.”

I’ve reported several listings, but maybe it would help if some more people did. Here’s the pic, (my silversmith also did an acid test on the clasp and its plated too)

there is a thread about fake sterling on Etsy right now:

UPDATE: Due to pressure from a number of people on the forum this came up on, she has changed the names in the titles to simply say “Silver”.

Might be worth watching this though, as apparently she has done this before then changed it back when she thought the heat was off.


15 Responses to “botanicalcreations”

  1. Wow April 27, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    Oh wow! I myself have purchased two chains from her in the past. Not too happy about this at all :/

  2. PussDaddy April 27, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    Stupid bitch.

  3. AngryEtsySeller April 27, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    Wow, you did your homework! This is deceit at its best. If regular companies did this, they would be covered with lawsuits. At least she changed it to “silver.” Sigh…

  4. JAC April 27, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    I knew something like this would happen. Sterling prices are at $44.00 an ounce and rising so people are trying to scam as much as they can.
    Being a jewelry artist myself I advise everyone who buys silver to invest in a testing kit. I heard that there are places in China selling stamped .925 on silver plate items.
    You never know!

  5. PussDaddy April 27, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    LOL. My comment was about the perp, not about the person who posted before me.

  6. FormerEtsyBuyer April 27, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    She’s selling her pendants which include a “sterling silver” snake chain. No mention of it being “maybe plated” in those listings.

  7. iona April 27, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Another pingi44 fp.

  8. Trista April 27, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Iona – Just saw that. Yet another treasury made by pingi44 and featuring friedasophie is on the FP. Big surprise.

  9. Gina April 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Isn’t there a regulatory body to ensure that things listed as “Sterling Silver” are indeed the true thing? We have no control over imports…but things right here in North America?

  10. Kick The Can April 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    Yes, there is a regulatory body in the US. I forget what it’s called but it can take forever for them to deal with the reports they receive.

    They do eventually get to it, but for the meantime there is EtsyCallout.

  11. Trista April 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    This is one of the reasons I don’t trust buying “sterling silver” jewelry or supplies on Etsy or Ebay. I bet a lot of people buy supplies from China that they’re told is sterling silver when it’s really not and then they pass the false information on to their customers. A real jeweler would test their supplies but we all know Etsy is filled with many charm-on-a-chain people who aren’t real jewelers and would never even think to test the quality.

  12. Gina April 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    How is it that she has no negative feedback?

  13. nolongerbuyingetsy April 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    I use to sell a lot of sterling silver on Etsy that I imported from Bali, Indonesia. When the price of silver started going up, I cashed it in and made more than I would have on Etsy. What really struck me is that the sterling silver from Bali was really sterling, but the Bali beads from India were a little sketchy. Still silver but not always .925 content. I think sellers just trust their sources when it says sterling, but I never did. I dealt with it so much, it became easy to tell the difference, but not through photos. Ultimately, it is up to the seller, to make sure their sources are selling them the real deal before they resell it. I bought knock off silver in China town NYC that was stamped .925 but was obviously not the real deal. This seller should know it’s not real and be less deceitful in her listings.

  14. Sadie April 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm # <— selling new Louis Vuitton purses… <— and a new coach purse

  15. Lilac April 28, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    The same agency that is responsible for enforcing precious metal marking (the FTC) is also responsible for preventing hand assembled jewelry from being misrepresented as handmade. If Etsy gets to redefine handmade they might as well have their own standard for sterling silver as well.

    I saw a bunch of Chinese sellers on EBay with those “sterling” chains. I bought a few samples and they were all fake. I wouldn’t even sell them as silver plated because they might be full of lead. To get them tested properly would cost more than it’s worth.

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