braggingbags

3 May
Though there has been quite a hoopla and jokes about their mason jars full of sawdust to throw at the married couple (really?) I was sad to discover http://braggingbags.etsy.com  has over 7000 sales and, instead of being grateful, they are greedy and have added items which are not handmade!~
http://www.save-on-crafts.com/honeydippers.html  honey stirrers 4″ at save on
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They used to sell these wood scoops but are out of them right now.
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45 Responses to “braggingbags”

  1. AngryEtsySeller May 3, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    WTF!!!!!!!!!! AARGHHHHHH!!!!!

    You know what? He/She just has to change the tag for the honey stirrer to “supplies” AND THEY’LL BE LEGAL!

    I’m linking to this post everywhere.

  2. Life During Wartime May 3, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Since when are mass-produced wood products, like the scoops and honey servers, legal supplies on Etsy?

  3. AngryEtsySeller May 3, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    I’m sure they can make a case for it. “Supplies for crafting” is just a mere suggestion!

  4. falseprism May 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    All they need to do to make the honey servers, scoops and such Etsy legal is put a damn ribbon on each one…
    and then they can give people a “Certificate of Authenticity” verifying it is indeed an original Morgann Hill Design…

    because Morgann Hill has a totally one of a kind original look that so many others try to duplicate. It’s totally worth paying a wee bit more to have proof that your store bought photo frame with a “distressed paint job” came from Morgann Hill and not some other schmuck that slapped some paint on the same store bought frame and calls it handmade.

    Oh yeah.

  5. falseprism May 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Actually, that wasn’t fair of my to say that – they may very well be making the frames and putting their own glass in them, and the chalk boards, etc…
    and maybe they make all of those napkin rings, stirrers, scoops, etc…

    Maybe we can ask if they can make them in a different size, or maybe they provide different wood choices?

  6. Fake May 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    I’m sorry, but I just don’t get it. Dollar store wooden boxes with badly wood burned etchings and sayings … and then there’s the ‘shabby chic’ painted picture frames and such. I guess this is just not my style…

  7. Fake May 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    braggingbags is also a tag stuffer.

  8. Trista May 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/67057177/personalized-you-pick-the-colors-custom

    I like how in this one you get about $3 worth of that moss, tied with $1 worth of ribbon and pay $73 once shipping is included. At least they did *something* to alter it. I just wish people who bought this stuff knew how badly they were getting hosed.

  9. Life During Wartime May 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    I never knew about SaveOnCrafts until I started researching resellers. I’m not really crafty, but I can see myself buying from them to make some cool additions to my home decor. If you don’t know where to buy supplies to handmake/assemble your own things, you have no accurate idea how much mark-up there is on simple hand assembled items. BUT…hand assembled is Etsy legal, so I have no objection to people tying ribbons on stuff and listing it. It’s the sweatshop wooden things listed as handmade/weddings that get me p.o.ed.

  10. PussDaddy May 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    Personally I don’t see anything wrong with the sawdust if you acquired it by making something. It’s better than just throwing it away isn’t it?

  11. MadelM May 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    You can see that this REseller is even using the same photo for the moss runner as the SaveOnCrafts website

  12. Life During Wartime May 3, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    I luv the stuffed out title for the moss runner. Vintage antique??? Say WTF?

  13. Trista May 4, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    Another treasury made by pingi44 featuring friedasophie was on the FP this morning.

    http://craftcult.com/vault_list.php?list=20068&userid=&fm=0&esn=&m=5&d=4&st=1&pagenum=1&ls=0

    Two hours later another treasury featuring friedasophie was on the FP.

    http://craftcult.com/vault_list.php?list=20070&userid=&fm=0&esn=&m=5&d=4&st=1&pagenum=1&ls=0

  14. nolongerbuyingetsy May 4, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    With over 7000 sales, I’m sure Etsy will do absolutely nothing to this seller.

  15. susan May 4, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    That birchbark vase is a florist supply and is also on saveon crafts. If you search birch bark vase on etsy, there are at least 10 sellers with them. “Morgann Hill” personalizes theirs by using a woodburner? to carve letters into them, thus making them “crafted” but not everybody does and of course the price is super marked up. Same as putting a chain on a charm I guess.

    Etsy will do nothing. They can defend it because it’s personalized, and as soon as they coach them to list the scoops and honey stirrers as supplies, they are validated.

    Also theres the log candles. Basically BraggingBags is entirely the SaveOn Crafts catalog with added hipster chic cachet.

    I would like to ask them to personalize my sawdust. Sawdust on a chain? Whatever, it inspired one of the best craft memes ever, crapinajar.

  16. Life During Wartime May 4, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    Susan, braggingbags is selling the birch bark vase as purchased, with the option of personalizing it. So you can buy it in her shop as a reseller item, or as an altered (handmade on Etsy) item. She should not be able to sell the vase unless she alters it.

    A quote from the description for the bark vase:
    “Need more then 1 vase – no problem – just sent me a convo! I LOVE custom orders!
    Engraving available for an extra fee ~ please convo for details 🙂

    This item comes with a signed certificate of authenticity that it is an original Morgann Hill Design!”

    How can a reseller item from SaveOnCrafts come with a ‘certificate of authenticity’?

  17. ohmeohmy May 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    I’d love to see this certificate. I wonder if it has legalise on it.

  18. ohmeohmy May 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    It looks like the only creative thing done is painting and distressing frames and such. Most of the stuff is made already and she slaps a wood burned heart with initials on it. So easy!

    Brides would do better to shop there themselves. I like the stuff but sure don’t like those initial hearts but they are what seems to keep most of her inventory etsy legal.

  19. Sydney May 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Can we please address these shops?:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/itsashorething

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/LandlockedMermaids

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/dreamsbythesea

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShepherdoftheSea

    http://www.etsy.com/people/aMermaidsTreasures

    What is it about shops selling starfish hair clips that makes them tag-stuff up the yin-yang?!

    Honestly….

  20. snowqueen May 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    This is disgusting. People like this should be so ashamed of themselves for helping destroy Etsy and hurting real handmade sellers.

  21. sickofetsy May 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    Are there any real crafters left on etsy?

  22. Jamie May 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    I am a real crafter! I make recipe boxes on my own

  23. Yaya May 5, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    braggingbags is on the FP right now! way to reward a rule breaker.

    i am in the process of clearing out my shop. i think i am done with etsy after 4 years.

  24. susan May 5, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    LifeDuringWartime, I didn’t see the non-personalized vases.

    I’ve decided I want one of these vases personalized. Here’s my mock up of what it should say:

  25. PussDaddy May 5, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    sickofetsy
    May 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm # Are there any real crafters left on etsy?
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

    Lately there have been more sightings of Big Foot and chupacabras than real sellers of handmade on Etsy.

  26. etsyvigilante May 5, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Susan, that’s hilarious! And btw, you should open a new shop.

  27. Life During Wartime May 5, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Susan, that vase is awesome!

  28. falseprism May 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    OMG Susan- That is brilliant.
    I wonder if bragginbags could make one for you?

    I am so sick of resellers in the clothing category, I am considering opening a shop and buying exactly the same crap they have in their stores and pinning a flower to it can calling it handmade.

    I think I’d call it “not all that handmade, but etsy legal”.

    First item I would sell would be a photo of a dress on a woman holding a jar of sawdust – she’d be holding the lid open and pretending to sniff the sawdust.
    but nothing in the photo is for sale, in fact you wouldn’t even get a print, it would just be a file that you could download. and the watermark it would say
    NOT REMOTELY HANDMADE

    I could have all of my friends join my show so we could be a team shop. I could sell ABC gum (that’s what we called ‘already been chewed’ gum when we were kids.

    You could sell just about anything new and call it handmade if you just do something to the object. think of all of the fun junk you could sell. Craigslist with a twist!

  29. Bozo May 7, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Honey stirrers are not a supply to make a craft, just saying, How is she going to answer the new listing question honestly

  30. Trista May 7, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    Call it a photo prop. Since she’s a big seller Etsy will let her get away with it.

  31. Maris May 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    I really appreciate your site here. I just became a seller on etsy this week and was wondering at all the mass produced items on it. I was also tripping out on some of the other things that have come up since I added some people to my circle. It seems like there are robo programs that make up treasury lists and add people to certain sellers circles. I mean, otherwise some of these people would have to be at the computer 24/7. I’m sort of catching on that there is a lot of bad weirdness on etsy. I also am glad that you are posting the names of some of the shops so i’m not deceived.
    The forum about resellers and deceptive sellers that i found on an etsy forum page looks like it was shut down. When i looked up some of the sellers who had added to it, alot of them were closed.
    My husband was saying how on eBay, your listing gets moved up when it’s closer to expiration. That isn’t the case on etsy, which I didn’t realize at first. Please keep the info coming.

  32. falseprism May 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    Maris –
    at least you are seeing the truth up front…
    I spent thousands of dollars before I realized that Etsy was hindering my sales more than they were helping me.
    😦
    kind of feels like when you realize that the Easter Bunny isn’t real.

  33. thriftyniftynewfie May 8, 2011 at 3:54 am #

    WTF! LOL That store is full of cheap wooden crap..not to mention ridiculously overly priced! How in the hell did they get over 7000 sales? My 10 year old son can do what they do as long as as we buy the cheap wooden crap for them to print on LOL
    People are suckers!

  34. thriftyniftynewfie May 8, 2011 at 3:56 am #

    LMAO Susan! I’m only now seeing your loverly vase. haha GORGEOUS. HEHE It looks like you spent more time on your one vase than they did with half of the shit in their whole shop lol

  35. Trista May 8, 2011 at 4:27 am #

    Interesting… all the items linked in the OP are gone now. I wonder if Etsy pulled them or if the seller did?

  36. Susan May 9, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    thriftyniftynewfie, it was about 30 seconds to ‘shop it. It took longer to find the image at Save On craft than anything else.

    I should have done it in Paint, I feel that I’ve cheapened Photoshop somehow.

  37. Kristin May 23, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    LOL. As soon as I saw “braggingbags” was a featured seller I zipped over here and made sure to search before I “turned them in”.. and voila, of course they are already here, you fabulous eagle eyes you.
    I’m sick of people treating etsy like a fucking retail store. If you want to buy wholesale crap and sell it, fine. But you cant sell it on a handmade marketplace. OH WAIT.. you CAN! and you’ll get featured for it, to boot.
    I LOVE Save on crafts, I’ve bought many things from there for my home and if I ever open my brick and mortar store, I will absolutely re-sell from there. But I wont pass it off as handmade.

  38. Gloria May 24, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    I had never even seen save on crafts, thanks for the inspiration. I don’t see why people would re-sell stuff straight from the box when they could just use the idea from something and make it their own so easily. Just browsing the site has given me a few ideas of my own.

    Most of their products are simple and could be made from other items for instance instead of wrapping a vase in the bark, why not try using recycled bubble wrap or woven grass. To just sell the exact product outright seems a shame.

  39. PIF May 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    They have trouble with spelling too.

    http://www.etsy.com/transaction/44277353

  40. TOKYO July 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Braggingbags are greedy…when some sellers on Etsy will use ” With this ring I thee Wed’ and you use the words ” Kiss the bride’ and Here comes the bride…they will report you to Etsy and Etsy will remove your stuff right away and because they got a notice from Braggingbags that there item is copyrighted????? are you kidding me…this words are open sourse. everyone can use it, they are not fair to other sellers. When they feel threaten from other sellers, they will report it so the shop will be close, this is not right..sellers are just shop up their mouth because they can’t do anything about it. and also theyclaim they are the original…???you kidding me..and also you have to look at the prices..you go to Joanne, Michaels this boxes are not expensive, they mark it up like unbelievable

  41. TOKYO July 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    And also …Etsy kiss their asss..you cannot say anything to them because Etsy will suspend your store….they can’t leave without them ..so sellers just eat it! not fair

  42. trs6998 July 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    As a former employee of Morgann Hill Designs, I’ll just let you in on what really happens behind the scenes. First and foremost, if you notice on their pages, sites, whatever, in the description you’ll notice that it sounds like the shop is run by Morgann and her husband. Well, technically they are the bosses, but they do not do any of the work unless it’s for a picture for whatever new “book” or anything else they’re working on. They have 8-10 employees in the “personalization” warehouse, and about the same amount in the wood working warehouse. In the craft section, there were two people who worked at the desk and kept track of orders, took pictures, etc. Then there were 3-4 who painted, 2-3 pyrographers (I was a pyrographer), then someone who made the bouquets and floral arrangements, and someone who was in charge of inspecting, packaging and shipping. Occasionally Morgann and her husband would come in and do random things, but hardly ever. No credit was given to the workers who actually DO the jobs you see on Etsy. And believe me, we busted our ass doing them based on the order volumes every day. Yes, most of the crafts she buys are bought in bulk from companies and she doesn’t put the glass in the frames lol There have been many times that I’ve had to run to the Dollar Tree and buy out every moss package they had. Every time she’d get a bad review, be it 2 stars or even 4, she would have a “meeting” with us and basically chew us out saying she spends thousands of dollars in her business and if one of us messed up again, she would fire us because she couldn’t afford any mistakes (even though all of her items are incredibly overpriced, anyways). And yes, she will pursue a lawsuit against anyone on Etsy that makes something that even resembles her work. She’s very proud of that and bragged about it numerous times. So in conclusion, yes, Morgann Hill Designs is a greedy company that sees their employees as numbers, not individuals, and will not give credit to their work or worth.

  43. Joe October 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    Ditto!!! trs6998
    So was I, and your story…is my story….
    they don’t even have a “break room” for the ass busting employees!

  44. Mp November 5, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

    @trs6998 where does she buy her floral from I love it although it is expensive I wanna make one myself 🙂

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