5 May
Not usually one to make a stink, but this one is blatant and disregards so many rules in just one listing, and frankly, I’m so fed up.   These are in the handmade category, under bags and purses.
This listing not only violates copyright infringement on the name “rive gauche” which was a designer in the fashion industry decades ago, but these straw and plastic totes are mass produced, probably overseas.
Further, they show the following text in the bag’s description:
We would like you to purchase from us with full confidence. Though we are new to Etsy, we have been making and selling personal accessories, personal care, aromatherapy and home decor since 1996. Our wholesale clients include Four Seasons Resort Spas & Gift Shops; Zitomer in NYC; Fred Segal in LA, Kripalu in Lenox, MA.”
That’s **#! ing great!  Not only do they make hundreds of products, they supply hotel chains and mass merchandise stores – that’s so handmade of them !
It’s so evil of etsy to bastardize all of the indie artists efforts.

23 Responses to “ParisTotes”

  1. ohmeohmy May 5, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Too bad. They are really CUTE totes!

  2. Gina May 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    What a PITA!! These guys DESTROY true and honest handmade handbag sellers!!!
    I had a very well-selling item last year which sold for $60. I can’t get HALF that now because cheap imitations of the main component have been DUMPED on Etsy for FIVE FRIGGING DOLLARS!!! Etsy has betrayed us all!

  3. sara May 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm #


  4. sara May 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm #


  5. sara May 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    for some reason i doubt these items are handmade:


  6. Life During Wartime May 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Pounced maybe collective maybe reseller shop:

    Listings do not mention the name of the artisan who made the item. So it looks to me like the artisans are treated as ’employees’. What do you think?

  7. Life During Wartime May 5, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    ‘Vintage Hermes’ items listed as Handmade/Jewelry:

    Why doesn’t Etsy have a staff member Pouncing undiscovered shops for a few hours daily to grab these violators?

  8. Gina May 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    Why doesn’t Etsy have ANY staff patrolling the site for TOU violations? Because that would decrease sales, and therefore profits!

  9. Life During Wartime May 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Chinese shoe seller using stock reseller avatar:

    No Policies, no announcement, so no claims that the seller (see stock avi photo) makes these shoes. Available in 5 sizes, and listed under Handmade/Everything Else. Ancestors are weeping with shame…

  10. Life During Wartime May 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Gina, I’ve not even done 10 pounces (of 10 Undiscovered Shops each) and these are issues I found just from looking at the thumbnails Pounce shows. I am not clicking on every new shop, just the ones that look ‘off’. A few were actually okay when I saw the photos larger and looked at the listings.

    Potential problem shops are easy to find from a quick visual inspection.

  11. Life During Wartime May 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    Fauxtique on the FP right now (10 PM EDT):

    I would have let the scissors and key go, but once you vandalize a postcard to make it into an ‘ornament’ it is no longer vintage. These are handmade assembled items.

  12. Life During Wartime May 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Oh wow, this FP treasury is an exemplar of shoddy vetting! Here’s a maybe-vintage, not handmade by seller, tea set listed as Handmade/Housewares:

  13. Gina May 5, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    I haven’t used the Pounce feature. But if it’s like the other features, it picks listings at random…
    NO VETTING IS DONE ON ETSY! Period! Treasury lists are chosen for FP. If the maker of the treasury hasn’t checked the shops out for possible TOU violations, why should those picking the FP?
    Ya gotta think like a criminal to understand a criminal! 😉

  14. nolongerbuyingetsy May 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    These handbags are a joke. They look cheap and cheesy and I see these every time I go on vacation. I would never have thought they were handmade. The thing that makes me the maddest is that resellers such as this charge such outrageous prices. Even a hotel gift shop wouldn’t charge as much as this seller. I hate buying on Etsy.

  15. etsy flea market May 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    What’s up with the codes??


    Code: OD0017

  16. Gina May 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    I use codes to remind me of where I put the item for sale! I’ve just had the worst memory since a large Ford pickup slammed me into the pavement 8 years ago! At 34, I had the memory of a 70 year-old! Now, at 41, it’s no better. My codes tell me the drawer number in the shelf or unit letter where I stuffed the item when I listed it… Things still go AWOL now & again…but I have a GREAT excuse when I can’t locate something!! I even put in my sale listings that anything I can’t locate easily will simply be refunded! I’m not stressing myself out over a lost item sold at discount…because I can get very stressed over it! 🙂

  17. Gina May 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    I wouldn’t get too picky on the tied-together “vintage” items! They are genuine vintage items…a piece of string does not invalidate their vintage status in my opinion. Besides, there are shits out there selling brand new, factory made, improperly, illegally labelled “Omega” time devices which barely work as “vintage”, “estate jewelry” “pocket watch”, when NONE of those labels is factual-go after them!

  18. Yaya May 6, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    It invalidates them being listed in the vintage category.

  19. Yaya May 6, 2011 at 5:38 am #

    Shipping for the Paris Totes is $19???? What a fucking ripoff. Something tells me it doesn’t really ship from the US.

  20. oneangrybird May 6, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    Rive gauche is a common french term referring to the left bank? it is referring to the the river Seine in Paris. I do not see this as a copyright infringement, what am I missing?

    I am not familiar with a designer named this? Yves St Laurent (YSL) had a fragrance named this?

    Although these people apparently do a lot of wholesale business there is nothing here to indicate they are resellers?? Most likely a collective –

    Shipping charges are most likely for a larger box so the product doesn’t get squashed and through UPS or FEDEX (the 18.99). The bags that can be folded over only ship for 10.99 and this is reflective of Flat Rate Priority.

  21. Life During Wartime May 6, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Gina, punching or tearing a hole in an old postcard to hang it from a cord is altering the item. The postcard is no longer ‘vintage’. No collector wants it in that condition. It is now a piece of scrap paper hanging from a cord, sold as a decorative ornament. That’s not the same thing as a ‘vintage postcard’. Just like chopping off 10 inches of fabric from a below-the-knee length vintage dress so the hem falls above the knee makes the dress no longer vintage — it’s a hand altered dress made from vintage. Not the same thing.

  22. sickofetsy May 6, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    A collective? Like Vera Bradley is a collective, maybe.

  23. Trista May 7, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    Dump your junk. All listed under handmade.

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