Crafttasticparties, yummishop

1 Jun

An interesting one from the Etsy forums from a reseller with 2 shops,

The link to compared with her rugs shown here, was included during the discussion.
Etsy admin came in and closed the thread so you would think that they would have read the whole thing and yet she still remains open for business.


28 Responses to “Crafttasticparties, yummishop”

  1. it stinks June 1, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    I think those felt ball rugs have been called out before. They look familiar.

    A bit off topic, but there is no way I’d spend that much money for a rug. My family would have it dirty and disgusting in about a day – especially one of those ball rugs. I buy cheap rugs at Lowe’s – preferably ones on clearance. Something you can take outside and hose off when your kid pukes on it.

  2. Me June 1, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    I have a rug from Lowes that I hose off when the dog pisses on it.

  3. nolongerbuyingetsy June 1, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Her listing

    can also be found on Alibaba.

    I was going to buy some things on Etsy once and checked about 10 different shops and compared them all to Alibaba. Not one shop was legitimate. Etsy is becoming quite the lucrative joke.

    This seller is charging a fortune for stuff I can import myself. I’m seriously thinking about starting my own website and selling this crap. That way I can make money.

  4. Life During Wartime June 1, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    This is not the same seller of felted ball rugs that was called out before. The earlier seller shipped from Asia.

    This reseller claims even to felt the balls herself? WJW

    The link to AliBaba won’t open for me. I an going to see what kind of links I can find to online retail (as opposed to wholesale exporters) sites using the same photos as this reseller.

  5. Life During Wartime June 1, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    This is the previous callout of the shop selling this rugs, Krita:

    Krita no longer exists on Etsy, after being heavily featured for months on the front page and dorque articles.

  6. hmm June 1, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Why do you think she is a reseller? Just because you can find similar products online does not mean she does not make them. Many times the chinese manufacturers will steal ideas and pictures from etsy sellers and reproduce their items. Judging from her personal website, it really seems like she makes these things.

    although i dont think she can include a link to her website in her etsy shop?

  7. Life During Wartime June 1, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Here is the forum thread she started:

    Hmm, you want to know why some people think she is a reseller?

    Felt ball purses and rugs are made in Nepal — check out the links in the older ECO post about the Krita shop (now closed). Yummi lists her location as New York AND Florida. Sounds like a person running an import business to me. Found a listing on Ebay for a “gumball clutch” felt ball purse, listed for $14.95. I will be checking out that Ebay seller as soon as I’ve read the closed forums thread.

  8. Life During Wartime June 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    She may be making some of her items Etsy legal by attaching embellishments to imported felt ball purses — I see some jewelry components sewn to purses in a few photos. As long as you have some shield items that are Etsy legal in your shop, you will be allowed to violate the TOU with other items.

    The rugs appear to be just imported resale products, though.

    This seller is totally safe, though, since she was included in the Etsy Inc. mag article.

  9. Life During Wartime June 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    I was wondering what felt balls (!) had to do with parties (!), but here it is, in all it’s new age husterette goodness:

  10. Life During Wartime June 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Here is her third Etsy shop:

    This ties in with the forums post where she offers to give away the product she obviously couldn’t sell in this shop.

    Is this shop disclosed in the other shops?

  11. Life During Wartime June 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Cached page from another callout blog (seems to be MIA at the moment) calling out YumTasticFeltBalls:

    Hope this link works!

  12. JAC June 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    I guess I am a little confused here, are we saying that she did NOT make the items? Or that she has two shops that sell the same items?
    Also, I wouldnt think that only one person in the world could make these. Cant be that hard…
    There isnt enough proof in this post that she DID Not make it. Just that someone else made the same product for way cheaper.

    I would never buy one because it looks like rainbow bright threw up and it is way overpriced.

  13. oneangrybird June 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    There is no way she is making enough balls herself to assemble and sell that many things on that many sites!

    Either she is a collective or a reseller…

    It doesn’t take a lot of research to see what is going on with this seller.

    craptastic bunch of bunk – I am so sick of this!

  14. sickofetsy June 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    She sure is talented at handling balls.

  15. PussDaddy June 2, 2011 at 4:36 am #

    She spins a good yarn.

  16. Trudy June 2, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    I emailed said reseller in questions. She vehemently denies being a reseller. No doubt she has been reported to Etsy and Etsy has decided to leave her shop open. She claims she is one of the few to learn the technique required for this and apparently thinks that’s why she is being accused so often.

    It’s funny to me that one crafting felt balls by hand and creating her own stuff would have rugs and purses that look exactly alike with the same dimensions as those from Nepal.

  17. hmm June 2, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    i dont think she makes the balls herself, but it does sound like she makes her own products. just because people make items that are also sold on wholesale sites and made in asian countries does not mean she is a reseller.
    there is no proof she is reselling.

    has anyone here actually received an inquiry from Etsy? it is a long and painful process, you have to jump through hoops to prove that you actually make your own items. if this was reported to Etsy and she is still selling…my guess is she is actually making this junk herself.

    i sold on etsy for 1 year, during that time my pictures and designs were stolen by a chinese manufacturer and reproduced. they actually used my pictures with my daughter in them and sold on alibaba.

    all i am saying is – just because you see the items available on a wholesale site does NOT mean the etsy member is a reseller.

  18. chin stroking sceptic June 2, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Identical bags to those in her shop are being sold at street markets in the UK, and they claim they are made in Nepal by Fair Traid workers.

  19. Life During Wartime June 2, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    hmm, let’s try and look at the seller’s explanation for her success: she says she learned a crafting technique…I guess to the point where she can make so many items so quickly that she can sell hundreds of pieces in a fairly short time.

    Okay, let’s take her at her word.

    Then why use her skill to duplicate designs for rugs and purses being made by (fair trade?) crafters in Nepal?

    Maybe I’m too cynical, but I am thinking the two names she mentioned as members of her collective are actually her wholesale importer and the person who manages the workers in Nepal.

    What was up with her asking members of the Etsy community to post their email addies in the forums? I mean, WTF?

  20. hum June 2, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    She does not make these herself – she has “team members” in Asia or Nepal perhaps? She’s got a BS degree allright…

    “Greetings! My name is Alycia D’Avino, I am a full time artist and business owner with a B.S in Art Education. My YUMMI shop consists mostly of felted items. I love felting! It is a wonderful, but time consuming process. I have wonderful and talented team members who assist me in the creation of my products. YUMMI products are flying off the shelves! I can’t make them fast enough!”

  21. hum June 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    Also note how many she’s listed within the past 12 hours

  22. hahahardly June 3, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    in the persons etsy statement “a starving artist” …. indeed, what bs, after i got out of art school it was restaurant work or restaurant work …. the internet has made it possible for a million scams, sad.

  23. hahahardly June 3, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    i’d like to see the artist post photos of them painstakingly making these hand made rugs, y’know in their “art studio” …..argh!

  24. falseprism June 4, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    What I don’t understand is why you can never find any “real” info on these people… they seem fine with giving out their name, but when you look deeper into the name- you can’t find anything.
    They’ll have a FB page, but no friends from the town they live in… or no one from the college they “attended” has any record of them, etc…

    Is it just a front to make them look trustworthy?

  25. PussDaddy June 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    Craptasticparties are so much fun.

  26. Abi June 8, 2011 at 5:52 am #

    The real question here is how is one person allowed to have 2 shops selling identical things? Case in point:

    I thought that was not allowed? The banners are even identical. How on earth is that Etsy legal? Why the need to have two shops selling the exact same things? And where are you in Florida? I would love to come tour your workshop and watch you make your rugs.

    And if you truly make these rugs why not use your own photos? Instead of stealing them from online?

    Some company called Hay sells the same exact rug, same exact picture.

  27. islandgirl88 July 18, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    That’s ok… now this seller is being featured on Heartsy 😦

  28. Dipendra June 1, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    We are manufacture and supplier of felt products from Nepal. If you want I can provide you in wholesale price. Web


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