VintageEyewear101

9 Jun
Note that several of their “80’s” offering have UV400 certification stickers.
UV400 didn’t become a standard until 2001 at the earliest.
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17 Responses to “VintageEyewear101”

  1. resellers suck June 9, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Wow I cant believe how bad reselling has gotten on Etsy! SAD

  2. Life During Wartime June 9, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    I like this listing in her shop for ‘handmade’ Fendi shoes:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/50275212/fendi-shoes-womens-black-zucca-comfy

  3. Life During Wartime June 9, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    Whoa! Nothing but the oopsie page now at the link to VintageEyewear101, right after I grabbed the shoes link.

    Goodbye, faux vintage reseller!

  4. etsycallout June 9, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    We still see them

  5. Megan June 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Nope… still there.

  6. Life During Wartime June 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Yup, they’re back. But the ‘handmade’ Fendi shoes are gone.

  7. Fake June 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    I’m late reading this post: How were the listings described before the call-out? because the listings now state the glasses are 30 years old. … Sounds like someone got some Etsy coaching.

  8. Life During Wartime June 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Check out the sold items, since this shop has many multiples of the items they list.

  9. JK June 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    If the UV-marked glasses are 30 years old, I want to know where that reseller got their TARDIS.

  10. JK June 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    Also, why in the sweet flaming hell is Etsycorp willing to put So. Much. Effort. into coaching liars and fakers yet totally unwilling to expend even a fraction of the same energy in maintaining the so-called marketplace integrity they tout so highly?

  11. Life During Wartime June 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    I think the effort EtsyCorp is willing to put into shop coaching is dependent on how much that shop’s items fit the requirements of the investors. Used shoes (old or new) and faux-vintage eyewear trump all other types of vintage wearables in the Etsy promotional hierarchy. Almost every pair of ‘vintage’ specs I’ve seen promoted on Etsy have been fauxtique, as well as about 50% of the shoes.

  12. you suck June 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    I think probably 99% of the “vintage” eyewear shops on Etsy are fakes

  13. Dun June 9, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Coaching? The only thing necessary is to read this blog to know that the subterfuge is out, and that some editing is needed. I don’t know where the idea that shops are coached by Etsy came from, but it seems overly paranoid.
    There is enough to be cynical about without actually being asked to believe that the people who work at Etsy would put forth any effort whatsoever to do that.

  14. em June 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    I think the ‘coaching’ idea was more sarcastic than anything, unless I’m wrong, lol.
    Because [it seems like] Etsy basically asks someone “do you make all your own items by hand?” and the seller says “yes, of course!” although this may very well not be the truth. But this particular admin is overdue for her cupcake break, so instead of digging any deeper and asking for proof, she just says “well, your descriptions are a little vague, you should do this and this to make it sound more handmade-y.” So the reseller adds the word ‘handmade’ to the listings and throws in a few ‘made with love’ phrases to cover all the bases, and sells happily ever after.

    At least, that’s what comes to mind when I think coaching – more ignorance on Etsy’s part than anything. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong 😛

  15. Life During Wartime June 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    Sorry, but I think that in some cases the Etsy staff does advise flagged sellers to help them sell listed items rather than remove them.

    Back in the day when I used to flag items, I flagged many more than I submitted to ECO here or to Garagetsy. Many times the consequence of reporting an item (usually a fauxtique, since vintage is what I do) was to have the seller reduce the price of the item within a few weeks of my report rather than remove it. This fits with what HeyMichelle wrote in the Forums about Etsy being concerned that flagged sellers could be harmed financially by being caught.

    Sure, it’s possible that shops which have been publicly called out on a blog might remove their own violations, or rewrite some text, by way of damage control without Etsy intervention. If this is the case, it makes a great argument in favor of having ECO!

  16. KooKoo June 12, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    vintage eyewear as a search term is one of the easiest way to pick up resellers. Also: vintage wedding, vintage ceramics, vintage shoes, vintage gucci (name your designer), vintage glass, vintage hat, vintage you just about name it.

  17. KooKoo June 12, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    handmade vintage eyewear as a search term is one of the easiest way to pick up resellers. Also: handmade vintage wedding, handmade vintage ceramics, handmade vintage shoes, handmade vintage gucci (name your designer), handmade vintage glass, handmade vintage hat, handmade vintage you just about name it.

    In fact, I will give you one example from the very first search page of every one of those terms:

    1. handmade vintage glass: http://www.etsy.com/listing/53528095/vintage-corning-bakeware-glass-mini?ref=sr_list_7&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=vintage+ceramic&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

    2. This one came up under handmade vintage eyeglasses. Where the hell is the vintage reference????
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/62648788/cute-skull-goggles-steampunk-cosplay?ref=sr_list_2&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=vintage+glasses&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

    3. Handmade Vintage Ceramic: http://www.etsy.com/listing/75857183/vintage-native-american-ceramic-decanter?ref=sr_list_2&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=vintage+ceramic&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

    4. Handmade Vintage WEdding: http://www.etsy.com/listing/68632028/photo-booth-party-packset-of-12?ref=sr_list_8&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=vintage+wedding&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

    5. handmade vintage glass: http://www.etsy.com/listing/61740279/vintage-large-glass-pearl-necklace?ref=sr_list_6&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=vintage+glass&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

    6. handmade vintage shoes: http://www.etsy.com/listing/68189498/vintage-60s-black-suede-high-heel-shoes?ref=sr_list_5&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=vintage+heels&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

    7. handmade vintage bag: http://www.etsy.com/listing/74442265/yellow-straw-clutch-handbag-lemony?ref=sr_list_26&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=vintage+hat&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

    8. handmade vintage hat: http://www.etsy.com/listing/67641198/cigarettes-and-red-vines-bohemian?ref=sr_list_12&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=vintage+fedora&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

    9. handmade vintage scarf: http://www.etsy.com/listing/67049858/vintage-vera-scarf-in-green-and-yellow?ref=sr_list_5&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=scarf+vera&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

    I could go on. The ignorance / stupidity / mendacity of the human race is stooooopifying.

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