28 Jul

Nothing drives me more crazy than a copycat, and a copycat who is frequently featured on the front page and in Finds. She is copying sellers who have been around long before she has and steals all of their ideas. This shop has had close to 400 sales this year alone. Her shop is all over the place in terms of a theme and she keeps building on it because she’s taking everyones ideas! The proof is in the examples:

This one she actually included a picture of a competitors work:
Competitor listing:




Bragging Bags:

the below seller was selling painted card boxes long before astylishdesign – it’s funny how similar the designs are

even the moss and floral cover monograms?


even her reserved listing sign looks the exact same:


34 Responses to “Astylishdesign”

  1. PussDaddy July 28, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Asstylick isn’t the first. Wedding stuff has become the most cut throat/scam/reseller stuff for sale on Etsy.

  2. Life During Wartime July 28, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Interesting…are these handmade items, or commercial products embellished or slightly altered by the sellers? Are they all using some of their photos from commercial wholesale sources? I ask because BraggingBags was called out here:

  3. Stacey July 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    There are many, many other shops selling these same types of things.
    She opened a month before braggingbags did. Who’s to say they’re not all copying off of her?
    This type of call out seems really weak to me. There are lots of sellers in lots of categories following the same trends. I just don’t see why one particular seller gets taken to task when there are loads of others out there making the same style things.

  4. just me July 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    In all honesty, I think the people who “call out” people for copying, are the one’s claiming they are being copied. Just wasted negative energy.

    Wedding pillows have been around for years as have boxes. Move-on.

  5. Life During Wartime July 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    A lot of the items in all of the linked shops are simply customized by the seller with ribbons, flowers, names, or whatever the options are. Some of the photos may actually come from the wholesaler. All of the shops have photos that aren’t duplicated among the group showing examples of their customized items. Selling customized pre-made items is hand altered or assembled, and fine to sell on Etsy. I don’t think this is so much copying as it is buying things from the same sources and offering very similar customized optios.

  6. cynicallyopenminded July 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    I think that copying the photos sucks. MacKenslyDesign sold some of her items that have been “copied”, almost 2 years ago. It also looks as if she has moved on to other stuff.

  7. elizabeth July 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I don’t really care about ‘copying’, what I don’t get is why the heck a bride would pay $12.50 for a pen wrapped in what looks like a rag with a dollar store silk flower stuck to the top. I guess when it comes to weddings, all sense about money flies right out the door.

  8. [oh no you didnt] July 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    LOL. Maybe they dont sell hot glue where those brides live? And for what it is worth, my 5 year old can cut burlap straighter.

  9. PIF July 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    To me this seller looks like they digitally alter original photographs of famous peeps. They do NOT look like originals at all. Some, maybe, but most, no way. I wonder what the original photographers of all these peeps would think….

    Here is what her original stuff looks like.

    Her Etsy shop just seems like a bunch of digitally altered pics.

    Feel free to prove me wrong tho…

  10. ka July 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    definitely handy with the glue gun. it does suck though that she used another sellers picture. i just looked at her sold orders and she didn’t really start selling items until late last year/beginning of this year and she has evolved quite a bit. i think the poster is just saying that those other sellers were around longer than her and she’s jumping on the bandwagon and selling stuff (looks to be cheaper too).

  11. Trista July 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    These two shops appear to be the same person. Ships from China.

  12. WittyBird July 29, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    I always find these types of “who’s to say” conversations
    so telling of how completely naive people are to idea theft.
    It is rampant.

    I work in the Jewelry Industry on a business to business level,
    Etsy Artists are unknowingly providing design “ideas” for
    many many National brands. They don’t even have to buy your item.
    The photos will do just fine. It used to be that Paid Eyes would
    travel Craft Fairs & Art Markets to find the next new item. Back then
    at least the actual Crafter would benefit from the sale, now, not so much. It happens every day. I see Etsy inspired designs in nearly every
    showroom I pass or catalog I review. And sadly in several of the catalogs of the companies I currently work for.

    Wholesalers are very careful who gets their Catalogs, they guard their
    images and watch their competitors every closely. You, as a Competitor
    can’t even walk into others booth without permission. It a very ugly
    part of the business. An item can be selected and image emailed over seas and the item can be Market Goods in a matter of days.

    That Etsy Shops are doing the same to each other does not surprise me,
    what does surprise me is the “Whos to say” comments. Who’s to say?
    Normally it’s the person who thought they came up with the original idea. Yes I agree that there are valid times when people come up with the same idea at nearly the same time. But IMO that is very rare. A person who is “inspired” by anothers work is much much more common.
    Someone flat out copying anothers work happens every day, just go to Hobby Lobby & start counting the ladies walking around with web images or the Sundance catalog trying to re-create someone elses work.
    They tell themselves they are inspired when in fact they are copying.


  13. EtsyVigilante July 29, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    Handmade AND Vintage? Are items in this shop, handmade, vintage or mass-produced?

  14. thisetsychick July 29, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    And another featured seller:

    who is a tag stuffing lunatic! Wouldn’t you think that Etsy would make sure a featured seller is following all the TOUs BEFORE giving them such an honor? So bizarre. Congratulations Etsy. Fail.

  15. PussDaddy July 29, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    While we are on the subject of weddings-SweetlyFallenBridal’s Etsy shops appear to be closed now.

    She still has a shop on Big Cartel though

  16. Life During Wartime July 29, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    Great comment, WittyBird! As a vintage seller, I know that a number of items sold to Japan in the 1990s went on to China as templates for reproductions and slightly altered copies. And not just clothes and jewelry. Also glass, pottery, small lamps, the works! Etsy’s merchandizing fetsih actually gives a boost to the internet ‘paid eyes’ when they push trends for years, giving the overseas factories time to gear up and flood the world with ‘hot’ items while Etsy is still hawking any particular trend. Etsy serves the mass manufacturers all along the process: by giving them ideas to copy, by giving them a access to a large marketplace where they can observe trend pushing and resulting sales being made, and then as a wholesale supply source for resellers on Etsy.

  17. Life During Wartime July 29, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    EtsyVigilante, there is nothing vintage in this shop

    Their items are handmade, yes, but by the seller? Doubt it. Looks like a village crafts reseller shop to me.

  18. Life During Wartime July 29, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Trista, those two jewelry shops may be the same company. Or they may be two resellers buying finished jewelry from the same factory wholesaler, one that supplies photos you can use in your online shop.

  19. TootieSkates July 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Yesterday, I did a random sampling of shops that had been called out a year ago or more. was still open and THRIVING.


  20. just me July 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm #


    They say cheaters never win, but I suppose Etsy cheaters are.

    I only think Etsy sellers read this blog. How would potential buyers even find it? So how could it cost the cheaters sales?

  21. FormerEtsyBuyer July 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    I’m not an etsy seller. Never was, never will be. I only bought things from etsy. I found this blog when I posted a general question in the etsy forums about a seller who was posting pictures from a wholesale site that I recognized (from my accounting job for a friend’s e-commerce site) and selling these things as handmade. This was about about 2 years ago and someone sent me a private message with a link to here. But as my name implies, I don’t buy anything from etsy any longer—I won’t give one cent to that lousy company that cheats its customers and supports defrauding buyers.

  22. TheBargainBabe July 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    FWIW JustMe, I sell and buy on etsy. 🙂 I like reading here so I know where not to shop!

    FormerEtsyBuyer–just curious ,do you frequent zibbet or artfire? I just opened a zibbet shop with only like one thing listed and am curious to see how it compares to etsy, esp at keeping resellers away.

  23. Trista July 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    LDW, I think it’s the same person/company. The shops opened within 3 days of each other, neither of them have anything filled out on their profile, shop announcement or policies, and in the listings where they are selling the same items the product descriptions are completely identical.

  24. Life During Wartime July 30, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Trista, thanks for point that out — I agree. In fact there is another shop selling some of the same items with the same photos, item titles, and nearly identical descriptions:

    These shops don’t have completely duplicated items, but I am wondering why SC(r)AM didn’t notice the duplicate IP addys?

  25. just me July 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    [FEB] If you no longer buy on Etsy (which is sad since you let a few bad apples ruin the whole basket), isn’t it an odd waste of time to frequent this blog?

    I think this blog is useful… if used. However, if you don’t buy anything on it, who cares?
    Example: I would never shop at Walmart (I refuse to support a company that profits off the dead – even if they no longer do this-, and practices monopsony – not even to mention the labor issues) So, I don’t even look at their ads, they mean nothing to me.

  26. FormerEtsyBuyer July 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    TBB – I’ve never been to Zibbet but I have bought a few things on Artfire, which I learned about from this blog. Someone left a comment here one time about closing their etsy shop and I visited their Artfire store and bought some things from that seller. And JustMe, so why is visiting this site an “odd waste of time” for anyone? I know for a fact that there are other ECO visitors who do not buy from etsy any longer, not to mention former sellers. Are they “wasting their time” here too, pointing out resellers (with proof)? (Rhetorical questions, btw.)

  27. em July 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    I don’t sell on Etsy anymore, and I don’t buy either (I would, but since you can’t buy without an account, well, I’m not going to bend over backwards to support them) but I still frequent this blog. Helps me remember why I left in the first place because sometimes I’m tempted to return, that is, until I remember all the frustration I went through as a seller there!

  28. VH McKenzie July 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    To FormerEtsyBuyer and also to em —

    Although I understand and respect your decision based on principle, I implore you to please make that small extra effort to seek out true artists and artisans on Etsy. We are suffering enough in this economy.

    You may be punishing Etsy by withholding their commission but you are also punishing us, working artists, even more. The opportunity to be seen, to find the people who truly want to find us, is difficult. We can all host our own sites, write blogs, put up FB pages, tweet like crazy (as many Etsians now do) but I expect most of us are found by searches that drive us right to Etsy.

    Until there is another game in town — please. Please support us.


  29. just me July 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    FEB – I totally get it. I guess I am just saddened that there are people who turn away from Etsy because of the bad guys.

    ITA VH McKenzie – well said.

  30. sickofcupcakes July 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    I don’t buy anymore, but just because I don’t have the cash right now. I still enjoy coming to this site. Not a waste of time at all. I also shop at Walmart.

  31. PussDaddy July 31, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    Etsy also has that privacy concern issue where they have made buyer names public and cannabolize seller’s email accounts amongst other reason which I have posted about here but really don’t want to type out so I will link it:

    I’ts just not because of the bad guys that some people and some buyers don’t want to buy there anymore. I buy now at artfire, and zibbet, and believe it or not I get handmade ACEO’s and art prints (photographs) and even greeting cards on Ebay. Instead of buyer’s compromising their privacy maybe sellers might want to try selling at other places too especially if they can get a free account. Some people don’t care and will still buy at Etsy anyway though and they still get th emost traffic .

  32. WittyBird August 1, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Sad to say, we can implore buyers all day long to not hold Etsy “against” us but that isn’t the way it works. Etsy wants us to be totally professional in our “shops” on their Venue. Be it our
    photos, forum decorum, fonts, real names, but in the eyes of a true buyer- it’s all Etsy.
    “I got this on Etsy”
    “I got this on Ebay”

    (same way of thinking)

    They aren’t seperating in their minds, Etsy’s mistakes color
    every seller there, when a re-seller screws a buyer it reflects on
    everyone trying to sell on Etsy. Etsy’s bad press, all of it
    reflect poorly to the buyers.

    When will they get it, Etsy & their army of defenders,
    Etsy’s lack of action, planning, advertising, and support
    will be what kills Etsy- not anything individual sellers will do
    or could do. And throwing sun shine & rainbows at it doesn’t fix it.

    It’s turning into a grave yard over there and they need more than
    a Greedy Pack of investment bankers & Chad to make it better!

  33. muffy August 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Taking pity on bragginbags is worthless if not weird. She has the most OVER PRICE crap in her shop. It looks good on her that people are starting to mock her “crap” LOL
    I can’t get it up for this one.

  34. Bobbie September 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    These are crafts and it seems you are mixing them up with Art. Crafts are techniques learned and passed on, or around. They probably all learned these crafts from a Martha Stuart class or magazine… Or Craftypod, or… There are hundreds of sources of craft how to…most likely none of these shops came up with this originally.. And who the heck cares? If some bride to be doesn’t want to take the time to wrap her own pencils and wants one just like her friend had..who cares??

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