UmbrellaLaboratory

11 Nov

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

I found a bunch of sellers on Etsy and on Ebay selling steampunk style inexpensive items, all photographed on a very very similar greenish wood background. The Ebay sellers all say their items are ‘new without tags’, so they are honest resellers. Some of the items in UmbrellaLaboratory use the same background — same source?

Okay, let’s compare descriptions for steampunk items shot on the green wood background between UmbrellaLaboratory on Etsy (from Florida):
http://www.etsy.com/listing/82256158/victorian-steampunk-star-wars

and an Ebay seller in Rhode Island:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Comic-Con-Dr-Horrible-Steampunk-Mariner-Shotgun-/170708165714?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27beffe452

Even though the items are not identical, some of the description text is the same!

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20 Responses to “UmbrellaLaboratory”

  1. Discord Threads November 11, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Big price difference though.

  2. Life During Wartime November 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    I cannot figure out who is the owner of the green wood background photos. A mystery.

    Fauxtique on the Etsy FP:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/83984255/vintage-french-cobalt-blue-glass-egg?ref=fp_treasury_10

    Item available all over the net, used and new, made in France by ARC. Not vintage.

  3. Stacey November 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    Another Jewelry Reseller… 773 sales in a little over a month
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/realli

  4. Life During Wartime November 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    Wow, sellers with the same pendants and pendant watches from both China and Thailand. ‘Item is brand new.’ Well, yeah. Factory fresh. No Profile, no Policies, and almost 800 sales. Another reselling Etsy star is born.

  5. Lisa November 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    And those of us who really do make our own jewelry wonder why it’s so hard to make sales. Holy crap.

  6. Life During Wartime November 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Pants On Fire award winner from the FP:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/78092114/vintage-industrial-metal-bowl-urn?image_id=228202901

    Not an urn, bowl, or planter. I thought listings had to stick to the facts about what an item is for sale, rather than suggest fanciful uses.

  7. Trista November 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Definitely a lot of shilling going on with ‘realli’ -check out their shop admirers. So obvious.

  8. CoutureDiva November 12, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    If you think that is weird, here is a seller in the USA doing the SAME thing. I love that some of their listings say “backordered” actually admitting they are waiting to receive a shipment from china.

    “New York Crafts”

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/newyorkcrafts?ref=seller_info

    They are reselling from Chinese Wholesale companies. They even use the chinese sellers’ pictures with chinese characters on them!

    Look at these fake Betsey Johnson rings they are selling!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/84771258/princess-octopus-ring

    They even have the Betsey Johnson tags. I cannot believe they allow this on their site.

    More fake Betsey Johnson:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/82856816/sexy-glitter-hot-pink-high-heel-shoes

    And how are these handmade?

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/85363344/octopus-ring

    Check out these, also from a Chinese wholesale company, being sold as “hand made” by new york crafts…notice the mandarin characters on the 3rd picture.

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/82854995/bow-ring

    LOL and this “angel ring” even has the original wholesale companies pictures labeling it their ring:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/85042777/mini-cupid-wings-ring

    How can etsy allow these ridiculous “handmade” items on their website. It is so obvious they are not handmade. What has happened? This seller is just reselling chinese mass produced jewelry.

  9. Life During Wartime November 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    I am laughing so hard that I can barely type: Reseller jewelry on the FP right now:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/83895327/vintage-1970s-owl-ring-70s-black-eyed?ref=fp_treasury_1

    Does anyone really think this is a vintage ring?

  10. Life During Wartime November 12, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    The FP treasury owl ring is priced at $38! Compare and save:
    http://www.bargainbuy4you.com/page_12.html#

    Three bucks buys it!

  11. Trista November 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    I posted that ring too but my comment is awaiting moderation. And of course – the ring has now sold.

    Another “vintage” owl from the same shop – http://www.etsy.com/transaction/60282990

  12. Life During Wartime November 12, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Here’s the callout thread, now closed:
    http://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/business-topics/discuss/9284783/page/1

    Trista, I guess if the shop owner has listed other fauxtique owl jewelry items, she knows they aren’t vintage. WJW…

  13. cynicallyopenminded November 13, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    I read that thread…but, “It might be an innocent mistake”…that hundreds of sellers are reselling…

  14. Life During Wartime November 13, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    The owl ring seller was just on the FP again.

    I remember her as an admin fav who sold casual used shoes from the mid 90s and later. Checked her sold items, and yeah, that was the one.

    I took a look at the vintage category early this morning, and some recently opened shops from the NYC area were loading up newish ‘vintage’ clothing and accessories, clearly titled as ’90s’.

  15. cynicallyopenminded November 14, 2011 at 4:51 am #

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/kevinwang04

    I woke up to this shop this morning.

  16. cynicallyopenminded November 14, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    aaaand it is gone 🙂

  17. Sissy Jones Byrne (@dewdropvintage) November 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Another jewelry reseller of all things imported via Alibaba –

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/85620313/wedding-jewelry-something-blue?ref=pr_shop

  18. sandstarbymaro November 15, 2011 at 5:04 am #

    This reseller thing on Etsy is frustrating.

  19. Larry November 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    F*** u all!!!!! If you spent the time making beautiful staff instead flagging these shops, you could get sales as well.

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