31 Dec

Earring Go Round Earring Holders Not Handmade by seller


On Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/shops/A3OT3RBFQ9W5RO

Web sites: http://www.earringgoround.org/ http://www.earringgoround.com

Google profile of shop owner: https://profiles.google.com/modernearringtree/about

Electroplated earring holder. Anyone else up for some home electroplating?

From Monique’s own blog:

Welcome to the beginning of our busiest time of the year…… Earring-Go-Round makes the perfect gift! Arrives fully assembled, easy to use and affordable.

We are receiving over 2,000 Earring-Go-Rounds this month and expect to once again receive our award for “Best Holiday Gift Item”. ”

So she’s outsourced the entire manufacture of the item, has been in the top 25% of sellers on Amazon, sells 2000 units a month and is Handmade?


15 Responses to “earringgoround1”

  1. DonCholodecki December 31, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    I guess they would be ok if labeled a supply?

  2. Life During Wartime December 31, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    A supply for making what? It is a stand alone piece of houseware, an item for jewelry storage. Does not involve crafting or vintage in any way. You can use the EGR to hold earrings you just bought at Target or on QVC. The product is just a remake of several types of round, rotating, jewelry stands first manufactured for clip ons. There are a bunch of variants for sale online, from different manufacturers. Does not belong on Etsy. Great call out!

  3. JAC December 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    WOW… They have been selling on Etsy since 2009!
    So basically people are paying $35.00 for a $10.00 earring rack… whats new, another scammer!

  4. Life During Wartime December 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    Online press release from company start up. Seller has a ‘design team’:

  5. susan December 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Google search “rotating earring holder” brings up several pages of earring holders, through Alibaba and Taobao priced around USD $5/piece.

    The Alibaba ones are on a round base. All she’s done is flipped the base upside down to create a tray dish.

    It’s just not Etsy legal. Seller probably doesn’t care as she’s trying to saturate all online markets.

  6. Dee December 31, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    I would consider these a supply for a craft show. I sold excess jewelry displays on etsy a few years ago. Did list them as a supply.

  7. Life During Wartime December 31, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Dee, I spent 10 years selling in antiques malls, and used all kinds of manufactured furniture (some vintage, some not) and housewares designed for storage all around the home to display my wares. That did not make the items which were not vintage in their own right ‘displays’ or ‘supplies’ because I used them in my booth. How many sellers on Etsy use teacups or drinking glasses as photo props for earrings? Does that mean I can go to Target and resell manufactured drinkware as photo prop supplies on Etsy? Folding tables? Where is the line drawn for commercial items on Etsy?

  8. Etsy Vigilante December 31, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    Great call-out! Can’t believe they’ve lasted this long! Seller lists them as “furniture”. I’ve seen these everywhere. Etsy has officially become Ebay.

  9. Lisa January 1, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    Nothing new und the sun with those displays. I have seen them or similar ones for sale at jewelry supply and retail display sites for years. They also come in square and triangle shapes. Probably made in China or Thailand or someplace.

    The only other thing I would say about the call out is that home electroplating is possible. There are tons of tutorials online and the supplies are readily accessible at jewelry supply sites.

    Although, having said that, I do agree these do not belong on Etsy.

  10. etsyhate January 1, 2012 at 8:20 am #


    How is this handmade? Seller is reprinting vintage illustrations.

  11. Life During Wartime January 1, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    EGR is gone!

  12. susan January 1, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Wow! That was fast! So is it from flagging, or from Etsy staff reading this blog? I always wonder.

    Lisa, I could believe in home electroplating, (and found some neat links ! ) but 2000 units a month is a factory, along with the associated environmental costs of chemicals.

  13. Life During Wartime January 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    She may have closed her own shop when she found this call out. She has a presence on a bunch of major retail sites, so the number of sales made on Etsy may not have been worth the trouble.

  14. Lisa January 2, 2012 at 3:39 am #

    Susan, you are absolutely right about that. Even if you were really fast, that is 650+ a day. And that would be a large amount of chemicals. When I referred to home electroplating, I was referring to small pieces of jewelry.

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