Portobello- Update

3 Feb

Portobello is STILL selling unaltered bridal things which she buys (mostly) from weddingfactorydirect.com. And she is STILL using their wholesale picture too:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/90300897/double-magnolia-bridal-headpiece ($69.00)

bought from here:
http://weddingfactorydirect.com/comb-5690-ivory.html ($12 with a suggested price of $29! HA!)

The picture is the same, only flipped 180 degrees to be “clever”. And you can see that the flower on the model head is identical to the wholesale pic shown.

There are so many things in her etsy shop that she bought at weddingfactorydirect and then removed some crystals or dangles and calls that “lovingly handmade in her studio”—combs, headbands, veils, earrings, etc. She was closed for awhile last year and apparently “coached” and given etsy’s blessing, because they ignore reports. I had to laugh at her recent negative feedback where the buyer was disappointed that she couldn’t alter the comb—no kidding!



23 Responses to “Portobello- Update”

  1. DonCholodecki February 3, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Portobello is one of etsy’s worst scam artists, for sure.

    Check out this gem:


  2. Life During Wartime February 3, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    I took a quick look around Portobello, and this is another shop using stock photos for some items. I think Etsy really has to add something to the Dos and Don’t prohibiting use of borrowed photos to sell on the site. Because if the stock photo shows the item for sale, that item cannot be handmade by the seller. If the seller is making their items, then the stock photo does not show the item actually for sale. Unless the shop is selling commercial supplies, there is no good reason to be borrowing photos from the net for listings.

  3. sickofetsyshit February 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    What’s with her profile “thank you for believing me”? Maybe she owns the wedding site and makes all these things there, too?

    *wink wink*

  4. Bliss February 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    This shop should have been G O N E long ago. Brides are #1 in the sucker market.

  5. Discord Threads February 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    $69!!! Are you flippin’ SERIOUS?!?!? For two flowers on a flippin’ comb??? If I didn’t enjoy creating new designs, I would really think about changing what I sell.

    $69 for what cost $12 and they suggest charging $29. WOW!

    The E-hole is such a scam.

  6. DonCholodecki February 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    I think someone ought to tip off brides on The Knot or other wedding sites.

  7. ................ February 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    and 12 for shipping?? wtf that should cost only at least the minimum priority flat rate box, around 5 so it doesnt get crushed!

  8. ................ February 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    These cannot be handmade, no way



  9. ................ February 3, 2012 at 8:54 pm #


  10. littlechickiescrafts February 4, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    Oh my gosh, there’s a lot of deception going on around Etsy!

  11. FormerEtsyBuyer February 4, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    I see Portobello has removed the stock photo from her “double magnolia” listing. I guess she’s reading this blog. Her “pippa” comb which she sells for $98 is also on that wholesale site (item #8153), only she removed a couple of rhinestone dangles from the left side and calls it “handmade”. What a scam.

  12. jobradley February 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Perhaps a moot point, but check out Portobello’s “feedback left for others”. What a nice way to appreciate your customers in the past few years.

  13. Life During Wartime February 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    I guess it can be a problem giving good customer service when you run your shop from two continents (North American and Europe) as well as ‘Treasure Island’. Shop owner is one of the poster children for Etsy’s lack of marketplace integrity.

  14. Trista February 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    lol, what’s up with this shop? In the listings they include a “This item was on the front page of Etsy.com” banner in the pictures, but if you search the shop name on Craft Cult they’ve never been on the FP. The dark pictures are enough to know they’d never be on the FP. Do they really think people will be fooled and it will make them want to buy?

    They’re also using pictures taken from around the internet in other listings. This one has a watermark that says marthastewart.com – http://www.etsy.com/listing/88698782/cookie-gift-sleeve-favors-and-stock
    And this one from some food website kalofagas.ca – http://www.etsy.com/listing/76627092/organic-gluten-free-baklava

  15. rattriffic February 6, 2012 at 1:39 am #

    what a moron she is using feedback to have conversations with her buyers!!! just laying all that dirty laundry out for the world to see

  16. JK February 6, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Ooh, that feedback just further illustrates what a piece of work she is.

    ‘As described ivory lace and silver ribbon is not an option available for this item.’

    Of course not — that would require you *making* what you sell instead of buying it wholesale premade!

  17. susan February 6, 2012 at 9:53 am #


    is a manufacturer

    http://saleyla.com as mentioned above. Well known in the figure fitness industry.

    It would be like Capezio opening an Etsy store.

  18. Sarah February 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    I’m disgusted by this. what can we do to get portobello and other similar sellers off etsy??

  19. rattriffic February 10, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    @ sarah…Nothing!! etsy reads this and is aware of everythign going on shops are reported hundreds of times with evidence and still nothing I personally emailed the head of the integrity team with 6 pages of evidence against like 20 shops and still nothing, if they cared they could easiily handle it they have 275 employes at a internet site that doesnt even have a phone so what are they all doing all day?? nothing

  20. Velamint February 10, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    omg, portobello’s whole profile statement is a slap in the face!! She is thumbing her nose at Etsy and all those who’ve reported her. But that quote was wrongly chosen. She is criticized precisely because she does NOT “actually strive to do the deeds”! I do have to credit her with being “daring” but I doubt old Teddy would endorse lying for the sake of a buck.

    She also states “there are no animal materials used in any of the Portobello collection.” Weird, I wonder how she makes her feather goods, then? Granted, I can’t speak to the specific varieties used but still! How far up her ass is her head?!

  21. FormerEtsyBuyer February 11, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Yes, Velamint, so true! I noticed that about her not using “animal materials” yet she uses feathers in a lot of her stuff. She just picks a lie to suit her needs at that time.

    And her Roosevelt quote…it’s so ridiculous. I think she should change it to this quote:

    “He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.”
    —Thomas Jefferson

  22. Dani February 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Pretty sure she plagiarized most of her shop policies as well. If you read through them the polite sentences sound as if someone else wrote them. While the others, with grammatical errors, sound as if and ignorant b**** wrote them. You can tell those are the ones she wrote because they sound like her scathing “feedback left for others”. I can not believe etsy still allows her to do business on their site.

  23. Shannon September 18, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    She’s still there but now her shop is called ORDENT. I think she’s learned her lesson on taking manufacture’s photos. Unfortunately, Etsy does consider alterations as enough to be considered handmade. But I’m quite sure she doesn’t alter EVERYTHING.

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