Revisiting- botanicalcreations

20 Apr

This blog got a mention in Wall Street Journal.

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A post from April last year…looks like she changed everything back to sterling silver.

This is an account of a person on another forum who posted this info about the fake sterling she got from an Etsy seller.  As it turns out the seller is now putting a comment in her listings that the chains *may* be plated, but they’re still tagged .925 on the chain itself and also the listing title does not say “plated”, it says “sterling silver”.  I have also attached a photo that this person included showing the results found by the silversmith, chains with the silver removed and the base metal showing through.  Here is the person’s post in its entirety:

Etsy seller http://www.etsy.com/shop/botanicalcreations?section_id=6976468

So I met someone at a bead show wearing a chain she got from this seller on Etsy. She mentioned how the price was crazy low for sterling. I ordered a few chains from the shop, just to see for myself. I had a silversmith test the chains, and they are in fact plated. I sent the chains back to the seller, and asked her to please change her listings to plated (and sent photos of the chain, compared to what actual sterling looks like). She said she was so sorry, and that she would change the listings and the titles, which she did, until the next day! The titles now say sterling, but in the description she put a tiny blurb about how they’re probably not real sterling…

I sent Etsy all of this information, and mentioned how many people have bought from this seller, thinking they were getting sterling chains (even if the price was way too low). and they said “I’m sorry to hear this. I have made a note of your complaint on the seller’s account. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you in the meantime.”

I’ve reported several listings, but maybe it would help if some more people did. Here’s the pic, (my silversmith also did an acid test on the clasp and its plated too)

there is a thread about fake sterling on Etsy right now:
http://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/business-topics/discuss/7523995/page/1

UPDATE: Due to pressure from a number of people on the forum this came up on, she has changed the names in the titles to simply say “Silver”.

Might be worth watching this though, as apparently she has done this before then changed it back when she thought the heat was off.

8 Responses to “Revisiting- botanicalcreations”

  1. EtsyVigilante April 20, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    At this time, the seller has no negative feedback. Didn’t the buyers who purchased the fake silver leave neg. feedback? Was it removed? Also, congrats on the WSJ mention! Etsy starting to care about integrity? Apparently, just in print.

  2. bellacruz April 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Thought we weren’t allowed to sell chains.

  3. FormerEtsyBuyer April 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Her listings say “sterling silver plated chains” and not just “silver” when I looked just now. There is no such thing as “sterling silver plated” and anyone using that term is trying to deceive buyers who think they are getting sterling. The correct term would be “silver plated” if it is indeed plated with real silver.

  4. overit April 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    There is a very old law in America regarding selling misrepresented metal purity…The penalty for doing so is greater than the penalty for murder.

    Just sayin’.

  5. Amber Smith April 30, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    She says:

    “I look them over extremely well and shopped for a vendor for quite a long time before I found chains I would resell.”

  6. Elfinnplants May 31, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    Out of curiosity, I just checked. Most of them are listed as “high quality sterling silver”

  7. Elfinnplants May 31, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    …”plated” the addition of “high quality” bumps “plated” out of the short version description. Clever.

  8. M June 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Back to saying Sterling with “in all honesty i believe they are plated” … bleck

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