23 Jun

This shop has an item features in the Etsy curated “kids” link on the front page. What idiot looked at these and thought they were handmade? The shoes have different brands printed on them that are clearly visible in the photos. – Nikos Shoes – Gabriel (look at the second photo)


19 Responses to “topshoes”

  1. Life During Wartime June 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Another ‘distributor’ situation?

  2. SlayBelles June 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Hmmmm… this item is on the FP right now. The description reads “These come from the Q’eros tribe high up in the Andes. A woman I work with created these beauties in such a short period of time. The weaving skills of some of these woman blow my mind!”
    Well, yes. They’re lovely. The talented women who made them should open their own shop, eh?

  3. susan June 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    That woman is the upside down titty yoga woman breastfeeding, the photo made the rounds of facebook just recently. She goes on shopping trips to Peru.

  4. SlayBelles June 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Oh, OK. So, this isn’t really re-selling then. It’s re-shopping.

  5. BeardedIris June 24, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    There are so many shops reselling Peruvian imports. Sad.

  6. whatever June 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Lyse Marion of ImagineStudio is at it again! I don’t know why we should be surprised, it was only a matter of time before she’d be taking credit for other’s people’s art.



  7. imaginestudio steals another Artist's work - again! June 26, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    LOL, she pulled that one, but not others…

  8. imaginestudio steals another Artist's work - again! June 26, 2012 at 10:49 am #

  9. SlayBelles June 27, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    The Peruvian re-shopper’s shop is now closed.

  10. PussDaddyBlogs (@PussDaddyBlogs) June 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    I wonder if upside down titty feeding eliminates the need for burping?

  11. amy June 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Hello beautiful woman. Thank you all for your comments. Found this page through my blog. I have been on ETSY now for over 6 years. Everything in my shop is handmade by me and always has been. I recently went back down to Peru as we have spent the last 5 years traveling. These trips are not for “shopping” but for spiritual journeys. We work with many tribes in the Andes, going to the villages and living as they would for many moons. Recently i have been seeing a ton of stuff online from other countries with people out of NY or OR selling them. SO of course i had the idea to work with woman in Peru… why not? SO yes, i did go down to Peru and work with a few selected woman in making handmade stuff for the shop. I figured i would gather about 3 or 4 woman and make them part of my ETSY team. So, this is what i did. I didn’t “SHOP” for any of these items. Wild! I did not however know that the items have to be handmade by YOU only. I thought that being an ETSY seller we could have members of our shop and each member could be responsible for making different things. I was totally wrong in this. I guess seeing all of the shops like i mentioned above lead me to believe it was ok to have different members involved in this way. Lesson learned! I decided to close my shop for a few days to open a new store selling all of the Peruvian goods because the items were selling like wild and i want to be able to still support with these woman who have become such a strong part of our family.

    Thanks for listening…
    love the “upside down titty yoga breast feeding mom”.
    and if you want to know the real story behind this, please read here…

  12. SlayBelles June 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Yes, Amy, until very recently it was against the Terms of Use to sell items under handmade that your hands did not make. In the new spirit of collectives, though, Etsy has opened the doors to the sort of thing you are doing… kind of.

    I get entirely how you might have been confused. Like you said, there are soooooo many people doing this. And, it’s nothing new is it? For hundreds of years folks from ‘developed’ countries have explored other cultures and discover among the indigenous arts and crafts treasures that are willingly gobbled up here and for amazing savings, despite the markup. Rarely are the actual artisans mentioned as more than ‘local women.’

    I’m sure that if etsy’s coaching process is involved with your closure, they will tell you to give those women some names. Make it appear/clear that the ‘local women’ are one or 20 specific people, and that they work with the buyer/collective leader. Perhaps feature pics in your new ‘about’ section. In the meantime, only things you have made or assembled, should be featured.

    I thank you for taking the time to explain your choices to what must appear as a handful of nosey strangers, but most of us sell or buy, or at one time admired what etsy represented. Shops like yours, despite the purity of your intentions, reflect on all of us. Etsy has taken too many embarrassing hits lately that impact on all of us, except the Etsy corporation. It’s just too big to care.

  13. amy June 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Thank so much for your reply and understanding why I may have wanted to collaborate with these woman. I actually did have photos of them in my shop in the about section. I also sent etsy dozens of photos of me with the woman in their homes, workspaces images of us together in the creative process. This is when i received the message “Handmade by you: Handmade items must be created by the seller.” I asked them what the team members jobs should consist of and they never gave me a reply. I am still unsure though i am thinking they mean shipping, internet help like listing items and shooting photos. If the items need to be handmade BY the SELLER, like they shared with me them there are thousands of shops on etsy that are not meeting the requirements. Sad, i have been selling my handmades on etsy since the first year they opened and have never been acknowledged until now. Anyway… thanks for taking the time to listen! xx

  14. SlayBelles June 29, 2012 at 5:15 am #

    Amy, unfortunately, you’ve hit the nail on the head. There are thousands of shops on Etsy who (re)sell things that they have not made (that are not supplies or vintage). Many have been there for years, others open daily. Etsy seems to do very little about them, unless they are called out here or on another popular/visible call out site.
    The new collective policy is not well thought out. Frankly, it seemed to happen on the fly, in light of a very public re-selling debacle. The word from on high, is that collectives, small groups of people who work together to create items, are now allowed in order to respond to the growth of some shops. Shops that have become so busy that they can no longer be operated by one person. This opens the door to small factories, and in some international locales, also to sweat shops.
    I’m kind of surprised admin hasn’t been more forthcoming with you, about how your shop can fit this rubric. On the other, I wonder if they have worked out the deets yet. Yours is not a small factory situation, but it’s also not a group of people all involved in the same business. The women who have produced your bracelets are not a stable group — not always the same women, but women you encounter along your travels? You buy works they have produced, but these things are not produced for your shop specifically. I think those features of your business, if I am correct, would prevent you from being a collective.

  15. BeardedIris July 1, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Not only does this scream reseller, there are several links to their dot com which is selling the same stuff.

  16. BeardedIris July 1, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    I am sorry but etsy abounds with people reselling Peruvian imports. I am with Slaybelles on this one.

  17. amy July 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Hi! Actually… I always work with the same woman. I sent etsy photos with me and each individual woman and us together during our process of creative design. The photos were all labeled with names and villages the woman come from that we stay with. We travel to the villages and spend several days or weeks with the families. We have been traveling back and forth to Peru for many years so we have a strong connection with these families. WHich is the reason we are able to stay with them and have many intimate photos of our family with theirs. We bring these families clothes, and goods or whatever they are needing. We have been doing this as service to the beautiful woman and children there. its interesting. I feel like I am ready to move on from this all. I will cont to make my hand mades and continue to travel and sell the peruvian designs. Just not through etsy. Aloha! xx

  18. resellonetsy July 5, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    the one photo I looked at was a copyright violation. They have the same deal with other countries. They copy main brands and put fake trademarks. They belong in the toilet, not on etsy. If etsy kicked off all the people it should kick off, they would have to lay off people to have jobs.

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