ManeMessage, gillionmillion

5 Jul

Ok i hope this is how you report a reseller (i also sent an email, no response). I noticed that within a week there have been 2 resellers on the FP both selling the same massed produced hair ties!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/92046125/elastic-hair-ties-light-neutrals-hair
http://www.etsy.com/listing/92865581/the-electric-hair-tie-package-5-bright

The reason I am certain they’re not “handmade” is because I bought a pack of the black ties (featured in the 2nd link) at the Dollar Tree for $1! I contacted Etsy, but alas, nothing was done.

16 Responses to “ManeMessage, gillionmillion”

  1. J July 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    They are NOT resellers. Do you know how EASY it is to make those hairbands? Take some Fold Over Elastic (FOE) and tie it in a knot. It literally takes less than 10 seconds to make one of those hairbands. Where is your proof that they are even resellers? Because you bought the same shit at the dollar store? Puhleeze. You can buy 200 yards of FOE for 20 bucks yourself and make some money off this Etsy trend.

    Learn how to report REAL resellers please!

  2. M July 6, 2012 at 4:48 am #

    These are so easy to make, I doubt they are a reseller. I have rolls of this in my sewing room to make this very thing!

  3. Stacey July 6, 2012 at 6:18 am #

    Ugh… Take this “call out” down.

  4. Laurl July 6, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    Mane Message is the one who started the trend on Etsy (and maybe even started the actual trend) as a college student and obviously hand tie-dyes them herself! I admire her ability to run a business, and manage to graduate college at the same time. She should be celebrated for being a young, driven, entrepreneur not accused!
    And, here’s a link to the “About me” page for gillionmillion, which shows her supplies and her working- http://www.etsy.com/shop/gillionmillion/about
    Work on your due diligence! Just because you can buy something in a store doesn’t mean someone can not make it…. and the Etsian probably makes it with better quality!

  5. susan July 6, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Hm, I use my foldover elastic on panties, obviously I’ve missed a trend.

    Agree, this is not a good callout.

    How about the Lace Petti Romper trend? The only thing making them handmade is the ribbon tied onto it or a premade flower pin.

    Just some examples:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/89278458
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/103720122
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/95316395

    http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/516986120/Hot_Selling_Zebra_w_hot_pink.html

    Oh wait, the bow comes with it…

  6. PussDaddyBlogs (@PussDaddyBlogs) July 6, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    I was just at the Dollar Tree. Can’t say I feel deprived having missed these there.

  7. Sickofcupcakes July 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    Way overpriced. I’ll try the dollar store.

  8. PussDaddyBlogs (@PussDaddyBlogs) July 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    What happened to my most handsome avatar picture?

  9. J July 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    From what I read in another “buy in” group for these rompers is that Etsy has allowed these rompers to be sold on Etsy because they add a flower or strap to them, therefore altering them. Dumb.

  10. Me July 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    How about this?

    http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade?q=mermaid%2C%20hook%2C%20shabby&view_type=gallery&ship_to=ZZ&min=0&max=0

    I would believe they were handmade, if they all didn’t have the same EXACT spots rubbed off to be Shabby AND they weren’t already being sold in HOBBY LOBBY.

    Found the same thing for bottle openers:

    http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade?q=shabby%2C%20bottle%20opener&view_type=gallery&ship_to=ZZ&min=0&max=0

    Bird business cards:

    http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade?q=bird%2C%20card%20holder&view_type=gallery&ship_to=ZZ&min=0&max=0

    Seriously?

  11. Regina July 7, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Not a reseller, I’m not sure whether I admire her talent to make a buck on something so ridiculous. I’m baffled that anybody would pay good money for such junk. Maybe I’m just jealous……………..

  12. FormerEtsyBuyer July 7, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    Out of curiosity, I went to the Dollar Tree yesterday and yes, they have these in sets of six for a buck—in all black, pastel colors, and bright colors. And each one wrapped around my wrist twice before it stretched, which means the Dollar Tree hair ties are probably twice as long as the ones on etsy, in which case a package of 6 for a dollar = 12 etsy ones. I guess cutting this “fold-over elastic” from a spool or whatever and tying it is considered handmade/altered on etsy.

  13. Pam Gari July 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    The thing that disturbs me is the way the seller has worded the description. “This listing is for” With all the work etsy does to try to coach sellers on how to be unique and memorable…that crAp just REEKS of EBay. Etsy is not for artisans, it is for money grubbing imitators that know who to buy off to make the FP!

  14. Regina July 8, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Okay, I’ll just say it, it’s crap. It takes no talent what so ever to make these BUT they are handmade. If someone is dumb enough to buy them, oh well. That’s their problem.

  15. mari July 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Etsy is getting filled with too many dumb, no talent, crap copycat products. And that would be fine, but all of our good stuff is lost in all this drivel, so it’s not fine! I think this is a good call out. ETsy is for truly creative people. Drive off the rest.

  16. PrincessBob July 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Mane Message does hand dye them, worth something. Yes, it’s *just* hand dyed (in some cases plain black/white) FOE, folded over and knotted, I made some in green and mauve from a local ribbonry, it was easy to do, but getting the length right to function easily was a bit of a fiddly project and some of my yardage was wasted.
    It may be high in cost for the materials, but people pay $15 for a hand ful of trash ties wrapped in fabric from Amazon, so, to each their own, but Mane Message is not reselling the same thing you buy at Dollar Tree. They make their own crap and it is A: less damaging than a “normal” hair tie, B: Less likely to leave annoying dents and kinks in hair when removed than a “normal” hair tie, C: easier for folks who have no idea how to/where to find FOE, and D: A ton more comfortable to wear on my buffalo sized wrist than a “normal” hair tie.

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