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Douchebaggery: “Etsy guide” edition

10 Feb

Oh boy, where to start with this one.

These guys are not only abusing Etsy policy, but are knowingly, willfully spreading the example of deliberate ignorance of the rules to newbie and struggling sellers who are very sincerely just looking for some good sound advice. It’s the bottom of the barrel as far as I’m concerned… fucking over the whole community by dispensing — nay, SELLING — crappy spammy info, stuffing their tags to the brim so that relevant search results can’t be found, and generally disseminating horrible, horrible ideas for how to run a business. They’re feeding on the fears and insecurities of the weakest among the Etsy flock, shoving relevant search results down with endless amounts of tag-stuffing, and laughing all the way to the bank.

TheBuzz has sold a big heaping stinky pile of smarmy, sell-a-million-widgets-overnight type “Etsy guides.” She’s had 4065 sales in a year and a half! With numbers like that, it’s no big surprise she’s stuffed her tags like a Thanksgiving turkey. Take, for example, 50 Marketing Strategies for Etsy SUCCESS – How To Drive Traffic, Advertise and Promote Your Etsy Shop (wretch-worthy in and of itself) has this lovely smattering of shit taggage:

“everything else, logo graphic card, design business, success successful, international,uk australia, digital promote, banner discount, free shipping, heart hearts buzz,pdf diy help, spreadsheet 50 100, bag of tricks tips, how to market sell”

And then there’s CraftingSuccess (585 sales in under a year) with a metric ton of bullshit like Jumpstart Your Etsy Shop – Sale – FOUR Dynamic Bestselling Etsy Guides ONE Special Price which is covered with tags like:

“books and zines, marketing etsy, promoting etsy, successful sales, banner design, how to sell etsy, sellers guide guru, heart hearts coach, promotion seo, help techniques,online twitter, boost google, selling listing,photo avatar”

Not to MENTION the “materials”:

“pdf, marketing etsy, promoting etsy,promoting online craft shop, successful sales, promoting, promotion, sales, heart,listings, photos, design, banner design”

How charming that the people who purports to hold the secret to Etsy success routinely break one of the cardinal rules of the site. I mean really, the only tag that these people HAVEN’T stuffed is the first one that is REQUIRED by the listing engines to be, you know… normal. What a great example to set for people who are looking for advice.

I’ve been reporting them for months on end and nothing has ever come of it. Maybe as a group we can stop these bottom-feeders.

Professional Proofreading??

6 Jan

UPDATE: BusinessLetters was told by admin that it was against TOU and most of the listings have been changed.

Here’s a shop that is in violation of the TOS and nothing gets done about it. I know at least a half dozen people who have been flagging it for weeks. I think one person wrote to administration and got an answer back that this stuff can’t be sold. So why isn’t all this flagging and contacting administration doing any good?

Here’s the shop:

And here’s some of what is being sold that is against the TOS:

Proofreading at $25 per half hour.

Word help $8

Brainstorming $24 per half hour

Tag proofreading $40 for three pages

Shop title review and rewrite:

Now I thought services weren’t allowed if they weren’t for a tangible item? Proofreading and editing aren’t tangible. If sellers can’t offer photo manipulation or retouching, then why can editing be ok to sell? Doesn’t seem fair to all those who wanted to offer photo retouching and were closed down. This seller claims to be a “professional writer” but check out the shop announcement- doesn’t even know where to use comma’s, and a dangling preposition at the end of a sentence? No professional writer is going to break that rule. Most of us learned in 6th grade that dangling prepositions are a big no-no. What a joke!

If Etsy is allowing this type of service to be sold, then please Etsy, let the photo retouching sellers return. I can imagine how many freelance writers will jump on this bandwagon if this is allowed to be sold and how many photo retouching services (including me) will be pissed.

Reader Email- tempusfugit

10 Sep

Just came across your blog, pointed out to me by another seller who thought I’d be interested, and I’ve got a reseller for you. This shop has been on Etsy since March 21, 2008.


They’ll have 10-15 pages of the exact same item. They are selling these exact pieces on ebay as well, except there they don’t bother lying saying they “handmake the chains.”

Exhibit one:

Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26573806

Ebay – http://cgi.ebay.com/STEAMPUNK-VICTORIAN-VAMPIRE-style-GOTHIC-POCKET-WATCH_W0QQitemZ390082892807QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5ad2c09407&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14

Exhibit two:

Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29718383
Ebay – http://cgi.ebay.com/STEAMPUNK-VICTORIAN-STYLE-GOLD-POCKET-WATCH-GOTHIC-LARP_W0QQitemZ390083249899QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5ad2c606eb&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

Exhibit three:

Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27287674

Ebay – http://cgi.ebay.com/VICTORIAN-STYLE-Repousee-Silver-POCKET-WATCH-LARP-WAR_W0QQitemZ390082890198QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5ad2c089d6&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14

Exhibit Four:

Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25764643

Ebay – http://cgi.ebay.com/GOLD-VICTORIAN-STYLE-GOTHIC-VAMPIRE-WATCH-GOTH-TWILIGHT_W0QQitemZ390082891540QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5ad2c08f14&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14

They’ve been flagged by multiple members of three different teams over the course of the last six months, and they’re still there.

Vintage FAIL…

24 Aug

These boots were on the front page. They are “Vintage 80s Etienne AIGNER SIGNATURE ” boots.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20184185 in GoodEye.

How can these be vintage when Etienne Aigner only made umbrella’s, perfume and other small accessories until 2000 and didn’t start making leather goods until 2001?

And these, from <a href="in GoodEye“>GoodEye, http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=25667327 can’t be vintage because Adrienne Vittadini didn’t get into the glasses biz until 1996.
This shop has a few other things that are made by brands not even in existence 20 years ago.

And these DKNY boots in nstylevintage are probably not vintage since DKNY wasn’t formed until 1989 and the shoes and boots weren’t introduced until a couple years later. The lace up boots weren’t popular until the late 1990s so I doubt these meet the 20 year test.

bsochic‘s description says “These sunglasses are from the early 80’s”, yet, DKNY wasn’t founded until 1989. Say what??
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24278080 (Make sure to check out her feedback for a negative about misrepresentation.)

AntiNu doesn’t even know Etsy’s TOS and writes in the description that the shoes are “about 16 years old.”

It’s fun to search for stuff made by designer’s that haven’t been around for 10 years, let alone 20, to see what you come up with. You’d be surprised!


21 Aug

I just stumbled on this shop:


and don’t know what to make of it. The supposed artwork looks copied from other artists. The books, well, I’ve seen that before and it sucks, but is a franchise.

What about all those “paintings” of other artists work?
And the personalized notes?
weird, just, weird.

Reader Email

13 Aug

Pretty sad when an ENTIRE shop is made up of copyrighted items. Sigh.

Also this is pretty funny.
She’s basically saying “Etsy made me take down the listings, but I still sell them so email me to buy them.” LOL
She didn’t bother to remove the many, many other copyrighted listings in her shop.
Shop Announcement: ***Important*** Due to Etsy rules and regulations, there are certain images that are not allowed to be posted or “listed” on Etsy. These images include but are not limited to nfl, nba, college teams, nhl, and sport team images. I have previously had these listed in my store and am no longer allowed to list these images. I apologize for the incovenience. If anyone has any questions, feel free to convo me or email me

Tourist Souvenirs

27 Jul

first, let me say that your blog is quite amusing and informative. thanks for keeping us all in the know!

secondly, i want to bring your attention to a few shops – of many – which are international sellers peddling tourist souvenirs as ‘handmade’. as a seller in Asia with only (verifiable! 🙂 vintage items they’re not really my personal competition, but it does hurt my shop when people believe that everything sold from Asia is a fraud.

these two shops sell the EXACT same rubbish that i see in every tourist-trap bazaar, every day. sure, it’s ‘handmade’ somewhere along the way – but in sweatshops by women and kids who then sell it to these people for mere pennies. i don’t think that’s the sort of image Etsy wants to portray…..



i can say for certain that both of these are frauds. in the first – i cannot believe that this ONE person knows how to make EVERY SINGLE STYLE of tourist handbag sold all over town here. on the second, the lady is selling silver, wood, fabric (SAME PURSES as the first one!) and many other mediums, professionally done, and also strangely enough identical to everything in the bazaars.

PLEASE help to rid etsy of sweatshop items!

In other news, regs123 is back from “callout vacation”. She has changed some verbage but it still bothers me that she says “All of my artwork is either hand painted or hand drawn”..just say traced. Even the best artists in the world could not make absolute exact copies. Nice try. It’s still copyright and Disney will find you.