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1:14 PM Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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New Post 9/29

12:38 PM Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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New Post 9/28

12:30 PM Monday, September 28, 2009

p.s.- I don't like to ban people but Monkeyshit got on my last nerve.

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1:14 PM Friday, September 25, 2009

Two different readers commented on AutumnandEve…
Major copyright violation “illustrator” on the FP right now. I guess illustrator now means “I know how to use filters on photshop.” -LOVE that they have the image listed under their copyright. Funny, I believe the photo of Mr. Dylan that you stole had it’s own copyright. I can’t stand these sellers!
A very amusing email I received from the crazy funkyshique bunch…

I just finished reading your blog entry on Funkyshique. It was incredibly shocking to me as an Etsy seller myself to see how other sellers would treat Funkyshique. 
Etsy is a plethora of mixed items, including items to be altered, things that appeal to the artistic mind. You would have to report over half of Etsy and could spend 24 hours a day pointing out non-vintage and non-handmade items.
Funkyshique has a nice subtle style and doesn’t exploit any type of manufactured item, unlike many of the made in China supplies found on Etsy. She is a hard working Mother, American Citizen and Hobbyist with her own unique style and has respect enough for our planet to recycle.

Does every knitter weave their own yarn or every artist mesh there own canvas fibers? I hope she paints the figurine purple and sprinkles it with glitter and calls it Altered Art.
What a shame that your blog exists simply to insult others. I see nothing but jealousy and envy and negativity.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Yep, the new Etsy rules say it must be handmade by YOU or 20 years old UNLESS you are a mother, a US citizen, a hobbyist with style and hell, even recycle. Nice to know. Mothers, hobbyists and earth lovers from other countries be damned!

Comments For This Post Closed Here On Blogger...if you need to continue to post on this issue please go to Wordpress. Thank you.

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Reader Email- Wonderbar

8:37 PM Thursday, September 24, 2009

"I was farting around on etsy looking for some "homegrown" honey and I came across the Wonderbar.  Upon seeing the all too apparent mass-produced packaging I wondered about
Here's what they have to say in an excerpt from their profile:
"Business has grown over the past two-and-a-half years. Due to encouragement from the public and success in sales, our bars are now sold in health food stores all over the United States. Wonderbars are now made in a small facility in Dallas, Texas rather than in the home kitchen in which we began; most of the production process is still done by hand and Wonderbars are still made in small batches on a weekly basis. Each member of Desire Tree International’s management and staff is dedicated to providing healthy, simple, and truly all-natural snacks."

Wonderbars sound wonderful for something one can get from a grocery store not etsy, I wonder if Cliffbars will start selling on etsy because they are "done by hand" in a factory, I mean "facility" too."

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Reseller Call Out- Fantask

1:23 PM Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fantask out of China listed "their" items this morning, September 23, 2009.  Here is the link:
Unfortunately, the toys are actually produced by Playsam (a Swedish company,) a fact that Fantask points out themselves in their listing descriptions.  Here is the link to Playsam's product page:

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Reseller CallOut- funkyshique

1:36 PM Tuesday, September 22, 2009

funkyshique is selling the hugely popular figurines by Demdaco. The figures have stickers on the bottom that say "Made in China". (I know because I own some)

They are sold in every gift shop in the world it seems, did she think no one would notice?

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10:58 PM Monday, September 21, 2009

This girl goodluckelle decides to respond to the comment "You have a wide variety of things! Is this all handmade by you goodluckelle? If so, that's impressive!" with

"Oh they are not handmade by me but my supplier workshop! Thank you :-)"

in her own thread that she started. Wow. Gobsmacked.  

If you want yet another laugh take a look at her shop and read her shop announcement. 

Speaking of a lengthy re-opening, unfortunately regs123 is back open again. Boo.
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To clear up some things- our Wordpress blog will carry duplicate posts as here. Some people have problems seeing links here and cannot find the RSS feed (which I didn't touch). If you are having the same problems you can check in over there. This blog does not show links unless you put your mouse right over where the link is. Sorry for the confusion. Head to Wordpress if it's buggy.
And to the people that keep emailing me because they see links in their google analytics it DOES NOT mean that you have been linked here. Do a search for yourself. If you don't find anything then you are not here. GA are very inaccurate. Please stop the freak out's. Thank you.

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Counterfeit Counting Game

12:42 PM Saturday, September 19, 2009
1. this is not handmade.
2. this is not vintage.
3. this is not real Chanel, it is counterfeit.
4. This item has been flagged by about 100 people, over and over, since JUNE.
5. This item is in the handmade bags & purses category

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Safety Third??

1:43 PM Friday, September 18, 2009

We received an email about "bling" pacifiers.

"I am grossed out by all the baby items containing Swarovski crystals, especially the pacifiers. Anyone who has ever been around a baby knows they put EVERYTHING in their mouth, and you are going to give them a Swarovski pacifier? the shops do not have anything in their policies regarding lead in crystals..."

When we looked around we were shocked with what we found...

Azalea- "If your baby is going to use a pacifier, it might as well look good!" No safety info.

Imajewski- "Fun". No safety info. 

minidiva- No safety info.

Badabling- states that rhinestones can detach and is for novelty and not real use but wonders why suitable age and quality are factors then.

SophiaBellaDesigns- doesn't want you sending baby to bed with it.

LittleLyddies- states her crystals will NOT come off. Hmmm...

BlingItOnByNancy- "Please note that the crystals can detach from the product." For display only. Then why does she give details to sterilize the teat?

It all seems very wishy washy. Boooo- safety third.

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editorial- Hazelmay

1:41 PM Thursday, September 17, 2009

I have all the sympathy in the world for people who have hardships. Lord knows I have had enough of my own. But the one thing I would never do is screw over my customers and then whine about how it's all about me and I'm a good person. If I had any outstanding business issues when tragedy struck, I would be hightailing it down to the nearest Kinko's to use a computer within a couple of hours. This is without a doubt one of the most bass-ackwards threads I have ever read:

There was a huge thread about about everyone was concerned about her, and she said she couldn't be bothered to read the whole other thread. Sorry, but this is crappy. You DON'T TREAT YOUR CUSTOMERS THIS WAY.
This was a reader email I received. Thoughts??

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Wordpress Saga Continued...

6:54 PM Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Here is the latest word I have from them:

The person who made the comments is legally responsible for them.
As they have been brought to your attention and you have the power to 
remove them you also share that responsibility.

If someone on another blog was saying this about you then you would 
expect us to do something about it.

Freedom of speech does not come into this. The law does. We have to 
obey the law and so does everyone else. The person being attacked has 
every right to engage a solicitor and start proceedings.

If this is a random reader and they are making serious allegations 
then why not delete them?

The comments must be deleted or edited as I said. They have to be removed.

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Our New Home...

2:42 PM Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I was floored by signing into Etsy Call Out and getting a

"Warning: We have a concern about some of the content on your blog. Please click here to contact us as soon as possible to resolve the issue and re-enable posting."

This is the email I received from Wordpress:

There are statements in the comments that allege someone 
'stole' and ripped off' designs.
If the commenters provide full legal proof of that and post  
that information to that post then the comments can stay.
If they cannot then those comments need removing or those 
words editing out. The person who wrote the comments may  
see what they say as opinionbut those are legal terms and 
proof has to be provided.
OMG seriously?!? I will NOT remove or edit. Therefore, here at blogger 
is our new home. 
Update your 
 I have moved the last 50 posts over here but due to different editing 
styles the links are funky looking at the moment. 
The Wordpress blog address will still be there as long as it is not 
removed so refer back to it if need be:

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grannysworkshop- reader email

11:48 PM Sunday, September 13, 2009

Hi! i've been flagging this shop for 3 weeks straight and have even emailed them about it. All I get is a generic hi there! This shop is selling puppets from the company Folkmanis. they have even taken the pictures right out of the website. The finger puppets are Peruvian imports. The whole shop is a sham, including the story about the grandma making them for over 50 years.

Thats funny, Folkmanis has been in business for 30 years maybe they stole this lady's patterns! ;) Shame on you Folkmanis.
(end sarcasm)

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Reseller- nicenecklacepearl

8:03 PM Saturday, September 12, 2009

At least this reseller gave me a laugh with the shop name and the names of each item being "charming" as if that is the key to English speakers to buy buy buy.">

Shop Announcement: Hello and welcome!
Here you can find unique jewelry designs.
Each item is one of a kind made with love.
You are welcome to look and join my passion for

I love making jewelry.
I believe in unique, special jewelry for every day. Here you'll find cool pieces fitting for every occasion.
I studied a lot and I will be more then delighted to share the results with you. Please share my passion for fashionable jewelry.
I hope you enjoy my creations and thanks for stopping by.

I believe in custom design everyday jewelry. I make exactly one of each design, so each item is unique. Here you can find something interesting to fit you for every day, for every cloth, for every occasion without beraking the bank. You are more then welcome to contact me if you are interested in a version(different color, slightly different shape) of one of the items.

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Here is a tip to Etsy- if the listings have a camera icon in the corner, it's probably not handmade.

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Reader Email- tempusfugit

12:39 AM Friday, September 11, 2009

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.

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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:

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Ebay - <a href=";_trksid=p3911.c0.m14">;_trksid=p3911.c0.m14</a>

Exhibit two:

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Ebay - <a href=";_trksid=p3286.c0.m14">;_trksid=p3286.c0.m14</a>

Exhibit three:

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Ebay - <a href=";_trksid=p3911.c0.m14">;_trksid=p3911.c0.m14</a>

Exhibit Four:

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Ebay - <a href=";_trksid=p3911.c0.m14">;_trksid=p3911.c0.m14</a>

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

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The fact that the seller says she ‘chooses unique items’ is rather a give away!

Most of the clothes are by this brand :
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Other clothes are a different brand. This is so blatant – the models are standing in front of boards that have the ‘DizzyDarling’ brand written all over them!
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Oh, and her policies state she doesn’t do custom work. Funny that.
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And an update on our favorite person William Dohman- He is back with a new birdhouse. Clearly he received the copyright papers for his old stolen birdhouses and had to change.
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Another ‘Etsy calls this vintage, even though it’s not’ Sunday on the FP and the Dorque.

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I didn’t think you could grab something a few years old at a yard sale or thrift shop, sell it with something else unrelated that may or may not be 20+ years old (can’t tell from the photos), and list the marriage as ‘vintage’? There’s no assemby of the items, it’s just collected unrelated stuff.
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But then the Etsy staff doesn’t know any better. The staff continues to ignore so many items that are handmade and look kinda cool, or are really vintage, to promote copyrighted items and yard sale castoff stuff.

Oh, and the few people I know who have been into the real equestrian thing would gag at Etsy’s idea of ‘equestrian style’. I think Etsy is confusing costumes for comedy rodeo acts, or what people who just collect items related to a specific animal (the horse, in this case) buy, with ‘equestrian’. Doesn’t matter so much now. Read an article on MSN about fall fashion trends last week, and it said the equestrian thing is ovah.

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Quick Links 9/4

8:30 PM Friday, September 4, 2009

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Is reselling cheap dollar-tree crap. I know because I’ve seen some of the items he’s selling at dollar tree, and I own a few myself!

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~I do not own the license to these images.
By purchasing you are paying for my time to gather &amp; format these images for you to use in your crafting projects.
~Please do not sell, trade, or share these images.
Feel free to make things with them and sell them.

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This chick? It’s from India and I have one? WTF?
here’s a link to her flick account: <a href=""></a>

This part isn’t her Etsy listings:
Each item contains a care label. We recommend following these instructions for your special piece. Each piece softens more and more with each wash. We may even recommend a first wash before wearing. Enjoy!

here is prettyplumsuagr’s stuff on another site <a href=""></a>

And it states she is from LA while the items in her Etsy shop say from India, and she doesn’t have a location listed. UGH!!!

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Reseller- ivancupid

8:08 PM Thursday, September 3, 2009

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This guy is a repeat offender. He opened a shop last year where he sold graphics that he stole from a graphic artist. He sold one item, you can see it in his sold section. He was shut down. He has now reopened and is selling the modern version of a Chia pet – the “Little White Man’. Not his handmade, vintage, or supply….it’s resale. You can see it here: <a href=""></a>

He is a total reseller. None of the trunks and boxes he is selling are authentic vintage either, they’re 100% reproductions – I can go buy them right now at my local TJ Maxx or Marshalls. I’m sure with a little hunting any of us could find them online as well.

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The Jewelry Downward Spiral

7:46 PM Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fonth drives me crazy! Beautiful pictures and the jewelry even looks cute (cheap cute but still cute) but no way…no way is it not mass produced. It’s embarrassing that Etsy lets him stay there when the proof is as easy as this:
RedTeddy on Etsy sold this: <a href=""></a>
Fonth has it here: <a href=""></a>
Fonth also has this bracelet: <a href=""></a>
which looks a whole lot like this one from ThaiSterlingSilver:
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ThaiSterlingSilver has this necklace: <a href=";listing_id=26548846&amp;ga_search_query=red+necklace&amp;ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_7022981">;listing_id=26548846&amp;ga_search_query=red+necklace&amp;ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_7022981</a> which looks an awful lot like the one that was sold on BenWorldHandmade: <a href=""></a>
BenWorldHandmade doesn’t have anything listed now, but when they did, they had this: <a href=""></a> which, although made in different colors, still looks a lot like this bracelet by InfinityJewelryClub: <a href=""></a>
InfinityJewelryClub also sells this necklace: <a href=""></a> which looks almost identical to this necklace by Fonth: <a href=";listing_id=29388489&amp;ga_search_query=green+necklace&amp;ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5953890">;listing_id=29388489&amp;ga_search_query=green+necklace&amp;ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5953890</a>

These suppliers have items that look really similar to what the Etsy shops listed above are selling:
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When they were called out the first time, this blog was pretty new. I definitely think they could use a second call out. And speaking of “no way did you make that” turquoise rings, this shop has been bugging me for a long time: <a href=""></a>

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Maybe I’m being a bit judgmental on someone new to Etsy. Admittedly, my panties get in a bunch when I see repeat-reqeusters in Alchemy, especially when it’s a shop requesting items very much in-lieu with their trade. So pardon my metaphorical wedgie…

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She’s a paper embosser. She should make cards, right? But I can’t help but wonder how much “handmade” work is really her own…

Card slips? (still not sure what the hell she’s looking for) <a href=""></a>
Packaging? <a href=""></a>
Something about using her business card [removed by admin]
Someone to do all her photos for her? (”photoshop wiz”) <a href=""></a>
Envelopes? Seriously? <a href=""></a>
Clear stickers <a href=""></a>
And long ago, something about requesting “something to put on my cards, to make them like a gift on their own!”

And added insult to injury,
Send heap stuff to her family (ideal price: $1) <a href=""></a>

Please understand: I know that Etsy shops aren’t required to stir, apply, and lick the glue of their hand-crafted manila envelopes. But the extent of these requests and lack of creativity by the shop owner has me scratching my head.

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Reseller- JoyceRocks818

5:31 AM Tuesday, September 1, 2009

This seller even admits in all of the listings titles and descriptions that she is reselling new items she purchased!!

Seller: JoyceRocks818
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Example #1:
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Item description:
“Only dog frames left-hoping to get another shipment of the cat frames soon, but please contact me on Etsy to make sure the cat frames come in.”

Item title:
“new in case”

Example #2:

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Item description:
“Paws N Claws with tags”

AND all of the imagines are stolen from other retailers.
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AND what's up with the Paypal banner?! Stay classy!

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