Subject: Buy Handmade
Date: October 11, 2011 10:52:06 AM PDT
I was on Etsy a few nights ago, looking for elephant themed jewelry. I saw this on the first page of my search:
I instantly recognized it as being something that ModCloth also sells.
I reported the item to Etsy, giving them the ModCloth link, in order to show that it couldn’t have been handmade.
That was over a week ago. Today, it turned up in the search again. What gives? I wondered.
Then I saw it. “toofashion2010″ has nearly 6,000 sales. Oh.
Thanks for sending us your find.
True, toofashion2010 appears to be a reseller, and yes, they have now made over 6,000 sales, which is a lot of money for the Etsy coffers. And granted, this is the same seller who recently closed down her Ebay store, where she had sold over 6,000 pieces of the same jewelry.
But I think you’re missing two very important pieces of information.
First, the seller makes everything by hand:
And secondly, Etsy takes all complaints about resellers “on a case by case basis.” Maybe you just didn’t give them enough cases.
So here are nineteen more cases from the same shop for Etsy to look into, as soon as they stop gloating on PBS that they are a handmade marketplace, and not a fucking cesspool of three dollar shit, hawked on the backs of actual artists trying to sell their work there.
Hope deal with you again, have a good time!