- Artwork courtesy of Handmade Solidarity
PERFECT COPYCAT OF THE ORIGINAL really sells it for me.
I would have opted for “Unique Copycat” – after all, it is “handmade”
Handmade by Deja Vu Creations.
I’ve seen what you did there. I think…
Is that the name of an Asian sweatshop?
No – that would be Deja Phu
I asked a seller (in a polite way) about their bubble statement necklaces and I got a message saying they were also PERFECT IMITATION OF J CREW NECKLACE. Bonus: they called me a ‘HATER!’ I giggled a little.
Yeah, you know, haterz gonna… ask politely.
Surely someone’s hands came into contact with these at the factory. It’s not a complete lie.
well as long as you don’t find a hand in the bag you should be ok.
It’a a collective & they were shipped on a boat made of barn wood. What more do you/could you want!
If they were handmade by hungry children, does that count?
Oh, Etsy. Nothing you do surprises me anymore.
Appalls, nauseates, enrages, sickens, infuriates and angers, yes. Surprises? No.
I can see that the SCRAM team is hard at work.
My English is bad, but does this mean that if I buy an ugly home evening bag, they will make an added bonus to hand jobs?
yes. yes they will.
I’ll take the first three little bags
i really think you’re on to something, though, Petja. etsy would do well to allow resellers if they promise a free bonus handjob. that would cover the “hand” part!
“I believe I requested the hand job?”
Do they have something mouthmade?
Guys everywhere will be delighted. A nice gift for wife or girlfriend and a secret bonus for daddy. Two gifts for the price of one.
The so-called family bags?
Maybe I’ll be a big tote ..
I already have the small bags. Not quite three
More than two?
And less than four!
I will see if I can find a pic.
That sentence was a joy to read!
Trying to get a grip on this deal, Petja?
Those are all totally handmade. By children. In third world countries. For pennies a day.
That should be an additional Regretsy subject line –
This is just one of so many reasons I despise Etsy. I hate all the evil douchenozzles that let this ship sail so far off the map.
My heart goes out to all the legitimate makers of handbags, who have to deal with this jackassery.
Yeah, Etsy is a big enough company with enough staff and mods that they should be ashamed by this. It’s not even like this stuff is on the line (which a lot of stuff is), this is BLATANT and OBVIOUS as being the exact opposite of what handmade is. But that is mean and calling out you guize! It’s not creamy or adorebs at ALL
This really bums me out. I want a new handbag, a really hard-wearing expensive (is $200-300 expensive for a handbag? Looking at this I wonder maybe it’s not) bag, and I was looking to etsy. But I can’t tell whats handmade well, what’s handmade poorly and what’s handmade in sweatshops.
um. Just because it looks retro doesn’t make it vintage either. Dummy.
Well it is two years old. Out of season is like vintage right?
One year old is like ten years in hipster. So that bag is twenty years old.
The great thing about shopping on Etsy is that all the money goes straight to the artists and designers, to help support their creative work.
Ron Wayne from United America, Steaktown says: “Handmade bag for very good fun times! Rucksack for many cheers, always! Bag for holding many American hotdogs! I very loving most fashion-it bag of the moment!”
“Rots of ruck with your rucksack!
“Rucksack just rike reprochauns have with many gold nuggets and American fun times!”
This has gone on wrong enough.
Just remember- two wongs don’t make a right.
I bet you can find 2 Wongs making lights.
Man, I have the best/worst un-pc thing to add here, but I can’t because I would look like the biggest douchebag in history if I did.
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Finally! A bag large enough to hold the hundreds of hotdogs I eat in a single meal!! I’ve been sad so long for very fun good times place for hotdog. Me love it long time!
Nice organization, Helen.
The prices start out and then get more and more bloated until !bam! the (relatively cheaper) knockoff serves as punctuation. Like a cherry on top of ridiculous-ness.
At least the last one owns up to it being fake, unlike the rest.
If the Hermes bag is real, it’s completely handmade and that’s a reasonable price for a used one in new condition.
Meanwhile, people who take hours to crochet something are told that no one will buy them unless they’re priced to compete with cheap mass-produced schlock.
But it’s still not vintage – it’s just not brand new.
$8,888.00 is reasonable for a handbag? Really? Man, I don’t care if Jesus made it himself, I think that’s insane. Do people really buy handbags for that much money? If so, WHY? Does it do something regular bags don’t?
For a Birkin, that’s actually a good price, and yes, people spend it! If I may translate to guy speak, it’s like the Lamborghini of handbags.
Still not vintage and not Etsy legal, though.
Birkin bags usually go UP in price on the resale market. That one was a fake though.
You read my thoughts, Mapleleaves. Where you in my head last night?
that Hermes is completely a fake….real Hermes bags do not buckle on the sides and fold in on themselves…they have a very riggid structure so they always stand up and keep their shape
I’m depressed that I know so much about this bag.
Some of them do, it depends on the qualities of the leather they are made from and how old they are.
Etsy: The World’s Largest Second-Hand Made Marketplace.
Well, I do enjoy the parade of Back of the Van ‘R’ Us sales, I think that I would be okay with 50% authentic, as long as I can pay with 50% counterfeit money.
It would be refreshing for one of these to even be 50% handmade by the seller. A Frankenpurse, if you will.
Off to start reporting…. Oh, wait– why bother…
No, no, report it — how else will Etsy decide who to features in the next Finds email?
Yeah, they can’t wait to feature them on the Front Page!
Well, the Chanel bag could be hand made – doesn’t anyone remember those pictures of Coco sitting behind an industrial sewing machine in the middle of her Paris atelier?
I’m pursing my lips over this.
That pun just made my sack hurt.
I had to clutch mine in sympathy.
I see what all of you did there.
Now clean it up before your parents get home.
Totes adorable! Well, maybe not.
Oh, if you had only added another “r”, you could’ve had the trifecta of “abhorrant”, “adorable”, AND “horrible”.
You make a very pursuasive argument there.
The cat’s out of the bag on this one.
No way in hell Chanel made that shiny pink nightmare! It’s not even a slightly believable knockoff.
That thing is atrocious.
Maybe they meant “Shannell”, who could be some weird lady with atrocious taste.
Or the Drag U professor. She might actually have designed that…
But it has two big C ‘s on it. For Chanel. And it is so real the seller says so. No one lies on E t s y.
I know right? Who would pay that much for an ugly pink purse? It looks like something my niece would like. She’s 7 (I think).
But you can bounce a cell phone signal off of it like nobody’s business and get a tan at the same time.
Aw, the Hermes bag likes to go for long drives with the top down – remember your sun hat!
And SPF 80 for the nipples!
And your barf bag!
In case you missed it, here is Chad Dickerson getting it on in the Etsy forums:
And here is are all the disappointed Etsy sellers complaining that he came first then left them hanging:
Yeah, Unless they are like super cute, I rarely tolerate guys who came first then left me hanging. Like I can get down from the sling myself!
“USD:” it doesn’t mean “used.”
“Used” “second hand” “retro:” does not mean “vintage.”
“Vintage:” does not mean “not crap.”
“Etsy”: does not mean “handmade”.
Handmade: does not mean you made the listing all by yourself.
Stop taking credit for our work, puny meat-bags!
RIM (Robot and Industrial Machinery) Jobs Now!
Zippy- you’ve always been very “pro-rimjob”, I’ve noticed.
What makes this even worse for me is that a legitimately talented designer, Chopstixwaits, passed away suddenly today. By allowing this crap to remain on their site, etsy is making a joke of the folks who really have talent and who are selling REAL vintage items. Shame on them…
Dear Etsy Customer,
Sorry this has taken so long, but you know the nature of “handmade”! haha Well, I just finished hand-tooling and dyeing the leather for your Michael Kors Floral Retro Handbag! Next step is casting the “MK” symbol in steel and chroming it, then adding the chain links and clasp. After that, all I have to do is hand sew the whole thing together with a liner inside, and do a final inspection. I really hope you’re happy with it, and don’t feel that you’ve overpaid your $70 (fingers crossed).
Did you know, helen that they are conducting a test on the front page (how many computers it appears on i am not sure, but many art sellers are losing sales over it)
they have removed the entire Art section from the front page, and stuck it under the barnwood homogenised category called “Home and Garden”
meanwhile this bag shit above is still clogging the etsy colon.
thats right Helen, they are HIDING artists who are in one of the largest categories (Art) on etsy
Damn really? That explains a lot.
Kinda makes me happy I like most of my original art and art prints expire and haven’t bothered to renew yet.
Did they explain why they’re shamefully hiding the hand-drawn art? I know there’s just tons of it and a lot is of middling quality but surely its not such a big deal?
No, they have actually hidden the ENTIRE Art category and put it under Home and Garden
I’m confused. I checked out the red Prada bag (re)seller’s shop, and she had this item for $240:
And yet, at the bottom of that very listing, it says “Bag retails for $198 plus tax.” So is she saying that she sells at a higher price than Coach retail? Or is the bag more magickal now that she’s enchanted it with goddess aura or something?
and just in case anyone missed this profile of the last seller – a true artist of handmade items [sic]
“I’m a _________ man living in Athens.
I love Fashion and i own lots of Designer Brands.
A few of them will be added on ‘Etsy’ in Auction.”
Obviously did not read the TOS, but then again neither does the (chicken) Etsy admin.
I have to say, I’m almost glad that I do not make purses or bags, not because it’s a crap thing to do (it’s actually a great thing) but simply because seeing this would really make me upset and insulted. I mean, I’m still feeling insulted, and I don’t even HAVE a shop on Etsy. There is nothing more ridiculous than this, unless shops start selling Verizon phones and Coca-Cola and whatever else is the farthest away from vintage/handmade. (Oh God, Verizon phones and Coke are gonna show up now, I just know it.)
coca cola you say?
I have all of these bags already, when I was in the States last year, I paid $10.00 each for them at the local Sunday flea market that is loaded with Chinese sellers of every fake thing you can think of, I got lovely Tiffany Jewelry for $5.00 each.
But I think you can trust these guys to be selling the real thing, because you know they are selling on Etsy, which doesn’t allow re-sellers.
Does anyone have any connections with news agencies??
I don’t care if Chanel’s ashes are in that hideous thing, it’s disgusting horrible. Anyone willing to pay almost 3,000 dollars for that piece of crap deserves to lose almost 3,000 dollars and have that piece of crap.
Does anyone else use these posts as a smorgasboard of report this item/ report this seller? I take much delight in clicking over and reporting them all.
Well, all but the Prada bag have been removed. Seriously? Least they got most of it? It seems only when Helen posts shit like that on here does it get enough of an influx of reporting that something is done. Lame. I could do just bags alone for them from my house, but no. Wouldn’t wanna outsource things in cupcake land, since I’m not hipstery enough for them. I can spot a new bag, and a fake bag from a mile away.
that’s probably cos someone, more than one someone, forwarded them this post. but i betcha theres still tons more where that came from.
i wind up on the front page sometimes but cos of that, they watch my shop. i’m a good photographer, it’s nothing all that great. there is a flipside to it too, meaning: i get caught every single time some stupid little thing semi-sideswipes their rules. it’s really irritating cos none of my stuff is ever really very badly against them but, at least w/ me, they pick out the picayune every time. i can see why they might let a real chanel or prada or hermès stay up–theres a lot of handwork done on them [especially the hermès]. but the rest of the junk just boggles.
Most of these are probably conterfeit. The last one is for sure. They admit it!!? This is a HUGE problem here, and a crime. Not only are the real designers losing millions of dollars over this, but if every trailer trash Walmart weirdo has them, who wants them?!?! It takes away from it being a luxury item, thats for sure. That pink atrocity is awful, but all those people who are out amoungst us in their filthy pajamas would pay big bucks for that nastiness!
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