- 6 years ago
Hi bees, I’m a new poster, but i’ve been a lurker here for a while!
I am recently in the process of picking out my wedding jewelry, and I’ve been doing some research on Etsy’s sellers and their items. I’m also a journalist for a popular US newspaper.
I wanted to put out a warning about re-sellers. Not sure if you’re familiar with this concept, but they are sellers who purchase mass quantities of cheap rhinestone-encrusted jewelry from wholesalers in China. They then mark it up and sell it on Etsy as THEIR OWN creation!!!
Etsy is supposed to be an artisan marketplace, where everything is handcrafted with love from artists all around the world. By purchasing on Etsy, you are supporting artists directly, and you are getting a special item made just for you!
However, like I said, certain sellers simply purchase cheap jewelry from China and mark it up dramatically! Here is an example of where the ‘re-sellers’ purchase this jewelry for a few dollars/piece: http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/474945914/2011_fashion_necklace_bridal_jewelry_set.html
So when you see similar items on Etsy, don’t be fooled, and please don’t support these shops! Do you really want to wear a cheap piece of jewelry on your wedding day that was bought from China for $2??? The ‘re-sellers’ are very easy to spot. Here are some examples of mass-produced items from China VS. real handcrafted items. Please take note!
MASS PRODUCED ETSY ITEMS FROM ‘RESELLERS’:
**take a look and ask yourself if this item was “handcrafted”. I think NOT! If it was made by hand, these pieces would be super expensive due to the time it would take to mold and place every rhinestone/pearl on the piece by hand!!**
REAL HANDCRAFTED ITEMS FROM REAL ARTISTS:
***take a look at the intricate wire-work and design that goes into these pieces***