(Closed) Important warning about ETSY!

posted 6 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Thank you for posting this. I think it’s an important warning. I WISH Etsy would do something about resellers, but they don’t seem to want to.

Post # 5
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I don’t think resellers should be eliminated completely. They are offering a service with a slight guarantee through PayPal which is a bit more secure than trying to order from some of the Chinese companies directly.

That being said I think the resellers should be required to state very clearly on their sites that they are not actually handcrafting anything, but rather reselling things they have purchased pre-made in bulk.

Post # 7
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@hanna_banana:  Hmm good point. Although I try to avoid Ebay after a few bad experiences. I tend to trust Etsy a little bit more despite my limited use.

Post # 8
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

so unfortunate to see 🙁

Post # 9
2947 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It’s a disgusting practice that really kills the spirit of Etsy for me. 🙁

Post # 10
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

The lady that runs Regretsy has been writing about this for a couple years now. She actually tracks down re-sellers, posts pictures of their listings and then pictures of the Chinese wholesaler listings with the massive price differences.I highly recommend her site. I really enjoy it.



Post # 11
3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

An excellent site regarding this issue is http://etsycallout.wordpress.com/ It’s “Callin’ out on Etsy” and they post about resellers and other shops with similar bad business practices.  Before you buy, it’s good to do a quick search to see if they have been listed on this blog (and of course use common sense too).

Post # 12
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Just curious as to how you know that the 4 shops you listed are “resellers”? The only one too me that looks like it could be a reseller is the 2nd one- it is a lil intricate but not unrealistic even with the $118 price. The rest of the items you listed can most definitly be handmade. At craft stores like Michaels and AC Moore they sell many of the same pieces separately that can be bought and then wired together to create a piece of jewelry- so they wouldn’t necessarily have to place every stone separately and anyone can wire some beads together and put them on an earring hook. Two of the sellers even mention they can change aspects of the piece if the buyer wants to- a reseller wouldn’t do that IMO. Not trying to be rude- but you should provide some evidence, other than they look too good to be true, before “calling people out”.

Post # 13
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I am so happy this thread was started! 

Post # 14
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@ShennaB2b:  agreed.

@ the OP:

not only that, but you can also walk into high quality jewelry supply stores and purchase premade settings, and then set whatever stones you want into them. it doesn’t necessarily mean the final piece is low quality. 

there are thousands of people on etsy that purchase prefab things and then put them together to sell. do I think it’s especially creative? not really. but you can’t just go around and accuse everybody of being a sham artist. 

those links you posted are not even trying to claim that they are made out of diamonds or anything. 

before you go and bash somebody else’s storefront without real proof, maybe you should take it up with etsy. 

Post # 16
2849 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am surprised to find out that so many of the bridal accessories are from China! The markup they are listing them for is crazy! Talk about making a nice profit for little to no work.

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