Really People? You just want to bitch…ok, check.

46 Signatures on the petition.  46.  Wow.  So I guess you all would rather just bitch and moan about the situation instead of actually doing a little work yourself?

Alrighty, I had my moment. Lol.  We are almost 100 signatures strong. We need to double it every day. That feels like a big goal, but all we need is to spread the word and ask each person to sign, and ask that person to find a person, and on and on. I will commit to that, I’d like to hear from anyone who can support that goal.

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Every Picture Tells a Story, don’t it?

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          StayWarmInStyle ~ $32.00                              RyloWear Boutique ~ $14.20                       PeekABoot Socks ~ $28.00

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         ThreeBirdNest ~ $ 8.99                                         dityfashion ~ $ 2.50                                     MABEESBOUTIQUE ~ $8.50

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ThreeBirdNest ~ $ 38.99                                                CaSales ~ $ 9.00 (13 available)                         UnitedMonograms ~ $16.00 (26 avail.)

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 PeekABootSocks ~ $18.00 (1 avail.)                              KnitPopShop ~ $19.95 (28 available)              TutuCuteLittleOnes ~ $22.00 (6 avail)

So remember, every picture tells a story don’t it…every picture tells a story, don’t it…every picture tells a story, don’t it…every picture tells a story, don’t it…every picture tells a story, don’t it…*

And lordy, these pictures are telling a story.  An empty, eBay-esque, soulless story.  Of sameness.   Pages and pages of sameness.  It’s enough to blur your eyes and empty your brain scrolling through pages and pages and pages of the exact same item, priced differently, sometimes available in quantities of 287!  Seriously, 287 (thank you ThreeBirdNest for again confirming that you are sharing your bed with a big country called India) boho headbands.  Yes.  287 boho headbands.  I’ll just say what everyone is thinking…WHAT in the name of all that is holy is someone going to do with 287 boho headbands?

What’s even more interesting is to find one of these shops, for example GraceAndLace, and click on their inventory of items for sale, only to find that it’s the same shit that ThreeBirdNest has!  Seriously, it’s the same shit.  The leg warmers.  The lace.  The jewelry.  The scarves.  How are they all knitting, beading and sewing exactly the same shit?  And each store calling it “handmade”.  Shamelessly.

Let me help out a bit.  I’m going to show you handmade.  I’m going to show you items you can’t find somewhere else, items not imported from China or India.  I’m going to show you what a unique product is.  Because judging by the sales of these “handmade” items, either you, the Etsy buyer, are seriously confused or you just don’t care.  But in case you DO care, here are some examples:

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http://www.etsy.com/shop/dramatiquedesigns ~ This is some seriously cool shit ~ an up cycled sweater from DramatiqueDesigns    If you want original, if you want one of a kind, if you want HANDMADE, it’s not going to cost you a mere $19.95.  But you’re not going to find 287 of these floating around Oregon either.

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Meet Carlos and Omar, hand made, hand painted zombie dolls.  These are seriously cool, I would hang them on my wall any day, and I would laugh every time I walked past them.  Those faces…too funny… http://www.etsy.com/shop/CREEPYSTUFF

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http://www.etsy.com/shop/FromKellyWithLove  One dang sweet little baby sign.  I would have hung that above the crib of both my baby girls if I’d seen it a few years ago ~ in fact I could still give it to them as a gift, especially my fierce baby Jane…she’d probably put it in her board room instead of her bedroom…but it would be a fair warning not to mess with that little one 🙂

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http://www.etsy.com/shop/stickdogleather ~ I’d carry this gorgeous purse just about anywhere 🙂  Chad hand stitches items in his shop and there’s a lifetime warranty.  You won’t find China or India promising that!

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And from vintage-land…Captain Midnight and the MOON WOMAN.  Look at the guy’s face to the far left…that redhead’s got him on the defensive! This is from 1942.  And you can’t mass produce 287 of them.  Thanks http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChloeSwirl for this priceless little piece of history.

This is handmade, people.  This is vintage.  These are items that you can’t order 287 of.  And guess what, you can SEE the difference.  So if you want to be unique, if you want to support small businesses that actually make or find their items on American soil (just a nod to Memorial Day), here are some examples of what it really looks like.  And if you have the patience to scroll PAST the mass-produced shit, you’ll find gems like these items, what Etsy used to be, what Etsy used to support, and what we’d all (except India, China and their best American friends) like Etsy to return to.

*thank you, Rod Stewart, for the lyrics…so appropriate that they are repeated over and over and over at the end of your song 🙂

Open Letter to Etsy

The previous post was removed at the request of Lise the author, very respectfully and sweetly. I do wish her the very best, and did not intend any harm by posting what she said in my blog.   Since it’s not hard to find another facet of this goat rodeo, stay tuned 🙂

Now the White House is buying into this crap?? Say it ain’t so, Joe!

An anonymous source sent me the following sound bite dated May 18, 2015:

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

General Larry R. Ellis, USA (Ret.) – Member, National Commission on the Future of the Army
Kathleen H. Hicks – Member, National Commission on the Future of the Army
Thomas R. Lamont – Member, National Commission on the Future of the Army
Lieutenant General Jack C. Stultz, USAR (Ret.) – Member, National Commission on the Future of the Army
Chad Dickerson – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
Gary Hirshberg – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
Dennis D. Williams – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

In case you missed what would ordinarily be boring news that meant nothing to most of us, note the 5th name on the list and read his illustrious bio:

Chad Dickerson, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
Chad Dickerson is CEO of Etsy, a position he has held since 2011. He was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Etsy from 2008 to 2011. Previously, Mr. Dickerson was Director of the Brickhouse and Advanced Products teams at Yahoo! from 2007 to 2008, and was Senior Director of the Yahoo! Developer Network from 2006 to 2007. He also served as CTO of InfoWorld Media Group from 2001 to 2005 and was CTO of Salon.com from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Dickerson received a B.A. from Duke University.

Trade policy?  Negotiations??  A KEY administrative post???

I honestly thought the whole news clip was a joke until I found the article myself.

And then I thought, well doesn’t that just explain a lot of this current malarkey!  Chad doesn’t give a rat’s…nest…since we are on the “nest” theme…about what is happening back at his granola munching, garbage recycling, Birkenstock wearing office.  Nope.  He’s got bigger plans, because apparently his gross mismanagement and outright deceit are being rewarded with an administrative post.

From. The. White. House.

Yes, I just turned four words into four separate sentences, breaking every grammar rule known to man.  Just to help drive the whole point HOME.  A key administrative post.  For Chad Dickerson.  King of “sell out the Americans in exchange for some cheap shit from China”.  King of “I make the rules and selectively enforce them depending on how pretty your model is or how much revenue you are generating for me, oops I mean for us.”

I would like to say that I’m speechless…but I’m not.  I just can’t put into print the exact string of (really not very ladylike) words I’d like to say.

I guess just use your imagination…

The point is, why even lie about it? Oh wait…the point is PROFIT…not the truth

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Alicia Shaffer – age 38.  Runs ThreeBirdNest and “loves naps”

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Some random model chosen in 30 seconds off the internet, who looks more like Alexa Gill than her “sister” Alicia Shaffer

So the point is – why even lie about it?  Why tell one lie, which multiplies into two…four…eight…thirty….and eventually hundreds of lies.  Why say someone is your sister, when there is 15 years difference in your ages (which again is possible, but the odds are starting to stack against the truth in a statement like that), and when some random model chosen off the internet in 30 seconds bears a more striking resemblance to Alexa Gill than her (supposed) sister Alicia?

And why say you are “hand-making” your items, when it’s pretty obvious you aren’t?  An infuriated customer of ThreeBirdNest sent me the following picture of her “hand-made” head wrap.  By the way, it’s the same head wrap worn in the first picture of this blog, and has this description:

Gypsy Headband, Cute Hair Bands, Women’s Boho, Mint Crystal Leaf Headband, Fashion Headbands (HB-121)

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$28.99 USD
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Handmade item
Materials: seed beads, chiffon
Feedback: 13261 reviews
Ships worldwide from Livermore, California
This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards

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Note the emphasis on “handmade item” in the description above.  And then read the (not-so-fine) print on the item’s tag (below) describing the item as “made in India”.  India.  Yep.  India.  And speaking of the item’s tag, just who is “Noi Fashion Leaders” anyway? Glad you asked…because thanks to the power of the internet, it’s easy to google that name, and guess what pops up!  “INDIA’S MOST POPULAR FASHION DESTINATION”.  India.  Yep.  India.  To be fair, at least India has given us the peace of mind that our “hand-made” head wrap is LEAD COMPLIANT.  Wait…what…LEAD??  It never entered any of our minds that a hand-made-in-the-USA fabric and sequin head wrap would have anything to do with LEAD.  Now we’ve got yet another thing to stew about.  A $29 cheap piece of fabric sewn in India that is lead-compliant and can be delivered to our door for $7 – after about a month of waiting for it.

So it’s not made in the USA.  And now it’s not made in China.  It’s made in India.  Got it.

The pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place.  Gone is Alibaba (for now) and gone is China (for now).  I guess THAT was the “factory move” we’ve all been wondering about the existence of.  Looking back, it makes sense that the orders were delayed by weeks and weeks…for goodness sakes, they had to pick up an entire factory and move it from China to India…that’s a lot of work.  Trekking all those goods and people and machinery and sequins 3,000 MILES down the street to a new country.  Setting up a whole new set of labels and threading all those sewing machines and knitting needles and printing cute little “lead compliant” labels so we wouldn’t be worried about what we wore on our heads.

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Come on Etsy.  SHUT THIS FRAUDULENT SHOP DOWN!!!   You created this rat’s nest when you pretended not to know what was going to happen by allowing “partners” back in 2013…now pick up the droppings and restore a little bit of sanity to your once reputable site.  You’ve got way bigger problems than lead compliant head wraps, and it only takes a click of a button to pull the power plug on this hot mess.  The longer you wait, the more complicit you appear.  It’s not like you can bury your head in the sand (which is just as plentiful in India as it is in China) and pretend you didn’t know.

Shenanigans at Etsy (the disappearing NEGATIVE reviews)

After truly believing that Americans were so stupid and so lethargic that Chad’s management team could arbitrarily set and break its own rules and no one would notice or complain…Etsy now finds itself mired in a hot mess of controversy and class action lawsuits.

Nowhere is this arbitrary rule making and rule breaking more evident than in the flagrant favoritism Etsy seems to have extended certain sellers, specifically ThreeBirdNest.  As proof, the following review appeared on April 27, 2015, posted by Jessicarose Thurber.  It wasn’t pretty, the original review, but TBN ruffled the nest again when they asked Jessica to “change her review.”  She did.  And this was the result:

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Which really wasn’t what TBN was after.  For some reason they seemed to think that a few heart signs and smiley faces and “xoxo’s” would be enough to mute Jessica, who had already lodged an Etsy complaint, a BBB complaint, and who had noted that her “handmade in California” item had shipped from a warehouse in Ohio.

Obviously it didn’t calm her down at all.  Instead TBN’s little California nest was left with even more egg on its face.  And so instead of spending time fixing its broken system, TBN apparently figured out a quicker route to achieving its goals.  Just delete the review.

Great idea, except that we sellers couldn’t just arbitrarily delete negative reviews.  If we could, we would all have perfect 5 star ratings.  Which would really make the entire feedback process so tainted and unbelievable that it would quickly be abolished.  Nope, reviews were part of the package deal, and honest sellers looked at their feedback, made adjustments for their errors, tightened up their policies and moved forward.

Not TBN.  Apparently they had a magic pipeline to Etsy’s management team and within a few hours the negative review disappeared.  Which leaves us wondering how many other negative TBN reviews have disappeared, leaving behind only the positive ones, and once again grossly misrepresenting (this) Etsy (seller) to the general public.

Labels with “made in China” and “made in India”.  Scathing 1 star reviews.  Blisteringly negative reviews vanishing into thin air.  Wishy-washy policies and arbitrary favoritism.  Class action lawsuits.  Angry buyers and angry sellers.  Disrespect and distrust for the Etsy Board.

What a face-plant for the former homespun bastion of granola idealism.

And what a huge betrayal to its fee-paying, rule-following core of buyers, sellers and fans.

Securities Fraud CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT filed against Etsy!!!!

SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. Announces A Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against Etsy, Inc.
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WILMINGTON, Del., May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Rigrodsky & Long, P.A.:

Do you, or did you, own shares of Etsy, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: ETSY)?
Did you purchase your shares between April 16, 2015 and May 10, 2015, inclusive?
Did you lose money in your investment in Etsy, Inc.?
Do you want to discuss your rights?
Rigrodsky & Long, P.A., including former Special Assistant United States Attorney, Timothy J. MacFall, announces that a complaint has been filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York on behalf of all persons or entities that purchased the common stock of Etsy, Inc. (“Etsy” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ GS: ETSY) between April 16, 2015 and May 10, 2015, inclusive (the “Class Period”), alleging violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 against the Company and certain of its officers (the “Complaint”).

If you purchased shares of Etsy during the Class Period, and wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this notice or your rights or interests, please contact Timothy J. MacFall, Esquire or Peter Allocco of Rigrodsky & Long, P.A., 2 Righter Parkway, Suite 120, Wilmington, DE 19803 at (888) 969-4242; by e-mail to info@rl-legal.com; or at: http://rigrodskylong.com/investigations/etsy-inc-etsy.

The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, defendants made materially false and misleading statements, and omitted materially adverse facts, about the Company’s business, operations and prospects. Specifically, the Complaint alleges that the defendants concealed from the investing public that: (1) more than 5% of all merchandise for sale on Etsy’s website may be either counterfeit or constitute trademark or copyright infringement; (2) brands are increasingly pursuing sellers on Etsy for trademark or copyright infringement, jeopardizing the Company’s listing fees and commissions; and (3) as a result of the foregoing, the Company’s public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times. As a result of defendants’ alleged false and misleading statements, the Company’s stock traded at artificially inflated prices during the Class Period.

According to the Complaint, on May 11, 2015, before the market opened for trading, numerous news outlets, including Bloomberg and the Associated Press, reported that Gil Luria, an equity analyst at Wedbush Securities, issued a note downgrading Etsy to “Underperform.” Among other things, the note mentioned, “Our research indicates as many as 2 million items on Etsy (>5% of all merchandise) may potentially be either counterfeit or constitute trademark or copyright infringement.”

On this news, shares in Etsy dropped over 8%, closing at $20.85 per share on May 11, 2015, on heavy trading volume.

If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than July 13, 2015. A lead plaintiff is a representative party acting on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. In order to be appointed lead plaintiff, the Court must determine that the class member’s claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that the class member will adequately represent the class. Your ability to share in any recovery is not, however, affected by the decision whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. Any member of the proposed class may move the court to serve as lead plaintiff through counsel of their choice, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member.

While Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. did not file the Complaint in this matter, the firm, with offices in Wilmington, Delaware and Garden City, New York, regularly litigates securities class, derivative and direct actions, shareholder rights litigation and corporate governance litigation, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty and proxy violations in the Delaware Court of Chancery and in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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Double Jeopardy

Recently I had an interesting email conversation with a woman who “took a gamble” on a scarf from TBN, even though there were horrible reviews visible, in plain sight, from scores of TBN customers.  These were one star ratings and blistering reviews that would have kept most credit cards firmly anchored in a wallet instead of “taking a gamble” on a cheap scarf from China.

I started the conversation by asking her if there was a “made in China” sticker on her newly purchased scarf (which was made from material “a tad bit stiff and there was a hole where a 1/2″ piece seemed to be missing from the lace part of the scarf”).  She said “no, there was no ‘made in China’ sticker”, instead she sent me a photo of the scarf with it’s cute little “handmade with love – Three Bird Nest” tag.  TBN would have loved to have had her stop there, but helpfully she sent me a second picture of the scarf with it’s SKU/bar code taped to the outside of the package.  Dumbfounded, I asked her why she thought something that was “hand made” needed a SKU/bar code attached.  I’ll stop the story here and simply say that people don’t appear to understand that a “hand made” item doesn’t need a bar code sticker, and that, in fact, a bar code sticker attached to a hand-made item is an infinite loop of crazy.

But the bar code/made in China question brings up a double jeopardy situation that TBN currently finds itself mired in.  A situation worse than it’s 100+ furious customers with their scathing reviews, a non-existent BBB rating (it was an F until they discredited her store) and the universal stink hanging over the entire Etsy community’s heads.  TBN, by removing “made in China” stickers is in direct violation of the US Department of Homeland Security “Country of Origin Marking” requirements.

You see, there is a funny little thing called NAFTA “marking rules” that require that TBN disclose to it’s customers in which country the item is primarily “hand made”.  There are no exemptions to this rule that TBN can claim ~ in other words they can scam Etsy’s customers, such as the woman who believed that a hand-made item needed a bar code, but the US Department of Homeland Security isn’t going to be that naive.  And if TBN removes the “made in China” stickers in order to pull the (nylon) wool over their customer’s eyes, they are triggering a much heavier hammer than the BBB and it’s wimpy “F” grade.  Not even Etsy’s complicit board members will be able to bail Ms. Schaffer out of this mess.

Conversely, leaving the “made in China” stickers ON the items is just as risky for TBN, because obviously a head wrap made of one piece of lace that states “made in China” doesn’t have, nor will it need significant enough alterations to come even a continent’s length close to changing which country the item is “originating” in.

So which is it going to be…pick a bone with Etsy customers, or pick a bone with Homeland Security?  I know which one I’d pick, but oddly TBN seems to be straddled right in the middle of both positions, a very fascinating double jeopardy situation worth paying attention to.

Later this week…the story of the disappearing “negative” reviews from TBN’s site and the sudden random sprinkling of 5-star “shipped fast” reviews, designed to let all the customers know that the “warehouse issues” have been resolved.  Fair warning Etsy and TBN ~ not all of us think that a “handmade item” needs a bar code sticker…and some of us are even smart enough to print the negative reviews before they disappear.

High Hope Aglory

There are far more outraged Etsy sellers who are wise to the ways of ThreeBirdNest than I’d originally thought. And there appears to be no shortage of disgusted customers of that shop either. They’ve all had some choice words about ThreeBirdNest’s un-level playing field or the poor condition of the merchandise they spent $30 on and waited 30 days to receive.

After my first blog was published, I was sent the following link from one of Alicia’s less than thrilled customers:

http://www.importgenius.com

Import Genius isn’t trying to expose anyone, it’s actually trying to sell it’s services to any potential importer. But in the process of selling themselves, they…well…kinda sold out Etsy’s favorite golden child’s “handmade” store ThreeBirdNest.

This link contained fascinating little details, such as which recent (slow) boat from China carried ThreeBirdNest’s “handmade” goods safely to the Oakland docks.  (It was called Hanjin New York in case you are dying to know).   Additionally, this link alerted us that contrary to “High Hope Aglory” being the name of a recent Kentucky Derby winner, it was actually the name of the CHINESE factory where all the cheap shit people are buying from ThreeBirdNest was made.  3,600 POUNDS of cheap shit, to be more precise.

Stay with me, because although I’m the world’s most hesitant mathematician, I think I’ve got this equation down cold. Let’s imagine for the moment that the average weight of one piece of shit destined for ThreeBirdNest’s California home was 8 ounces. If that was a good average weight, it would equal a total of roughly 7,200 pieces of shit that Hanjin helped flood the “handmade” Etsy market with.  I know what you’re thinking, because I’m thinking the same thing.

Yep. That’s a shitload of cheap shit.

After my first blog flew out into social media land, an outraged Etsy seller commented that she’d been permanently muted on Etsy forums because apparently, similar to my experience, Etsy’s bipolar set of guidelines really meant “if you can’t say something nice (about Etsy or ThreeBirdNest) then don’t (we won’t allow you) to say anything at all.”  All this high handed control running rampant in the land of the First Amendments guarantee of freedom of speech.

Wowzer. How duplicitous of them.

Yet another unfortunate buyer of a piece of High Hope Aglory’s “handmade” junk sent me a picture of her $30 item’s label reading “made in China”.  Apparently one of Alicia’s California factory team managers forgot to remove that little nuisance tag prior to shipping it.

Double wowzer.  Sounds like one of the five managers needs to be fired.

Or promoted for actually being honest.

Unfortunately so far (see my previous blog) no one from ThreeBirdNest has called yet to buy my inventory at a hugely reduced price. Nor has anyone at ThreeBirdNest responded to my blog, of which I did send a copy to their shop; subject line “BUSTED”.

That’s understandable. They’re pretty busy over there. You know, knitting stuff and soldering jewelry. Oh, and they’re also a little sidetracked taking field trips to the Oakland docks on a regular basis. With a semi truck.