Alexa Jean Gill – age 23. Model Mayhem portfolio picture
Alicia Shaffer – age 38. Runs ThreeBirdNest and “loves naps”
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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Materials: seed beads, chiffon
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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.
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.