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 🙂

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75 thoughts on “Every Picture Tells a Story, don’t it?

  1. Great story small planet!
    Copying GraceAndLace is how TBN got so popular! I noticed that she has always copied from other successful shops. All just a bunch of cheating liars that are ruining and running others from Etsy.

    On another note, I have always known about the Etsy tricks and blackouts but found out first hand with my own test. I looked at TBN’s feedback everyday for 15 days. Guess what?? NOT ONE SALE for my shop during those 15 days. (May has always been my busiest month!) So I stopped looking and within 2 days …my orders starting coming in again! 39 items sold in 13 days !! What the hell man??? Are you kidding me?? Now I just sign out to spy..haha

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    • Speaking of GraceandLace, totally discussing watching her on Sharktank telling her sad tale and lying thru her teeth as to how/why she started her business! And using (supposedly) a dead baby as the premise to boost her story…sick, sick, sick!

      I spend untold hours/days knitting or crocheting every single piece that goes into my shop…and the quality shows! Nope, don’t want any of that cheap crap with my brand on it!!

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      • She never mentioned Etsy on the show. She did tell she pays $5 for the items and has them made in a knitting mill in CHINA !! I’ve reported her too and there she is, still open on Etsy without any transparency. Someone asked her on her facebook if all her items were made in America and she told them NO, some are from CHINA. I sent that link too and …..nothing.

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      • Sickening…just searching for one item now on Etsy brings up 3500 items from China, which when photographed well (because that’s the secret) will be more appealing to the uneducated buyer…who then receives a piece of junk from the slave miles in China

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  2. Ahh yes the Aztec socks, fastest knitters in the world this lot, with tiny little knitting needles. BS galore.
    A fellow Etsier was telling me how she reported a similar thing, 5 shops all selling the same item. She sent through links, images, the whole lot.
    Etsy closed ONE shop and asked her not to send through any more information.

    They spend more time policing the forums than looking after their so- called policies.

    Down under here in Aussie land, it’s a similar thing, but it all comes from Indonesia, containers and ships full of the stuff. It clogs the weekend markets, fills the stores and is everywhere.

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  3. I think it’s important to say that no one wants to stop people from China, India etc. from making a living, nor is it any of our business if someone wants to sell these items online for whatever price they want – the problem is when they call it “Handmade” and tell stories about working moms sewing away.

    Also, some shops have to work with outside companies – printers and so on – but as long as the product is original I don’t see a problem with that.

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    • That’s exactly what we are saying – go to eBay and sell your things if you are importing junk for 80 cents per item. I’m sure there are people in China and India turning out beautiful truly hand-made items, and they aren’t happy about what is happening either

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  4. We are talking about shops who buy mass produced goods, claim they made the items themselves & violate the rules of selling on ETSY.

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  5. They never respond to reported shops. Years go by & these offending reseller shops are still doing a brisk business-with Etsy promoting them & covering their asses. Etsy has to do this now more than ever in order to appease the grumbling stockholders & make that $$$$$-by whatever means necessary. Mark my words, Etsy is going to have to roll out some major policy changes & more redefined words BECAUSE of the stockholders & lawsuits.

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  6. Isn’t it amusing that “Boho” is now the catch-all phrase for mass-produced accessories on Etsy? Tons of shops here now all selling the same “Boho accessories…” Guess the resellers know a trend when they see it (however late they may have come to the Boho party) & stocked up. Funny & ironic that all this so-called “Boho” junk kinda negates the meaning of the word “Bohemian”, doesn’t it? If every other twenty-something is walking around with silly doodads on her head, then isn’t Boho NOT Boho any longer but uniform accoutrement?

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  7. I also found it humorous (in that sick way) that there are “levels” of “Boho” resellers: #1 are the upscale looking, nicely photographed, “pretty” shops- #2 are the shops trying to recreate other reseller’s shops but coming off as half-assed & not very “appealing” looking. Finally, #3 the shops that look like bins at the Dollar Store.

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    • ‘Tis the fashion it appears, or perhaps we are all old hippies. I love the style myself and it’s full circle yet again.
      Unfortunately I can no longer fit into the Paisley pants, purple bibbed hot pants and white vinyl boots from my youth. LOL

      But, I do find it amusing when the same photograph is replicated straight from a warehouse, it looks stupid and the markups are out of this world.
      Or worse, the new model is not ‘as desirable’, or they just can’t be stuffed to take a half decent photograph.
      Someone out there will buy that shit. Which is exactly what it is.

      I have heard whispers (from the kiting fraternity of all things), that China are slowly moving away from the cheap crap – at least some companies. As Susan says in a couple of posts above this, I don’t have a problem with people trying to survive. But I do (don’t we all) have a problem with the lies and deceptive means that Etsy seems to think is the way to go.

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  8. Let’s all show our support/respect for the REAL artists & artisans & TRUE vintage sellers on Etsy. Do not be tempted by pretty pictures that dupe you into buying from mass-produced, factory made, scam reseller shops pretending they HANDMADE these items or call recently made factory crap “vintage”. Or, if you still must have some certain mass-produced item-just take a minute & look for it on Ebay or elsewhere online & save yourself the misleading “handmade” mark ups of reseller shops on Etsy. You can find turbans, for example, on Ebay starting at under $2.00! Please, also avoid like the plague, all of the copyright infringing shops!

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  9. At one time I had a vintage shop on Etsy but ultimately shut it down in January 2015 after seeing the handwriting on the wall (incessant arbitrary tinkering with the site, ridiculous highhanded rules, favoritism, the “star rating system”, abolishing feedback from seller to buyers, limiting gift card usage to Direct Checkout shops… I could go on and on but anyone who sells or sold there knows whereof I speak, LOL). It’s a shame that the site devolved from being a “community” to simply a “venue” within which the true honest small hands-on crafter can no longer hope to compete. Vintage has always been the redheaded stepchild on Etsy and really does need a truly juried site of its own. Ruby Lane is an alternative but the cost of doing business there is high and their vaunted “oversight” is not applied fairly across the board: Just as on Etsy, the high volume sellers there can get away with blatant rule-breaking that smaller sellers are slapped down for.

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  10. Exactly! Etsymart came to town, built their Supercenter & is forcing the “mom & pop” shops out of business.

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  11. I would love to know where to go next to sell my vintage stuff. I closed my Etsy shop a while ago but miss the camaraderie among sellers and the laid back atmosphere, which Amazon and Ebay lack. I tried to sell my vintage stuff on Amazon but it was too complicated. Each item has to be submitted to a department that approves it or not, and it takes them forever to let you know, sometimes a couple of months. A real pain! So, where do we Etsy real vintage sellers go from here???

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  12. A TBN customer’s review on Etsy, with an unbelievable reply from the shop owner:
    ONE WORD: Garbage. I ordered 3 separate headbands in different colors- one didn’t ship/never arrived even though I was told it did. I currently have a case open and being reviewed by Etsy (the only way I could get a response from the owner).
    The headband I did receive is “hand-made” in China and I could have bought the same cheap wrap for a few bucks on eBay. And it probably wouldn’t have taken months to get here.
    DO NOT waste your money. I’m shocked that this store is even still allowed to operate.

    Response by ThreeBirdNest (shop owner)
    As we let you know, the headband you got was a completely wrong headband. You received one that is for ***our wholesale marketplace***. We offered to fix this as you knew the handmade quality ones were up to par but you did not want us to fix it. I am sorry that it didn’t work out but it was a mistake and we were here to fix it. Thanks 🙂
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    Unbelievable! Imagine if one of our shops had given this lame excuse to a customer…

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  13. Nothing has happened to TBN so far and I believe nothing will. Etsy’s shares are stuck at $17, so our only hope now is Amazon. Has anyone heard anything else about that?

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  14. And the headbands keep selling like hot cakes… Maybe we should all sell them in our shops, make easy money and forget about the rest. LOL

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  15. My name is Bret and I will no longer use a pseudonym as I could care less if etsy shuts me down. To pay etsy any money is to support slavery and worse still child slavery. While Chad Dickerson and Alicia Shaffer from Three Bird Nest would not be seen and slave owners of old they would more aptly be compared to the captains of the ships that transported humans in chains to buyers. They profit from slavery. Chad Dickerson and Alicia Shaffer PROFIT FROM SLAVERY.
    Paying etsy listing fees facilitates their ability to support modern slavery. This is not hyperbole it’s fact. We the real handmade artisans who pay etsy fees are facilitating human suffering.

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  16. For a while now many people have been appalled that penis enlargement spells are for sale on etsy. I submit that these spells actually deliver as promised.
    Sadly for the people that purchase these spells the intended member is not enlarged. With every penis enlargement spell purchased Chad Dickerson actually grows in size.

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    • Yep, me too – couldn’t help myself to go take a look. Hilarious.
      Mind you, I avoid this stuff like the plague now in the forums, 2nd time banned for making some smart assed comment about some chick selling photos of herself urinating on a bed.

      Good one Chad, I had always desired that Chad Dickinson would somehow scratch the beejeesus out of his forehead on his trendy cufflinks – wiping his furrowed worried brow an all. But heck, this evil vindictive twin can quite imagine your scenario just as well. 😉

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    • And perfect teeth/smile spells, weight loss spells, money spells, etc., etc. Some sell for as much as $50. I checked Ebay and they sell for about $5 there. Oh, well..
      I think the way things are going for Etsy, Chad is going to need a very powerful spell. I can’t wait until Amazon starts their Handmade section.

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  17. Smallplanet, would you check to see what is happening with posts waiting moderation? Sometimes we post a comment here and it says “your post is waiting moderation” , and then we never see it again. I think that is probably swallowing one third of the posts to your blog. Thanks!

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  18. SeekingAlpha tells investors to sell their Etsy shares
    “Etsy is fundamentally broken. The proof is not just in the sharp drop in the company’s share price, but in its business. Since discussing it last September, 2014, Etsy re-designed its site, essentially taking the style of Pinterest and EBay. The new site view is a mess, and the negative impact on the business may permanently hurt the company.”
    http://seekingalpha.com/article/3211126-sell-etsy

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  19. I just found this on Bloomberg, just in case you’re wondering where Etsy’s money goes:
    Mr. Chad Dickerson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
    Age: 41 Total Annual Compensation: $300K
    Ms. Kristina Salen, Chief Financial Officer
    Age: 43 Total Annual Compensation: $297.9K
    Mr. Jordan Breslow, General Counsel and Secretary
    Age: 58 Total Annual Compensation: $275K
    http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=28492682

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      • Yeah, I know… I think they’ll be losing some of those millions through the many Class Action Lawsuits that are hanging over their heads and keep on popping up. I really don’t think Chad knew who he would be playing against when he decided to go public.

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    • Please go to the above link & read through all of the so-called Q & A the little admin zombies held this afternoon. They, as always, refuse to answer REAL questions. Low sales (for us non-factory made sellers), seller discontent at an all time high & Etsy still thinks they can dazzle, divert & hypnotize us with their Orwellian meaningless Doublespeak drivel.
      What they do not realize is that they have screwed many of us out of our livelihoods & the peasants are revolting.
      Meanwhile, Emperor Chad is building a $50 MILLION dollar new Etsy office building In Brooklyn.
      Let me be blunt, I hate Etsy & all that they have become. It is an evil corporation.

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      • Another hour I’ll never get back. Total BS as usual. How many freaking links can they direct people to without ever really answering a real question??
        I’m so over them!!

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  20. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for starting this petition! I do hope we get a lot more than 100 signatures. I’m going to post it all over Etsy, for the few minutes before they delete it. I’m wondering if we should start one asking President Obama to rethink his decision to have Chad on his team.

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  21. Oh please, please plaster Etsy with the petition!! It is a Friday night- all the goofy little admins are out playing. It might just garner some attention before one of them finally deletes it! Some of us have been permanently banned from the forums so WE CAN”T POST A LINK! Thanks a bunch!

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    • Notice how all the admins have similarly idiotic and annoying avatars? It’s clear they are bogus pics selected by the same assclown–probably the CEO Chad–who has nothing else to do but police the forums for people exposing what an unAmerica shithole etsy is.

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  22. All of those items are available wholesale from all over! I’ve even purchased wholesale scarves from a place in California to sell as cute little add-ons to my handmade goods. To sell wholesale items is one thing, but to actually try and pass them off as “HANDMADE” is hilarious!

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  23. LOVE IT. Finally the word is getting out. The shop RYLOwear, has other items from China. For instance the aviator hat and infinity scarves like the one featured in Abby’s write up of “Etsy Redefined – Three Bird Nest.” BRAVO!!!

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  24. This company is so bad that the word “etsy” has become a common noun meaning anything bought at Walmart or from a Chinese factory and then resold as “handmade” or “vintage” or, even worse, “original one-of-a-kind” for a ridiculous markup to suckers. Etsy has sold out American crafters and artists in more ways than can be described here. The CEO Chad Dickerson looks like the type of little prick who would borrow lunch money from a friend and then simply terminate the friendship rather than paying back the money. That’s what kind of an assclowns are running this company. If you want to confirm that human civilization is rapidly deteriorating, go and read the etsy forums. They are overpopulated with shameless morons and posers who claim to sell “handmade” items that are clearly made in Chinese factories by slave labor. Many of them even admit this and are proud of it. Anyone who really does make fine handmade goods is quickly attacked or silenced for complaining about the site being nothing but a big lousy flea market for hucksters who resell Chinese junk under the false pretense of being “handmade” or “one-of-a-kind.” Funny, even with this utterly corrupt business model, etsy has never made a profit. They are the joke of Wall Street and for good reason.

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  25. My grandpaw Taduz, he say Etsy is old Gypsy word meaning useless junk that is spruced-up, or counterfeit items sold to unsuspecting town folk. He hand me empty bottle, he say “Here boy! Etsy this up and we sell as vintage glassware, make big dollar, big dollar!” He show me broken can opener, say “Look boy! We call this steampunk sculpture! Them town folk not gonna know they been etsied til we long gone!” I find broken key chain in parking lot of Mexican food restaurant, Taduz say, “Etsy her up, boy! We gonna make a big profit on that!”

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