Handmade qualification doesn't Include your Sweatshop "helpers"~

   Thu, August 19, 2010 - 12:35 PM
There was a while back when I posted about someone who was putting things up on etsy and they weren't handmade. I contacted her and she was embarrassed and took her stuff down IMMEDIATELY! I send people to her store all the time. She knows that she orders her items from a wholesaler in India and that she can sell her things for pretty cheap because of it.

Now~ This has come up again. A DIFFERENT seller~ Magical Fashions~ She has a booming internet site, facebook sales and even tons of sales here on tribe. She has great stuff and lots of it! www.etsy.com/shop/kris57

Recently she has started posting items for sale on etsy and handmade. She apparently doesn't realize that they are supposed to be handmade by HER not her "helpers" in India.
I have no issue with her bras and belts. there is no way to prove if these are done by her or not, and it would be super difficult to prove, unless she is selling the same ones over and over again~

BUT~ the tie front tops, ruffle pants and 25 yard skirts are NOT made by her. Apparently because she goes to the factory and oversees the production, she worked "with" her "helpers". I'm honestly mostly pissed that she wasn't humble enough to remove the obviously mass produced items and just leave her custom ones. Items that are sold on her regular website. She flat out denied that they were being mass produced, and even went so far as to accuse someone of telling her that because she used a sewing machine that it wasn't handmade. I haven't been given permission to share that email, but I'm sure it will come about soon enough.

I didn't even take the time to go and compare the bra and belt sets... so again. I couldn't care less about those right now.

BUT~ if you have a HUGE business elsewhere, PLEASE LEAVE ETSY TO HANDCRAFTERS! To the small time designers. Home sewers or even those who have a huge following, but are selling MADE BY THEM ITEMS! Or even made by you and a friend or two~ I'm all about it. I've even started using a few friends to help me out with some things I hate to do... LOL I trade sewing and costume pieces for their time!

ok~ end rant here...
I'm sure this is going to make me look petty or snarky, but I don't care. I work my ass off to produce high quality pieces, create my customer base and follow through with those customers~

I'm tired of people trying to take advantage of outlets not made for them. Tired of people not caring what the rules are and just doing what they want because they don't think they will get caught. I don't like liars.



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Thu, August 19, 2010 - 2:33 PM
You have a point. I took them off my FB because I got tired of a boat load of posts daily about what's for sale.
Thu, August 19, 2010 - 2:47 PM
That is exactly why I don't post constant posts about what's for sale in my shops~ I should, perhaps I would get more sales, but what's the point if people remove you or ignore you!

I've got more than one person on ignore for that exact reason~
Thu, August 19, 2010 - 2:57 PM
Post for new stock
Post for Sales
But there is no need to make 3 or 4 posts every hour.

There is a balance. It isn't easy to find. You will find the right method and balance.
Thu, August 19, 2010 - 3:13 PM
I so agree!!!!!
Thu, August 19, 2010 - 9:36 PM
That's so weird. I was browsing etsy the other day and came across her store. The first thing I thought was, "wow! Look at this mass produced crap." And some of the "unique" pieces look like a rip-off of other's designs.
Funny that you posted this blog today. I go to etsy for unique handmade items...I go to ebay for stuff from India.
Thu, August 19, 2010 - 10:15 PM
Rya~
When you find things like that REPORT them to etsy~

Its the only way they are caught!

but ya~ Ebay is where I go for super cheap stuffs~ in both quality and price~
Thu, August 19, 2010 - 11:18 PM
your so right on girl
Unsu...
 
Fri, August 20, 2010 - 1:41 AM
I totally agree with Rya. When I buy something from Etsy, I feel like I am buying into the crafter's passion. I don't want generic, mass-produced stuff, I want stuff with a bit of soul.
Wed, August 25, 2010 - 8:57 AM
Posted my story on Bellydancer Boycotts: tribes.tribe.net/bellydanc...bf71506303

This just INFURIATES me. Especially when I have friends who "like" her page on Facebook...
Tue, September 7, 2010 - 6:27 AM
I removed her, and sent her a not so pleasant message about her ethics, etc.

Not happy.
Sat, September 11, 2010 - 8:33 AM
Dunno if it will help but...
I reported her to Etsy as well. I also provided examples. Here's hoping her crap is taken off there.