“Pinterest is a gorgeous site but it is NOT a shopping site. Amazon does NOT use the Pinterest model in that it has so many different ways to drill down and find things.
I was a Power Seller of vintage glass beads. I had 100% feedback. I left in 2006 when things started to get ugly for the smaller sellers. eBay completely forgot that most sellers are honest, treating us all as evil because of the bad apples, who are the same type of people they are courting....electronics and imported junk.
eBay totally kicked the small ticket sellers, the mom's and pop's, to the curb, calling us flea market sellers. They raised the rates so high we couldn't make a profit. Meg Whitman was horrible and John Donohoe was worse. He came in after I left, but I read his opinions because I had thought about coming back. I've been fairly happy on Etsy but they too are doing the Pinterest thing.
“In case you haven't read the rest of the comments, calling factory manufactured items handmade is illegal in the US. That's according to the Federal Trade Commission.
No seller in her right mind would want to do this and sell manufactured crap on Etsy under the handmade category. It would be ok to handmake items for Etsy and open a commercial website with manufactured goods, but it seems people doing this don't want to make homemade goods any more.
It's illegal.....bottom line. Think you won't get caught? Think again. Eyes are on anyone who does this.”
“I just looked at the Etsy front page on the way to my dwindling shop. I shuddered. The only thing I was sure of was a vintage camera. I don't know anymore what is handmade and what is not. I cannot tell. That means I am not buying any more "handmade" items on Etsy except from the sellers I already know and trust.”
“Don't leave out the tremendous variety of vintage beads and components on Etsy. You can find everything you need from American sources.”
Monica Griffin on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:17:46
“Which by the way, is the truly great advantage to dealing with individual handmakers over manufacturers. While there may be a few posers out there who skirt the truth, on the whole you get to know them directly, can inquire as to their practices and choice of materials (and should), you build a relationship of trust AND in the end get a superior product. This works well for both parties involved in the transaction: the maker gets repeat business, and the repeat shopper gets the comfort of of knowing they are receiving quality workmanship they can rely on every time from someone willing to be accountable for it.”
Monica Griffin on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:04:07
“As a matter of fact, Stone, most all of my pieces are built using NOS (new old stock) vintage components, and very little contemporary, even if it's domestic in origin, because that's my design preference, and a mix of contemporary and vintage beads, both of which happen to come from the same geographic sources because of the history of the makers in those regions.
However, what I was trying to get across in my post is that assemblage design (much more than just charm on a chain) doesn't automatically mean the components and beads are of dubious origin. I've seen more than one person make that leap, assuming if you didn't create the raw materials yourself, they must be cheap Chinese imports, which doesn't NEED to be the case at all.
By the same token even if it's a domestic supplier selling Chinese bead and components, I still pass. So whether they are vintage or contemporary, origin is my first consideration, because of possible content issues that have historically plagued Chinese goods (lead, etc.) and because of poor labor practices, and second because of traditions of excellent quality to be found elsewhere.
Not to be misinterpreted as any form of xenophobia, or ill will towards the Chinese laborer (who needs to be able to survive and is not the decision maker regarding how things are manufactured anyway) just based on the poor track record of Chinese goods with regard to those considerations, content and labor practices.”
“If we go to Zibbet, it will eventually have the traffic Etsy does. The owners have vowed to keep resellers off the site.”
Monica Griffin on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:33:12
“Not only do they vow to do so, they actually follow thru and remove reported items/sellers within a matter of days. None of the frustration of watching a reported seller continue to do business for months, or even for good as happens frequently on Etsy.”
“Ms. Fake and the rest of the Etsy board members need to read and comprehend that what they are telling sellers about handmade is incorrect, unethical and also illegal. Etsy, being a venue, would not be slapped with a lawsuit, but an unsuspecting seller would.
According to the FTC, to call something handmade that isn't handmade is illegal. If I am making my own jewelry, my supplies are raw materials...and what I do with those supplies and my handwork is handmade legal according to the FTC. If I sketch a necklace, have a professional designer design it, and send it to China or India or Thailand to be manufactured, Etsy would allow me to call my product handmade. That is ridiculous and the FTC would be correct in halting my illegal commerce.
Most of the handmade sellers on Etsy are not for this move. However, there are many who are. They should check the law before outsourcing their labor.”