I think by now you would be hard pressed to find many people who know about Etsy who don’t also know about Regretsy. It has been a whirlwind sensation of bad craft & snappy remarks that has exposed some truly hideous “handmade” items & the people who make them.
I had mixed feelings about Regretsy when I first came upon it – it was funny – so funny – but it also exposed a side of Etsy I hadn’t even thought of. Since the day I first discovered Etsy I have had pipe dreams of selling something (that’s my first problem right there) & working happily in my pyjamas for cash money. I am yet to do anything about that dream, apart from brainstorm shop names & spend hours designing shop banners I’ll never use; but I have admired so many other people’s lovely shops, bought things, given hearts to this, that & the other & generally wondered at the awesomeness that is THE handmade marketplace. That’s why when Regretsy started telling me that not everyone who had an Etsy store was a classy & talented crafter, I was pretty disappointed. Call me naive (I have SO been called worse…) but I just didn’t consider the possibility of people on Etsy deliberately selling dodgey wares or being anything less than the stand up folks I’ve come to think of crafters as being.
Did you know though, that Regretsy were not the first to expose all that is weird, crappy & in bad taste on Etsy? Helen Killer has done it with style & wit, there is no doubt, but Etsy WTF were doing it earlier.
I came across Etsy WTF after reading a comment on Regretsy – something Helen had posted had previously been posted there & I went to check it out. From there I found more links that I really wish didn’t have to exist;
Again I may be just super naive – but did you know that sellers on Etsy can set up fake accounts & make “treasuries” to increase their chances of their items being featured on the front page? Etsy Puppeteers seeks to find ‘Puppet’ accounts & expose them.
Some VERY interesting reading here – have you seen, while shopping for the perfect handmade little sumpin sumpin, an item that you could have sworn you’d seen at your local $2 shop…? It may not just be your eyes playing tricks on you – people do that on Etsy folks, resell random things they’ve bought, or import, or found somewhere or other… even worse than that though are sellers stealing from others – I was reading about one seller who posted photos of another sellers items in her store… say what?
I’d say Etsy Bitch is mostly for (or by) disgruntled & frustrated Etsy sellers who can’t have their say on the highly censored (sorry… moderated…) Etsy forums, there is a lot of bitchin’ as you would assume, but also promotion of like minded Etsy Artisans.
YTWWN isn’t just about Etsy, but you can search for ‘Etsy’ on the site to find all the relevant posts. This site is all about exposing blatant rip offs of other people’s work, art or ideas. It’s very interesting & very disappointing. The amount of people openly stealing others work & passing it off as their own is really quite disgusting. My jaw literally dropped when I saw this in particular.
I think that people who have been selling on Etsy for any amount of time will be more likely to know about all this stuff than sporadic buyers like myself, but I know that since I found all this stuff I have been looking at Etsy in a slightly different, less rosy light. I still believe that there are amazing artisans selling their wares there, and you know from my earlier post that I love to shop there, but I am a little more wary, a little more cautious & a bit more curious about who I am actually buying from.
I’d love to hear from anybody with a store on Etsy – what do you think about the sites I’ve shared here…?! Are you happy that they exist, exposing the dishonest & the dodgey, or do you think they give Etsy a bad name as a whole?
Fellow buyers – Have you had a bad Etsy experience? I have only had great buying experiences myself, knock on wood (yeouch!), but I’m sure there are horror stories out there…