Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Real Handmade


Most people on Etsy are by now aware of the huge blunder Etsy made with a Featured (re)seller on Etsy. Many people noticed that she had manicured hands although she was claiming to make furniture, if you are not aware yet why thousands of Etsy sellers are protesting you can find two good reports on Regretsy here and here.


So here we are after almost 5 years on Etsy working our bumms off, and me having a neck hernia on the age of 28 from endless hours spent at the workbench and the computer, and nowhere close to manicured hands while resellers are selling like crazy without getting their hands dirty, living in Malibu and making the big bucks on a so called handmade site :(

40 comments:

  1. Totally agree Estella.
    Would be much easier for me too to just go in the bazaar and pick a few things that kinda look handmade and resell. How cute is that? Maybe then Etsy would feature me too :)

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  2. Oh dear Estella:-* hope you'll get better soon! I feel your pain...in my lower back.....so yes, long hours of hard work left some marks on us!

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  3. Totally agree, Estella.
    Etsy should wake up and realize it is not immortal or infallible, and that it is people-driven.
    The real handmade artists work so hard to get people come and buy from Etsy, we write blogs, we post on facebook, etc, driving a lot of traffic towards Etsy, making it a popular site, so that resellers get rich, customers get frustrated and we end up having less and less sales.

    Sorry for your hernia, I hope Etsy will make it up to you!

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  4. Agree! After all there are plenty of Chinese shops in my area where I could buy decent looking stuff and sell it for a higher price.

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  5. Healing vibes for you! ~~~~~ Your protest is inspiring but also paintful! I am so sorry that you had to wear the neckpiece, i hope it will get better in time! And about resellers on etsy... Oh well, I am sure they will have their own "neckpieces", because of the "karma"!

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  6. Sending healing dear Estella!
    I am feeling sometimes i should sell chopsticks:D I can just paint them et voila:D

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  7. Oh Estella, healing vibes to you!!!!! And HUGS!!!!!!!!!
    Absolutely agree with you!!!!!!!!!!!
    And even though we may never get rich money-wise, we ARE rich because creating handmade-with-love is our greatest richness! To me, it's my daily therapy.
    Some time ago I read in a blog: "ART is not something you can 'choose'". YES, we will never ever resell our hearts and souls, never.
    Kisses xxx

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  8. Lots of healing vibes for you,Estella!
    And shame on etsy!

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  9. Totally agree with you Estella.
    Hope you'll get better soon.

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  10. I couldn't agree wity you more. Take care Estella. By the way, this looks so uneasy to wear:(

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  11. I have to come and sit next to you ... wearing a brace for a nasty tendinitis from too much crochet for my'handmade on etsy' !

    Veel beterschap !

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  12. You are absolutely right Star and I really hope you are still able to work.

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  13. It is sad, but I am not surprised. Take care of yourself and get well soon!

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  14. Oh, i feel really sorry for you. you need to take care! it's so unfair that people who are not working hard get all the attention....

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  15. I hope you'll get better soon.

    And totally agree with you !

    So sad !!

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  16. Oh dear Star! I didn't realised you are not well:(((
    Get well soon my dear and don't worry with whatever happens on Etsy, they always changing the rules depend of what the share holder want to make more profit!

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  17. Oh poor Estella! I hope you get well soon. Big hug!

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  18. Yeah Etsy turned into a weird place :(

    But more important: how are you?? I hope your neck doesn't hurt too much :(
    I'm sending you tons of chocolate/cookies/whatever you love and many kisses and hugs.

    Get well soon!

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  19. It's purely scandalous... but you can't argue with the bottom line...

    Get well soon.

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  20. oh Estella, ik wens je heel veel verlichting (van je pijn) toe. Hopelijk wordt etsy idd wakker.
    Sterkte en een voorzichtige dikke knuffel

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  21. Sending strong healing vibes and hope you can have a but rest...

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  22. Poor you... I send you some really strong healing vibes... Hopefully you have opportunity to take pause now, you busy bee... Hugs.

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  23. Estella Baciii...cok gecmis olsun...insallah tum emeklerinizin karsiligini daha iyi bir sekilde alirsiniz...
    kendinize iyi bakin:-)

    öptümmmm

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  24. Sorry to read about your health issues dear. I hope you'll feel better very soon. I'm out of loop and didn't get much of the FS discussion, but will look into it.

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  25. Well said!
    I hope you feel better soon! If not you know you can always hire 4 carpenters to work for you! ;)

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  26. Oh dear! Get better soon! This whole situation has made me really sad...

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  27. When I was reading that featured seller story I was wondering how come there were no photos of her working or pics of her studio. Now I know why.

    Hope you feel better soon! Take care and be well. :)

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  28. Estella I hope you feel better! I totally know what you mean.... I work full time and the I go home to work on my jewelry and my etsy shop....I suffer from carpal syndrome and have troubles with my neck.

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  29. That is so true! Sad that resellers get awarded like that on Etsy :(.

    I hope your neck will be better soon!

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  30. Dear Estella, sending you healing vibes. Hope, you get better soon.
    We know what you feel.
    Being self employed is a challenge, being self employed and making handmade is already a incredible challenge. And this just feels like a slap on the face with a loud laugh about our own stupidness to not break the rules.

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  31. Oh dear Estella, I hope your neck gets better soon xo

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  32. Oh dear Estella, I hope your neck gets better soon.xoxo

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  33. ooooooooojavulást!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! zita

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  34. I feel hurt and abandoned by Etsy. I'll keep a presence on there due to having many friends through it, but I'm moving most of my items to two other retailing sites. I've had enough...

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  35. Hope you are feeling better day by day!!!

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  36. Hope you are feeling better day by day!!!

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  37. manicure? What is that thing you speak of??

    So sorry about your neck, I hope you feel better soon!

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  38. Lieve Estella, wat afschuwelijk, die nekhernia. Ik vind het heel erg voor je, ik hoop dat het goed komt. En wat een rotstreek, die featured seller!!! Alle goeds en veel liefs voor jullie allebei! xxx

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