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Handmade Highlights / Comfy Cold Weather Creations!
« on: October 04, 2014, 12:30:45 PM »
Hi All, Here's my latest Highlight, for the cold weather, lots of cozy, comfy creations to keep you warm!

General Discussion / Rebelmouse - My Inspiration Page
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:45:10 PM »
This is the page where I send posts from my various sites, and save special pictures and stories that inspire me. It contains DIY tips, recipes, lots of nature and animal-related information, and the Highlights I create, as well as ones in which I'm featured.

Handmade Highlights / Textile Treasures
« on: July 18, 2014, 11:37:32 AM »
Hi Y'all, here's my latest Highlight, it's a celebration of Textile creations, stop on by and check it out!


While many Etsy users were celebrating a long holiday weekend, scammers used the opportunity to perpetrate fraud on the marketplace in what one seller termed "invasion of the listing snatchers."
Scammers opened hundreds of shops on Etsy containing listings copied from other sellers for apparently nefarious purposes. An Etsy moderator responding to one thread reassured users it was aware of the issue, but the post left sellers with many questions and uncertainty.
An Etsy moderator by the name of Linda posted a thread on Sunday afternoon thanking users for reporting the issue. "The reports you make play a really important part in keeping the Etsy community safe for all buyers and sellers and we always appreciate you taking the time to flag these issues," she wrote.
She said Etsy's Marketplace Integrity along with other teams were fully investigating all reports submitted by users "who will take appropriate action."
Many sellers who witnessed the shops were uncertain how the scammers would benefit from listing items copied from others that they clearly could not fulfill. One seller said she had seen the same thing happen in the past, writing, "they would make a sale, take the money and... poof... gone. I saw it done with a very expensive antique ring. Very nasty indeed and I hope Etsy takes them down quickly; it shouldn't have to wait until Monday."
An EcommerceBytes reader reported the activity and said "pirate" shops from China were listing just two items each, one at 99 cents and one at $99, all using stolen photos and descriptions from other Etsy shops. She and her colleagues were reporting them, she said, but while Etsy was removing some of them, "others take their place with lightning speed....someone suggested it may be bots programmed to set up this scam?"
"Also," she wrote, it "seems the "masterminds" behind it may be changing the price range now that so many are being reported."
The incident is reminiscent of an occurrence in May involving sellers who copied Etsy items onto their Amazon stores.
In that case, the sellers were using Etsy shops as suppliers without their approval. They were marking up the Etsy items on Amazon and ordering them from the Etsy seller when they received an order from an Amazon buyer.
In the case of the "Fourth of July listing snatchers," it appears the perpetrators have no intention of fulfilling any orders they receive.
Sellers were frantic for Etsy to do something about the faux shops that were reportedly multiplying exponentially. Some suggested that sellers who were victimized deactivate any listings that were copied into fraudsters shops, but we could find no evidence of Etsy recommending sellers do so.
Adding insult to injury, some of the scam listings were being favorite by Etsy shoppers.
Etsy recently reported that hacking incidents at other companies had resulted in an increase in account takeovers on its site, though it's completely unknown whether the two incidents are related.
We asked Etsy via email on Sunday if it was possible for them to block the scammers, or whether they were accessing the site through the API. We'll update this post if warranted. In the meantime, a seller who was reporting scam shops to Etsy provided an update late on Sunday evening: "looks like for now they are all shut down (hundreds of them)."
Should Etsy discourage users from discussing scams on the forums? Comment on the EcommerceBytes Blog.
About the author:
Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to

Scammers Launch Attack on Etsy Over Holiday Weekend

While many Etsy users were celebrating a long holiday weekend, scammers used the opportunity to perpetrate fraud on the marketplace in what one seller termed "invasion of the listing snatchers." Scammers opened hundreds of shops on Etsy containing listings copied from other sellers for apparently ne…


General Discussion / What makes you happy?
« on: July 02, 2014, 11:48:20 AM »
I'm happy because I was able to purchase this:

I grew up in the area, and heard her name all my life. We would stop in the local Fannie Farmer shop for candy treats when we were children, so this evokes happy memories for me. I enjoy cooking, and cookbooks, so I'm happy I found this and was able to buy it.

What makes you happy?

Handmade Highlights / Colorful Creations!!
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:29:07 PM »
Hi All, Here's my latest Highlight, it's all about color! Please check it out, LIKE, share, tweet and blog about it, etc., let's get our items SEEN and SOLD! Thanks! Lisa

General Discussion / Business Cards
« on: June 24, 2014, 07:10:15 PM »
I need to get some business cards, and I want them to look nice, but they have to be inexpensive. Where do y'all get yours? Thanks In Advance. Lisa

Jewelry / Silver Purple Teal and Green Beaded Woven Toggle Necklace
« on: June 22, 2014, 08:14:54 PM »
Wow, this is the first time I'm seeing this thread, I guess because I'm usually on my iPod Touch, not the computer, I miss a lot. I hope someday there's an app, so I can more fully participate here.  So, since I found this, I decided to post one to start. I'm seeing the paste, but it's not showing up as the actual listing, so hope I'm doing this correctly. Thanks, Lisa

Handmade Highlights / Easy Fasten Jewelry
« on: June 22, 2014, 01:16:38 PM »
Hi Everyone, Here's my latest Highlight. This one is a selection of Easy Fasten Jewelry for those with chronic pain and/or physical limitations. Some of the things I look for when shopping for jewelry are: easy fasten clasps that slide together easily, or are magnetic; lightweight pieces that won't pull on me or drag me down and are comfortable to wear; and for earrings, one piece construction (not counting danglers, etc.,), such as hinged ear wires, so I don't have to worry about losing or fumbling with earring backs.

Here's the link, please check it out when you get a chance. Thanks!

Site Support / Subscribe To Our Blog Feed Error?
« on: June 22, 2014, 11:02:14 AM »
Hi Guys, I wanted to let you know there seems to be something wrong with the above, all I got when I clicked was a page of code.

Handmade Highlights / RED WHITE AND BLUE!
« on: June 07, 2014, 02:04:53 PM »
Hi Everyone, I wanted to share my latest highlight of all things RED WHITE AND BLUE / Flag, etc., hope y'all enjoy! Thanks, Lisa

Handmade Highlights / April Showers Bring May Flowers New Highlight
« on: April 05, 2014, 12:36:09 PM »
It's all about the flowers - come see what your fellow artisans have been up to, lots of amazing treasures included!

General Discussion / Compliments
« on: April 03, 2014, 12:56:39 PM »
To Kimberly and Andrew (and anyone else involved), Thank you for making it so easy to promote listings from this site. This is the first site I've participated in that has such a wide range of posting possibilities, and also gives the option when posting to Facebook, to post not only to my personal account, but also to a group I'm in, or to a page I manage. Thanks! Lisa

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