Uncovering Sellers of Fake Sea Glass... and More
BUYERS - you are hurt when you find out your purchase is not the real thing
SELLERS - you are hurt when you cannot compete against cheap mass produced items.
There's been an ongoing barrage of complaints against Etsy for years now - many products claiming to be handmade or vintage are mass produced. But this page is not about Etsy the company. It is about the lack of honesty among the sellers themselves.
There are many sellers who state in their headlines "Sea Glass ..." who are deliberately misleading the buyer.
It's not only fake sea glass that is sold as the real thing but many other false products.
And because the fake or imitation is much cheaper, these dishonest sellers are cheating the person selling the real genuine goods - in our case it's sea glass.
Etsy shop owners: Is your store on this list? Please contact us with your comments. Hopefully, this list will get smaller rather than larger.
"This is by far some of the most gorgeous pieces of sea/beach glass jewelry I have ever seen. I love that you have matching sets of Sea/beach glass earrings and necklaces..."
Comment by totally-deceived purchaser of fake sea glass on an Etsy site, September 2017
Etsy shop owners: Is your store on this list? Please contact us with your comments. Hopefully, this list will grow as time goes by.
(copy URL address from imitation sea glass listing here)
We notice that you use the words "sea glass" in your title and/or in your list of materials.
Because this misleads buyers who and takes sales away from honest sellers of genuine sea glass, we are including your shop on our page listing sellers of imitation sea glass.
The list is titled Etsy Seller Reviews - Buyer Beware: www.odysseyseaglass.com/etsy-seller-reviews.html
We will be adding your site to this list.
Please contact us
for more information on how to become one of our recommended shops instead.
This further information can be shared with shop owners who have questions.
Hi ________, thanks for getting back to us. We do appreciate your good intentions. :)
We are doing this to protect:
1) sellers of real sea glass who must compete with imitations sold as the real thing
2) buyers who find out later that they were deceived
Our page "Etsy Seller Reviews - Buyer Beware" states that you have been contacted by us. If you respond, then we will post your response. Please contact us with your comments.
Hopefully this will spread to other niches, since the lack of honesty in the headlines is pretty widespread across Etsy and eBay.
Feel free to copy and use the above letters. However, you are not authorized to use the name Odyssey Sea Glass nor to represent us.
Go ahead and write to any Etsy seller indicating where they are lacking honesty. Add their response and your comments and reviews below in the comment area.