Friday, May 27, 2011

Etsy Sellers Beware!!

A friend of mine has a Etsy shop. Several months ago she told me she had gotten an email from a blogger wanting to do a review in exchange for merchandise. Knowing I was a blogger she wanted my opinion on weather or not I thought she should do it.

She forwarded me the following email (this was the second email from the blogger, first email discussed merchandise wanted in exchange):
"My process is that you can choose to be just reviewed or you can do a contest or giveaway, it doesn't cost any extra for contests. You would just let me know what you wanted to giveaway for the contest and the winner will contact you directly through etsy. I usually charge $30-$50 for the reviews.... but since these two items together are almost in that price range, I wouldn't charge you for the post. I will need you to send me the items above for the review, so I can review them.. and that's it. After item is received, I will write up a questionnaire and email it to you... once i get that back.. i will then give you your feature date. On that day, you will be able to be seen by 8,000+ people. that's it!"
Is it just me, or does this sound a little fishy?
8,000 people, really? I don't think so. I investigated the blog and THERE IS NO WAY it gets 8,000 people in a day! I kinda doubt even in a month. Let's just say the blog's Alexa rank (low is good) is over 6,000,000 (6 Million) and GFC Followers, under 200.
This person is Promising something they can not deliver. As a blogger I'm appalled!! It gives us honest bloggers a bad name.
ALL posts on the blog are reviews and giveaways for Etsy shops and the giveaways have hardly any entries (comments), all less than 10 as far as I can see.
This person is taking advantage of Etsy sellers to get free products with the promise of massive exposure that's not being delivered...

UPDATE (answers to comment questions):
The Blog started in Fall 2009.
I did advise my friend not to do it, she did a giveaway with me instead.

If you want to know who this blogger is, email me and I'll tell you. I didn't feel it was right to post their blog name.
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  1. Probably a new blogger with out any knowledge of how it all works and was just trying there luck and they were just hoping someone wouldn't look into there stats.But yes it does sound fishy and does give bloggers a bad name

  2. I would never do it - advise them not to...

  3. When I was working on building April's giveaway I had quite a bit of the etsy owner's state they get review requests ALL THE TIME...crazy right? I hope anyone that reviews with that bloggers does get some traffic; otherwise it sounds a little inflated..her pricing and request. Etsy and Artfire are hard working people and I try and require as little from them as I possibly can :)-

  4. I'm stalking you!! Hehe :) Thanks so much for linking up with us this weekend at the Super Stalker Sunday Hop! I hope you have fun stalking around!

    Be sure to come join us again next Sunday for another fun filled weekend of Super Stalking!

    Happy Memorial Day,
    Kortney's Krazy Life

    P.S. Sounds fishy to me!

  5. On another Etsy note: Note to buyers, beware of fake shops on Etsy. I do not think there are many but I got swindled by one. I paid, never got the merchandise. You do have 30 days to file a claim (which can be difficult because sometimes items take that long to make). I love Etsy and this won't stop me from buying on there, I am just a little smarter now. (BTW, I have had legit shops on Etsy so overall they are a great site.

  6. I think that's all plausible, but I'd check it out. I'd ask what stats they were using for the 8,000. Alexa is not a reliable stat. It's only recorded by people who visit a blog using the toolbar. It's maybe an estimate, but it won't give you a total picture. I know bloggers who have a crappy Alexa because it's a toolbar stat, but have 10,000+ a day. It's all relative. I'd be more concerned with reach and engagement. Is this blogger active on Twitter and Facebook? Are they engaging people in conversation? You don't have to have high numbers to get the word out.

  7. @Amanda, that is true, but 10 entries on a giveaway post is not exactly "getting the word out".

    All I have to say about that blogger is that no matter what they were thinking when the wrote the letter it comes off as inconsiderate and rude, no matter how you look at it.

  8. @Amanda Very good points, I agree, Alexa is not always the best stat. The number of followers the blog has is also very low. The main fact is, like @Amy said, the word is not getting out, all the giveaways have hardly any comments at all. Any exposure that is being delivered, 8,000 a day, is a pretty inflated number!!

    Thanks for commenting everyone! This has become a fun "debate" of sorts! I'm enjoying all the opinions and in-sight!

  9. Just found you through the blog hop from bloggy moms and am now following you. I have to tell you that I am so glad that I found you as I too deal with Asperger's in my house too, and it's nice to see it from another mother's perspective.I hope you will find time to visit my blog and perhaps follow too, though it is young and still in the development stage.

  10. Interesting story! I have an etsy shop and have not been solicited. I will say that everything would have been fine except for the prices and the over-inflated promises. It is not a secret that people write reviews to get products...and so is marketing, but that blog sounds creepy to me. Thank you for the "heads up" in your post...great info!
    I found you from the Stalker Hop.
    jenny at dapperhouse

  11. Sounds fishy to me, I would advise against this one.

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  12. I can't imagine charging $30 for a review! I'm just happy to get a little something - I use what I'm given for christmas gifts (since I'm not working full time.) or give it away to someone that can use it. I don't expect anything else, especially for a small business.

    I also let them set the price more or less. Thanks for sharing with us bloggers - the majority of us do our best to support small businesses and want to do it in an honest, upright way.



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