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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Warning? Us Trendy? on: November 13, 2008 12:08:15 AM
I know how you feel and the sad thing is that's what they're preying on.  I hope this doesn't all go sour and hurt a bunch of people because they thought someone was really picking them out of the masses.  It's a terrible way to draw people over, a lot of people are going to get their feelings hurt when they realize their super special awesome recruiter letter is actually spam.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Caramel Brocade Corset on: November 01, 2008 08:34:06 AM
I'd have to know your measurements because Size 40 is a relative sort of sizer.  It could be a size 20 in my country or it could be something else.  I'm not sure the width of the boning I used in this one, I know it was lightly boned because it was for more costume than purpose.  Normally for larger corsets I just use more boning, like making more boning channels for extra support and maybe a little heavier boning.  The boning that I use right now is 7mm x 1mm thick simply because most of the orders I'm getting are not from accomplished corseters so they don't like the feeling of the real heavy boning.  Usually I go with 10mm x 1.5mm thick though for a good midweight
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Warning? Us Trendy? on: October 31, 2008 08:24:14 AM
It was the real lack of info available on them that really bothered me.  If they were so awesome and artisan friendly, then why hasn't anyone else reliable ever discussed them?  There should be -some- info on them.  And they kept stressing "Everything you post here remains yours 100%"  Like they were trying to convince us they weren't up to anything sneaky.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Warning? Us Trendy? on: October 30, 2008 02:14:40 PM
Hey guys, I just posted these on another board I belong to for artisans and I thought I'd share them with you too just to give you guys a heads up if you're trying to sell online:


Post one:

Hey guys, thought I'd post a heads up about getting etsy messages from anyone claiming to be from UsTrendy. They have anice way of telling yu that they discovered you and think you'd be perfect for their site and how much they love you. Unfortunately a lot of people are getting this exact same or barely varieted versions of it. They're spammers, clever spammers but still spammers. I stupidly signed up for their site before checking them out and the site is terrible. They also take 10 percent of everything you sell there. I don't know for sure but I don't trust them, especially if their first contact with me is SPAM

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Post Two:

I did email them telling them how displeased I was that it was spam, because they did attempt to make me feel like I was specially picked but it was a spam rouse instead. I would also like to point out that I couldn't get their "selling" feature to work when I had signed up with them so I sent them a note about it and they replied that I was doing something wrong with my portfolio when it was obviously something wrong with their site. I had three different people/email addies respond to me at the same time about the problem. I don't think they actually know how to run their own site. Even if they aren't up to something nefarious I don't know if I'd trust them selling or featuring any of my stuff. Something seems fishy.

They just replied to email about how disappointed I am with them. They told me the emails are an attempt at "scouting" new talent to help us artisans out in getting started. I called his bull and told him how disrespectful it is to an artist to be told that we're specially picked and we're specifically chosen only to find out a hundred more people got told the same thing, often times using a different name when they send it. It's definatly spam or these guys have no idea in the world how to conduct their scouting practices. either way, BEWARE. There is a lot of people out there wanting to take advantage of us.


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You can take my advice or you can just ignore it, just thought I'd share it with you anyways in order to avoid seeing anyone get scammed or used if this website turns foul. Who knows, they might turn out to be legit but for right now I smell something bad about it all and I am very suspicious of a site that scouts through spamming.

~Minerva~
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Caramel Brocade Corset on: October 28, 2008 05:51:36 PM
Artificial Whalebone, Sorry I should have specified.  It's a synthetic substitute.  I don't like to kill whales for fashion.  Wink
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Caramel Brocade Corset on: October 28, 2008 10:20:56 AM
I don't normally place them so close side by side but this left a nice little trail of x's pattern down the back so It looks cute when laced.  I don't use lacing bones because I've found in the past they like to bruise and scrape at the ends, I do use whalebone to side support them though.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Gothic, Corsets and More... What do you guys think of the shop? on: October 26, 2008 09:03:40 AM
Thanks Chef!  I remember one time you gave me pricing advice about a formula and such and I took it to heart, It works well for me now Smiley
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Gothic, Corsets and More... What do you guys think of the shop? on: October 23, 2008 05:45:07 PM
Hey guys, just finished sort of re-vamping my etsy shop with some new photos and stuff we finished this week.  What do you guys think of it over all?  The pictures?  The prices?  We're having a sale right now, so keep that in mind when judging the prices and such.  Advice?  Marketing secrets?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gothic Lolita Corset Cuffs And Headpeices on: October 20, 2008 08:30:41 PM
I think that's a rather conformist view to sport and mildly elitist.  What works for you doesn't need to work for me and there's a thousand different subcultures within the gothic and the goth lolita sects.  I respect your wishes to give advice but everyone has different tastes and you don't really have any notion of what my involvement is with any sort of subculture so I think It's unfair to assume you're an expert above any of us that favor a certain style.  What works from some doesn't work for all 6000+  I respect your success as an ebay/etsy merchant, good for you it's always great to see someone succeed in this industry but I'll stick with what pays my rent and schooling and refuse to conform.  I'm not posting on craftster to try and impress anyone who thinks they know all about a certain genre, this is where I post my distractions and diversions from my work.  I kindly thank you for the advice but also stand by what I say when none of my clients would like the oval style.  It's a creative choice perhaps but I'm successful enough to know what works without having to pretend to be like everyone else.  I doubt "Rounding the edges"  is what's going to give me the magic key to come play in the lolita marketplace, in fact I know it's not true and while you seem to have me marked as some amateur you can lord your great knowledge over I have been in this industry a lot longer than you might realize.  Not to say these particular bands and stuff were the greatest quality, but I was bored, I had some scrap material and I was playing around.  That's it, I think it's a little rude to tell people what they must do in order to sell to a certain section of independently minded people.  That's simply being elitist.  And this is neither the time nor place to debate the issue of what's really goth or really loli, or what would be acceptable there in so I hope we all can avoid letting this thread downspiral in that direction.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Velvet and vampires, oh my! Photoshoot fun! on: October 20, 2008 04:32:35 PM
Hehe Thanks guys Smiley  You're always so flattering
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