From Our Sister Blog – A Look at Deceptive “Handmade” Businesses

Check out our other blog, PhoenxiFire Designs: The Blog for a look at deceptive practices when people claim to be “handmade” but really are just reselling mass-produced, made in China junk. Slick marketing and lies have plagued both Etsy and local markets for years.

Just because a seller claims to be "handmade" doesn't mean they really make it by hand. This article takes a look at common reseller tactics and how to avoid falling for overpriced junk made in China.

Handmade is having a resurgence lately. People are reconnecting with the idea of handicrafts, handmade, arts & crafts and craft markets. Websites such as Etsy have dominated the online market share, with Handmade At Amazon launching late 2015. As a handmade jewelry artisan, it’s a good time. And I am excited that people are once again valuing the maker movement; the one-of-a-kind treasures made by human hands here in America instead of churned out in a factory in a third world country.

The problem comes about when people abuse the definition of “handmade” to profit from this goodwill; when they falsify what handmade truly is. I see people pass off mass-produced items as “handmade” all the time. This hurts those of us who are true artisans and waters down the market. It also undercuts the value of true handicrafts and teaches consumers to expect “dollar store” or “Wal-Mart” pricing, making it much more difficult for artists to make a living.

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