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Buyer Question: Is this really considered handmade?
Hi! I'm a buyer and I was looking into purchasing some jewelry and I typed in the simple "cat" tag. I clicked through just the first 7 pages and 25 different shops were selling the exact same necklace in either silver or gold. All of them said handmade? I'm not sure if they are all buying the same necklace from somewhere and selling it as handmade, or if it's considered handmade if you buy a pendant, buy a chain, put them together, and sell it? Is this really considered handmade? It just really bothers me, I guess...
if you do a google image search, and find the necklace in question on a site like alibaba or dhgate, it's a pre-made item being bought on the cheap and resold here. not etsy legal. not allowed. report the item to etsy with a link to where you found it elsewhere.
I guess I don't feel like it should be considered handmade if it's so simple literally anyone can do it by going to the store, buying the pendant and chain, and then selling it? It seems like simply reselling to me..
hand assembled is permitted here, as long as you are the designer. many components are readily available as supplies, which can go a certain distance to explain similarities. but exact copies...not so much. plus, why would you want to make the same thing as so many other people? but, i suppose...if it's selling, why not cash in? doesn't appeal to me as a buyer or a seller.
I see what you are talking about, and it is my guess that the cat charms are purchased by the sellers and made into necklaces by putting them on chains. I think Etsy allows that under the category of "handmade". There are so many other choices though if you don't like the charms. I agree that you should just skip over them until you find something you like. It is a fine line I guess, but I do believe they are within the boundaries of hand made if they simply string a charm onto a chain!
Etsy allows you to buy a bead and put it on a chain and sell it as handmade, and they have allowed this since the dawn of Etsy time. There are however people here who make their own pendants, you can find them if you look. And it's not too difficult, there are a lot of them. :)
I will sometimes buy a pendant and add it to a chain.......this being said. I hand cut the chain and add jump rings and a clasp to it. In my opinion this is handmade. I have a variety of different levels of handmade in my shop!! You will find resellers on Etsy so I would be careful buying any item when you see that many of the same thing.