I have been looking for bags now for many weeks. I've seen some great leather bags but I cant tell for sure if they are handmade. is it rude to ask a seller if they can verify that they produce handmade items?
Its sad that I have to ask. but I have been wrong before. at first i thought its mass manufactured but after some digging it wasn't.
I think most people would not be offended, especially if you turned the question into a compliment. Something like this, ''That bag looks amazing, such great craftmanship, did you hand make all that?''.
I don't think it's rude to ask if something is handcrafted, at all.
I sell both handcrafted and commercial supplies and occasionally get requests for an alteration of a commercial item, bigger, smaller,etc. I have no problem letting the customer know it's a commercial envelope, metal tag, etc.
Would not be offended. I sell beads but I don't make them, not yet anyways. But when I start learning how to make lampworked glass beads I will be putting that custom made or handmade in my description & maybe in my title.
Beside I THOUGHT Etsy was suppose to be all handmade items except for supplies & vintage.!?