Friday, March 27, 2009

Stinky Socks

Anyone on Etsy knows that the trolls usually come out in the form of sock puppet accounts (accounts created for the sole purpose of self promotion or just causing trouble). Most just want to wreak havoc in the forums on the weekends, but there are several buyer accounts who constantly promote the same sellers over and over (via the treasury) and it doesn't take an Einstein to realize that it's someone promoting themselves and not disclosing their other Etsy account like they're supposed to. There's even a blog dedicated to exposing some of these puppets and the sellers who are pulling the strings (

Once a puppet has been exposed, other Etsiers will click into those treasuries and overclick the offenders item to tip off other viewers that it's a totally bogus curator. I've even done this myself, just to see if the curator would change out the item or hopefully know that people were onto them and stop doing it. It's always a surefire 'yes' if the curator changes out the item to reset the views to zero so the red flag isn't on their item anymore.

Anyway, I've noticed that in the last couple of treasuries I've curated, one sellers' item is getting way overclicked. At first, I just thought it was weird, but I curated another treasury on 3/26 and the same thing happened with that seller's item. Honestly, one of the reasons I keep including her (seriously, only a couple of times) is because I'm crossing my fingers that the treasury goes front page because she is fabulous and deserves the exposure.

I'm somewhat amused that someone either thinks we're the same shop or somehow in cahoots with each other. Well, I'm here to burst the bubble, I am not Michon on Etsy. Leah's a fellow team member on FAM and just a wonderful person. She recently updated her images and they look awesome. So, click all you want because you're single handedly making the treasury "hot" so thanks! :o)

Or maybe I'm totally off-base and you just lurve Leah's items. Either way, it's great exposure for her and the treasury!

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Leah said...

Hah! I'd like to think it's because I'm just sooo popular, but...that hasn't happened with other treasuries I've been in, so I think maybe someone is confused about my identity, LOL.

Winklepots said...

This is so weird, I feel like I'm talking to myself. :oP


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