I have officially decided to forgo the $260 hair piece that MOST of you advised me against buying. Instead, I looked for something a little bit more understated, a little bit more budget friendly, but still has that vintage flare I love. Etsy presents a myriad of chioces of headbands, fascinators, combs and brooches, and I fell in love with a hair brooch in the shape of a peacock feather. That is, until I went on to eBay and realized that there are brooches that look almost exactly the same, that I can buy for half the Etsy price. I’ve put up a screenshot below – you can see that the Etsy item costs $33.50, while the identical brooch is sold on eBay for $16.99. But at least that Etsy seller has changed (or “upcycled”) a brooch into a clip.
The proof is in the
I believe in supporting artists and paying for quality products that requires real craftsmanship, but this excursion into Etsy has been a little disappointing. To be honest, I feel misled. Putting a clip on the back of a brooch you bought on eBay doesn’t strike me as an “original creation” as that Etsy seller proclaims. And it’s not an isolated case. I found several other examples of people who seemed to have simply purchased items on eBay and then turn around and sell it on Etsy for triple the cost. See this $5.50 brooch? It reappears for $18 here. This Etsy comb is selling for $30, whereas an identical comb on eBay has a starting bid of $9.99 and no bids 2 days before the close of auction. Further googling revealed that there are websites devoted to outing Etsy resellers and calling out Etsy knockoffs. I guess the moral of the story is: do your due diligence!