I have been "using" Etsy for about a year now. I frequently go to the forums and read alot, because the Etsy community is in my opinion, a great one thus you meet nice people and read smart and helpful things that helps you along especially if you are a seller like I am. Throughout my forum searches, I've come across many posts claiming people are buying items only to sell them in their own shop later or doing all kinds of nasty things but today was the first time I actually "caught" someone in the act.
I happen to be a stalker. A shop stalker. I visit the shops I like almost on a daily basis and I check my favorites list for sold items (only to check the shops they've come from) often. About 10 minutes ago, a very beauitful treasury showed up on Etsy's front page and one of the images popped for me because I recognized one of my favorite shops photo aesthetics - however, the shop name under the image didn't match the shop I was sure it belonged too. I went into that shop, saw very few listings, no profile, no avatar and discovered that there were 2 items in that shop with images from the shop I love. I double checked to be sure, contacted the seller of the shop I love and flagged the idiot who either just stole the images and is missleading their buyers or bought those two items only to resell them.
In my opinion this is horrible and disrespectful - this stands against everything I believe in Etsywise. I have so much respect and admiration towards my fellow sellers, especially if they are selling vintage and this is so wrong.
I'm not mentioning names here. I'm leaving this to Etsy (who will hopefully address this issue soon after I flagged that shop) and to the seller of the shop I love who has contacted me already and is of course unhappy about this. BLA. People are stupid!