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    After reading on various threads that Folksy seemed a good place to sell your wares, I duly opened a shop and put some of my nappy cakes on there.

    To date, I haven't sold anything, but was quite happy that I had found another outlet for my items.

    However, I received an email today saying that nappy cakes were one of the items they didn't allow to be sold on Folksy. I duly sent an email asking why and they responded that the items used to make them are mass produced so didn't come under the heading of "handmade".

    To be fair, I believe they have a point and will duly shut my shop down but I did point out that before joining them I had looked at all the items people were selling and there were several selling nappy cakes. I'm not saying I was being victimised in any way but was intrigued to understand why this email had suddenly been sent.

    Anyway, this evening they have advised me that I am not being "singled out" but I will be definitely checking back in a week or so to see whether all nappy cake sellers have been removed.

    Sorry - rant over!
    Laura x

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  • #2
    That is such a shame Laura. I have a feeling that this has been mentikoned on here before. I will try to find it and give y ou a link.

    No, sorry, can't find it. I wonder if any one else remembers it.
    Last edited by Critchley; 01-03-2011, 10:13 PM.
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    • #3
      Oooh interesting criteria they have there - isn't a lot of jewellery made with beads that are mass produced or am I being pedantic?

      Anyway I guess they are quite within their rights to set whatever criteria they wish so yes it'll be interesting to see if all other nappy cakes disappear too.
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      • #4
        Have just checked this morning and they have 7 sellers on Folksy selling nappy cakes. This is a grey area as yes they have been constructed by hand but must admit we turned down one for our fair as the accessories where also bought in, if the bibs, socks toys etc were handmade by the maker then I can not see a problem, as you obviously cannot make nappies but looking at the cakes on Folksy they all have bought in goods, even the sock cupcakes are bought in socks rolled and put in a silicone cupcake and decorated with a bow. I would keep an eye on what they do as following on from what they have said to you all these should disappear. Have you got your details on the Net Mums website?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Critchley View Post
          That is such a shame Laura. I have a feeling that this has been mentikoned on here before. I will try to find it and give y ou a link.

          No, sorry, can't find it. I wonder if any one else remembers it.
          I remember a thread on here about whether nappy cakes came under the handmade banner or not.

          Laura - it is a shame, but maybe it will give you the motivation to market your own website? They're definitely saleable! And if you wanted to join in Handmade Monday on my blog for a little bit of friendly promotion then I won't be telling you they're not handmade enough! (edit: whoops, think you already have - ignore me, I'm confused and it's early! )
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          • #6
            Originally posted by nattynetty View Post
            isn't a lot of jewellery made with beads that are mass produced or am I being pedantic
            I have to say I kinda agree but then you could say that for an awful lot of crafts - crochet/knitting - the wool is mass produced, textile crafts - the fabric is mass produced etc etc etc

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            • #7
              Laura

              Nappy cakes are alive and well on Etsy... there are a dozen retailers on there. Why don't you drop them a note and ask if they are happy for your put them up on there? Just checked out one shop and htere are over a hundred sales on there... go for it!
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              • #8
                I'm a bit peeved on your behalf, Laura, especially as I've just done a search over there and come up with 34 nappy cake listings from 15 different sellers

                I think you'd be justified in sending a questioning email asking what's going on.
                Last edited by muffin789; 02-03-2011, 07:19 PM.

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                • #9
                  Im peeved too.I recall reading that Folksy considers handmade to be something whih a person has had a hand in making(if that makes sense, dont know how to word it).
                  I make necklaces with acrylic pendants and chain, both mass produced.
                  Seems odd and unfair if they still have nappy cake makers on the site.
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                  • #10
                    Well, after the way my luck has been in 2011 I'm not taking any chances and as soon as I got the email yesterday evening I removed all my items for sale from Folksy.

                    I can't actually delete my shop though as they informed me I owe Folksy £2.60 and can't close down until I've paid it!

                    I will be paying close attention to whether all the nappy cakes disappear from the site during the next few days though.
                    Laura x

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                    • #11
                      How can they ask you to take the items off and them still ask for payment??
                      How long had they been listed for?
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                      • #12
                        Hmm. My feathers are dyed by someone else, my sinamay made by machine and bought in, my headbands mass produced... so do I make hand made fascinators or not ....
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                        • #13
                          If you put it together/where part of the creation of it then i belive Folksy class it as hand made!
                          I sell prints, I didnt make the prints but just the picture printed on it!!!
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                          • #14
                            Written on Folksy rules

                            http://support.folksy.com/kb/selling...sell-on-folksy

                            2. Items that have not been made by you

                            You must have had some part in the making or designing of the product you are selling. Folksy supports individual designers and crafters [and individuals as sole traders and partnerships] in going direct to new market and consequently we don't allow re-sellers of items on Folksy.

                            This also includes collections of items such as gift baskets or nappy cakes. The exception to this are collections that contain handmade items or items that have been decorated or embellished by the seller


                            Do you actually make the hand made ingredient tags?If so then you have more creative input into your work than others.
                            Last edited by Seahorse; 02-03-2011, 10:37 PM.
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                            • #15
                              I reckon in protest all Folksy sellers should shut up shop for the same 24 hours, see what happens.
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