Buyer slams Etsy for reselling Kmart products as ‘handmade’

A Melbourne woman says she feels ‘cheated’ after finding out the ‘handmade’ item she thought she bought was actually a Kmart product for which she had paid almost double the retail price.

TikTok user MorgsMewTwo revealed his disappointment in a video calling out seller Etsy.

“Look at this shelf, it looks cute, it’s $40, it’s from an Australian store,” she said.

But when the item was delivered, she realized that it was not at all what she thought she had purchased.

“It’s fucking from Kmart. Stop! And more expensive,” she said in the video which has been viewed nearly 200,000 times on TikTok.

The sleek wooden shelf with a cross-hatched design is selling for $25 at the major Australian retailer known for its inexpensive home decor – $15 less than the woman bought it on Etsy.

“Not for being a millennial but that’s why we can’t have nice things,” she wrote in the caption.

Outraged users took to the comments section to share their anger over the misleading sale.

“It’s so frustrating that other people are ruining Etsy for us who are truly handmade,” one Ety user wrote.

Camera iconThe Etsy product looks like the Kmart product – but for twice the price. Kmart Credit: NCA NewsWire

Etsy is an online marketplace where artists and small business owners sell vintage, handmade, and artisanal items.

Another user pointed out that the seller would hardly make any money while packing and shipping the product.

“But why? They’ll make $10 by the time they wrap it up,” they said.

Some users have been a little more generous with their feedback, suggesting that the seller may have made the products available to people who can’t buy them overseas.

The Etsy product looks like the Kmart product - but for twice the price.  Image TikTok.JPG
Camera iconThe TikTok user shared her product review on Etsy. Etsy Credit: NCA NewsWire

“I guess it’s for international buyers who maybe can’t buy online from AU Kmart,” said one.

The DecorByDesign seller has since been removed from Etsy, but the shop still contains notices of previous sales.

It looks like the TikTok user wasn’t the first to fall victim to the hoax.

“Shoppers beware: this item is a Kmart product that costs $12 online,” one user wrote in June.

“There is no clear reference to this in the item description or details, so I thought I would just let those interested know.”

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