Etsy Wig Drama-Rama Scandal o' 2011

I wasn't too sure if I wanted to post this here. To dedicate an entire post to something not-so-stellar, but I knew I owed it to all of you. Some of you already know this by now, but it seems that my previous (& current.. well, until the other day!) sponsors, Miss Violet Lace and Tiffany DeMichele are currently in some hot water. Turns out that they've been giving us all the run-around with their "handmade wig" ventures. Turns out those handmade wigs aren't so handmade after all. In fact, I'm not even sure where I should start with this. I guess anywhere is better than nowhere! Hang tight as I get through all of this... It will undoubtedly be a long one.

Miss Violet Lace (Krista, and her mother/business partner) took part in an interview, review, and giveaway in November of 2010 on LCH. The review included a YouTube video of me which ended up receiving thousands and thousands of views, and sales in her Etsy shop sky-rocketed. Many of my readers (all of you!) took my claims of praise and threw down some cold hard cash for her product. Many of you emailed me with your excitement for your purchase, questions about caring for it, and pictures of how they looked. I was overjoyed that so many of you decided to branch out and just give it a go! Afterall, I was brand new to the whole world myself.

In December I noticed another Etsy seller, MissDemented, all of a sudden had a shop facelift, began selling wigs (some of the same), and was overall copying everything MVL did. I only knew this because I had paid close attention to her Etsy beforehand. She wasn't selling any wigs at the time, and the whole aesthetic of her shop was different. Believe me when I say I spent a good 2-3 hours solid lurking and scoping and taking note of everything I saw. I was trying to decipher what was going on. I even emailed Susannah back and forth pretty frequently about it. Anyway, I contacted MVL and inquired about the girl. She seemed to be jacking her style, and I was curious as to why MD sold the very same wig that MVL sold, but for $15-$20 cheaper. It didn't make any sense that she'd buy from MVL to resell, so if these were truly handmade then something was up. I told MVL that I didn't care if she bought on Ebay to resell... I mean, that is retail. You buy something wholesale, mark it up and sell it under your brand. Everyone does it. But not under the guise of it being handcrafted. Even still, MVL assured me that she and her mother made every wig in-house and to order. I gave her the benefit of the doubt as she seemed to be a sweet girl with great business ethic.

Months pass and MVL and I do quite a bit of advertising together. I bought 2 more wigs (the lavender and one pink one to replace the one I had) and when I received them they were less-than-stellar quality. I promptly emailed her, showed pictures and told her my side. I told her I didn't feel as though they were the same quality of item that I had received in the past. Her customer service was phenomenal. I told her I didn't want to blog badly about her business and she allowed me to send them back, gave me a full refund, and then replaced the wigs once more. For free. She sent me another one (the Mermaid blonde one) to review on the blog this month as she was my Extra Large sponsor. Everything seemed to be going swimmingly.

In the meantime, another Etsy wig maker by the name of Tiffany DeMichel contacts me about taking out an ad. I remember Susannah having great things to say about her product so I oblige, but am quick to say that I will never compare two sellers of similar materials to each other. It's not my place to make those decisions for people, and she agreed. She sent me a wig to review/keep and then when she purchased the XL ad we did an interview and giveaway. Sales in her Etsy started to climb as more of my readers bought her product. She sent me another wig for March and then we discussed further collaborations.

Then I got some FormSpring stuff. Comments about the scandal with MVL and I was confused. I did some Googling and found THIS and THIS. Huh... looks like my initial thoughts in December were proving true. Except this time they had proof. Something that I never found aside from MD. I spent several hours just pouring through all of the findings. I was also quick to comment and make my stance known. While it took me almost a week to remove both girls from my sidebar, I had a reason for it.

I emailed MVL and told her that I didn't feel comfortable posting her interview or giveaway, and that I would not be doing the review either. I of course have screenshots of all of these conversations (even the December one) but didn't feel as though they were necessary to post here. She assured me that at the time of her November interview that every wig was handmade. But wait... I found wigs sold in her shop in October that are currently being sold on Ebay for a minute fraction of the price. I of course brought this up in my email to her but she evaded the question entirely. Offering no answer or reason for why that was the case, she simply said she was following Etsy's TOS agreement by "altering" the wigs before selling them. A simple snip here and there may be legal in Etsy's eyes, but the truth came down to this: She was scamming honest people out of their hard earned money.

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This is money that people have worked for. These are people who think they are buying a quality, hand crafted item. These are people who support American made items, and independent businesses. When in reality they were just supporting greed and mass-produced cosplay wigs from Asia. I have no problem with them being cosplay wigs. In fact, I wouldn't have any problem with her reselling them... if she had been honest. The truth is MVL marketed her wigs in a way that was appealing to all of us. She put them on.. a real live person wearing them! Not a plastic mannequin head void of expression. I think we all would have felt confident in purchasing from her. But no, she had to go lie. She had to claim her product was handmade when it wasn't. She had to mark them up to an exorbitant price and take advantage of all of us.

But don't think she was alone. She was joined by MissDemented, and our other sponsor, Tiffany DeMichele. Tiffany's wigs were found in a different shop, but the same rule applied. To this day she denies it. I had her remove all of my photos from her listings, but she doesn't have the decency to email me back. She never admitted to her items not being handmade or them being resold. She markets her items on twitter as "handmade" but obviously that does not apply to all of her products. Per Etsy's TOS she is etsy-legal because she has "altered" something about them, though both wigs I have received are straight from the manufacturer with no alterations visible.

It took me a few days to take down their sponsorships because I wanted to ensure that I had all of my facts straight. I ordered a wig from one of their suppliers and it arrived to my house on Friday. Sure enough, it's an identical product. Guess how much I paid for it?! FIFTY CENTS! Exactly. I wanted to see it with my own eyes before I spouted off with libel.

MVL has been issuing partial refunds to those who contact her. So I urge you to send her a message, be it by email or through Etsy, and ask for compensation. MissDemented takes it to a whole new level by denying it to Ebay, Etsy, PayPal, all of her customers, etc. She will not admit to it, even though we've found her out. So many people are unaware of this, and I want all of you to know the truth. Tiffany DeMichele's shop is still up, so I urge you all to contact Etsy and demand her shop be investigated further. Especially if you purchased from her!

All of these women took advantage of us. They took advantage of our eagerness to try something new, They took advantage of my readership, and they took advantage of an opportunity to set themselves apart from other scam artists.

Please take a the time to read these links: Etsy Call Out, Miss Demented is Fake (also includes links and proof about Miss Violet Lace), and the original FormSpring which sprouted it all, JenCate.

If you read this all, kudos! I appreciate it. Again, I didn't want to take up all of your time with hullabaloo about wigs and scandals and nonsense, but considering you all have proven to be some of their best customers, you had a right to know. If you'd like to purchase these wigs still, please visit the Miss Demented is Fake link above and get the links to the shops that supply all of their goods! You'll be amazed at how cheap they really are! Don't let this spoil your appetite for having fun with your appearance. Or shopping online! There are plenty of honest people out there, and it's important that we give our patronage to those who are sincere in their work. And also important that we call out those who aren't! Happy Wiggin' Out! xo

PS; Please know that my loyalty is first and foremost with my readers. No one with money wanting to be a sponsor will change that. I chose to terminate all relations with these girls because I knew what they were doing was wrong. I will never promote, or tolerate, fraud or lies just in order to get paid.

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Update: March 27, 2011: Tiffany DeMichele has contacted me informing me that Etsy contacted her regarding the legality of her Etsy shop. They have deemed that she is "altering" the wigs per Etsy's TOS Agreement, thus making her shop Etsy-legal. You can take this to mean whatever you choose, but if your'e interested in purchasing any of her "heat resistant curly" wigs then please visit EpicCosplay on Ebay where you can find each wig for a fraction of the price. I professionally retract my statement made that Tiffany procures her wigs from EBay. She has assured that is not the case though she refuses to cite where they are bought wholesale. She claims she never said they were handmade though her Twitter still reads "Handmade wigs and hair extensions". I urge each and every one of you to explore links given and decipher for yourself. Regardless of whether Tiffany DeMichele is in line with Etsy's Terms of Service or not, she still mislead people into believing all of her wigs were handmade when they were not.

104 comments:

  1. Wow! This is nuts. Glad you posted it and I hope everyone involved gets their monies back!!!

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  2. this really bums me out. im losing my hair to alopecia and MVL made a "custom" wig for me. i was pretty happy about it at first, but the quality wasnt too great. being upset about going bald is bad enough, then some girl ripping you off for your hard earned money. UGHHHH

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  3. Wow that's crazy and I was SERIOUSLY considering buying a wig from her. I hope every gets there money back and that their etsy accounts get removed. That's just wrong!!

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  4. WOW! That is crazy. I was wondering what was up with their ads being gone on your blog and you not wearing the wigs anymore. That is so aweful. It's like that girl I saw selling a dress for $800 on Etsy that she bought on Lightinthebox for $150. Some people have no guilt or morals.

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  5. This makes me feel sick.

    I don't understand how someone can be so selfish and greedy for money to do something like that. Where are the morals?

    Thanks for posting this, I'll pass it around so all my friends are informed!

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  6. Wow that is just..insane! I really hope most, if not everybody who ordered from, them get at least some refund!

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  7. Wow. Thank you for taking the time to inform us. I learned about both shops from your blog and had quite a few styles bookmarked that I was going to purchase. I'm glad I didn't. Like you, I understand the concept of buying wholesale and selling retail to make a profit, and I'm okay with that, but when someone lies about it - that just takes it to a whole new level. You lose trust in the seller. I know that they are defending the term "handmade" but I did see them as described "made by hand" which does not leave wiggle room. C'est la vie.

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  8. So disappointed. As an Etsy seller myself I take a lot of pride into my handmade products. When I received the wig I was amazed at the quality of it and wondered how it was possible that these were handmade, but I gave them the benefit of the doubt, some Etsy sellers are pretty talented. I'll be sending MVL a message here shortly expressing my disappointment.

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  9. Wow, that is pretty scandalous! Sorry you had to go through that. I really respect your ethical and moral code. When I start my handmade clothing line...I will definitely advertise with you...and would never ever consider being like these horrible vendors. I understand that they may be young, but the girl who's mother works with her, should have known better! Take Care...again...you not only have my admiration but you really have my respect. Hearts, Janna Lynn

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  10. Hmm.. AMAZING- I looked up her store yesterday b/c I've been talking to one of my stylist friends about her wigs- and how awesome they were- and she was like- THAT IS CHEAP- was gonna buy one and it is closed- good thing we all know the truth now!

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  11. I'm not a wig buyer, myself. But I think it's great that you have your reader's backs. Especially since you helped promote these people and were taken by them, too! I'm glad you had the courage to speak up and warn others and I'm sure anyone who has bought or planned to buy their wigs is grateful to you.

    kudos to you!

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing this. I have always thought it would be interesting to get a wig to wear every once in a while when I wanted to try something new, but now I'm glad I never forked up that cash!

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  13. Oh my god! I can't believe this. Crazy.. people like that reallyyyy bug me, to say the least!

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  14. Holy mackeral! That's pretty sad. I love shopping Etsy and pride myself on finding original gifts made with care for friends and family. I will seriously start scrutinizing a bit more while perusing. Not that everyone is a sham, but for some reason it never even occurred to me that people may be hoodwinking buyers that way. Bummer.

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  15. I nearly bought a wig from MVL a few months back. I'm so glad that I didn't. Thank you so much for the information!

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  16. Oh man... I was wondering why you weren't sporting the wigs anymore... (your natural hair is nicer anyway).
    Thanks for posting this! I know breaking this kind of news sucks. I had a similar experience recently and felt so tricked and embarrassed after.
    -Cara Mason
    www.midkid.ca

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  17. Goodness gracious! 50 cents?!?! REALLY?!?! What a shame, what a shame. I'm glad that they have been forced into reality knowing that our community will not allow this type of behavior. I am so proud of you, Kaelah, for taking a stand and doing what is right! You are so awesome and your action alone just shows how much more awesome you are! Lady, this is why you have so many readers...because you are so honest and true. There are not many people who carry an honesty as clear as yours anymore and I appreciate you and how you practice your blog. You ROCK Kaelah! :)

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  18. This was upsetting even to me and I didn't purchase a wig from her. I was very very close to doing it though. I even messaged with her about doing a different color, but she couldn't and so I second guessed it and ended up not going for it. I'm so happy I didn't! Thanks for sharing the news!

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  19. Seriously thankful for the exposure of these girls. Was about to go on a wig shopping spree. I feel awful for everyone who did buy wigs from them. It's just horrible to think that these young women were so easily and gladly ripping people off.

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  20. Wow. Just wow. I bought the curly pink wig that you had modeled on your blog and I was not impressed with the quality, it was so thin in the back. I e-mailed her and she sent me extra hair and even offered a refund. I was so amazed by her customer service that I told her to apply the refund amount ($20) as a store credit so I bought ANOTHER wig from her. I also bought some of her wig perfume too. All in all I spend around $130 at MVL's shop. Thank goodness I recently discovered another wig company that sells extremely thick and high quality wigs for much less.
    I am simply disgusted to learn that I was conned out of my hard earned cash. All I can say is Kayla, thank you so much for exposing these pathetic individuals.

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  21. this is a bummer, but im so happy youve posted it here for all of us.

    ive been looking at all these wigs for awhile trying to decide which i would want (torn between blonde, turquoise, or pink) and turns out now i CAN have all three.

    its unfortunate that blog readers, etsy users, and all their customers have been taken advantage of, however its great to know that you are honest with all your readers and fully stand behind the handmade community and those who attempt to undermind it. youre the best!

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  22. That is so crazy! I can't even believe the nerve of some people! I have been debating on weather or not to purchase a wig from one of these sellers after seeing your posts. I have been wanting long hair for so long. The price was a bit steep so I had not yet purchased one. Thank you so much for enlightening me before I purchased something that was only 50 cents! That is so sad that people would do that :(

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  23. Wow. It's just sad to me that people don't care about how they are treating others, especially if they are making a profit from them. I wondered about rivalry between the two wig etsys but I never considered that they were scamming shoppers, I actually thought that maybe the one was unique and the other was copying her business.

    I hope that the sellers involved really understand what they have done. I'm not mad at them, just disappointed. And I also find it disgusting that the product was so cheap! They are making a huge profit while the laborers who really made it only sell them for FIFTY cents?? The only kind of work I do for that kind of money is taking out the trash. Not cool.

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  24. it's so frustrating how etsy dealers can get away with things like this and never get in trouble. don't get me wrong, i love etsy for the most part. but it's so easy for dishonest people to get away with this crud. i'm sorry you had to deal with this! i would be furious too.

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  25. OMG Kaelah. That's absolute madness. Think I might throw my giveaway prize in the bin! How awful. A royal hurrah for you though for dealing with this so professionally.

    Tids xxxxxxxx

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  26. This is such a shame, but you've handled this situation so professionally. Stay classy miss kaelah bee! =]

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  27. Wow this comes as quite a shock, I found your blog through one of the mentioned ladies in this post and am quite surprised to find this out about her! It's nice of you to share this info with your readers.

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  28. Oh my gosh, this is crazy! I can't believe something like this would happen, especially with three shops involved. I feel so bad for everyone involved. I hope everyone can get their money back and that these shops are shut down for good.

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  29. fuck i am glad you wrote this, i was seriously about to buy wigs from both these girls!!

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  30. Wow, I'm speechless.
    I ordered a wig from Tiffany deMichelle (finding her via your blog) but have not yet received it as I'm abroad. Now I'm scared I won't get it at all and it will look like a costume wig after all.
    I was considering buying another wig - now I won't. Thanks for the heads up. That's just not fair at all.

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  31. Your post made excellent reading, shameful though the lengths people go to rip off others.

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  32. I hate Etsy scandals! There was one recently surrounding a mineral makeup shop I did a giveaway with. Boo!

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  33. It's great that you shared your thoughts about it. Obviously most of the people have been quite satisfied with their wigs and despite everything I still think they look really pretty and well made, and not to cosplay like, but it is the fact that they used your trust in their shops for making money. Just like lying to everyone.

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  34. you are a brave blogger for posting this out in the open. Many bloggers would just ignore it and let it continue. I think it's excellent that you consider your readers worth the time and value them enough to let them know the truth. Some parts of Etsy have become really muddied with scammers. If they want to make a quick buck they should stick to ebay and stop ripping people off. I pride myself on supporting handmade and etsy. I love knowing that the gifts I couldn't make for people are still handcrafted and made with care, time, and love.

    These girls really need a reality check, and I think what you did will hopefully be the end all for their scam. It's hard enough trusting people as sellers, but you trusted them as your sponsors.

    you go glen coco!

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  35. omg. and i get my package with the pink cotton candy wig yesterday ;_;

    i loved you straight one you were wearing in one of your videos and on the pictures.

    but the wig i get yesterday aren't looking as real as the one you wer wearing.

    And i payed so much money for this.
    this fake expensive wig, the shipping costs to germany and the custom charges. because i had to get them from the german custom -.-

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  36. Oh dear, this is awful! I was considering buying a wig, because I'd really like blue bits in my hair, but I'm glad I didn't now! That's so rubbish for everyone, I hope they get their money back!

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  37. I don't understand how they can be so disrespectfully fake to their customers. I think it's terrible. If they had just been truthful from the start people wouldn't have a problem!

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  38. ~ * ♥ * ~

    Thanks for writing about this Kaelah; I think that it is very important to talk about this sort of thing. It helps to show others that may do the same thing that it is just not right!

    xox,
    bonita of Depict This!
    ~ * ♥ * ~

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  39. twas completely outrageous! its great u wrote it and warned us.

    xox

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  40. Oh my gosh! I was seriously considering buying from them, I was a bit confused when miss violet lace went to ebay though.... Thankyou so much for calling out! I will be trying to find a *real* handmade wig or buying one from the ones they bought from! Horrible people trying to make money out of people believing.

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  41. yikes! what a subject, at lest you found out and let everyone know. Good luck with future sponsors :)

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  42. I'm really glad you posted this. I could never live with myself knowing I ripped people off like this. it's so sad :(

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  43. I assumed something was up when I contacted MVL about purchasing a certain style of wig in a different color. Her response was essentially, "I can't do that color in that style, but I could do it like this instead..." I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, thinking she already had something pre-made in my preferred color and was incredibly busy with other orders, but something just didn't seem right. :/ Now I know why.

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  44. I haven't read all the comments on all the linked pages but I did check out some of them and I started looking around on ebay. Looks like one of these ladies just moved everything from her closed etsy shop onto ebay. The claims aren't that the wigs are completely hand made but it does say that it will take a few weeks for it to "be completed." Which, to me very strongly implies that it's handmade. *shrug* Here's a link to one I found:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/CHERRY-DREAMSICLE-Long-Scene-Pink-Red-Coontail-Emo-Wig-/330533868470?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item4cf55a93b6

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  45. W H A T?!?
    That is awful!! I feel like Etsy is a handmade community and it saddens me to find these bad eggs intermingled with brilliant, crafty, honest people.
    Thank you for writing this post to warn people of scams that are going on!! {PS This was SOOO well written girl!!} I just can not believe that people can be so dishonest!! Shame on them!!

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  46. The scandal is horrible, it's very own Wig-Gate in itself. What I find very awesome and inspiring about it is that you were willing to dump your sponsors to be honest and responsible to your readers. NOT ONLY THAT but you shared the whole story and proof with those same readers. I find it very encouraging that you were willing to step up to your ethical values and do the right thing.

    http://one-girl-vs-world.blogspot.com

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  47. Thank you for bringing this to light! I've been wig-dreaming for a while now and saving up for a handmade beauty... Now I'll just go check ebay...

    But I think it's really awesome for you to put the readers first. Being genuine is one of the reasons I follow you!

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  48. Holy moly that's nuts! Kudos to you for doing all your homework and finding out the facts for yourself and sharing with everyone. The whole thing sucks, you think you are buying a one of a kind, handmade item and it turns out to just be something someone slightly altered and charged a butt load for!!

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  49. Wow, I had no idea. I feel pretty sick to my stomach right now. I'm so glad you shared this wish us.

    For Christmas, I purchased one of MVL's wigs. My husband and I were low on money at the time, but it was the one thing that I wanted because I loved yours. So my husband bought me one. And to find out that the wigs are really cheap and we spent so much on one really upsets me. I will be emailing Krista.

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  50. wow this is such a shock... to believe i paid so much for something... something that i was respecting as homemade. i'm glad you posted this to let us all know.

    <3b

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  51. THE HORROR! Come on people, you know that there are people dying in Japan, there are starving kids in Africa and shelter dogs need walks, right?

    I mean, you're buying cheap, pink wigs. What did you expect???

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  52. @ Author: Your self-righteousness is appalling. Because someone buys something they believe to be a quality product totally means they're not contributing to the world in a greater way, right? Makes total sense! I guess that's why I post so much on Japan, fundraising efforts for other bloggers, and just today, World Water Day! You are a class act idiot so congratulations. Your ignorance has been shared with everyone now. I guess I'll just go back to being selfish and all up myself rather than continuing to support world causes.

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  53. This is really a problem I have been seeing all over Etsy! When I find the exact same charms on multiple shops, I can usually discover them on ebay in 5 minutes for pennies. I think girls are smart to resell something to make money, but if you are just stringing a charm onto a necklace... SORRY SWEETIE! NOT handmade. You can sell it as jewelry, but I think people should be embarrassed for trying to pass that off as handmade.
    Nikki

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  54. Very nicely put darling.

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  55. I don't wear wigs, but I am still truly shocked that these ladies would scam so many people. I'm really glad you got the word out. Anyone who bought one will at least be able to try and return it!

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  56. I can't believe people are getting sarcastic towards someone helping others out.
    People have earned their money and they deserve to be spending it on what they thought they were buying - not some bull that someone is flogging.
    I think Kaelah is awesome for letting every one know, sure, they can go ahead and carry on buying the wigs, but at least they're not being lied to anymore.
    x

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  57. Oh right, I forgot... a day of silence from blogging. The people of Japan thank you. My bad.

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  58. Thank you for posting this- I had considered buying from MVL and TdM, especially after seeing how good the product looked on your blog. I am really sad that this happened, but REALLY happy you blogged about it. Thank you.

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  59. @ Author: oh right. of course. because i didn't raise any money or anything. in fact, shouldn't you be out volunteering or doing something charitable? instead you're trolling my blog. what a waste of time. you could be making a difference, but instead you're merely making an ass of yourself. it's unfortunate that you've chosen to remain anonymous.

    but nevermind your ignorance, but i challenge you to make a difference by donating money to World Water Day. here, i'll even make it easy for you... here's the link! http://theadventureproject.causevox.com/4d88d01dbf249

    I mean, if you'd rather keep your self righteous bullcrap to the comments, then i'm just going to go ahead and call you a hypocrite. the ball is in your court, my friend. have a great day! make a difference! ;) i'll no longer be responding to your slurs of stupidity.

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  60. I did not have any interest in buying any of their wigs in the first place, but the fact that you actually made this post really made me respect you more. A lot of the time, people have a hard time admitting to something bad like that, especially since you were a big advocate for their wigs by posing with them in pictures and advertising them to such a huge readership. The fact that you told the truth to everyone is really awesome of you, thanks so much for being open & honest with your readers. We love you for a reason :)

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  61. I am sooo glad you posted this. I was saving up for one of these wigs, I had them in my favorites and everything. I see that MVL and MD do not have items listed in their shops right now. But Tiffany still has wigs listed, so i reported the shop to Etsy. I buy from Etsy all the time and you are putting your trust in people being honest about handmade... I mean, thats why you shop Etsy... because you know that someone is sitting at their house, making these things and they are special and you are supporting that person. Thank you again for being this to our attention. I'm sorry that you got taken advantage of. Because.. come on, those girs made some mad sells from being on your blog.

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  62. So glad you posted this...I was considering ordering a wig. You look so cute with yours and I have short hair so I thought why not try something new. Also sad to hear that someone is claiming to have handmade them and find out their frauds.

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  63. My business partner and I are so glad that u did this. We just looked at her store last week and were all set to buy wigs for the coming craft show season. I just found the two wigs we were gonna buy on e-bay for $16 bucks each instead of $120. She is still on ebay hocking her over priced wigs right next to the sellers that she most likely bought hers from in the first place.

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  64. this is one of the reasons that i have followed you from way back in the myspace days. your so honest and loyal, you really are one of the lovely ones.

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  65. You're amazing to do a proper call out on those fakes! So good of you!

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  66. This entry was very well written, kudos. I'm glad you're standing up against what they've done & I'm bummed that there are people who are taking advantage of others like that.

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  67. If you go to Tiffany DeMichele's Etsy page and click on the feedback link on the left hand side there are still pictures of you wearing the wigs. Just wanted you to be aware of this!!

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  68. oh my god! i feel so cheated. i bought the same wig you did because I liked it so much and even convinced my parents to get it for me as a christmas present because I couldnt afford it at the time. thank you so much for posting this!!

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  69. I am so glad I decided against buying a wig from her. This would have devastated me to find out after spending my hard-earned cash. Thanks for letting everyone, I'm sure it wasn't the easiest decision to post this.

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  70. im glad you wrote this blog Kaelah, you wrote it really well

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  71. I was so upset to hear this news, I had just bought 4 wigs from Miss Demented as a graduation present to myself. I had just finished my PhD so I thought I deserved something nice and handmade to celebrate 4 years of hard work! As a student I naturally don't have much money. I have a store on etsy to supplement my scholarship and to think all the money I earned from the long hours I spent working on my shop went on these wigs which would have taken 10 minutes of "labour", it's disgusting.

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  72. I am so sorry that you had to go through this, Kaelah. No one deserves this, especially you or your readers.

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  73. MVL offered me a 50% refund...but frankly, I don't feel that's even fair. I paid $60 plus shipping, and I found the wig for $10 on eBay - and it hasn't been altered AT ALL!

    This is so disheartening.

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  74. Hi Kaelah, I'm writing again!
    I just wanted to say thank you so much for writing that. I contacted Miss Violet lace and basically chewed her out. She gave me a $50 refund. I spent around $130 at her shop, so I am glad I got at least some compensation.

    MVL has a wig shop on e-bay and it is still up and running. Remember how she suggested she "hand-altered" the wigs? Well I have 3 of her business cards in front of me, all different styles. One says "High Quality Handmade Wigs & More." Another one says, "We hope you love your new handmade product!"

    It makes me sick to my stomach! Also on her facebook a young lady asked her about the scandal; MVL pretty much brushed her off and dodged the question. I blasted her on facebook, and as a result it appears I have been blocked from viewing her page.

    It took a lot of time, research and bravery to make that post. You are personally responsible for $50 in my pocket. All I have to say is THANK YOU so much! And if you are ever in California, (near San Francisco) I would be tickled pink to take you out to lunch or open my home for you to stay in! You rock Kaelah.

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  75. I don't have much to weigh in on the wig debate, but this was beautifully written and I super appreciate that you are watching out for your readers.

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  76. Oh my friiiiicken god..you are an ANGEL! I was just going to go to her website and order a wig for my costume. MVL that is. for some reason I wanted to stalk one of your outfits first and then BAM your post!

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  77. Way to detect, detective!
    Thank you for posting this, it was a real wake-up call. Thank you thank you!!!!

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  78. That's nuts! Kudos and thanks for informing us!

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  79. Thanks for bringing this to our attention! I recently purchased a wig from MVL but I haven't received it. I just e-mailed her and asked to cancel my order and for a refund. I am so angry and disappointed :(

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  80. WOW. This makes me sick :( I got a pink wig for my birthday in November after seeing about her shop on your blog, and I remember being so anxious and excited during the two week "turnaround" time it took to make it ... it was probably just the time it took to get from China to her house! :-(

    I hope people understand that most etsy sellers aren't like this! I make my products myself, and I'm really proud of that.

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  81. That is so sad. It seriously hurts me to know people do this. Thanks for sharing and having values.

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  82. Thanks for being brave enough to let everyone know - I haven't brought a wig (because all my money atm is going into medical bills) but I was certainly looking at a few of those stores. Thanks again - we need more people like you in the world! ^_^

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  83. terrible that etsy is a place where this can actually happen. totally crazy shit that's going on. what freaks me out the most is that you seem to have a good relationship to mvl and you trusted her to be reliable and she pulls out this kind of bullshit. very disturbing. etsy shouldn't be a place where i have to worry about things like that.

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  84. Kendra's comment "...My husband and I were low on money at the time, but it was the one thing that I wanted because I loved yours. So my husband bought me one..." makes me so sad! They were charging a lot of money and I feel so bad for people who probably had to save up to buy them :-(

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  85. Wowzers! I just stopped by your blog to find a link to the wig shop. I've been thinking on it for months and was just about to take the plunge. Glad I found all these links...I just popped over to eBay and bought one from her supplier for $25.

    Sorry for all the drama-rama that brought into your blog life though. Glad you had the courage and tenacity to put an end to it all!

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  86. wooooow =o I'm really disapointed of their doings ! what a bullshit :< !

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  87. oh wow. i'm so sorry you had to be a victim of this (along with thousands of others). I think you handled it well. It's easy to say nasty things about a company that promotes thievery, but you handled a really tough situation with grace.

    I don't mind the whole retail/wholesale bit. I worked in sales myself, so I know how that works, what I'm supporting, etc. HOWEVER. this "handmade" thing is horrible.

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  88. I too promoted MVL on my blog and upon this news surfacing have removed everything from my blog about her.

    I have purchased several wigs from her and will be contacting her for some sort of compensation.

    Thanks for posting

    Too bad people have to suck!

    Kem
    chroniclesofasweettooth.blogspot.com

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  89. I was always wary of MVL and Miss Demented because as an avid wig wearer, I know how much a wig considered to be handmade should cost and the quality I can get for the prices they were selling theirs. I'm glad to see their greed and deception is catching up with them.

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  90. Thank you SO much for posting this. I did some intense research on both MissDemented and MVL and I have heard NOTHING good from either of them. I was considering buying from MissDemented until i saw all the negative feedback. It was all the same. I also checked out all the links your provided and I am extremely discouraged that these people would lie and cheat us of our money when we just want the service provided by them but faithfully. now it is hard to find a good place to get a wig from an honest wig maker!

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  91. Im just wondering I know you say that these girls buy there wigs off ebay but wheres the proof? Just cause the wig caps look the same doesnt mean anything. Now im not saying she doesnt buy her wigs and style them but wheres the real proof that the ones on ebay are the exact ones and she just gives them a hair cut. Im just asking cause without some hard evidence of that its just slander. They may be similar but I really dont think there the exact same ones. I just notice that jen always talks about ebay and posts links directley to wigs whos to say she doesnt have a store and this is all to make you buy from her. Just asking again cause I posted this similar comment on the miss demented is fake blog and never received a reply about it.

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  92. Im just wondering I know you say that these girls buy the wigs off ebay but wheres the proof? Just cause the wig caps look the same doesnt mean anything. Now im not saying that they do not buy solid wigs and cut alter and style them but wheres the real proof that the ones on ebay are the exact ones and she just gives them a hair cut. Im just asking cause without some hard evidence of that its just slander. They may be similar but I really dont think there the exact same ones. I just notice that jen always talks about ebay and posts links directley to wigs whos to say she doesnt have a store and this is all to make you buy from her. Just asking again since I posted this on miss demented is fake and never received a reply.

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  93. @Darryl: I have no idea who "Jen" is so maybe you should re-read the post? Either way, they are the EXACT ones. i've done the research. i've bought others. and they've even fessed up to it. they're scam artists. all of them. if you choose to purchase from them, feel free. but you can buy them all on ebay. and no, the ones sent by Tiffany DeMichele and MissVioletLace were not "altered" in the slightest.

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  94. It is called upcycling...I see nothing wrong with it. Actually, I am a little confused as to how this is a scandel. Shame on all of you for bad mouthing these sellers on Etsy who really aren't doing anything wrong. Shame on all of you for not doing your homework. It is called comparison shopping. Getting your money back? How would you feel if suddenly the ramblings of a bunch of people cost you your business? I guess it is fine if you discovered where to purchase wigs for less, but don't make it sound like the wig sellers on Etsy are evil! Upcycling is wonderful.

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  95. It is called upcycling...I see nothing wrong with it. Actually, I am a little confused as to how this is a scandel. Shame on all of you for bad mouthing these sellers on Etsy who really aren't doing anything wrong. Shame on all of you for not doing your homework. It is called comparison shopping. Getting your money back? How would you feel if suddenly the ramblings of a bunch of people cost you your business? I guess it is fine if you discovered where to purchase wigs for less, but don't make it sound like the wig sellers on Etsy are evil! Upcycling is wonderful.

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  96. wow... I am apalled by all of this. I was sooooo close to ordering "custom" wigs from MissDemented and MVL... I am so happy I found all this information before I went through with the purchase. I also checked Tiffany's etsy page and was disgusted by what I saw. as soon as I saw this wig

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/68189682/summer-sale-sassy-sorbet-pink-wig-you

    I knew immediately that she got it from epic cosplay. the funny thing is is that I actually bought this wig from epic (formally cosworx) WAY before seeing her sales thread, but believe me it's a match. it looks like the only thing she did different about the wig was probably run her fingers through it to make it a little fuller, other than that it looks EXACTLY the way I recieved it from epic.. it's just sad and shocking what some people will do to scam people. thank you so much for posting this!

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  100. I was really bummed to see her as a featured artist on Etsy's "Quit your day job" feature today.... https://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2013/quit-your-day-job-miss-violet-lace/?ref=fp_blog_title

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  101. http://www.ebay.com/usr/exandoh-wigs
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    She's doing the same thing.

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    1. I actually dont think she does it to all of her wigs and atleast the ones she customizes are different in some way then the ones she bought. Some of these stores just resell them with out making any noticable canges. missvioletlace sometimes all she does is tease the wig and thats it.

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