June 16, 2010
June 14, 2010
The new theme is PUNK! Ever since my first trip to London, a loooong time ago, I have always been fascinated by their radical way of living and style. Fortunately for me I just stuck to the fashion and music and left out the rest.
So wether inspired by Sid Vicious (or Gary Oldman here), the Clash and the Plasmatics, or the fashion designers who made Punk "acceptable", let me see what you can come up with this week!
Punk and Fluffy Black Bunny Choker by myself ;)
Funky Punk necklace by TwoTreesBelgium
Bad Punk, pinbacks buttons-original design by SoleDeVita
Punkysheep needlefelted brooch orange and pink by ColoursandTextures
Drunkie Punk BooBoo Bonx Monster Plush Brooch and Keychain Set by Swiedebie
Punk chainmail earrings by alatvian
Echino cotton hand fan with sleeve - Abanico by Olele
Cheviot superwash rainbow yarn by Ingermaaike
I tend to think I am fairly cautious in most cases. But sometimes crooks find a way to rip you off one way or another. Well, with me , my weak point is that I trust people I think I know. I can't think that people are up to something bad all the time.
Last October a former European Street member on Etsy offered to make merchant website for other members. As the price was interesting (200 eur,well, that should have been the first warning sign) I took the offer on. She didn't want the transaction to be made through Etsy (second warning sign). I paid in 4 installments...and , well, you guessed the rest. No website. Not much communication from the "webmaster" and that person also stopped being active on Etsy (though she is back now under an other username). I keep getting the same answers "I am working on it" or "you're not getting my emails". Right. Doesn't say much about a webmaster who can't even send an email to the right address. And those crooks have a way to make YOU feel bad when THEY are the one doing something WRONG. I know for a fact she is not working on my website because my FTP (Internet host) hasn't been accessed at all during all that time.
I also should have done some researches, I would have seen she abandoned 2 of her previous Etsy shops after various feedbacks for non-delivery.
Also I am not the only victim :(
As most of you know, I already have a lawyer (for the numerous house problems) so last time I had him on the phone I asked for advice.
Today I started the chargeback process. It makes me sad and disgusted. If the Paypal process doesn't work (as deadlines are long gone) I'll have to turn to my CC company. Lawyer also suggested I file a police complaint on http://www.ecops.be/ for internet fraud.
*Sigh*, another lawsuit.
So here's a few reminders for online transactions (yes, you know them, I knew them too):
1. Don't accept "off" website transactions on sites like Etsy, Ebay...
2. Never let Paypal deadlines expire. It's only 45 days, but you can still complain to them after that (they recommand it too, so they know whom they're dealing with)
3. Don't trust "friends" when it comes to large sums of money ( not a fun advice, I know). Let's face it, you always think you know the person who rips you off.
June 08, 2010
Finally, some pictures of my spring swap ^_^ I was a lucky bunny again as my swap partner was Swee from Swiedebie . If you don't know her shop, go have a look...and you'll know why she is my perfect match :)
Even the envelope was cute beyond words!