A Melbourne woman says she feels “cheated” after discovering a “handmade” item she thought she had purchased was actually a Kmart product for which she paid nearly double the retail price.
TikTok user MorgsMewTwo vented her frustration in a video calling out the Etsy seller.
“Look at that shelf, it’s cute, it’s $40, it’s from an Australian store,” she said.
But when the product was delivered, she realized that it was not at all what she thought she had purchased.
“It’s from the fucking Kmart. Stop! And more expensive,” she said in a video that was viewed almost 200,000 times on TikTok.
The elegant cross-hatched wooden shelves are selling for $25 at a major Australian retailer known for its bargain home decor — $15 less than the woman bought them 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 at the fraudulent sale.
“It’s so frustrating that other people are ruining Etsy for us who are truly DIYers,” wrote one Ety user.
Etsy is an online marketplace where artists and small business owners sell vintage, handmade, and handmade items.
Another user pointed out that the seller is unlikely to make any money while packing and shipping the item.
“But why? As long as they pack it, they will earn 10 bucks,” they said.
Some users were a bit more generous in their comments, suggesting that the seller could have made the products available to people who can’t purchase them from overseas.
“I guess it’s for overseas shoppers who might not be able to shop at AU Kmart online,” said one.
The seller, DecorByDesign, has since been removed from Etsy, but the store still features reviews from previous sales.
It seems that the TikTok user is not the first victim of a scam.
“Buyers be warned: This item is a Kmart product that costs $12 online,” one user wrote in June.
“There’s no clear link in the description or details about this, so I thought I’d just let people know.”