Etsy experience-HELP

So last month I posted a bid request on the alchemy portion of Etsy for someone to recreate the hairpiece I fell in love with.  This is what I asked for:


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I received numerous bids for the piece all coming at or under my max.  However, I went with a seller who agreed to receive payment after I got pictures of the piece and who said she would buy the feathers from the same place where West End productions get theirs.  Sounds good right?  Well this is what I was sent today:


 


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To me, it's nothing like the original piece I requested.  I think it's a pretty comb, just not at all what I wanted.  What do you all think I should do?  Am I overreacting?


 

Posted on September 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm
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the feathers on the origional are thicker and all curve in the same way so it has a slightly different look.  try it with your dress.  does it still look nice?  i like the one she sent, but if you aren't happy with it, it doesn't hurt to ask her....


 


good luck.

Posted on September 21, 2008 at 4:27 pm
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ditto kb - i dont think it's ugly -- looks like the gal used diferent feathers with more "pointy" ends versus the more curved and tapered look of the other ones...


 

Posted on September 21, 2008 at 4:45 pm
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yikes! i dont really see any diffrence! i think it looks pretty good! isnt etsy stuff all hand made? if yes which i am fairly sure you can never really get things identical that is the unique thing about hand made! but if your not happy then ur not happy! just tell the seller!

Posted on September 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm
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By all means, I think it's beautiful.  I just don't think it captures the essence of the original.  KBlove, you hit my two issues right on the nose.  Dirty, I think the "pointy" nature of the feathers of the the second piece take away from the "romantic" feeling I'm going for.  What do you think?  Leia, yeah I understand that it's handmade and it may not look exactly like the original.  I can live with that.  But I think if the general "bones" of the piece need to be the same.

Posted on September 21, 2008 at 5:10 pm
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are you "bound" to purchase it?/ or can you tell her "no thanks"

Posted on September 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm
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hmmm yeah i do see your point! like d1rty said are you bound to buy it? if not tell her! it is upsetting to recive something that is not what you wanted! good luck! =D

Posted on September 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm
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Well we agreed to payment after I received the pictures.  So I think I will just tell her that while I think her piece is beautiful, I don't think it's quite what I wanted.  I just feel bad, you know?  I know she worked hard on the piece.  I can see that. But I know it will drive me crazy that it's not exactly what I wanted.  Thanks girls!

Posted on September 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm
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yeah! i understand how you feel! iam the same! if it is not perfect its not happening! good luck!


dont feel bad she will sell it very easy! it is beautiful! =D

Posted on September 21, 2008 at 5:29 pm
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hmmm......  it is very similar, but i think it's missing some softness in the feathers.  the one she made seems more stiff if that makes any sense.  i think it is still very pretty though.

Posted on September 21, 2008 at 8:38 pm
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my vote is to still get it - you may like it when you try it on with your dress??

Posted on September 21, 2008 at 8:40 pm
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Willinilli, yes what you're saying makes absolute sense.  My word was wispy...the one I sent her felt more wispy than the one she made.  I agree with the stiffness of the second one. 

Maria, I emailed her since Etsy convos were down last night but haven't heard back.  I'm just going to see if there's anything she can do to make it a bit more like the original. 


Thanks for the advice, ladies!

Posted on September 22, 2008 at 5:28 am
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I commissioned a piece on etsy and it didnt come out the way I liked so she refunded my $$ I would request that.

Posted on September 22, 2008 at 10:19 am
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Chic, I wrote to her on email last night because Etsy convos were down, but I'm guessing she didn't get it.  So I just resent it on Etsy.  We'll see what she says.  I haven't paid for the piece.  We agreed I'd pay after I saw the pictures.  I just feel really bad as I know she worked really hard on it and it is a beautiful piece, but just not for me.  KWIM?

Posted on September 22, 2008 at 12:28 pm
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I agree with everyone, let her know! The piece you got is really pretty but has really different feathers, the one you have is wispy looking, the original has completely fuller bigger feathers, you can tell by the bottoms of the feathers in your inspiration pic. Good Luck.

Posted on September 22, 2008 at 2:51 pm

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