What can Etsy do? There are three options:
Option 1: Block a user mac address, therefore blocking the buyer and seller ids. Neither could log in. Kill two birds with one stone. Or more, depending on how many bogus buyer accounts have been created.
Option 2: Take away the ability to curate treasuries from the buyers. Really, why does a buyer need to curate a treasury anyway? No, not all buyers are fakes, but these people are spoiling it for everyone else.
Option 3: We throw all suspected sock puppets into a lake, if they sink they're witches and if they float, they're puppets.
This post is essentially the comment section. Questions, comments, snarkiness, etc. Post it here.
If you're a seller on Etsy, you know all about the exposure being on the front page can bring. For some, it's a fleeting 15 minutes of fame and for others it's the ticket to fame and fortune. But, in order to claim a spot, you either have to be selected by an Admin or in a treasury curated by another member that Admin has chosen to showcase on the front page. This is usually the luck of the draw. You wait for someone to pick you. But wait! What if I created a "sock puppet" buyer account and curated all the treasuries I wanted to, using items from my own shop? Hmmm....
You be the Judge
Below are "just the facts" ma'am. Screenshots from suspected sock puppet buyer accounts. Compare frequently used seller names and take your best guess. It's all circumstantial, but really, some are more blatant than others. Potential puppets are given based on being in most, if not all, of the curated treasuries.
shevaun (joined Apr 29, 2008, first front page Sep 20, 2008)
27Mistakes (joined Nov 15, 2008, First front page Nov 29, 2008)
Robineggblue (Joined Nov 28, 2007, First Documented Front Page Jan 2008)
Kartoshka (Joined Apr 18, 2008, First documented front Page Aug 22, 2008)
Nicoleta (Joined Etsy Dec 2, 2008, First Front Page Dec 4, 2008)
JConnor (Joined Etsy Apr 19, 2008, First Documented Front Page Dec 8, 2008)
Polkadotdaisies (started as a mother/daughter team, then created their own shops)
Indiechick (Joined Etsy Jul 18, 2007, First Documented Front Page Jul 11, 2008)
Lizzywatson (Joined Etsy Apr 5, 2008, First Documented Front Page Jul 22, 2008)
Efratom (Joined Etsy Jan 15, 2008, First Documented Front Page Aug 20, 2008)
Katedesigning (Joined Etsy Aug 21, 2008, First Front Page Nov 23, 2008)
Olahav (Joined Etsy Nov 22, 2007, First Documented Front Page Aug 9, 2008)
Jonatolengo (Joined Etsy Mar 12, 2007, First Documented Front Page Sep 17, 2007)
Miaotsetse (Joined Etsy Jun 17, 2008, First Front Page Sep 24, 2008)
Lahua (Joined Etsy Mar 7, 2008, First Documented Front Page Jun 11, 2008)
Langston (Joined Etsy Oct 20, 2008, First Front Page Nov 2, 2008)
Yoom (Joined Etsy May 31, 2008, First Documented Front Page Aug 10, 2008)
BirdMuseum (Joined Etsy Nov 16, 2008, First Front Page Nov 20, 2008)
TreasuryTown (Joined Etsy Sep 11, 2008, First Front Page Oct 23, 2008)