UPDATE: The seller of the cell phone cover IS donating to SGK for every product sold, but failed to mention it on her site. I changed her status in my post.
This past weekend, Todd took me to Chicago for my 45th birthday. It was to be a weekend away from work, politics and most importantly, cancer. I mean, we both knew that making moments together and having fun together is becoming ever more important, especially during my chemo break. Of course, we couldn’t avoid it entirely, thanks to the pink ribbons stuck on every parking kiosk (though one had been brilliantly defaced with a statement about pinkwashing and a reminder to “think before you pink”) but for the most part we were able to concentrate on just being together.
The morning of my birthday I checked my email. Amongst the plethora of adverts was an email from etsy titled “Tickled Pink.” Now, I’m not an unqualified fan of etsy*, and last year I wrote them a letter about pinkwashing by their sellers, but this email was pretty freaking egregious. It was assembled by Nicole Smith, part of etsy’s marketing and merchandizing team.
What essentially happens is that etsy showcases items offered by sellers without any concern for pinkwashing. For example, the seller of the little ceramic houses donates the entire sale price to the Canadian Cancer Foundation (Yay!) while the pink mug for “mom” is suggested as a good gift for breast cancer awareness month (no donation.)
Strappy bra, bcam never even mentioned, no donation. Needle felted fluff balls, not bcam, no donation. Cherry blossom eye mask, no bcam, no donation. Deer head, ditto. Breast Cancer Support garland, BCAM theme, no donation. Tote bag, no bcam, no donation. Beaded BC awareness wreath, BCAM theme, seller’s donations to local ACS chapter (no amount designation for product,) Embroidered cuff, BCAM, 70% of purchase price to ACS Project Embrace. Painted Tom’s shoes, BCAM, $5 per purchase goes to “breast cancer research.”
This is fun! Let’s keep playing!
Pink Ribbon cupcake picks, BCAM, no donation. Pink dog collar, cancer awareness, 10% of all sales to canine cancer research. Pink knitted sheep, BCAM, 15% to NBCF. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Hoodie, BCAM, 35% to SGK. Pink ribbon quilt, BCAM, “A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this quilt will be given to the cause of your choice.” i.e “I’ll donate something to something if you ask me to.”
Let’s read on…
Breast Cancer Awareness Boobie Baby Hat, BCAM, seller claims they will make no $ from the hats. Vermeil Breast Cancer Awareness Silk Wrap Bracelet, BCAM, donating 25% to BCRF only during the month of October, she sells this without a donation for the rest of the year (also sells AIDS awareness, Eco awareness and Support Our Troops versions with no donations.) Ribbon hat, BCMA, proceeds to friends SGK walk team. Three “I ♥ Boobies” pencils, no BCAM, no donation. “Save the Ta-Tas” peep-toe pumps, BCAM, no donation. Personalized iPhone 4 Case Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon, BCAM,
no donation donation to SGK. Personalized Pink Ribbon Bracelet, BCAM, no donation. Survivor necklace, BCAM, no donation. Aluminium Fight Like a Girl cuff, BCAM, no donation.
After all these objects, the remainder of email just shows pink shit that you can buy that has no connection to BCAM. Pink clothing, different shades of pink, pink decorator objects and the like. What. The. Fuck? Etsy’s lack of ethics and oversight is bad enough. The fact that the majority of sellers are craven opportunists profiting off of our disease with cheap “handmade” crap is bad enough. But the fact that fuckwits like little miss Nichole actually promote these people as part of a fun, happy “Tickeled Pink” marketing email is beyond infuriating.
I told myself at the beginning that I wasn’t going to provide links to the sellers, but this is too awful to go without a response. The email can be found here with links to all the sellers as well as to Nicole Smith herself.
*Unlike the brilliant and vulgar Regretsy