Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy happy Joy joy Easter

Hope ya'll have a joyful day!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Questionable respectful behavior and no wonder so many rumors get started at Zibbet

I thought a bit about posting this because combating negative energy is often  a time suck regardless of how good your intentions are.
I just have to say that after thinking about this... the situation kind of reminds me of that old "telephone game"....someone whispers something in someone's ear and it gets whispered to many others on down the line and the outcome of the conversation is nowhere even close to what actually happened.
There are a lot of "rumored" whispers over there in the Z forums.  Certain  folks are pretty good over there at saying things like "I heard" or "I suppose" and then suddenly it becomes "Fact" after a few others repeat and add to the story.  Not sure why this happens. (Although if I were a betting woman I'd have to place a bet on the fact that from my own personal experience...the most gossipy judgmental and "slam talking" groups of people I have ever known seem to have been gathered in certain congregations on Sundays....if you get my drift) wink-wink.  
Yep there I said it.... I would have to think that a certain group of ya'll over there simply like to gossip and there's not much happening there so things naturally have a way of "making themselves up".... Now when you add to that mix a certain CEO who likes to hang out in the hidey holes and encourages the behavior of changing up conversations....this fact simply makes the whole rumor mill get even bigger and BOLDER.
Okay....let's just use this for example.....
a certain person made a thread the other day about respect....
I then made a blog post here that had a couple of comments from her thread and someone else I know also had a conversation with this same person on Twitter.  Now as far as I could see..... there was never any ill will or malice towards this person at all. 
And there-in lies one of the problems as far as I can tell.
Whenever someone says something negative about Zibbet or simply questions things that are or most often are not (happening).... certain people over there in Zibbet land take it all too personally.
No one is out to get them.  But the paranoia seems to have risen higher than the tides.
So the one from the respect thread made some comments about a person bidding on her items elsewhere and blogging about it.  Well... I didn't blog about bidding on her items....but when I checked eBay I searched through my pages of bids and found where I had bid from her shop there.  And since she had stated that someone was blogging.... I thought she may have been talking about I sent her a message on eBay and told her shame on her for ever insinuating that malice was intended (if she was talking about me.) Did not get an answer back... so maybe she wasn't talking about me and didn't have a clue what I was referring to. But it bothered me if she was in fact trying to create drama where there was indeed no drama whatsoever.
And the reason why I considered that she might be some sort of a drama queen fabricator (because I really do not know this person)....
anywhoo she had also stated in her thread that..

Make no mistake, THIS is the kind of behavior that has driven people to silence; the fear of retribution; NOT posts like this one. Take note: I am not the first person this has happened to; I am simply one of many. In November, I watched a very helpful and knowledgeable member of this community get attacked and drug all around the forums (called names, cursed at, etc.) for a completely innocent comment that was twisted beyond recognition. (After all, if you repeat something enough, people believe it, right? Pay attention, because this is the pattern: Twist, attack, repeat...repeat, repeat, repeat...) Not long after that, another member was flat out accused of being a liar because of wanting to start a private group where she could talk openly about health issues and everyday life with her friends, without feeling as though she was under a microscope. I know for a fact that this person had every intention of starting that group, as she and I had discussed it prior to her mentioning it in public. After that attack, she would not open the group. She was attacked via social media, blogs and other website forums until she had to get an attorney involved. In the end, she too left the community and the site. 

Okay..... now maybe there was a big bunch of drama that I might have missed in those forums.  But who was attacked and drug all around those forums and cursed at?  Seems a bit over dramatic to me...but like I said maybe I missed this "drama".
 I would really like to see some proof of the cursing and attacking and dragging tho. I really would.  Because in reality this could very well simply be something that never happened in the first place....perhaps it could be those gossipy gals playing that telephone game of---make something up and pass it on to others but 1st add more to it assumptions "Maybe" "I heard " "I suppose" "someone supposedly said"  kind of carp that they seem to do so well.
Gheez I don't know what the deal is with that stuff ^^^^^^
I do know this.  I know who she is talking about in her second "example"....  and this is what most people who can actually see and read out here in cyberville saw.....
the person talked in that thread about her "personal reasons"  for wanting to start a "private" group.  But the real deal was that the thread was actually started because word on the street had gotten out about how the CEO Andy and the handmaidens were in that private hidey hole plotting and talking about other forum members. That was a fact that had several screen shots long before they made that little hidey hole public for a bit until they realized they hadn't quite purged and cleansed it enough.
But no worries..... the secret was already out and the "private group" thread was started and had nothing to do with the person mentioned above...nor her desire to start a private group to talk privately about her illnesses.   
And this to me is the biggest bunch of carp "speculation rumor" that I saw in the above statement from the person who made the statement above.....she said this....
She was attacked via social media, blogs and other website forums until she had to get an attorney involved. In the end, she too left the community and the site. 

WOW just wow!!!! are you really serious?  Because the last time everyone out here looked..... the person you are talking about actually left Zibbet because she became aware of the fact that the CEO's had knowledge of a certain forum member and what they were doing behind the scenes.... you know the one who was "attacking people" and actually saying mean things?  The CEO's did nothing about this persons' behavior until it became so public that they had to do something to save face....they were given ample opportunity to do the right thing and chose to do their own thing instead until they finally had to do something.  Now that is a fact.
 Take it to the bank F-A-C-T.
The person you are talking about left Zibbet because in her words "Her eyes had been opened"...she was extremely disappointed to learn that this was how they operate....and she left to open up her shop on another venue because she had business ethics that were not being met at Zibbet.  To say that she left because people treated her unfairly is a dirty down right lie. How someone thinks they could spin this situation and make it a whole new story is beyond me.  The person wrote about it in her blog....her posts have had screen shots and shared. Her words are still there on her blog.  She left the venue not because she was attacked.....HELLO?????
She left because she opened her eyes!She stated that "I left because I did not want my business associated with Zibbet"
I myself had never really had much interaction with this individual.  But I really felt sorry for her when she took that stand and at the same time I gave her PROPS!  I sensed how hard that must have been for her to leave that supportive group of friends behind. But she did it because she has morals --- I reached out to her on her blog and ended up purchasing a baby set from her new venue.  Gee....did I spend $60+ dollars out of spite and malice? Nope...I bought from her shop because I was proud of her for not being afraid to stand up for what she believes in.
Oh but now someone can go to the Zibbet forum and make up a whole new chapter?

now at the end of the day...we as on-line hand made vintage and supply sellers do support sellers on all venues.
Bottom line is that just because we do not support some of the actions from the CEO's or paths that the venues have gone down.... this in no way shape or form means that those of us out here who voice our opinions are trying to hurt individual sellers.  At the end of the day.... we do this in hopes that we are offering our opinions to save others time and money and in the long run actually help them.
Of course this is just my opinion.
Hope ya'll have a fab weekend and Happy Easter to those of ya out there who celebrate this Holiday!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lot's of Speakulation still going on in the ole Zibbet Hub not much of a mystery why that is still happening

Yes....some out there are still watching the falling listings at Zibbet and are obviously realizing that the number of listings are not falling due to humongous amounts of items being sold there....many people are still realizing that the venue is in fact not at this time for them and perhaps never will be.
The elusive rebuild is still ...well....for lack of a better word...elusive.
One of the recent newsletters had a link for Zibbet sellers to purchase a "light box" in order to improve their photos...while at the same time Zibbet has done nothing with the fact that the minute you upload your photos to the venue that they get more fuzzy and are not nearly as nice looking.
I was telling a friend awhile back that I thought it would be easy to copy and paste some of my Zibbet listings over to eBay in order to try and strum up a bit more traffic. Well imagine my surprise (not) yes nothing about Zibbet really surprises me anymore.... I am past the point of that... (I think)....but when I tried to simply right click the images from the Zibbet venue and upload them to eBay....I got the message that the images were too poor to load...they would in fact not load and I tried several times.....
then I went back to find the images in my files...and I have a ton of images and I seriously felt like I was playing some sort of strange "Where's Waldo?" frustrating game in looking for the pic that went along with the listing ...but guess what?  When I managed (after a long time I might add) to find my original images....they immediately uploaded to the eBay venue.
It was then that I finally realized that there really was something to the talk that the images on the Zibbet venue look very poor and blurred and so much talk that the pages look ancient and way behind the times really does have merit from anyone out there with on line experience.
But they keep saying that it will all be fixed in the rebuild and even if the pics when loaded on their venue currently are not so top worries....
keep working on better pictures because that will lead to more sales there.
And it really is a joke....
albeit one that may leave a bad taste in so many seller's mouths who put so much time and wasted energy into the venue so far.
But never say never....
they have a Pastor as one of the Ceo's and hey...what better person than a bonafide Pastor to bring some miracles to the venue? I mean really...things and people can always change...and maybe this elusive rebuild will be the end all save all redemption that many are looking for now that they have seen whatever is happening there is not quite up to par.
All we know so far is that when the mass exodus last Fall happened and so many newbies purchased those $79 yearly premium accounts....many are waiting and wondering just how many of those are willing to shell out another $79 or more when their premium is up for renewal..unless they actually see some sort of improvement and rebuilding going on over there. (I myself paid over $200 for a life time account...after paying yearly premiums and remember seeing something when I got in on that "last round" of lifetimes that there would be a refund on the yearly premium already paid....and honestly never checked to see if that had happened(a refund on what I had already paid that year)  but I really should check to see if I did get that refund on my Pay Pal account...because it was something that had been promised there right?)
The thing STILL going on in the forums these days is still something that is in no way shape or form in my opinion making newbies want to stick around and spend some hard earned money and take their account from freebie to premium. Especially when you have conversations like this in a thread titled "Respect" someone said this...

"Yes, a number of folks were banned for swearing and personal attacks on others.  The violations were clearly seen by many in the Forum.  It is no mystery as to why some people were banned -- they failed to show respect."

an obvious speakulative LIE----^^^^  (to so many out there )....many see the one who made this statement as being one of the big problems in the forums...if there was a so called "respect" kind of rule...the person who made this statement and the others there who speak this kind of lying speculative slanderous speak ---would have surely been banned long ago had they not had the pat on the back and encouragement from Andy---wink wink....
thank goodness there are still some people there who are not afraid to speak up and are still not totally censored...this reply to the lie above is what many out there truly believe..

It actually is still a mystery to me why some were banned and others were not. I saw a minimum amount of profanity ( other than one here recently) but did see a number of personal attacks and people told to leave if they weren't happy. The people left and the attackers are still here.

yep....this poster was spot on.....too many of the attackers are still there. Maybe Zibbet plans on fixing this in the elusive rebuild that is just around the corner as well?

Kool-aid.....cupcakes.....glitter...anyone? Or would it be in your best interests to take advice from the wiser ones who have been there and done that....keep your mouth closed and your eyes and ears wide open....wink wink ... and yes...Respect has always been the key.  In my opinion... some out there simply have no idea how to use that key to unlock the door. And they might indeed always be out there knocking but you can't come in. Respect will indeed get you in the door. And honesty plus integrity will keep you inside once they let you in. That's how it works in reputable proven places..... sadly.... Zibbet in my opinion so far has not proven anything --other than saying that they will fix that in the rebuild.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Vintage trike planter roll on in with the Spring Time

I've been on a mission for awhile to find an old vintage trike and finally found one for a decent price last week.  The frame was a bit tweaked and it had some functional issues but I wasn't looking for it to be functional although Chloe did try to ride it the other day :=)   Hubby mounted this big tin container to the seat today and I added some flowers. And now it is ready to roll into Spring.
Hope ya'll had a Super Sunday.  Chicken on the grill is calling my name :=)

Lot's of Competition from potential BLOOMERS

Everyone and everything at the end of the day is bottom line in competition with one another.  Some compete for basic needs in order to thrive..others thrive because they don't have the type of needs that others seem to have.
I saw this post on facebook and wanted to share it because it is a nice thought.... 
And yep... at the end of the day they are all fighting for room to thrive and be the prettiest and bestest flower ever...etc etc...
but the fact that they Bloom 
says a lot about those who
never will
and never had the motivation
or the intention of doing so.
Bloom on good PEEPS

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Few thoughts About Andrew's Reply On The Zibbet Disappointed thread

I've been hearing a few discussions regarding what Andrew had to say about the disappointment on that "Disappointed" thread.  And here's my take on the deal.
First of all..... and let's just make this one simple.....
 because to quote a quote from one of his threads 
 I do recall him saying something like "It's That Simple".  
Okay when a statement like this is made....

Zibbet, unlike some other online marketplaces, has not been funded by millions of dollars, making it easy to build a huge engineering team. No, Zibbet has been built from basically nothing, with a very small team that works extremely hard.

I do believe that many people get that..... the investors did not invest....something happened during that momentum phase where Zibbet did have lot's of attention and should have been able to Capitalize on some sort of funding--( as a matter of fact there was one article that many referred to at the time where you were talking about your Angel Investors)....
but it seems as though the potential investors weren't impressed with what they saw....or maybe they are like everyone else out here..... still waiting for the elusive rebuild that is still just right around the corner.
But consider this for just a minute.....
how long would it actually take for ya'll to change that Gawd-awful template on the front page where despite current odds..."hopefully" potential new buyers might land?.... You know---the one that looks so outdated at the top? simple would it be to simply pretty that up for starters? (Seriously...isn't it time for that gal in the 80's striped shirt to retire?)   Does it really take a big team of experts or millions of dollars to simply do something that simple? ( Change a couple of your pics at the top of the page?)  One who has been there for any amount of time might begin to wonder just how hard is it to do some of the simple things that just keep getting pushed on the back burner.  
To simply state that you are fiercely trying every day to improve while at the same time no one can see whatever it is that ya'll are fiercely doing.... simply makes even the most die-hard believers start to question 
Not---- "What is REALLY going on?"
but instead "What is REALLY NOT going on?"
Forgive me for stating that so simply.

Next the statement that said this 
To those who have criticised constructively (large majority), thank you. We listen to what you say, and we want you to keep on talking to us about your needs.

A lot of people are evidently learning that they are wasting time talking about it....... lot's of talk and no apparent action on the head honcho end. And here's the simple bottom line on that one..... the Premium sellers actually have very simple needs.... to list things and work hard on a venue where they can actually sell things and make a profit for their time spent there.  Their job is not to keep promoting a venue and selling those yearly Premiums for you.  Your job Andrew and Co. is to make it worthwhile for your members to keep promoting your venue so that you can sell more of those Premium accounts.  Simply wanting to be something does not make it happen.... I know that I have witnessed a lot of sellers on that venue who have indeed worked very hard just like you stated ya'll are doing..... but let's face it---the site is getting more like a ghost town with tumble weeds rolling around.

This following statement is really the one that caught my attention and inspired me to comment here.....

To those who have criticised destructively (small minority), thank you also. Your opposition and disbelief in our ability to deliver has become like a red rag, and drives us to prove you wrong.

now to me....this is a bit of BS in my book at least. (And if he was a female I might think maybe he was evidently on the rag when he sounded so childish and pouty with this statement ) Why would what Andrew calls a "small minority" indeed be the driving force to prove the "small minority" wrong?  
To me the driving force should have been there from the get go... to make the site the best that it can be.  Sad to see that this type of "CEO think from the top"......a "small minority"  is what get's them truly motivated. ???? hmnnnnn...
Well.... I guess all I can say about that one is that if a "so called" few naysayers is in fact the thing that finally has gotten ya'll to actually do something instead of just talking about what's gonna happen one of these days.....

I'd say Cheers to red rags 
and many sellers on Zibbet out there should be thanking those RED RAGS  as well if this is what has finally put Zibbet in some sort of forward drive mode.
Instead of trying to prove someone else wrong.... wouldn't the first step in the right direction be to simply prove yourself right? I mean it really is that simple.  One would think so at least.

Actions do speak louder than words though don't they?

Monday, March 24, 2014

They Miss Her Spark and others only wish they had a spark to speak of

So there is currently a thread going on @ Zibbet

A lot of good conversation and a lot of bad conversation especially from the one posting her personal opinion about someone (and yes we all have opinions and many out here in "craft/hand made land" also have opinions about some of those Artfire Mavens as well)
.... but I don't think many have been so boldly bitchy as to call out someone who is not there any more to answer to whatever "allegations" one chooses to make.

To me and many others reading this..... certainly a bad reflection upon the one posting their own quote "I've always liked her but" kind of views.

What is left of the Zibbet forums these days seems to be many who were Zupporters waking up and realizing that until the promises made when they kicked in their yearly fees are indeed met that they are tired of simply donating more time there.
And no amount of picture taking or retaking or rephrasing or re-marketing will ever work until Zibbet itself fixes what is clearly wrong from ground ZERO.  Picture clarity and visibility immediately gets downgraded once you upload your pics to the venue.... it has been well noted and proven that a sellers' images do show and load much more clearer on the other selling sites for instance and for one of the CEO's to now come into the "DISAPPOINTED" thread and tell others that the main thing they need to work on is their images and photos was just another WOW JUST WOW moment for me today......
as most who have been there for a long time were clearly hoping that Zibbet would address the problem first and foremost that already good images were immediately looking worse and waaay more fuzzy when they were loaded onto the Zibbet selling venue
so for the CEO to recently say to peeps who are complaining about no traffic and little to no sales on the venue....the CEO says something to the effect of "WORK ON YOUR IMAGES" ..... is almost laughable if it wasn't indeed so sad.
To look at all of the hours and time and yes $ that so many sellers have invested into that venue with hopes and convictions that this is where they do indeed belong.....
and I know how you feel
I have been there and done all of that.
And to see that they mute people at whim and yet let others make BS statements about members who are no longer in the forums is very telling of what the site has now become
and why so many are waking up and realizing that they no longer believe in the Zibbet difference.