Unless you sell vintage on eBay (or just read the vintage clothing message boards for kicks), you probably missed yesterday's to-do. Basically, someone posted a link to our On-line Vintage Clothing Directory on the eBay message boards, resulting in a spike in traffic, some great new vintage links, lots of drama, and many miffed vintage sellers.
First, two sellers who were on the list have been removed. Apparently both engaged in shill bidding and misrepresentation of their product, as well as other questionable practices. If either of those sellers wants to email me their side of the story, I'd really appreciate it.
Second, I've realized that there's no way that my list can be truly comprehensive. I've looked at hundreds of stores, but even then, there are many hundreds more that I've never heard of. So I'm changing the list's intro to reflect that. I've also moved the Maybes list off-line, although I'll continue to sort through those names, and others.
Third, I will not be reading seller message boards in the future, either on eBay or elsewhere, except to investigate accusations of fraud. If you'd like to contact me, please leave a comment or email me at shesabetty AT gmail DOT com.
Fourth, I sincerely appreciate all the feedback I've received. I already feel better about my list, and still see many ways to improve it. I've also learned about many, many new stores that I like very much, and can't wait to introduce to my readers.
The point of the list was to help buyers find great vintage stores. It was not to exclude deserving stores unfairly, or reward flash over substance. Marketing is important, however, as the list demonstrates.