My best friend bought two cross stitch kits from ebay last week and she had the most awful experience. It made such a great impression to me that I wanted to write a review and share this with my readers.
First of all, she found some fantasy fairies cross stitch kits really cheap! And when I say cheap I mean extremely cheap, each kit was £9! She couldn't resist and bought them. When she receive them she wasn't too impressed but because she liked the designs she decided not to return them and she started stitching them. The threads were non-brand threads and they were mixed all together which was time consuming to unpick them and manage them all in a card organiser (which she bought separately). The chart was of a poor photocopy (or a poor print out) and the photo of the finished design was the actual picture not the finished work or at least a simulation of the finished stitched work.
Besides all that, she started stitching one of the two kits. Half way through she run out of threads and also she realised that the fabric was too small so there was not enough aida to actually finish the design. When she contacted the seller, he refused to send her more threads and new fabric. He even refused to take the kits back or refund her.
My friend researched the kits on internet and found out that the actual designs belonged to the famous artist Nene Thomas. She contacted Nene to ask if she could suggest other cross stitch sellers. To her surprise, Nene never gave permission to the particular ebay seller to sell her designs which means the ebay seller was in fact an illegal seller.
Well, my friend has actually lost her money and she can't complete the kits with small aida and not enough threads. But the good thing is that ebay actually suspended the "nasty" seller. Be aware of very cheap kits and read the ebay description very carefully. Also check at the photo provided. Hopefully this review will help other ebay buyers.