Saturday, January 17, 2009

story to tell...

Something just happened to me and thought I'd share. Things like this just totally irks me cause I know there's crazies out there.

Early this week, I decided to browse through Etsy to see if there are items like mine out there in other shops. Just curious ya know? I find this Etsy shop that had kits like mine and even my vintage dictionary flowers. There were other similar items. The weird thing was, all these items happened to be listed and sold at much later dates than my items. I thought 'it's probably just a coincidence' and brushed it off. Nobody would have the guts to copy so many things off of one person's shop. Here's the other weird thing, the owner of this shop drops me a convo saying that my new book looks like hers!! Stupid me thought she was being nice--implying it's great we have similar tastes so I wrote her back a nice note telling her that her kits look great. But then she writes back and was a little more than nasty--starting her note with "Oh, I wasn't trying to strike up a conversation" and ending her note with a "good thing you've got Ali". What are we? Teenagers??! I think someone just doesn't want me to call her on copying my designs which I wasn't going to do but after that little comment, I'm just a tad furious.

Enough about that, will just try to go about my weekend now and pack orders.
-eve

11 comments:

mayflaum said...

that stinks- but the fact that she made that nasty comment proves she knows you're there and what you're doing. :(

mean people stink!

Melissa said...

There isn't anything on Etsy that is half as cute as yours. I am so glad to have found you through "Ali" because I have loved all of your mini-albums. I hope that you will continue to put out new ones--I love to see what you come up with.

Kelli said...

That really does stink! I love your stuff and I always think "oh, I should make some of those and use them on my pages and cards", but I never do, and I sure wouldn't think of selling them!
You have Ali because you're talented and she saw that! I mean really, you didn't get a huge article about yourself in CK for nothing!

easy to miss dot com said...

what a jerk! sometimes people (like someone who copies your work) will do things that blow my mind & i never imagine they would do (like message you and act like YOU copied), but they do. forget her!

ashacpatel said...

I'd probably get kicked out of cyberspace for making ugly comments regarding that psycho seller, so I'll just keep them to myself! :)

Don't you worry about her..you are the better, more creative person in this situation.

If only this world was filled with total goodness!

eve johnson said...

Thanks so much ladies for your kind comments. I've been all frazzled this weekend and totally falling behind on my tasks cause I keep thinking about it. I hate doubting myself. I do that enough already with nursing--I hate THAT! I try not to be influenced by people's work so I can come up with at least some originality in each of these creations of mine (I'm saying 'some' because there is so much artwork already put out that it may be a coincidence that my work might end up a tad similar to another's without me even laying eyes on their work-ya know what I mean?). Just so choked that I put a so much work into this book to have someone say that it even looks remotely like theirs when they haven't even seen the whole thing (cause she'd actually have to buy the kit to see the pdf). I promise to move forward. I've got ideas in the works that (at least I think) are original-that makes me happy! Have a good rest of the weekend! -eve

~kellyann~ said...

It wasn't hard to search on etsy and see exactly who you were talking about.
Yes- rip off would be the correct term. Can't believe she had the nerve to bring Ali into the convo!

(BTW, what issue were you in of CK?? I must of missed that!)

Love your stuff so much I BUY it and not copy it, sell it and then blatantly try to pass it off as original!

Can't wait to see what you come up with next! Don't worry about those nasty comments - you're a sweetie Eve!

Ally said...

Don't let her get to you. Your stuf is awesome, cute, and original!! I've been a fan of your stuff long before you were ever mentioned on Ali's site :)

tiffany inc said...

Oh no... I'm going to have to go search her out now too!

That is a shame, and then to be a B about it!? I can't even begin to imagine your frustration. But you rock and she's just a copycat. I too have a few words to say about her, but will refrain ;o)

Caroline said...

ughhhh...some people!

Samantha said...

well i found you before I found Ali, who cares about her. jeez