Thursday, February 12, 2015

I didn't realize

that I was in the business of selling sterling silver and cubic zirconium rings made in India.  A kindly ebay user from Hungary alerted me to this, she had recognized my photo when shopping on Ebay:

Lol!  They must have screen grabbed it from the banner I used to use on my blog.  Just makes me super irritated.  But there isn't much I can do.  I scrolled through their ebay shop and they had a bunch of rings I recognized from Etsy.  Assholes.  I don't care if you copy things, it's not like the ring above was a super unique painting or anything, but to be so lazy that you just take the photos too?  On the off chance that someone will buy it and save you the trouble of making your own to photograph, I guess?  I don't know.  I love the internet, but at the same time I HATE IT WITH A BURNING PASSION.


TimeMachine said...

This exact thing happened to me some months ago! An etsy-like shop out of Germany that used a bunch of really randomly styled rings off Etsy and other places. I emailed some of the people whose pieces I recognized (one of whom was a hotshot NY designer who, from her emails, sounded like she got lawyers involved), and after a weekend of emails and facebook flags (they also had a facebook page showing my and others' pics and gushing about their new designs!), they were removed from FB and from the European etsy-ish website. I have no idea how they expected to deliver; some of the pieces they snagged would have been really hard to recreate.. Maybe collect as many sales as they could in 6 weeks and then split? Very strange. (cheyenne)

M. A. Pettus said...

Oh for Pete's sake! Now I'm going to be extra apprehensive buying things from E-Bay. Asshats. Seriously.

EmeraldCut said...

I'm sorry to hear this happened to you! Your work and humor have always been a nice escape in this crazy Internet world, but this is horrible. A similar situation also happened to me, except it was with my writing services. My writing service offerings, whose entire content was copy and pasted, was used as a template that functioned as another seller's words to sell their own writing services. Like in your case, the plagiarist seller was located in another country. There's legal steps you can take to have your images removed, since they're being falsely used. If you're interested, here's my chronology of what happened in my situation: