Friday, April 5, 2013

Copying.....

It is said that there are no original designs, just re-works of old ones. Also, "imitation is a form of flattery". I'm not sure if I agree but I am always a bit befuddled by the generosity of those who post "how to" tutorials. I guess they aren't selling their item and just want to share...bravo, I guess.

I have been asked "how to" make my tape measures and have politely declined. They are a huge (my description) seller for me and why would I want anyone to cut into my sales?I call them my "pet rock". No, they aren't copywrited or licensed  so recourse might be slim.

Recently a customer bought a tape measure from me and quite nicely gave me a "shout-out" on Ravelry. I went to see what what was said and discovered there was a swap going on involving decorated tape measures....uh,oh. Apparently my customer didn't have time to make one and bought mine instead but I was 'worried' that others might be copying me. Not so! Phew! 

Am I being possessive? Yes! 
Was it my original idea to make a decorated tape measure? No.
Am I making these in an original way? Yes!
And what will I do, if or when I do see copying happening? I don't know but for now I will breathe easier and keep on making my semi-original product. 

Hopefully it won't happen until the cow flies over the moon!

13 comments:

Shelly Mason said...

Its really hard to know how to react on "items". Its really, really disheartening on things like writing patterns. I think having a loyal fan base is the best thing against the "copying". :)

Faye Goode said...

My Dog Willow tried her best to take one of your tape measures apart so she could figure out how she could go into business for herself. Your secrets are safe, however, as she ate some of the most secretive parts... so... I just ordered another one and keep it out of Willow's reach and wear it on the ring in my nose. Hugs, Faye

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Lisa Davis said...

Definitely don't do a how to! I wish I had a 'pet rock' myself! lisa xx

Heather Leavers said...

rofl at Faye's enterprising dog! I'm with you on this, I frequently get asked for my meerkat pattern "just so I can make one for my gran/daughter/cat/whatever" but that'd be the beginning of the end for my sales.

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