Okeechobee Art Thief..

31 May

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for ohabby81 to be charging such precious coin you would think she would at least change up the middle picture to not make it so oh-so-obvious that it’s straight up stolen from Pottery Barn Kids.

oabby81:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25311622

Pottery Barn Kids:
http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/da155/index.cfm?pkey=cart-gallery|k

I guess it made it into a Storque article as well.

Who knew you could directly copy and then charge $129 for it. And her “this is my favorite” is priceless. Yeah, we can tell it was. Maybe someone can let PBK know how much you liked it as well.

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39 Responses to “Okeechobee Art Thief..”

  1. toonces May 31, 2009 at 6:08 pm #

    Oh. My. God.

  2. Me May 31, 2009 at 6:50 pm #

    noooo…freakin…..way….

  3. Found Something May 31, 2009 at 8:07 pm #

    And, sadly, it appears that someone has bought this. It’s a nice painting – it’s just so stolen.

  4. Gern Blanston June 1, 2009 at 4:37 am #

    seller is gone!

  5. LalH June 1, 2009 at 6:05 am #

    Unreal.

  6. HowBlatant June 1, 2009 at 6:14 am #

    WJW!! If I were the artist, I would be horribly upset.

  7. VA June 1, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    Check out this reseller:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6787209

    Where else can you buy vintage patterns, bathing suits, and Tiffany & Co jewelry on Etsy???

  8. JK June 1, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    Sent a link to PBK and to the original artist; hope they take a look at it. If I were the original artist, I’d be pissed.

  9. toonces June 1, 2009 at 9:41 am #

    This is the original designer of the piece – Rebecca Puig – http://www.sugarboodesigns.com/

  10. Bedazzled Condom June 1, 2009 at 10:57 am #

    Gern, do you mean oabby81? She’s still up and running.

    Her ONE sale is a stolen design. DISGUSTING and flat out STUPID.

  11. Bedazzled Condom June 1, 2009 at 10:59 am #

    VA, not just Tiffany jewelry but FAKE Tiffany jewelry.

    I would expect to see more on Etsy since it is virtually impossible to sell the fake crap on Ebay anymore.

  12. Gern Blanston June 1, 2009 at 11:50 am #

    I would like to add that I flagged the basket seller 10 days ago.

  13. Found Something June 1, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    At least the painting has been removed from the Storque article.

    JK – Thanks for contacting PBK and the artist!

  14. Found Something June 1, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    At least the painting has been removed from the Storque article.

    JK – Thanks for contacting PBK and the artist!

  15. JK June 1, 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    Thanks, Found Something — I felt letting her know was the only thing to do; she obviously has worked hard to get the name recognition she has and no one – known or unknown – deserves to have their hard work misappropriated like that.

  16. Gern Blanston June 1, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    Her work is really lovely.

  17. Bedazzled Condom June 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    Gee I wonder where she got the idea for this style of painting

    oabby81’s “original idea”

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23721171

    Signs from Sugarboo

    http://www.sugarboodesigns.com/smoothPro/Products.html

  18. Bedazzled Condom June 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    JK, if you hear anything back from either will you let us know?

  19. Chris June 1, 2009 at 5:11 pm #

    and Etsy featured this plagarist in the Storque??????? what the hell is wrong with them??????

  20. Chris June 1, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    did someone say this seller is gone? she is still around and selling.

  21. Bedazzled Condom June 1, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    Here’s the second half of the stolen equation.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6180103

    “Original idea” my fat ass.

  22. Bedazzled Condom June 1, 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    Doh. My most recent comment won’t make sense until a previous comment is released from the moderation queue.

  23. Etsy'er June 1, 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    I got an email back from Pottery Barn.

    “Our corporate office monitors these types of websites to ensure a seller is not misusing Pottery Barn’s intellectual property, including its trademarks and copyrighted material. We appreciate your taking the time to provide us with this information and we will be happy to forward this to our corporate headquarters for further review.

    If we may be of any further assistance, please contact us.”

  24. gloob June 1, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    “and Etsy featured this plagarist in the Storque??????? what the hell is wrong with them??????”

    Um…they didn’t know? I mean, yeah, Etsy drops the ball a lot but geeez. They don’t research every listing by going to Pottery Barn first to make sure nothing’s been copied.

  25. Chris June 1, 2009 at 8:06 pm #

    Um…it was more of a rhetorical question. someone else figured it out though and it wasn’t Etsy staff… go figure.

  26. Dee June 2, 2009 at 5:18 am #

    I will give etsy a break on this one. They can’t be expected to know who are copycats and who are not.

  27. JK June 2, 2009 at 8:24 am #

    Bedazzled, I did hear back from PBK; the links have been forwarded to the corporate offices for review.

    I know a lot of people are saying ‘Well, Etsy didn’t know’, and while it’s true that they didn’t I think some action should have been taken as soon as they found out. Maybe it’s just me being mean-spirited, but I do think that once an ‘artist’ is found out to be a blatant, no-question-about-it copier, steps should be taken by admin and some of those steps should involve consequences.

  28. forum rubbernecker June 2, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    Well, here’s the thing. That painting was an obvious mismatch to the rest of their store. A completely different style and type of item. So it’s not like it would take a rocket scientist to figure out that it might not be original art. In any case, when people complain about them using the same sellers over and over, this is a kind of good argument as to why they do. When people have a proven track record, it’s easier to know what you’re dealing with. As much as we complain about wanting newbies included, this is a good reason not to.

  29. JK June 2, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    I believe it’s possible to use new people and still keep what integrity remains; how hard would it be to check someone’s shop for something like that glaring mismatch before deciding to promote them? And besides, not every admin favourite is entirely squeaky clean.

  30. Bedazzled Condom June 2, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    I’d sure hate to be up against Pottery Barn’s intellectual property attorneys. I’m sure they can afford the best.

    “I know a lot of people are saying ‘Well, Etsy didn’t know’, and while it’s true that they didn’t I think some action should have been taken as soon as they found out.”

    I agree. The seller should have been shut down immediately, IMO.

  31. flaggingdoesnothing June 3, 2009 at 3:13 am #

    Oh I thought the seller was gone too – but the name was spelled wrong in the OP. It’s “oabby18” not “ohabby18”.

    At least since it is sold, she can’t take it down and hide her theft. I’ll be curious to see if the buyer ever leaves feedback.

  32. podsquad June 3, 2009 at 7:12 pm #

    Well, I’ll just say this. While this seems like an obvious copy, Pottery Barn is WELL known in the wholesale industry to be outright thiefs. I used to work the trade shows, and vendors would literally refuse to give reps from PB any sort of catalogs etc.

    So I don’t really feel bad for ’em.
    What goes around comes around.

  33. Bedazzled Condom June 4, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    Way to justify the theft from the original artist, podsquad!

    I’m sure Rebecca Puig appreciates your support.

  34. podsquad June 4, 2009 at 1:37 pm #

    Meh, I was talkin’ about Pottery Barn, not Rebecca Puig.

  35. toonces June 4, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    No one here feels badly for Pottery Barn. We feel for the artist whose work got swiped, and also for ourselves, as selling under the Etsy umbrella with thieves and copy cats casts a bad reflection on all of us by association.

  36. oh joy! June 6, 2009 at 6:47 am #

    i dont look at pottery barn so wouldnt have known it was a copy- you cant really fault the dork writer if they didnt read it either. but what is so upsetting is the blatant copy of work by someone. *this is the main problem with etsy* and if they arent going to fix it, there will continue to be vigilante sites like this to ferret out the copycat crap. now if you could just find my obvious so obvious copycat. she copies every item i make. copies my booth display and photos. find her yall.i have her letters of apology but she just keeps doing it.ughhhh

  37. Bedazzled Condom June 6, 2009 at 9:03 am #

    “Meh, I was talkin’ about Pottery Barn, not Rebecca Puig.”

    I see someone slept through her Business 101 classes at community college.

  38. Anne Marie @ Totally SV April 9, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    the Pottery Barn one was nicer anyway, colour palette seemd more rustic and vintage. wonder what they origianlly charged for it?

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