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bomobob…at it again.

17 May

Saw this NEW! copycat photo by Bobo today : http://www.etsy.com/listing/99929007/horse-photo-white-horse-equestrian

Seems he really liked the one by this top artist that is two years old: http://www.etsy.com/listing/78543535/nature-photography-white-horse

As a photographer who tries to straddle the fence between staying original and staying relevant I know how hard it is not to be overly influenced by the art around me. But this sort of carbon copying is weak to say the least. Think of something on your own bobo.
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We’ve actually posted someone’s callout on Bomobob’s extreme inspiration before- https://etsycallout.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/reader-email-intellectual-theft/

Edited to Add:

Hi. Irene of Eye Poetry Photography here: the photographer who was copied by bomobob. I’ve been aware of his practices for years. This isn’t the first time he’s been “extremely inspired” by my work.

My photograph Snowblind:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/61122631/winter-photography-tree-snowflakes-snow

His version:
http://www.etsy.com/transaction/42009565

My owl photograph:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/90278201/nature-photography-great-horned-owl

His versions:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/95125008/owl-photo-bird-print-owls-canadian
http://www.etsy.com/listing/95234176/owl-photography-bird-print-yellow-eyes

There have been other instances as well.
Irene

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Elysian Organics copying again?

23 Dec

Wow, actually Elysian Organics is copying MY ( HerbivoreBotanicals ) listings.

Every time I come up with a new listing…there they are right on my trail…

Case in point…earlier this month I created this product and listing:

http://www.etsy.com/transaction/67110441

Today I logged on to find this:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/89111791/6-mens-organic-vegan-soap-samples-2-oz

For Christmas I posted these items:

http://www.etsy.com/transaction/66854138

http://www.etsy.com/transaction/66761609

http://www.etsy.com/transaction/63464358

and within a week or so Elysian posts these:

http://www.etsy.com/transaction/63844488

http://www.etsy.com/transaction/63788866

I believe Elysian Organics is not even organic and may be reselling soaps. I have no proof of either one but do know they are immature, aggressive and copy my listings relentlessly…

I will continue to post on here whenever they directly copy an item of mine, just so you can all be up to date! : )

crystl320 part 2

21 Dec

So a while ago there was a crazy seller called out here – crystl320.etsy.com

(“Crystl320 says:
THANX FOR VIEWING MY SHOP AND AGAIN ALL MY ITEMS ARE HANDMADE,,,,OR WHATEVER U WANT i AM SELLING THEM NOW WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWN SHOPS NOT MINE..HALF OF YOU PEOPLE LOOK LIKE FREAKS SELLING RETARDED THINGS STUPID”)

https://etsycallout.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/crystl320/

seems she is still copying other listings:

1) http://www.etsy.com/listing/44873948/3oz-goat-milk-plantain-with-grape-fruit

She copied the ingrediants from here:
http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/canus-goat%27s-milk-soap-bars-3-pack/ID=prod6003778-product

and information from here:
http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/plaintain_leaf.php

2) http://www.etsy.com/listing/44844845/

Copied part of listing from here:
http://soapexchangenanaimo.ca/store/product/melt-and-pour-soap-base-olive

and here:
http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/lemon_balm.php

3)http://www.etsy.com/listing/31575091/
copied text from here:
http://www.dermstore.com/product_Herbal+Eye+Contour+Cream_8542.htm

4)http://www.etsy.com/listing/44272486
Still has the homemade carscent diffuser for sale….

5)http://www.etsy.com/listing/46130946/
Look at these pictures and then look at the last item for sale on this page (click to see larger) http://www.natureshealinggifts.com/CHARITIES.html

nestingpretty

18 Nov

Just a reminder before we get angry mobs for these copycat posts- this is someone’s callout, not written by us. Don’t shoot the messenger. Now then, discuss…

NestingPretty copies NestPrettyThingsShop down to the name!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/nestingpretty
http://www.etsy.com/shop/nestprettythingsshop

It’s so obvious she’s copying the original shop (NestPrettyThingsShop). Their designs are similiar but some listing descriptions are flat-out copying the original Nest PrettyThings shop.

She also copied Dreams by the Sea with her leaf bobby pins.

I confronted NestingPretty on Facebook when she linked her leaf bobby pins telling her she was a copycat and even though she KNOWS she’s a copycat she has the ballz to say:

“I don’t really understand your comment. All of my designs are original one of a kind designed my myself. If someone else has something similar I am not aware of it. Maybe you could inform me??”

Yeah right! Loser!

**Definitely check out the comments with lots of interesting links…

Nicholsan1

15 Sep

This item from Nicholsan1: http://www.etsy.com/listing/81709246 straight up copy and paste stolen from this shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/62752976

Most of the other items in Nicholsan1′s shop look dodgy too. The jewelry is all listed under handmade, but I have my doubts that it is.

I’m willing to bet that this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/45933387 is stolen from somewhere too since it actually has a real description but none of the other listings do (except for the other stolen one).

Astylishdesign

28 Jul

Nothing drives me more crazy than a copycat, and a copycat who is frequently featured on the front page and in Finds. She is copying sellers who have been around long before she has and steals all of their ideas. This shop has had close to 400 sales this year alone. Her shop is all over the place in terms of a theme and she keeps building on it because she’s taking everyones ideas! The proof is in the examples:

This one she actually included a picture of a competitors work:
http://www.etsy.com/transaction/53312297
Competitor listing: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/49268831

BraggingBags: http://www.etsy.com/listing/66303019/rustic-woodland-antique-vintage-wedding
BraggingBags: http://www.etsy.com/listing/69272572/rustic-woodland-wedding-guest-book
Astylishdesign: http://www.etsy.com/listing/73747503/woodland-outdoor-rustic-burlap-twine
Astylishdesign: http://www.etsy.com/listing/72634378/you-customize-woodland-outdoor-rustic

BraggingBags: http://www.etsy.com/listing/68799494/personalized-ring-bearer-pillow-with
Astylishdesign: http://www.etsy.com/listing/69977965/woodland-outdoor-rustic-burlap-wedding

BraggingBags: http://www.etsy.com/listing/54198004/personalized-flower-girl-basket
Astylishdesign: http://www.etsy.com/listing/67459661/set-of-2-twig-flower-girl-basket-burlap

Bragging Bags: http://www.etsy.com/listing/54300347/woodland-rustic-ring-bearer-pillow
Astylishdesign: http://www.etsy.com/listing/66881339/natural-woodland-moss-covered-ring

the below seller was selling painted card boxes long before astylishdesign – it’s funny how similar the designs are
MacKenslyDesign: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/20326182
mackenslydesign: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/18617369
astylishdesign: http://www.etsy.com/listing/68193898/you-customize-white-wedding-card-box
astylishdesign: http://www.etsy.com/listing/45546152/you-can-customize-colors-and-flowers

even the moss and floral cover monograms?

MacKenslyDesign: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/16263111
MacKenslyDesign: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/25541286
Astylishdesign: http://www.etsy.com/listing/65246541/woodland-moss-covered-monogram-letter
Astylishdesign: http://www.etsy.com/listing/40712113/custom-small-silk-floral-monogram-letter

even her reserved listing sign looks the exact same:
mackenslydesign: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/48060417
astylishdesign: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/50947948

heartsandbows494

21 Jun

Hi There, I’ve never done this before so I hope I’m doing it right. There is a shop on Etsy called Hearts & Bows Bath & Body (http://www.etsy.com/shop/heartsandbows494). This girl has copied Flourish Bath & Body almost to a “T” (http://www.etsy.com/shop/flourishbathbody).

It started with packaging that just looked kinda similar. Her shop announcement/profile was pretty similar too, although that’s been changed. Then she stole the wording from Flourish’s listings for multi-packs of lip balm almost word for word. Her soap looks nearly identical to Flourish and she had soap samples listed that looked exactly like Flourish’s too. I can’t be certain of course but I’m pretty sure she’s aware of what she’s doing.

Flourish belongs to a soap forum that I’m also a member of. When a thread got started on our forum about Flourish having an “admirer” a few things started to change in Hearts & Bows shop. It was like she was reading the same forum and suddenly realized what she was doing was just wrong. But then she must’ve had a change of heart ’cause it got worse.

If you compare the shops side by side her product labels are now almost identical. She started out with just lip balm but now has Flourish’s entire line of products copied (well except for a few, which she states in her shop announcement are “coming soon”). Her photos are almost an exact copy, the only difference for the most part being that she lines her products up in the opposite direction. The font on her labels, the colors, the wording…it’s almost all nearly identical.

Flourish is one of the top B&B sellers on Etsy. She’s had a lot of exposure, seen a lot of treasuries and been on the FP quite a few times. She was also a featured seller. The owner (Brooke) has put a lot of hard work and dedication into getting to where she is. Now all of a sudden this little copycat comes along and it’s Hearts & Bows being plastered all over the FP, the treasuries, and in an Etsy Finds e-mail. She was even on Heartsy. I really think people are getting the two shops confused because the copy is nearly identical, especially now with the new labels and photos that were just posted in the last few days.

You can also see more product photos on her FB page. (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hearts-and-Bows-Bath-Body/153060104750262?sk=wall) Take note of the picture posted on 28MAY11 of lip balms in progress. Flourish has an almost identical picture on her own FB page. It’s also amazing that the product Flourish most recently commented on on her FB page was her saltwater soap, and the most recent product Hearts & Bows commented on on her own FB page was her own saltwater perfume. It goes on.

I normally like to give people the benefit of the doubt but seriously, unless they were born with the same brain I just don’t see how this could not be intentional. There was also a thread started about this on the Etsy forums, but of course it got closed by Admin (http://www.etsy.com/teams/7718/site-help/discuss/8559149/). Please could you maybe put this in the blog? I really think a lot of Flourish’s hard work is about to go down the drain because this other person has copied her so well that people seem to be confusing the two. Thanks for anything you can do.