Saturday, March 29, 2008

File this one under "Ironic, Richly"

I get a convo yesterday on Etsy. Another seller taking offense to this item:

Taking offense because --- [wait for it] --- she seems to think that I stole her singularly unique idea of making zippy pouches. Out of this fabric [readily available on the internet, for any and all to purchase].

My listing style, which I've been using for the last year, as well as my pictures and lining fabrics, are *questionable* or just downright *plagarized* [yeah, I know, not exactly the right word] to this seller.

The thing is this: not only have I been using the same basic style for a year, as it has evolved into the current look, I've noticed *other* sellers appropriating it.

It must be an okay idea, since other sellers now list that way. But it doesn't change the fact that I was the FIRST one to do it; meaning: my original idea. Meaning: I used that style 5 months before this person. This person who passive-aggressively accused me of copying her.

I tried to get this seller to explain, or at least clearly state what she was inferring. I'm amazed that she actually had the audacity to contact me, all things considered. It blows my mind that after half-ass accusing me, she doesn't even have the balls to say what she means. I flat out asked her to explain herself, and rather than actually doing that, just sends a dismissive little response. The infernet equivelent of "because I said so".

I feel like this broad is issuing [or trying to, anyway] a 'cease and desist'. Which, frankly, ain't happening. Seriously, who the hell owns the market on cutesy-kawaii bags? I'm supposed to just quit because a random stranger feels threatened?!? Or, as the kids say 'go fuck yourself' ...

I felt compelled to send a snotty response back, but ultimately, that isn't going to do anything other than cause a problem.

The whole thing makes me think of the cheating ex. 5 years into it, he starts with the accusations. I actually hadn't done anything wrong; come to find out 8 months later he is cheating on me. Then it all made perfect sense: the best defense is a good offense.

Those in clean conscious generally don't walk around pointing fingers ...