Has something like this ever happened to you? Some scammy website is selling my very own hand-knit skirt!
This older blog post of mine about hand-knitted skirts tends to get a lot of traffic, mostly via Pinterest. I have a picture on there of this skirt, among others, that I made back in 2012:
Late last year I got an email from a reader who said she saw this very same skirt posted for sale on a clothing website. She said her instincts told her the site was maybe a scam so she googled the pic and found my blog, and she kindly got in touch to alert me.
Here’s my skirt, on sale for the low, low price of 18 pounds!
But wait, there’s more! It also comes in several photoshopped colours!
If I had known I could have this skirt for just 18 pounds (or about $32 Canadian), I could have saved myself the 50 hours or more I spent hand knitting that fiddly herringbone stitch and the lace trim, and picking out unique buttons! And I could have saved myself the $90 or so I spent on materials!
Last time I checked, this website had disappeared, probably along with the money of many a poor sap who didn’t think twice about whether a unique wool skirt (or any other item of clothing on the site) should cost more than 30 bucks. Let’s call them victims of not only an online scam, but also of Fast Fashion in general, because Fast Fashion has taught us that you probably CAN get a unique hand-knit woolen skirt somewhere for 30 bucks (even if somebody, somewhere, paid a price). Sigh.
But wait! There’s more!
I just came across a brand NEW website — still live at the time I’m writing this — apparently rebranded from “ShineforU” to “Sammero”, also selling my one-of-a-kind skirt! Not only is it on sale for just $23.36 US, if you act now, you can also get a 20% discount off all orders! (I sincerely hope that lovely model is getting royalties for all the various places this photo is being shown!)
I’m actually quite tempted to order one just to see what might come my way in the mail. Apparently sometimes these companies actually do send you a very cheaply made knock-off of whatever is in the photo, if this video from a seamstress who ordered a copy of her own hand-sewn 15th century reconstruction gown from a scam website is anything to go by: https://youtu.be/J80J4oaGVnY
I remember a few years ago a fabric retailer was using people’s Instagram photos of garments they had made with fabric from the store without the creator’s permission in their promotional materials. It was surprising how long that company dug in their heels, despite a big outcry from the sewing community, thinking it was perfectly OK to use other people’s photos without permission to sell their products.
Have you ever had photos of your hand-made garments stolen and used illegally or without your permission? Or has anyone ever tried to sell a knock-off of one of your own makes? I’d love to hear your story.
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