It came to my attention a short while ago, please see my blog post for date, of a seller who was using my work and portraying it as their own!
Whilst this is not that unusual in the handmade market, I feel that it is necessary to place a post here to hopefully protect customers from a potential scam!
I have run a shop on Etsy since I opened my online business in 2008. Quite recently I became aware of another shop, trading as "mustlovedogdesigns" owner called David who had copied and pasted a complete listing including photograph and business name and was using it as their own.
As Etsy believe that these people are reasonable, as is their requirement, I contacted the seller and requested removal of this listing. Naturally and confirming my belief I heard nothing. I then contacted Etsy directly and received a response that they were prepared to do nothing.
The item of mine in question is a coat and is being sold for under $20 with postage of about $1.50. There is one of two possible scenarios:
1) This seller is using my work as a front to sell something of inferior quality which does not match the description or photograph
2) You will receive nothing and it is a SCAM to relieve you of you hard earned money!
HOW DOES THIS AFFECT BLEAKHOUNDS DESIGN: well it doesn't! I will admit to being extremely annoyed. I will also admit to being extremely angry that this business is using my name to gain funds in a way that, at the very least, appears to be dodgy. In terms of liability: for me there is none!
Whatever the aim of David of "mustlovedogdesigns" anyone choosing to purchase from this Etsy store are entering into a contract of sale directly with him. Any issues should be aimed directly at them and/or Etsy. Despite the use of my business name, photo and listing I will receive no funds for any order placed with this company and will certainly accept no liability for any order placed with them.
Since I first found this store I have been doing some research to see if my listing(s) where being used elsewhere as well. Whilst I could not find any I cannot say for definate that there are none. What I can say is that the black and zebra fleece coat that is also listed in this shop is another item that has been taken from another business. I have spoken at length with the owner of this work and she is well aware of what is going on.
Please be careful. If you wish to purchase my work I sell through the following:
1) My Website
2) Etsy - as bleakhounds
3) Folksy - as BleakHounds Design
4) Ebay - as beauthewhippet
5) Hound & Co - as BleakHounds Design
This page will be kept up to date as and when is necessary.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, loyalty and above all your custom!