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Old 10-21-2011, 09:49
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This exactly! Every year I have to come up with something new because someone from the year before saw what was selling like crazy at my booth & they always copy it the next year.
Yup I had a lady copy my original bow holder I've been selling for a few years at shows this year. Good thing her's looked worse than my test one I threw out!
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When I was little my grandparents sold dollhouses and wooden crafts at fairs. The other night I asked my grandmother some pointed questions, about being copied by others, etc. She said it happened all the time, and my grandfather thought it was pretty flattering. To each their own, I guess. Personally, I'm not flattered.
But anyway, I think people will copy you now matter what you do, if you sell in a boutique, online, or at a fair. I think you are right, to make sure it's the best it can be before putting it out there. Since you made it, copycat items will not be any where near as nice as what you spent all that time prefecting. GL!
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sell them and feel proud when people try to copy
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Here is my opinion- if they are going to copy anyway- sell them the instructions. Sell an ebook- that way you get the credit and they know it is your design.
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Old 11-22-2011, 05:34
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I remember what one of my former customers once said when I was still selling millinery supplies... "Catch me if you can!"

There will always be people who would "copy" your idea but the difference is on the quality, your personal style, and on how you market it.
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Here is my opinion- if they are going to copy anyway- sell them the instructions. Sell an ebook- that way you get the credit and they know it is your design.
Clever! That's sounds like the perfect plan. There is no doubt you will be copied if it's good....especially on Etsy since it is a breeding ground for copycats. It won't take long for someone to "buy" one of your bow holders, tear it apart and analyze how it was done, and begin making them too. However, if you come up with paid instructions, I bet that same person (and many others) would buy the instructions!

As far as getting a "patent", I know that it is an extremely expensive process. I wouldn't think it would be worth it because there would be no guarantee that it would be granted a patent.

I wish I was the type that would be "flattered" by copycats, but I wouldn't be either. I wish I could! It takes strong people to be able to do that
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:14
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If I were in this situation I would make sure to be the first one on etsy... I would be nervous that some one would buy it locally and then start selling it online before I got the chance. I just noticed that this is an older thread so I am curious what you decided to do.
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... However, if you come up with paid instructions, I bet that same person (and many others) would buy the instructions!

As far as getting a "patent", I know that it is an extremely expensive process. I wouldn't think it would be worth it because there would be no guarantee that it would be granted a patent.

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I think paid instructions are a great idea. It would be pretty easy to copyright them.

You may be correct about the cost of going all the way through the patent process but the initial application may not be that expensive and you might be able to label the product "patent pending".

I'd be interested in knowing what the OP decided to do.

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I think you should sell online because thats a great way to get your product out throughout the year & all across the country, Rather than just locally. Just make sure when you do start selling on etsy that u put "The original XXXXX". Good luck. Im curious to know what it is now. lol
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I think that selling the instructions and really marketing it as the "original", first of it's kind, "you may see others, but not like this one"...If you market it correctly, I think people will remember. Now, I think you got everyone excited to see what you've made!
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