I know what I do isn’t exactly ground breaking, but when I opened my store three years ago, I worked really hard to do my research and design pieces that were different from anything I had seen before. It is really frustrating to see people selling my EXACT designs on Etsy for half of what I am selling them for. Look, I get when you see something online and rip off the pattern, whatever, we’ve all been there. But when you turn around and sell it when you could google “thug life cross stitch” and mine is the FIRST one to come up, or Eat a Dick which is something I’ve been selling since 2013… It’s just hurtful. It’s another artists intellectual property. And I am SUPER pro etsy store! Everyone should have one! Do what you love, profit, have a great time! But please don’t be a douchebag and copy someone else’s patterns stitch for stitch. Get some graph paper or Photoshop and draw something unique for your store.
The above photo is from my etsy store, I’m not going to go so far as to post the knock offs cuz that’s just mean. But I have seen direct rip offs of my stuff and other similar Etsy shops and I believe I speak for all of us when I say please just don’t do this.