Over the weekend I learned a huge wholesaler is selling my I Just Want To Hang With My Dog shirt.
It’s in boutiques all over the country now. Search #ijustwantohangwithmydog and you’ll see what I’m talking about. You’ll also see me hounding every insta post with “BUT ARE YOU GIVING BACK TO SHELTERS?” If they say yes, I back off. It’s that simple.
But sadly not one has said yes. The only boutique giving back is Three Eighteen in Norfolk because they purchased from me and my one condition was they had to give a portion back to shelters, and Marie the owner, was more than happy to do so.
I stopped searching the shirt on Etsy after I saw more than 30 shops reselling it. Let it be, I told myself. You’ve all heard this rant enough I know, and I apologize for bringing it up so much. It just kills me that some people are so unoriginal they can’t change literally ONE word so it’s not a direct copy. That’s all it takes in t-shirt world to be an okayish person.
Just one word. That’s all I ask.
Then on Monday I found out people are copying my MARRIED AF shirt. That was quick. It took less than six weeks for someone to steal it.
I contacted the seller, she admitted she stole, and then she suggested I, “move on and not worry about other people taking my designs.”
Ooof. Not a good thing to tell me when I’m feeling aggressive.
I have a copyright for MARRIED AF, but laws about this stuff are weird. You can’t copyright a t-shirt phrase, so instead I copyrighted another piece of work dealing with MARRIED AF and tied my t-shirts into it.
I reported the shop to ETSY as I have in the past but I didn’t expect much. As mentioned, I’ve butt heads a few times with Etsy regarding this stuff before.
But yesterday Etsy wrote me back and informed me they took the other sellers’ items down. They took them down! VICTORY IS MINE. And boy did it feel good. It’s such a little thing, but for a small business owner it felt huge.
So now I’m wondering, should I rethink how I’ve tried (and failed) to protect the dog shirt? It’s documented all over the internet I’m the first to have created, published and sold it. Or do I just come up with a new one? Both will take time and money, but it’s worth it to me.
I think it may be time for a new one…
This isn’t meant to be another bitchy t-shirt post (but such is my life so again I’m sorry I write about it so much) instead this is a tale of victory.
VICTORY IS MINE. (I just keep repeating this while I walk around my living room with my arms in the air.) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it many more times, I’m really very appreciative to everyone who has ever purchased a shirt from me. Thank you!
One shirt down, ten to go. Tackle Wednesday, friends. It’s going to be a good one.