The tale of the starving Artist, we all know it. BUT if you work hard and put all your Heart into it, it can be proven wrong. You CAN be an Artist and make a living of it, even a good Living. However, there are Things that can be so frustrating that sometimes you doubt what you do and that make you want to quit what you are doing. I thought about talking about this here on my Blog for quite a While now, and there are Pros and Cons (yes, I know that this Article might actually point some new future Customers to those cheap China Platforms I am talking about, but those have to make that up with their own conscience). I finally decided to share my two Cents on this . . . I just need to talk about this on here to get it off my System . . . so please consider watching this Video I made talking about how you feel as an Artist behind Designs that get stolen and copied and sold for cheap on large Platforms . . . and if this will help that only just a few people reconsider purchasing those cheap Ripoffs . . . then it was so worth it . . . I still do believe in the good in People . . .
So . . . what is this all about?
It started last Year when two or three of my Stamp Designs where copied by a Chinese Company . . . but lately more and more Copies popped up and by now you can really find ALL of my Stamps as cheap China Copies on this Platform. For Years I am designing and selling my Cre8tive Cre8tions Stamps and I enjoy coming up with new Illustrations and bringing you new Stamps, I enjoy this so much. It is my Passion, it brings me so much Joy . . . BUT, I also have to sell them and make some profit with them, quite obviously, as any small Business has to. And then . . . some big chinese Companies just steal all of your hard Work, all of your unique Designs, everything that you put all of your Heart into . . . and they sell them for very little Money . . . actually for less than I myself have to invest to even have the Stamps manufactured. They just steal your Designs, they do not even care about Copyright, they do not care about the Artists they destroy with their Actions, they just ignore any copyright law, they even remove Watermarks . . . this is so sad . . . but what is even more sad . . . people do buy those cheap Copies . . . because they are cheap, because they can save a couple of Bucks . . . but please consider, you get what you pay for . . . you might get the same Designs as in my Shop, BUT, the Quality of those cheap China Copies is pretty poor and the Stamps will not bring you lots of Joy on the long Run . . . but some People do not care, they only see the Money they can save . . . what is left is the Artist behind the Designs, frustrated and sad, considering to quit creating those Designs alltogether . . .
So if YOU are buying cheap stolen Design Stamps (or other Products) on those cheap China Platforms . . . it is your persoanl Decision . . . but next time consider the Artist behind the Designs, consider that this supports the Chinese Companies and it helps them to continue to do what they do . . . stealing from small Artists and small heartdriven Businesses . . . buying on those Platforms destroys those small, unique Businesses and sooner or later your favourite Artists will not provide any new Designs, because it is just not worth all the hard work anymore . . .
I know there are many people out there supporting the Artists they like, supporting small Businesses . . . supporting ME . . . and I totally appreciate that . . . but on the flipside I know there are those other people out there as well . . . and this goes out to all of them . . . please think twice next Time, please consider the consequences and think about how YOU would feel about this as an Artist behind those Designs those Chinese Companies steal to make some quick Money with them.
So . . . until I made up my mind about how I will proceed with the Stamp Part of my Business and with future Releases I have a huge Sale in my Shop for all existing Designs until those are gone . . .