Most designers in the craft world work pretty much from their kitchen table. We don’t make a lot of money unless we are really good at selling ourselves, and a lot of us have a real job to put food on the table. Some of us rely on our design skills to pay all the bills, and it is rather sad to know that some quilters will share patterns indiscriminately without a thought for the designer.
But sometimes a designer will bite back!
A designer set up a business to sell her designs on CD to bring in some income during a tough time. Designs are sold individually or as sets on CD for what I think is a very fair price. I have permission to use her name but have chosen not too, because this sort of thing happens all over the world. (This story is Australian.) Is it someone you know who has been ripped off, or maybe you know the cheapskate!
The designer actually had a lady ring her because she could not get a pattern CD to work. She was told to call back in half an hour after the designer got her name. During that half hour the designer searched her sales records, and didn’t find the name, so when she rang back the designer asked for her address so the instructions could be forwarded.
What the cheapskate got was a debt collector the following day with an account for $300 as she had stolen all the designs, got them from a lady who had also got them from another who also had not paid and could not be traced…..… The one stupid enough to ring the designer for instructions paid a few months later, but only under threat of her being charged with theft.
So beware, sometimes even those of us who work from a very ordinary kitchen table will bite back! Unfortunately the go-betweens have not been traced.
The same designer is still struggling, so wouldn’t it be nice if those un-traced go-betweens, and anybody else who has free copies of the designs would pay up to help out! Or pay up to any designer who just may have problems of a similar kind.
PS In between designing and struggling to survive this designer is making quilts for children who need a cuddle.