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Are you a designer on Society6? Did you know that Society6 is also selling our products on Amazon – which is great since it broadens our potential customers. But somehow, Chinese sellers (I have only found Chinese sellers, so it seems they are all solely from China) are stealing your designs (mainly pillows and phone cases) and are selling them on Amazon for a much lower price. It is impossible that these fraudulent Chinese sellers might have bought them from us before re-selling them (maybe with a discount to justify the low price). Let me show you one example with screenshots to clarify what I mean:

This is the original item over on Society6 and MY item that Society6 had legally shared to Amazon in order to use the huge Amazon Marketplace. Click on the screenshot to get to the Amazon page:

Historic Drachenfels Throw Pillow by Christine Aka Stine1 by Society6

Historic Drachenfels Throw Pillow by Christine Aka Stine1
by Society6

As you can see, the seller is Society6 and both title and description feature my artist name Christine aka stine1. The price is $20 which is the same as if you bought it at Society6 itself.

Now here is the screenshot from the copied Amazon item, click on the screenshot to get to the page [Amazon has removed the item after their second email]:

This pillow design was stolen from me!

This pillow design was stolen from me!

Here, the seller is E-Lineage. My user name is still in the title since the title was copied but it was removed from the description. And what does the word “Octopus” have to do within the title? The price is $14.50 which is too low. The seller himself has no transactions yet, so no ratings available.

I had contacted Society6 and sent them both links, this is their not so helpful reply:

Hi Christine,

Thank you for contacting Society6 Support.
I went ahead and looked into this for you.
These throw pillows do not look like they were purchased from Society6 or else it would show up in your earnings under at least one of your products sold.
I would recommend contacting the seller or Amazon directly for more information on this one. From my end it does look a bit “suspect”.
Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to assist you.

Sincerely,
Jeffrey

So, Society6 finds this “suspect” but they cannot (or do not want to) do anything about it. I followed their advice and tried to contact the seller on Amazon and…. oh, what a surprise…. my message could not reach him:

Recipient's email address is invalid

Recipient’s email address is invalid

Now the real fun begins. Hey, it’s a weekend, I have time on my hands and love to spam someone with tickets. So I contacted Amazon. Actually, with my second ticket – they never replied to my first inquiry yesterday asking how a seller can sell an item that is mine and that he does not own. But they only promise to answer within 12 hours. Maybe they need a few more days to understand my first email.

Anyway, the answer to my second ticket (where I sepecifically asked how I could contact E-Lineage since I got this error message) is so funny, I thought it was a joke. Here is their reply:

Hello,

I am sorry for the inconvenience you faced so far in this case. As a customer service representative, I’m willing to help you in this issue.

In my experience, seller is in better position to help you. If you’d like to get in touch with a seller before placing an order, follow these steps:

1. Go to the product listing you’re interested in (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YC0EDQG)
2. Click on the seller’s nickname or logo
3. Scroll down to “Further Information” and click “Contact the seller”

Please give the seller 2 business days to get back to you.

You can learn more about ordering from a seller here:

www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?nodeId=537802

Your patience and understanding is highly appreciated in this matter.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,
Nikhil J.

Wow, thank you so much for this advice. I mean, I never would have thought about that… oh wait, I DID exactly what you are describing here, mhhh… ^^

So I used their awesome feedback form relating to this email and am currently waiting for a second reply. This time, maybe a bit more helpful. Maybe…. just maybe!

Anyway, I strongly recommend to run an Amazon search for your Society6 username. You never know what you will find… 🙂

UPDATE 2015-05-31:

Amazon has finally took the time to REALLY understand my concern and I would like to share their answer with out as it entails a way to report these stolen products. Please use it and report, report, report. Only by this, we can fight back. It might take some time but I really do hope that it will improve the situation for all Society6 members!

Greetings from Amazon Seller Support,

I reviewed your email and understand that you are unable to contact the seller violates by taken your product image.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

To report this possible violation to our investigations team, you can use the following Contact Us form:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/reports/contact-us

Select one of the sub-categories and enter the details of the possible violation. Please be sure to include the following information, as applicable:

* The ASIN/ISBN of the item’s detail page and the product title
* The store or business name of the seller you are reporting
* Your order ID
* A concise explanation of the violation

All reports are thoroughly investigated by our investigations team and they will contact the seller from their end. For privacy reasons, the results of our investigations cannot be disclosed; however, disciplinary actions will be taken as appropriate.

I hope this information was helpful.

If you have further issues in this regard, please write back to us. We will be happy to assist you in this regard.

Have a great day!

And thank you Amazon for this solution! It’s good to know that you still DO care about us 🙂 Thumbs up! [The product has been removed from the marketplace]

Amazon Sellers are copying your Designs from Society6! #scam
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I had a total of 27 sales in March which is less than in February but it’s still good considering I do not have many Easter themed products and Christmas (including people buying stuff for their gift cards) is officially over. These are the products I have sold on Zazzle during March 2015:

The buyer of this hoodie also purchased this poster:

Santa Monica Pier Sunrise Poster
Santa Monica Pier Sunrise Poster by stineshop
Browse more Santa monica pier sunrise Posters at Zazzle

This lovely Caribbean beach pillow has received a four star rating by the buyer, thank you so much!

Pillow Review on Zazzle

Pillow Review on Zazzle

I love Aruba - One happy Island Postcard
I love Aruba – One happy Island Postcard by stineshop
View Postcrossing Postcards online at zazzle
Vintage Pier Easter Nest Square Sticker
Vintage Pier Easter Nest Square Sticker by stineshop
View more Vintage easter Stickers at zazzle.com
Cyanotype Santa Monica Pier Postcard
Cyanotype Santa Monica Pier Postcard by stineshop
Browse more Cyanotype Postcards at Zazzle

With March 2015 being already slower than the months before, April 2015 is even more slower. I have only sold eight cases during that month, seven with my popular Caribbean palm tree and one with a different design. Here are the two designs which earned me $10.81 in total:

Isla Saona - Palm Tree at the Beach case by stine1 for Samsung Galaxy S6

Isla SaonaPalm Tree at the Beach case by stine1 for Samsung Galaxy S6

Flamingo Birds case by stine1 for Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Flamingo Birds case by stine1 for Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

During February 2015 I was able to sell two items which is more than in other months *lol* Not really great and I have yet to earn my first cashout but still better than nothing 🙂

These are the two items I was able to sell:

Sunbathing Capybara Stickers

Sunbathing Capybara
Stickers

Prismatic Palm Greeting Card

Prismatic Palm
Greeting Card

I had a whopping 38 sales during February 2015 on Zazzle which is pretty good considering that Christmas is definitely over. I am currently making an average of €100 per month on Zazzle which is way better than a year ago. I am still totally convinced that a royalty of 30% did not harm my earnings – I am definitely earning more with it and can only recommend it!

These are the sales from February 2015:

My vintage black and white photo products are becoming more and more popular, especially the postcards. The photos had been shot by my husband’s great-grandfather right after World War II.

Scribbled Santa Monica Pier Photo Art
Scribbled Santa Monica Pier Photo Art by stineshop
Browse Santa monica pier Photography online at Zazzle.com

The following New York City Times Square products have all been bought by one lovely customer 🙂

Fluffy brown Llama grazing Postcard
Fluffy brown Llama grazing Postcard by stineshop
Look at other Postcrossing Postcards at zazzle.com

And the following funny “at night” postcards all went to one humorous customer in France:

Farms at night postcard
Farms at night postcard by stineshop
Look at Postcrossing Postcards online at Zazzle.com
Delaware at night postcard
Delaware at night postcard by stineshop
View more Postcrossing Postcards at zazzle.com
Santa Monica Pier Classic White Coffee Mug
Santa Monica Pier Classic White Coffee Mug by stineshop
Shop for Santa monica Mugs online at Zazzle.com
Lush Green Forest Door Knob Hangers
Lush Green Forest Door Knob Hangers by stineshop
Browse Walk with e Door Hanger online at Zazzle.com

April 2015 has been an average month on Printalloverme with two sales I am pretty happy about 🙂 Check out these two:

Blue Wormhole in Space Tunnel Photo Edit Sweatshirt Dress by stine1, $95.00

Blue Wormhole in Space Tunnel Photo Edit Sweatshirt Dress by stine1, $95.00

Jamie Dornan All Over Print T-Shirt by stine1, $38.00

Jamie Dornan All Over Print T-Shirt by stine1, $38.00

After a pretty huge Christmas season on the Kase, spring seems to slow down a lot. In addition, theKase does not accept any new works by me as they want to decrease their portfolio and tidy up their shops.

During March 2015, I have only sold 14 cases – 10 with my popular Caribbean palm and one of each with the other designs:

Isla Saona - Palm Tree at the Beach case by stine1 for Wiko Rainbow

Isla SaonaPalm Tree at the Beach case by stine1 for Wiko Rainbow

Picturesque Lighthouse in the Caribbean case by stine1 for Sony Xperia SP

Picturesque Lighthouse in the Caribbean case by stine1 for Sony Xperia SP

Sailing Boat on grey Sea case by stine1 for Sony Xperia Z2

Sailing Boat on grey Sea case by stine1 for Sony Xperia Z2

Blue Santa Monica Pier case by stine1 for BlackBerry Z10

Blue Santa Monica Pier case by stine1 for BlackBerry Z10

Wuppertal Floating Train / Wuppertaler Schwebebahn case by stine1 for Apple iPhone 5/5s

Wuppertal Floating Train / Wuppertaler Schwebebahn case by stine1 for Apple iPhone 5/5s

I have earnded $14.52 for March 2015 on theKase. Not too bad but I had better months!

April 2015 was an average month for me on Cafepress but hey, a few days ago I have received my second cash out from them. So I am pretty happy about what’s happening over there. During April 2015, I have sold these three items:

Are you looking for a unique and really stylish lamp for your home? Zazzle currently has a coupon code that deducts 30% off every lamp. This is your chance!

30% of the lamp net sale price will be deducted when one or more qualifying lamps are purchased. The coupon code PRETTYLIGHTS must be entered at checkout to receive this offer. Offer is valid through May 19, 2015 at 11:59PM PT. For most products, the net sale price is the price of the product (excluding shipping and taxes). For Zazzle Custom Stamps, the net sale price is the difference between the price of the Zazzle Custom Stamps (excluding shipping and taxes) and the face value of the postage. This offer does not apply to screen-printed apparel, fabric and Zazzle Heart products. This offer only applies to qualifying products marked “Sold by Zazzle.” This offer may not be combined with any other Zazzle promotional or volume discount offers and may not be applied to past purchases. If a volume discount applies to your order, you will receive either the discount set forth in this offer or the standard volume discount, whichever is greater. Offer valid on Zazzle.com only.

Here are a few of my lamp designs from Zazzle, all designs can be used on table lamps and on hanging lamps!

Purple Shades Seattle Panorama Lamps
Purple Shades Seattle Panorama Lamps by stineshop
Check out more Fifty shades of seattle Lamp-In-A-Box Lamp at Zazzle
Starry Starry Caribbean Collage Table Lamp
Starry Starry Caribbean Collage Table Lamp by stineshop
See other Dark blue Lamp-In-A-Box Lamp at zazzle
Santa Monica Pier Pop Art Ceiling Lamps
Santa Monica Pier Pop Art Ceiling Lamps by stineshop
View other Santa monica pier Lamp-In-A-Box Lamp at Zazzle.com
Vintage Eiffel Tower Paris Table Lamps
Vintage Eiffel Tower Paris Table Lamps by stineshop
View other Vintage Lamp-In-A-Box Lamp at Zazzle.com
Times Square in New York City (pink) Lamp
Times Square in New York City (pink) Lamp by stineshop
Check out Pink Lamp-In-A-Box Lamp online at zazzle

During January 2014 I have managed to sell quite a lot of stuff on Redbubble. Ok, only four items (three stickers and one mug) but it has been the best month so far for me on Redbubble. That’s a bit sad after two years of being active there but still better than nothing.

Here are my sales on Redbubble from January 2015:

Five Shades of Sunset Painting Stickers

Five Shades of Sunset Painting
Stickers

Blue Santa Monica Pier Stickers

Blue Santa Monica Pier
Stickers

Santa Monica Pier Green Orange Stickers

Santa Monica Pier Green Orange
Stickers

I love Aruba - One happy Island Mug

I love Aruba – One happy Island
Mug

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