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I have been extremely inactive on both Printalloverme (PAOM) and CowCow in over one year and now I would like to make it official: I owe to not add any new designs to these two print-on-demand websites anymore.

The reason is probably pretty understandable: Sales and earnings are not worth it. Period.

While the number of sales on CowCow is still ok (some months I have 20, some months I have 0), the earnings are cents.

On PAOM, I have one sale every few months. Given their really TEDIOUS process of cerating new products, it is simply horrible.

My already designed products will stay online, so will my shops and accounts. I will even try to integrate them into my Polyvore sets where suitable but do not expect new things to arrive.

How are these two sites working for you?

A few weeks ago, I found out about Pixsy. It is an awesome website made for photographers and graphic designers. It starts as an image search engine but when you find an unlawful match of your photo or design on a website, you have the possibility to fight back. You can submit your copyright info and file a lawsuit. Best of all: It’s free! The only cost would be 50% of what you earn from the lawsuit. That’s the theory, I have not yet been able to test it. To be honest it is a bit tedious to click through all the possible matches after you have imported your photos (that part was easy and very user-friendly!) and what kind of success rate would starting a lawsuit with someone in Vietnam have? Mhhh….

Anyway, one match I found to be EXTREMELY interesting. Take a look at it:

I was curious to see what this is, since this is my Isla Saona Palm Tree photo on a clutch or pouch. At first, I thought that someone was blogging about a pouch they had sold with my design but little did I know!

You may be wondering why I was so sure this is my palm tree as there are many Caribbean palm trees out there and even more photos of Isla Saona… The horizon is off balance. I never cared to improve it by 1 or 2 degrees and THAT was a good decision. I keep selling items with this photo nevertheless and now it was the proof I needed that this is my photo.

So, where were we? Ah yes, I visited this blog post and read through it. At first, I did not really understand it. The blogger writes about unpacking a subscription box from Nina Garcia (never heard of her but I am not an American) and suddenly, my pouch was uncovered. From Printalloverme…. Hey wait… I never sold a pouch on Printalloverme and have not many sales in general over there. I checked my account and sales and I have never sold this pouch. And it’s getting better: A subscription box is not something unique, they are sold a 100 times or more. You can read about the Nina Garcia Subscription box by Quarterly here if you’d like.

Apparently, in June 2014 my Caribbean pouch from Printalloverme was part of the Nina Garcia Summertime Fun Box #NGQ03:

A search for the hashtag#NGQ03 had unbelievable results… More and more bloggers unpacked the box and commented on my pouch design! One of them even mentioned that it seems to be designed by Christine aka stine1!

In summary, Printalloverme had my design on pouches added to a subscription box – god knows how many af them – and never paid me my royalty!

So I wrote to Printalloverme. Not via email, but via Facebook messenger. I summed up all I knew and included several blog links all writing about my pouch. It took them almost three weeks with a few messages back and forth but I have received some compensation by now via Paypal. It is probably not the full amount I would have gotten for 100+ pouches sold but I guess Quarterly also got a discount.

I would like to thank both Pixsy and Printalloverme in helping me. This image theft happened in 2014 and Printalloverme’s team was indeed helpful and cooperative. My intention with this blog post is not to shame them – although everyone should be careful. I doubt this happened more than once, at least I did not find other Printalloverme products in Quarterly boxes.

What I would like to do is to encourage you to do an image search. Be it with Google’s Image Search, with Pixsy or other similar websites. Just do it and fight back!

My design “Five Shades of Sunset” is a photo edit of a relatively boring sunset. The photo was shot in California 2010 from the Griffith Observatory near the Hollywood sign but it never really appealed to me. There are far more beautiful sunsets on photos. So I played with Pixlr a bit and added this effect which makes it look like an oil painting.

You can buy products with this designs on many POD websites, let me show you some examples:

Five Shades of Sunset Painting iPod Skin by stine1 on Nuvango

Five Shades of Sunset Painting iPod Skin by stine1 on Nuvango

Five Shades of Sunset Steel Poster by stine1 on Displate

Five Shades of Sunset Steel Poster by stine1 on Displate

Five Shades of Sunset Painting case by stine1 for Apple iPhone 6 on theKase

Five Shades of Sunset Painting case by stine1 for Apple iPhone 6 on theKase

Five Shades of Sunset Painting Canvas Print by Christine aka stine1 on Society6

Five Shades of Sunset Painting Canvas Print by Christine aka stine1 on Society6

Five Shades of Sunset Summer Dress by stine1 on Printalloverme

Five Shades of Sunset Summer Dress by stine1 on Printalloverme

Five Shades of Sunset Painting Travel Mug by stine1 on Redbubble

Five Shades of Sunset Painting Travel Mug by stine1 on Redbubble

To see more products with this design please take a look at the matching Pinterest board here.

I was a bit stunned when checking my emails. There was a Paypal notification telling me I have received $9.40 from Printalloverme!

Thank you so much for your printalloverme designs. This is a confirmation of your commissions paid to your paypal account. If you have any questions, let us know! Thanks again TEAM PRINTALLLOVERME Make the Internet Real URL 2 IRL

Wow, thank you! This is the commission for the hat I had sold just last week 🙂 Thank you, PAOM!

 

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