Etsy divides people. For some, the site is a treasure trove of neat items you can buy in mainstream shops, others see it as a pile of phish, and others are elsewhere on the scale.
One thing seems to ring true, no one likes to see knock-offs undermine small businesses that have had a good idea. Sadly, that seems to be happening to British Etsy trader Chikki Things.
They had the clever idea to design and make these Zelda key ring holders. You know; it’s dangerous to alone! Take this (except with keys).
As you’ve foreseen, there are now other places that offer the exact same design and concept for less money.
It’s hard enough for a small trader to cope when you win the internet’s attention as you get a surge in demand and not a steady flow of interest. The result can be upset customers, but you’ll see they avoided that if you check Chikki’s reviews.
The copycats eat into the long term profit and even viability of projects.
Let’s hope that Chikki’s watermarking helps, that enough blogs source the shop back as the original and that customers make an effort to buy from the source rather than be swayed by the clones.
- Chikki Thing’s Zelda key holder.
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