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I love hammering gold, silver, copper, brass, and bronze into amazing textured custom rings, custom wedding rings, engagement rings, and other unique artisan jewelry.  I have an extensive selection of men's and women's rings, along with gemstone and pearl jewelry in my SilverSmack shop on Etsy.  Please stop in and take a look.

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even the sedimentary syllables shine

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Oh No, You Didn't!

The week before the last flea market last year, my "friend" came to my booth and asked me how my pendants were selling. I said that I could barely keep up with making them.

Labor Day weekend came around and I wasn't selling as much as I usually do and I had had a tremendous week the week before. Suddenly, a customer comes up to me and asks me, "Are you working with the guy down there because he's selling exactly the same thing." Oh really. So, at the end of the day I had to take a walk down to his booth and sure enough, he had copied my pendants exactly and was selling them without the cords for cheaper. I was crushed. How could somebody do that? To me?

So last weekend, he was back again, being all friendly. He asked me how business was and I said, "Not very good." It was actually pretty good, but I wasn't going to tell him anything at all. He said he did really well and I just wanted to say that was because he copied me, but I didn't. He asked me if I had anything new. "Nope." I did, but I sure wasn't going to point them out to him. I learned a hard lesson. Don't divulge any business secrets at all to anybody. Now that I think about it, he was selling magnetic bracelets when the guy across from him started selling them, but he doesn't anymore, so hopefully he will tire of copying me soon. I can't believe he had the guts to come and talk to me. Does he think I don't know what he did? I could have made more money if he wasn't such a jerk. I still can't believe it. I even bought stuff from him before. I hope he didn't see my new designs!


Made By Tammy said...

That's Horrible! I hope he moves on soon...


Jeannie&Aly'sBlog said...

Geez...what a complete and total loser. And not very smart either. Did he really think you wouldn't notice. Good grief! I think I would've strangled him w/ my bear hands. -- Jeannie - beadstylin

moonmystic said...

I don't think he cares if I notice. Unfortunately, most flea market workers aren't notorious for their high moral and ethical standards. . .

becca said...

Ew, jerky mcjerkface.

But I really like your handywork on the right! Quite pretty.

Sherri said...

Man...that is LOW! Hope you have just as much success with your new designs!

Paper Girl Productions said...

Oh gosh! Terrible!

too many wips said...

A friend pointed out this post to me and I just cannot believe it!!! I have a booth at this same flea market (St Germaine) where I sell my gemstone and sterling pendants and other jewelry. I've been making these for several years and selling them at flea markets and craft shows. The last couple of years I have noticed more and more people making these same pendants, including you. The "friend" you refer to in your post is a close family member who is kind enough to sell these for me while I work a full time job in a different part of the state and do other craft shows on the weekends. I still amazed, saddened, dumbfounded by this post. Wow. I will be sure to pass this on to your "friend" and I will tell him to take a different route to the restroom so he doesn't have to walk by your booth. Jeez, I can't believe this.