That’s my business … no it’s my business.

As my baby Olive grows at well super slow Olive pace! (8 months and just swapping into 3-6months!) I’ve been selling products we no longer need – baby bouncer, 0-3 bits, maternity clothing etc … you get my drift.  Anyway I’ve discovered a great new way to ‘clear the clutter and make some cash‘ … Facebook selling groups or ‘Facebay’.  My local area has 3 you list your items with pictures in an album with price and then people comment and a few hours or days later they arrive with money and take away your unwanted items!  No ebay or paypal fees and you don’t leave your house! AWESOME.

Anyway I was mooching along a group the other day when I noticed this image …..
Straight away I thought ( it sometimes takes me a while to cotton on) She uses the same shed background as Kenzo Crafts – on closer inspection it seemed a bit too .. similar!  I cut the link and posted it to Kenzo creator Nicole who immediately piped up it WAS her image!

The situation was sorted very quickly the admin on the site removed the 5 yes 5 images this business was using.  But for Nicole it was a hugely upsetting experience.

It would seem to me like complete common sense .. OK so this lady was using Nicole’s images to drum up pre-orders on her own makes.  But .. her makes would never look like the image she was displaying they were handmade by another person.  It’s rude and fraudulent.  It makes me cross and uncomfortable that people behave in this manner.

For Nicole she has learn’t a lessons, ensuring her images are watermarked or have her business name on them.  These images had obviously been downloaded from her Fanpage.

Remember to protect your business and your reputation.


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  1. January 27, 2012 / 9:57 am

    I keep meaning to do this to mine. Shall make a concerted effort to start wartermarking 🙂

    Are you going to the conference tomorrow?

  2. Liz Beavan
    January 27, 2012 / 10:34 am

    So good that you spotted them! Sounds like my brush making tutorial could come in handy!

    If anyone would like their logo transforming into a semitransparent .png that they can use as a watermark on images drop me an email

  3. January 27, 2012 / 10:58 am

    I can’t thank this lovely lady enough,I always find us business mums look out for one another as I have in the past.
    I am so full of gratitude that Joanne found the time in her busy life to inform me then to go on and help me get the photo’s removed.
    Yes it was a nasty experience unfortunately it is quite common and this is the 2nd time it has happened to me.
    However I LOVE what I do and will water mark all images from now on if I can work out how I used to do it 🙂

  4. Elaine
    January 27, 2012 / 11:54 am

    Crikey – I can’t believe some people are so unethical – copying someone’s business idea is one thing but actually stealing their images is disgraceful… Liz might take you up on that – adds it to ‘to do list’

  5. January 27, 2012 / 1:11 pm

    I think you hit the nail on the head when you recognised the style of Nicole’s work! I don’t always have to see who’s posted to recognise their style…it’s just very much out of order when someone passes it off as theirs, as though they would get away with it!