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Thread: Has anyone else noticed lots of quilt patterns on eBay from magazines?

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    Has anyone else noticed lots of quilt patterns on eBay from magazines?

    Not that I need any more quilt patterns ( )! Decided to kill a few minutes by browsing eBay, lowest price first. Looks like quite a few people are taking vintage (and maybe non-vintage) magazines, tearing out individual patterns (sometimes copying a page or two for a pattern in order to get all the directions), and selling them on eBay.

    I don't know why this bothers me, but it does.

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    This doesn't bother me, because it's perfectly legal. I've also seen COPIES of magazine patterns sold on ebay, which is not legal. If you see that, you can report it to ebay and the item will be removed.

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    I saw them, too. Some people have left negative comments for the seller if they were not aware of what they were buying. I remember a couple of the sellers were very creative with their ads, and you had to really read the fine print to understand that it was a copy, not the actual magazine.

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    It bothers me too. I fell for it!

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    And I bought one!!! It was only a dollar something and a cute pattern. They mailed it in a clear folder with nice keeping. Even patterns on Etsy (that you have to download) are more than that.

    jody

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    A few years ago, I ordered several patterns from an Ebay seller, unaware that they were coming from a magazine. Each pattern did come from a magazine but they included original pages, no photo copies. Each individual pattern came in clear plastic sleeves perfect for a 3 ring binder. They were cheap so I wasn't upset.
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    As long as the seller is upfront about it what's the big deal? How often do we see people on here asking about a quilt they had seen in an old magazine? It's just another source of patterns

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    I think this is a creative way for the seller to earn income.
    Things are so tight now, that probably provides her with fabric money. It is legal if it is the original pages.

    Good for the buyer too, you are getting a pattern you may have missed in the original magazine.
    Jean in MI

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    Well, there are a lot of magazines that we cannot even give away at our guild. Even at 10 cents. Getting the patterns out there from old magazines can help the whole industry because people dont get much for the patterns but then the buyers will need fabric, thread, batting, etc.

    I would not take the time, but when i am gone, there are two lateral file drawers full of patterns I pulled from my old magazines and I have three shelves of newer magazines from rummage sales, garage sales, guild give away tables, etc.

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    I have 3 large ring binders full of these patterns I have purchased off Ebay, hundreds and hundreds of them. I have been buying these for 3 or 4 years now. They are all in plastic page protectors and I have them organized by theme, season, size, etc. I love quilt patterns and when I can't sew I just love to relax and look at my library. I don't subscribe to quilt magazines so this is a way for me to get patterns that I love and want. I have paid as little of 50 cents to as much as $15 for a quilt pattern off Ebay. I usually bid against other buyers so I am not the only one that appreciates that these patterns are available. Only negative thing I can say is sometimes the seller forgets to include all the pages to the pattern, I have ran into this several times when starting to use a particular pattern. This can be very frustrating so now I examine the pattern when it comes to make sure they have included all the pages and corresponding templates. Call me crazy but I love having these patterns available!

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