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

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

Old 09-30-2012, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
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.
I bought a pattern from Ebay (my one & only time). Then when I discovered the pattern was from a magazine I guestioned the seller about it since I was angry about it & was told she did mention it in the item description & it's perfectly legal.
Even if it is, I still had a huge problem with it. So I stick to the free online ones. Ok, so I have stacks & stacks now & should have stock in printer ink.

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Old 09-30-2012, 06:27 PM
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I guess if selling pages from the original magazine is legal, then OK, go for it. But copies of copyrighted material, no thanks. That's stealing. Same as using pirated software. Someone is making a living by designing and creating patterns. Wouldn't like to think someone is making money off another persons efforts.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:17 PM
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Prism99 writes
(It just feels like I am mutilating them if I cut out a few pages and throw the rest away! )

I always felt that way too until I started getting magazines that was so full of advertising that a pattern
did not show up until page 32, so now I tear out the pattern, place it in a plastic sleeve in a notebook,
toss all the rest. Takes up less storage space and I don't have to spend half a day searching through
magazines to locate a pattern.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:01 PM
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My quilt guild just had a quilt show and our second hand treasures booth sold 12+ magazines for $1.00 in a mesh bag. They flew off the shelves. One woman bought $86.00 worth because she give free quilt lessons at her church. Get buy for her.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:55 PM
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I have no problem with someone selling an original pattern from a magazine (original pages).

I think it is great idea in fact and don't understand why anyone would be displeased with the seller.

I don't know why it was a surprise, however, as I would think that the picture in the auction would clue you in on the fact that it is from a magazine.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:38 AM
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What bothers me, is seeing handmade quilts on Ebay for such low prices! It's like a slap in the face to me -
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:16 AM
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I don't even know the legalities of this ,however, it seems very trivial in these hard times to even worry about it . There are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay worse issues out there

These are hard times , I think to go to the trouble to even list these patterns the seller must really need the cash .
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:35 AM
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I have a friend who gives me her "mutilated" magazines, I "mutilate" them some more and then pass them on to others to do the same, until there is nothing left but advertising. I just think it's the ultimate way to recycle.

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Old 10-02-2012, 08:11 PM
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Donna said Years ago...(decades, actually!), when I was in college, I worked part time at Woolworths...one of my duties was to take a shopping cart and load it up with all of the magazines that had not sold the previous month. We would tear off the front covers and send them back to the companies...(I think there was a refund or a credit system in place)...but the magazines were up for grabs by any employee that wanted one.
When I saw this on E-Bay..that's what I thought..these people probably have some connection through a store or market where they can pick up the out of date magazines.
I don't see anything wrong with this, as long as they are honest about what you're getting. The price is certainly right, and a pattern is a pattern...after all...people buy used or recycled things on that site every day.

I know that it is illegal to profit from books that have their cover ripped off, so I think it would be illegal for magazines as well.
I think most of us are uncomfortable with purchasing something like a pattern that isn't being sold by it's creator, or the publishing company that owns it. I would guess that selling the pattern that has been removed from the magazine would be considered your property if you bought it. But copying someone else's intellectual property is illegal. I wonder if we have a lawyer, or someone that knows the ins and outs of copyright law?
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