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Thread: Notify Designers---anyone else doing this?

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    Since reading a thread on this board about not being able to sell designs form some designers, it came to my attention I have not often looked at that information. My new personal policy is to be very proactive about this. At 9 dollars or more a pattern, I prefer the flexibility of selling a bag or two to co-workers or friends if asked. After reading a disclaimer at the end of a pattern and not on the outside of the envelope. I contacted the the designer with an e-mail by going to her web site stating:

    "I purchased your pattern for ---------------- which I found to be a very cute design. Much to my dismay, there was a note at the end of the pattern that states in part, "Items cannot be made for sale from this pattern." I would like to see this information on the OUTSIDE of the envelope, so that I can make an informed decision at the point of purchase. I do not purchase any patterns with this disclaimer and would not have purchased this had I known. I am personally notifying every designer that has this policy. I thought you would like to know why I will not purchase your designs in the future.
    Thank you for your time."
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    Sounds reasonable to me! I don't sell what I make, but would certainly be annoyed if this happened.

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    Hopefully she will get back to you soon and you can then sell them to friends I really think they mean mass produce but who knows!

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    i to think it means mass production and good for you on sending her that. i would be upset to if i had purchased that. it should be on the outside of the pattern

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    its not only the patterns you have to concern yourself with its also the fabric.

    Amy Butler will not allow you to sell a pattern of hers made with her fabric line but will consider you selling a pattern of her made from a different fabric line.

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    Probably shouldn't say this out loud, but if it wasn't on the outside, I would ignore it. I couldn't make an implied agreement with the designer when I wasn't aware that they were trying to make me do so by keeping information from me at the point of sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    its not only the patterns you have to concern yourself with its also the fabric.

    Amy Butler will not allow you to sell a pattern of hers made with her fabric line but will consider you selling a pattern of her made from a different fabric line.
    Isn't that like cutting off her nose to spite her face? I thought designers wanted people to buy their patterns and fabrics!

    Maybe they want customers to buy the pattern and the fabric then take them to their "maker"?

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    i don't buy patterns. there are too many thousands of them out there for free. all the fine print is there at the time of download.


    problem solved.

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    We had a very long discussion about this at the retreat I just went to. Most of the quilters had never heard about this. Frankly, I think it is ridiculous to buy a pattern and have so many stipulations as to how you can use it. Why do they make a pattern for sale if they want to dictate the way you can use it. I agree that you shouldn't copy it and give it away to numerous people, but other than that I think I will be boycotting any pattern maker who thinks they can tell me how to use the pattern and tells me that I can't even show that quilt at a quilt show without their permission.

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    Jeeze, what is this world coming to? I think you did the right thing and will definately follow suit. I think it is dishonest to not put the disclaimer on the outside of envelopes.

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    ok. let's look at this issue from another perspective.

    nobody is complaining about restrictions on anything other than the freedom to sell the items made from patterns.

    people buy patterns because they are either unable or unwilling to create their own.

    this is all about money and profit.

    so ... the complaint here really boils down to anger because some folks want to plunk down a few lousy dollars for a pattern they couldn't or wouldn't create themselves and then enjoy unrestricted freedom to profit from somebody else's idea and process. an idea and process, i remind you once again, they were unable or unwilling to create themselves.

    so ... who's greedy?

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