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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: UK based etsy shop on: July 04, 2007 08:18:43 PM
I've found it impossible to find UK based buyers on etsy - and if I am put off as a buyer I won't sell there.

It's just not set up for international (non-US) stuff in my opinion.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Anything other then etsy and ebay? on: July 04, 2007 08:14:18 PM
The only other thing i can think of is a cosignment i think is what its called. But where a few people get together and do something like that. Anyone interested? I would like to get one together but i have NOOO idea on how to do it. And im just getting started and i still have to go to my health department and get permits and such. But anyone know how to go about this?
An artists co-operative is an interesting idea - but you'd have to make sure people pull their weight.
Another question.. How can a teenage with no access to a credit card start a store... Like with etsy and ebay you need a credit card to start one... Well i dont have one and i might get a debit card in a few months. But other then that is there any other way to do it? Im only 16 and i dont want credit cards at all.. Too much hassle.

You may find you can't anyway as if you're are under 16 you're not legally an adult and can't get into business transactions with people, sign contracts etc. (This will depend on your juristiction). At worst you could find yourself covered by child working regulations!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Anything other then etsy and ebay? on: July 04, 2007 08:11:53 PM
Is the dawanda one in the UK. because alll the prices are in euro

The UK doesn't use Euros. It'll be somewhere in the "euro zone" like France or Germany say.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Australians on Etsy? Advice please. on: July 04, 2007 08:10:19 PM
Myself, I've bought things from the US and Italy on Etsy - I've tried searching for other Aussie sellers when I'm after something but it's not easy.

This is the thing that stops me setting up a Etsy shop. I'm in the UK and I don't want to shop there because I can't find people local (to Europe even!) to avoid paying loads in postage costs.

Etsy doesn't seem to have got that "rest of the world" thing. Ebay is at least localised to the UK.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Should I take the Etsy plunge? on: July 04, 2007 08:06:13 PM
My friend and I are selling hand-made custom Harry Potter wands on Ebay, and we're hoping to expand our market. 

You shouldn't be able to sell Harry Potter wands anywhere as Harry Potter is a trademark worth millions. Companies have to pay to use the Harry Potter name.

You can certainly sell magic wands - but linking with a major brand is asking for trouble.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Selling Merchandise with Licensed Images on Etsy on: July 04, 2007 08:02:21 PM
Would this apply to things with Marilyn monroe, pinups, and other people icons?

It's about several things (and generally I'd say DON'T DO IT unless you are very, very sure):

Publicity rights. Celebrities control how their image is used etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personality_rights

Derivative works. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derivative_work If you use their image it's still their image.

Trademark law. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark They own their trademarks and their brands.

For a company like Disney I think you are out of your mind even considering it. For dead pinups - are you basing it on someone else's image? Their estates will control how their "brand" is used. You couldn't make a Marilyn Monroe brand of vacuum cleaners or something - they control their name. Crudely speaking - are you making money out of someone else's work? If so (and if they are much bigger than you) you are very likely to lose. You will also have a lot more than Etsy to worry about.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Esty vs. eBay? on: July 04, 2007 07:49:21 PM
Etsy is also totally non localised - it seems entirely US based. You can probably sell internationally but I couldn't even work out how to buy from people based in my own country (obviously international shipping is something you want to avoid because of the cost).

They have a "who is local" thing but it's a gimmick - it works on a radius I think not on country.

Ebay is (probably) available in your country and currency. You won't get ripped off for international shipping.

Etsy seems hopelessly US centric - nevermind lower profile.

However on ebay I've seen people have greater success selling crafting parts than finished crafts. My personal results are a bit mixed.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: copyright question with screenprint/stencils on: July 04, 2007 07:33:13 PM
It's about Publicity rights. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personality_rights

Also your image will be a derivative work of the original photo.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derivative_work
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Stock Photography Copyright Question on: July 04, 2007 07:12:49 PM
This may be a really dumb question, but is using stock photography in a craft and selling the image any different then using an image that has been copyrighted? If it's stock photography, does that mean it's free rein??

Stock photography will be copyrighted - it's unlikely to be public domain.

The people you get it from will tell you the terms of use, the license you are using it under.
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: HELP! I got a Cease & Desist...what should I do now?!? (EDITED w/ "Resoluti on: July 04, 2007 07:08:11 PM

I looked for some images and found a free image site, and put 2 on my site.

I looked into the UK copyright laws, and there's what's called a fair use policy, where by if you are not making a profit then it's fine (such as educational etc).

US law has "fair use", UK law has "fair dealing".

"Free images" are not worth anything. Anyone can claim an image is free - never trust that. In Wikimedia Commons we spend a lot of time getting rid of images people have randomly uploaded claiming they are free. (You get into futher issues when the image smay be free but it is a derivative work of the original such as a photo of a copyrighted action figure)

Fair dealing covers things like education and research. It doesn't cover republishing.

http://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/copyright/p01_uk_copyright_law may help, although there are better out there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_law_of_the_United_Kingdom
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