Who had 6 weeks in the pool we had running about how long it would take for some asshole to rip off our Joan's fiber idea? Because, honey, you won!
While we always knew this would happen, it's still a surprise and a bit of an insult to see how poor a copy has been made. This etsy vendor spent some time poking around the shop, favorited the shop just long enough to steal the idea* and make a cheap low quality copy.
I know that in a way, it's a compliment because someone saw the great quality and fabulous packaging of the item and stole it. However, it is an insult because of the poor quality and lack of imagination it takes to steal a winner of an idea.
Btw, the reason for the cheap packing is that someone trying to rip off a great idea may not be willing to actually invest in quality packaging and/or quality fiber. Never mind the whole time/skill set thingy.
A great deal of research, time and effort went into coming up with the idea for the shop. A lot of trial and error, searching the internet and figuring out what the goal of the business was going to be. Not to mention all the test spinning, the business modeling and about six million emails and phone calls. This was not something thought up over a box of wine one Friday night last month.
What the casual onlooker may not realize is that our Joan is not some bored 20-/30-something housewife with a baby on her hip in one of the square states looking for a quick payday. She's a quality chick who is not going to be using mill ends, Kool Aid and dryer lint to try to make art batts or some other nonsense that is not true to who she is. It's a shame that other people are not as creative or quality driven.
ps... Pity Joan. I'm reading my post to her on the phone. Over and over and over again. That woman is a saint!
Edited to Add: Joan is telling me to tell you that NO ONE (!!!) is allowed to call her a chick. She has mixed feelings about "gal" and prefers to be called "ma'am". Thank you.
*Having stolen the idea, she removed the shop from her favorites. Most likely, in the hopes that no one would notice what she had done. Clearly, this person does not realize that unless your etsy favorites are marked as private, everyone and their dog can see what and who has been 'hearted' and who and what has been removed. Welcome to social media.