There has been discussion among chart designers about whether to sell to ebay retailers or not. The “no” side claims that being seen on ebay will cheapen their product, while the “yes” side maintains that as long as the reseller has adequate retailer documentation (tax number, etc.) that it shouldn’t matter. I’m on the “yes” side for a number of reasons. As long as a retailer follows my purchasing guidelines, who am I to dictate what they do with my product? (To clarify, I’m only talking about original charts, not illegal copies… that’s a whole ‘nother issue.)
Interestingly enough, there are a few designers who take the time to print on their charts a statement to the effect of “it’s illegal to sell this chart on ebay”. I always wonder what makes them think they can create their own laws… if I printed on my charts, “may not be used as bird cage liner” would that make it illegal to do so? Waste of ink.
Pottery Barn has recently decided to enforce a policy of banning buyers who intend to sell their items on ebay. Obviously PB isn’t in the needlework business, but their policy and the effects it may have their customers is certainly on-topic. Check out this blog post, and read the comments… you’ll get an idea of just how volatile the subject is. It seems as though everyone has an opinion, and each is a strong one.
I agree that ebay has a reputation as “the place to go for cheap stuff”, but would having my charts listed for sale on ebay cheapen MY image? I really don’t think so! I believe that that vast majority of consumers are smart enough to figure out that the brand-holder has little (if anything) to do with the offering of their products on ebay.
Edited: I believe that buying & selling charts on ebay impacts the needlework industry. I am neither advocating nor condemning the sales of needlework charts on ebay, merely wondering aloud about the effects ebay sales have on perceived values and questioning the “rights” of brand-holders to dictate end-user practices.