This may be a bit controversial as you may think I am being rude… but this is one of those comments where someone is outraged and I, in turn, are outraged at the person who is outraged! Say that 10 times fast!
A couple months ago, I received an email from a fan that was completely outraged that someone was trying to rip her off. She was wanting to do the pattern but not willing to pay 99 cents. She emailed me to get me to reverse engineer the designer’s pattern so she could get it for free.
The pattern was complex, it would at least take me all day to go through the photograph and figure out the math. I would then need to write down the pattern for this woman, which would take at least another hour and double check my work.
So I said “No, I’m not going to steal the crochet design so she can have it for free! It’s not morally right!”
So now I am on her hit list and she is reminding me that she is on a limited income, which I can appreciate, and she cannot afford 99 cents and that the pattern isn’t worth 99 cents because the designer is probably selling 1000’s of copies which she is making a killing on. She instructed me to intentionally change the pattern a bit so but not so much that it still looks that same.
On top of that, she asked me to pay for the pattern and just send it to her if I don’t have the time to reverse engineer it. If the pattern isn’t worth 99 cents, in her view, how come it’s okay for me to pay for the pattern for her so she can have it? Am I missing something here?
So now I am outraged that she feels my time should be given to her for free, for me to pay for the pattern and/or the woman has no problems with someone knocking off a designer’s pattern for her own personal satisfaction. For me to potentially get sued over copyright and go through a social media mess. It’s not adding up, nor am I am willing to go that extra mile as my knickers are in a knot at this point.
In the end, the fan lost her temper telling me that she can barely pay her rent and ect and she has given me well wishes to spending eternity in hell. I’m sure if her hand could have come through my screen, I’m sure only 1 figure would be pointing straight up. Don’t worry, I got to show her how the “Ban” button worked. Absolutely absurd!
For anyone that has an ETSY or Ravelry Store of patterns for sale, you know more than anyone how hard it is to sell patterns. You also know that your sale isn’t 100% of your pocket. Everyone such as these websites and PayPal takes a portion of your sale. 99 cents turns into 50 – 60 cents if you are lucky. The way I see it, this pattern was really complex and that 99 cents was a bargain considering the work involved.
While there are some people who do really well in selling patterns, the majority of people do not. The funds they get can be really weak and maybe afford a meal for the family once a month. It’s a misconception that designers make oodles of cash. There are a few that surpass the majority, which we think applies to all designers… but the truth is, for the majority, making any significant money is really difficult. We need to keep perspective. Throwing someone 99 cents which doesn’t even cover he cost of a cup of coffee is a great deal verses spending hours and hours when the project could be done quicker than the time it would take to do all of the hard work.
So what would you do if you were me? Leave me your thoughts below in the comments.