Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mixture Feelings : Commercial Supplies


I was using the Time Machine 2 today to check out what are some of the recent items that were sold... I stumbled upon some ribbons that look awfully familiar. After clicking on the item and checking out the Etsy seller's supplies shop, I realised that these items were bought from Daiso. Daiso is a Japanese chain of livingware shops often known as the $2 shop (SGD2) in Singapore or the 100 yen shop in Japan. Naturally, the items were priced alot higher. Having realised this, I had mixed feelings...

On one hand, I guess this is no different from selling beads as supplies that were bought from another local bead shop. And maybe these supplies will be useful to people from other parts of the world who do not have access to such items.

However, on the other extreme, it can also mean that I can basically resell anything commercially made stationary that will can be use for crafting. This even include pencils, erasers, tapes, letterpads, notepads etc.

Hmm.. I am torn.. what do you think?

11 comments:

SleightGirl said...

I think if someone buys your stuff with plans on reselling it, they should let you know upon buying it, so that you can have right of refusal...

On the other hand, congrats on making something that others think will be in demand.

Itsy Bitsy Bracelets said...

humm that is a little fishy kinda sounds a little ebay like to me lol but I see what you mean how much different is it from selling scrapbook paper or beads..... humm good words for thought there.

Piggy said...

SleightGirl - Well, if these stuff were made by me and someone try to resell it, then it would be more of infringement of copyright I supposed.. but these items are more of commercial supplies that you get at a chain store e.g. Walmart.. in this case it was Daiso..

ItsyBitsyBracelets - Ya.. totally something to think about..I supposed :) Oh well..

Ripper Arts said...

You've got me thinking!

missknits said...

yea i have come across shops that sell nothing but these types of "supplies" and i guess yes artists use erasers - but i doubt they use cute little froggy erasors. seems kind of like a loophole to me too. but if etsy allows it they have a right to be there too.

MillieDog Designs said...

Hmmmm.... I've wondered about this kind of thing myself.

Creative Coquette said...

As long as the commercial supply item is 'special' in some way, like I can't just go to the Yen Shop or it is generally not readily available, I think it's ok. Also I think breaking up large amounts of supplies into smaller sized quantities is fair. All this as long as you don't claim to manufacture any of it.

If there is a market then it will sell, if not or the price is not deemed reasonable then it won't.

As for re-selling someone's personal product that should not be done without permission.

NoraAnne said...

hmmmm...i would feel a little funny about that too.
i've seen stamps that sell in my local Michael's for $1.00 being sold as supplies for $2 or $3. It gives me a bad feeling????

Kala Pohl Studio said...

Hmmm...makes one think a bit. Not sure what the answer is. We all have our own sense of integrity when it comes to doing business. I go to the Indian grocery store and see things being sold at 10 times the price of the product sold in India. Of course, Indians in the U.S. pay the price because they have no other way of getting the product. Making a reasonable profit is good, but fleecing the customer is not so kosher I think:)

Raven said...

ANYTHING could technically be used as a "supply" in someone's artwork.
I think this loophole on Etsy SHOULD be addressed, but I'm sure it won't be anytime soon.

xxx

Randomocity said...

I'm thinking that's a little fishy. But then again, what about supplies like jump rings, eye pins, ect?....I think it depends on the item.