Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Win for the Not so Little Guy


Almost every type of designer in this country has felt the pressure imposed by someone copying their work - namely by Chinese manufacturers who can make "the same*" product for less. Just this week alone, I have been beseeched by Chinese manufacturers via my Artfire shop to allow them to make beads for my shop!

DO MY BEADS LOOK LIKE CHINESE CRAP???  Yes, I know, I've always been a bead snob. I can spot cheap Chinese fakes a mile off! And I've always had an eye for genuine Swarovski crystals. I can tell the difference between Swarkies and Czech! And most certainly Swarovskis and Chinese knockoffs!

Interestingly enough, Swarovski has fought hard to protect it's image and product over the years, getting patents on certain cuts and even developing their gross packs to not be resealable (Thieves were stealing the packages from jewelry stores that legally sell in smaller quantities, filling the packs with Chinese knockoffs and reselling as genuine!) . And they recently took it to court against a Chinese company violating their Intellectual Property! [The bold red italics below is mine. I LOVE THAT PART!]

From the Swarovski Elements site:
An infringement recently occurred in China: the company namely Yiwu Yongyang Ornaments Co., Ltd. stood accused of producing and distributing flat-back stones imitating SWAROVSKI’s patented XILION cut design. A civil litigation was filed by SWAROVSKI and lead to a settlement in which the defendant admitted engaging in an act of plagiarism that constituted infringement of SWAROVSKI’s registered design patent. The perpetrator was obliged to destroy the goods in question in the witness of the plaintiff; pay a substantial monetary compensation; and issue a public apology that included a statement of intent never again to infringe SWAROVSKI’s design rights.SWAROVSKI’s pursuit of justice was wholly based on the unfairness of plagiarism. SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS take years of costly research and development to produce innovations. Protecting SWAROVSKI’s business partners worldwide from the knock-on effect of such acts of theft is a key motivator for prosecution.

Win one for the not so little guy! More companies need to do this!!

*You all most certainly know that Chinese lampwork is NOT the same as true artisan lampwork right??? It's not cleaned, not annealed and breaks easily. Remember, with art glass, you get what you PAY for! And thanks to the Chinese, you are paying less and less and real ARTISTS are struggling to survive! 


18 comments:

Mt. Baldy Glassworks said...

I always say that I cannot possible compete with the Chinese price wise, but they cannot compete with me quality wise!

SmileyKit Creations said...

Great post very informative

Sewinggranny - Mona said...

Interesting.... no one would ever mistake your gorgeous beads for Chinese rip offs.

BorneoBatikraft said...

Informative and interesting! And if you weren`t such a bead snob, your designs would all fall apart in no time = angry customers!! bad bad bad

Ruth said...

Great post, and oh so true. Try competing with Walmart and their cheap quilts. I always love when I tell a perspective customer how much it is going to cost for the item she want made, and she tells me she can get it at Walmart cheaper. Good thing, they usually come back and complain that the one they got at Walmart is already destroyed years down the road and they should have spent the money when they had it on a good quality one :)

Got Milk Glass and More said...

True dat!! Thanks for sharing.

CalliopeCreations said...

Interesting. I guess it's a case of finding the buyers who are interested in quality and long term use rather than 'wear it today and throw it away'.

Horror stories abound of the rip-offs.

delightfulprints said...

Wow! Never fails to amaze me

MagicByLeah said...

wow!! score one for the little guy

New England Quilter said...

It is nice to read a story where the "little guy" has a victory! The non-resealable bags is very interesting too - clever!

Stacy Parker said...

cool post :)

Anita Dean Sews said...

incredible info.. your work & goods are fabulous & show the beautiful quality!

BillGuestPhoto said...

Great info thanks for the read!

Crystal said...

Yes definitely can't compare with quality!

rooee said...

good read. your quality stands out.

petite hermine said...

Wow, very interesting. We need to encourage customers to choose higher quality products over lower quality because price isn't everything.

Krystal said...

That's good they won! It stinks that people feel the need to copy other people's work. Quality is everything and it's good when people know that!

nangatesdesigns said...

Great post. Very interesting!