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Friday, February 25, 2011

Imposter (To Put It Politely)

To all my sweet customers and friends:

I want you all to be aware that another has stolen my photos from my website and my etsy site and is pretending that they are her work!  (yikes!)   My actual photos, with my actual work, in my actual house, are on her facebook and she is selling them to unsuspecting people as her work!!!  Unfortunately for them, they are receiving products that look nothing like the pictures.  I found out about this "thief and imposter" from one of those sweet customers who were unsuspectingly ripped off.  She said when she received the product it looked nothing like the product and the only place she would put it would be the garbage.  Ugh!

The gal's name is Shenan Stone-Thorn.  She has been selling on facebook as Kyanahs-bowtique although it is currently "unavailable" after my e-mail to her.  She is still advertising for people to e-mail her to place orders.   She also sells MaryKay on facebook.  So congratulations "Kyanahs-bowtique" for your "Hall of Shame" award.

19 comments:

  1. Some people are disgusting. lol wonder if it is the same chick who stole my debit card number right before Christmas and made of with several hundred dollars in groceries or something from the grocery store lol I know it is not lol but you know...venting. Is there no limit to some peoples ability to be dishonest to get ahead? Sorry went off on a tangent there. I definitely feel your frustration. Hopefully you scared her off. Good luck hun! Deb

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  2. Kristi,
    Oh my that is crazy! I cannot believe people do things like that. I hope your email will have stopped her. You are a wonderful artist and I hope you have not been discouraged by this.
    Luke 6:31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

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  3. Kristi,
    I am so sorry! That is a shame...for you, for the customers...and even for the "imposter". Shame on her! :(

    She obviously knew quality work though! I'm glad it's been brought to light!

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  4. WOW!! I can't beleive the gall that some people have. Your pieces are amazing and no one can take that away from you! Thanks for sharing this. I really don't like people that do this...

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  5. Shameful indeed. I know I have drooled over your things and you have inspired me to make some things of my own but to outright take the credit for your work? Shame on her.

    Keep your head up. Your stuff is WONDERFUL!

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  6. You guys are all so wonderful - thank you!

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  7. Kristi, I am so sorry this has happened to you! Do these people seriously think that they won't get caught or that the people they are ripping off won't come after them? Thanks for publishing her name so that others can be aware of her dishonesty. Your work is amazing, how anyone thinks they could "copy" it is beyond me! Deb

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  8. That is crazy. How did you find out that she was doing this? I have wondered how I would know if my stuff was being used this way.
    ~Kimberlee
    www.TheSpunkyDiva.com

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  9. Kimberlee - a customer that had ordered "my product" from her, finally received it (after a month and a half) and it didn't look anything like the picture. She happened upon my Etsy store and realized what the gal had been doing, so she let me know and gave me the link to her site. I'm grateful!

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  10. Inspiration is one thing, but stealing pictures and posing as someone else is another. Seriously, that should be identify fraud! I know you probably have tons of pictures of your work, but put a watermark over the center of your pictures so that she can't crop it out and hopefully this won't happen again.

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  11. Kristi,
    That's the LOWEST! I mean, 'dirt crawlin' lowest! To copyright is one thing but to actually steal your pics and use them as her own....my jaw has just dropped into Neverland!I just don't know of anyone who could EVER do your blocks justice but you! Go get her...she deserves your wrath and condemnation!

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  12. I know God will take care of the consequences, he is faithful and just. I just don't want this to happen to other people - customers or artists.

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  13. Kristi,
    So sorry to hear this has happen to you. It makes me sick at heart to think someone would actually do this. KARMA is what I say!
    You keep up your amazing work...it is all in your talent!
    Barb

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  14. Oh that is terrible! This is why I put my store name on ALL my pictures that I list. I'm so sorry you are having to deal with something so sinister and underhanded Kristi. :(

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  15. Kristi, as Dawn said, put your name(watermark) on our photos to make it harder for schemers to do this to you. It's obvious you LOVE to craft and your items are so pretty and unique. You don't need someone ripping you off like this.

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  16. Sorry to hear that you have become a victim to someone else's dirty work, but glad to know that you have exposed this person! I am seeing and hearing more and more of this all the time. I know of someone who feels it is her right to copy another picture and put on her website as her own and if someone is interested in that item she says that it won't be exactly the same as the pic! She did it to me once when I had an EZShoppe! Wish something could be done with the websites and blogs so a person can't copy a picture to their file! I use Picfont on all my pics now.
    Your work is wonderful, keep your head up keep creating!

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  17. Oh my gosh! How did you find out and what did she say? Send her a cease and desist. Is she from Nigeria or something? What did etsy say?

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  18. Oh My!! I cannot believe that! Aw, I am so sorry! Hope all of this has worked out! Love your work and You are so awesome :)

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  19. read your post about selling in Facebook. Facebook is one of the largest social network on earth, hence selling in Facebook was definitely a great idea. By the way, have you heard of Easy.my? It's a wonderful tool that helps you to create your own online shop with the feature of selling in Facebook. Starting an Online Shop with Easy.my is as easy as frying an egg. You can have a look at it on their site at http://Easy.my

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