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Craft show ethics

by Bighig50
posted 12-15-2018 05:08 PM


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ArtMann

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#1 posted 12-15-2018 06:06 PM

I’m not sure I understand the situation. Was this other guy selling stuff even though he was not selected as one of the participants? If so, then the organizer should address the problem. Promoters will often restrict the number of vendors selling a particular item. Just copying your work and selling it may be unethical, depending on the circumstances, but that is just competition. I’m not sure if you can do anything about that.

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#2 posted 12-15-2018 08:15 PM

Ran into this at craft shows where one or two pen turners showed up I also had pens to sell in addition to my other turnings. While never bothered me other guys got hot and bothered. Merely stood by quality of my work and didn’t worry about the competition.

Have to keep a positive attitude at a show and not worry about what others are selling. Promoters and jury selection teams only concern with selling booth space really don’t care what you are selling. Just look at all the Chinese imports at these shows today.

Best if talk to promoter before a show making sure not side by side with folks selling like items. Only reason don’t like to be side by side with people selling similar stuff, not there to talk shop, judge or be judged cause there to sell my stuff.

Only time have been next to a booth selling pens, mom sold needle point, father sold small assorted wood item and kids (brother & sister) selling slimline pens. Customers of mine (two ladies) said she likes those skinny pens over there but couldn’t try them before buying. MY pens pretty but too fat for them; took an extra legal pad over to the kids. Those ladies tried and bought two pen from those kids. After that ended up selling every pen they brought, I only sold four pens that day. Did end up with a free coffee and big thanks you from the family.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 12-15-2018 09:11 PM

Sounds like the candle lady didn’t put the mills out once she realized you had them too, so good on her and nothing to be done really.
Except please edit your post – I assume either etiquette or ethics are what you meant to say

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WoodenDreams

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#4 posted 12-15-2018 09:34 PM

Without a patent, or trademark, your not protected. If your selling pens, do you make the pen cases, a great combo for gifts. Normally at craft shows you can reserve a set location if you prepay for the next show at the current show. Most craft shows it’s first come first get the spot, when they open for vendors to setup. The two shows I sold at were at the state fair grounds, billed as the mother of all garage sales. I made sure I was next to the bathroom entrance. This way people waiting have a longer time to see your merchandise. Haven’t had to be concerned with other vendors products. I displayed Memorial Urns, Hope, Cedar and Toy Chests. If there’s a chance others are selling similar items, try to be a little unique. I like walking through craft shows and chatting with the vendors selling wood made items, Other woodworkers seem to like to help other woodworkers. great way to learn where they sell, what sells and any upcoming events that you don’t know about.

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Bighig50

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#5 posted 12-16-2018 12:17 AM



I m not sure I understand the situation. Was this other guy selling stuff even though he was not selected as one of the participants? If so, then the organizer should address the problem. Promoters will often restrict the number of vendors selling a particular item. Just copying your work and selling it may be unethical, depending on the circumstances, but that is just competition. I m not sure if you can do anything about that.

- ArtMann


I m not sure I understand the situation. Was this other guy selling stuff even though he was not selected as one of the participants? If so, then the organizer should address the problem. Promoters will often restrict the number of vendors selling a particular item. Just copying your work and selling it may be unethical, depending on the circumstances, but that is just competition. I m not sure if you can do anything about that.

- ArtMann


-- Bighig South Carolina

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Bighig50

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#6 posted 12-16-2018 12:29 AM

He did not sign up for the show he tried to add his pepper mills with the candle lady . She did the right thing by not displaying them .Im not upset about the copying i understand it’s not rocket science. It’s the fact he knew I was there and pulled a stunt like that. I would not have known she had them she brought it up to me.
I respect competition that’s what makes us better woodcrafters !

-- Bighig South Carolina

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#7 posted 12-16-2018 12:38 AM

GrantA I believe you understand what I posted . Thanks for the feedback and sorry I did not edit my post I will do better next time. Thanks for your support and edit lesson . BigHig

-- Bighig South Carolina

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#8 posted 12-16-2018 12:44 AM

Wildwood thanks for the response. This guy did not sign up he tried to slide his items in . I’m glad the lady did not pull them out. I did talk to the promoter and I told her what happened and not to say anything unless she displays them.
Thanks , BigHig

-- Bighig South Carolina

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#9 posted 12-16-2018 12:48 AM

WoodenDreams thanks for the response. I enjoy talking with vendors learning new ideas. Many thanks, BigHig

-- Bighig South Carolina

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#10 posted 12-16-2018 12:59 AM

As pertains to the OP…. A tad confusing….

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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#11 posted 12-16-2018 01:01 AM

I’ve got friends who make leather goods and have been through the same thing at a local festival. Unfortunately there’s not much to be done but it seems the promoter/host tries to prevent this situation and will hopefully take a proactive response next year!

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