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Thank you very much for that advice. I will give that a try and report back here.
Great solution! Unfortunately, my thief stole only the text so it seems there is nothing I can do. The fraudulent listing is still up a week after I complained. eBay probably did slap their hand for the obscenity but that didn’t bother me nearly as much as seeing my work being used to sell their item. This person clearly knows the game and knows they can get away with this.
Just got the first one…it was VERY long! I guess there is a 24-48 delay. Thank you!
Thanks Jay. I did that but it tells me I’m already subscribed. Maybe it takes a day or two for the Blog Comments to resume?
Your point is well taken. I guess we all have to decide for ourselves where to draw the line at what is or is not acceptable. Sometimes, I hate being an adult! 🙂
It depends on my mood and motivation at the moment. If I’m listing unique one-of-a-kind items, I can easily spend half an hour or more on one listing. The value of the item is also a factor. I will spend a lot more time on a $100 item than a $20 item. For low price items, I shoot for maybe 6 or 8 an hour (assuming I only have one and there is not a lot of research to be done). If I have a stack of books to list on Amazon, I could probably list 20 or more in an hour.
Thank you everyone for your input. Guess I’m just old school when it comes to plagiarism. Of course, I don’t mean the inclusion of relevant details but the creativity and personality that many sellers work hard to create. Loss occurs when someone else gets the sale using MY words! I’m not losing sleep or wallowing in anger but I am human.
Jay, to answer your questions…I don’t actively seek plagiarized listings. But I research almost every item I sell and in the process, often look at other sellers’ listings. That’s when I stumble across the plagiarism. The problem seems to be rampant on eBay because no seller has the time or tools to police their own work and the ethics bar has been lowered to the point that some people see nothing wrong with this. (I’m remembering every grade school and junior high teacher continually repeating “keep your eyes on your own paper”!)
There’s no objective way to know how often this occurs but I find theft of my own work at least once or twice a month. It is most likely to occur on unique items that are challenging to describe. A bit of humor, a clever phrase or a colorful description can really help sell these items and those words are the most recognizable when they are stolen. (Again, I’m not talking about size, dimensions, fabric, color, etc….generic things you must say to describe an item.)
Just imagine the legal consequences if I decided to launch a campaign using a phrase such as “You Deserve a Break Today” or “It’s the Real Thing” or “A diamond is forever”! Words can be a powerful part of advertising and should be protected whether you are McDonalds, Coke, De Beers or a lowly eBay seller.