I want to help you build a sustainable, profitable handmade business that makes you consistent income and sales. I only ever teach or recommend marketing, social media, pricing, production and branding tips that I’ve personally used successfully in my own 7-figure handmade businesses.
I'm Mei, from Los Angeles!
starting a business
get more traffic
running a business
make more sales
growing a business
mindset & productivity
pricing & money
selling on etsy
selling on amazon
Are you pissed off because someone copied your product design?
Etsy is full of competition with more than half a million sellers listing items on the site. In a market that saturated, you’re likely to encounter someone selling the same product that you have to offer. That might be by chance or because they liked your idea so much they had to sell the same thing.
Copycats for my own jewelry business sprout up consistently.
If only you’d known how frustrated and angry I felt every time I found a copycat. Copycats take complete “inspiration” from my business model, branding, packaging, web copy and product line.
But if there’s one thing I’ve learnt to help cool the heat (from my boiling blood), it’s from knowing two truths:
Unfortunately, there are still days when the above points don’t make me feel better, because in some cases, they’re no longer fact.
You know what scares me the most?
A business-savvy copycat.
This is someone who I have legitimate fear of actually getting ahead of me.
The person that has investor funding and a full team of marketers.
They come out of nowhere and appear to be an overnight success.
What do I do then?
Every time I feel this way, I pinpoint a personal strength that the copycat doesn’t have.
For me, that strength is my commitment.
About three years ago I was faced with my first real competitor that was selling scented jewelry at lower prices (I sell scented food jewelry).
Everywhere I went, blogs and influential people were featuring this new brand.
I felt threatened!
I had trouble sleeping at night. I couldn’t stop thinking about this new drama in my life.
It swallowed me up.
But after a few months as life moved on, despite launching with a bang, the copycat grew very quiet. It was as if they had fallen off the face of the earth.
My own brand is still standing, stronger than ever, and I attribute that to my perseverance!
Committed sellers know that being in business for the long run is a lot of hard work.
Read on for a few suggestions about creating a unique customer experience.
• Respond to emails in a polite, friendly, and timely manner (the sooner the better).
• If you’re able to, customize your product to suit their specific needs.
• Made a mistake? Own up to it and fix it right away! Don’t be hostile.
Build your business the right way and always take care of your customers.
Over time, your business will grow and easily withstand any temporary threats from copycats.
What are some ways you’ve overcome copycats? How do you regain mental calmness?
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I LOVE your creativity. I couldn’t look long at your website for fear of having a big spend up. Just gorgeous.
I used to make things like this for my daughter when she was small. I even made her a tiny shop for a tiny toy mouse with lots of tiny polymer clay food. She and all her friends LOVED that shop. I had all but forgotten it until you reminded me, and it made me really happy to be reminded. Mind you, my tiny food had no smell- what a great idea. I shall happily show other people your website. So, now that I no longer do polymer clay, I can enjoy looking at your creativity instead. Don’t worry about the copycats, they never last long because they have stolen the idea from someone else, so they have no passion for it. They will soon be copying someone else’s idea , and then something different again. Don’t let the turkeys get you down, and DON’T lose sleep over it. I know this sounds strange, but in a odd sort of way, it’s a compliment- your jewellery is so good that other people want to copy it :) Think about it.
Robin, thank you for the sweet and kind words!
Yes, copycats are certainly not at the forefront of product design or have the business chops. So most of them go their own way or give up after a while.
Learning to just expect that this is part and parcel of running your own business has helped heaps with dealing with all the feelings when a copycat turns up!
Mei!…..I don’t know how you can be so strong….. I believe in your words. I believe in your strength. I want to emulate that. Thank you so much. I have renewed faith now. I got your reply in email and came to read this article by you. what you say is so relevant. I think you speak from the heart. Thank you again Mei.,,, please don’t burn out.
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