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Selling Cross-Stitches?
« on: January 06, 2019, 11:11:19 AM »
I've been cross-stitching for a little while, finished a large project for fun and recently considered selling my stitches for a little pocket money. I am working on a Pikachu stitch (sprite from Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum) and will be framing it.

Is this a viable little sale? I planned to put this one on eBay as a tester and start bidding at 1p to see how much interest it would get. Any advice from crafty sellers?
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Re: Selling Cross-Stitches?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2019, 02:26:30 PM »
I would recommend Etsy just for the audience on there. Not that there isn't a market for crafts on eBay, but I find that very cheap auctions end up not making nearly as much money as something is worth. It would be neat to see how much you got, though!
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Re: Selling Cross-Stitches?
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2019, 06:20:36 PM »
Nintendo is kinda iffy about fanart. They went after some Pokemon plush makers at some point, but for a cross-stitch sprite you'll probably be okay. The worst they can do is send a C&D.
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Re: Selling Cross-Stitches?
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2019, 07:28:07 PM »
technically you can sell:

pattern to do this oneself:  YES (until you are C&D'd)
non-licensed fan item that has some profit built into the price:  NO
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Re: Selling Cross-Stitches?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2019, 12:00:04 AM »
Oh man, seriously?  :( That explains why most of the Pokémon cross-stitch items I see on Etsy are for patterns rather than finished items ... That's quite sad, but very enlightening!

I'll finish this Pikachu test piece and put it up here to see if it is worth selling at all!
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Re: Selling Cross-Stitches?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2019, 11:03:12 PM »
technically you can sell:

pattern to do this oneself:  YES (until you are C&D'd)
non-licensed fan item that has some profit built into the price:  NO

This rings true for pretty much every IP...

That said. My rule of thumb for fan art -- if you aren't ripping off an actual product, then it is... "ok"... (But should be small scale, not mass produced, and more hand made artisinal items)

I think cross stitch of Pokemon might toe the line because Pokemon does put out product that is pixel-ish.. although they don't put out cross stitch specifically. But plushies ARE a product that is made so that's why those will get flagged more often.

You probably see more patterns on Etsy rather than actual product because actual product takes time, resources and money. A pattern doesn't minus the initial creation.

The person I watch on Instagram sells her simple cross stitch designs for $5 w/ shipping on Etsy... (She does more elaborate designs and sells at craft shows).

I dunno. Besides Etsy you could try
https://pkmncollectors.livejournal.com

And you could share it on Reddit to find interest
https://www.reddit.com/r/pokemon
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Re: Selling Cross-Stitches?
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2019, 08:59:36 AM »
I've found some patterns that are explicitly okay to sell, so I'll be going some of those. I have a friend who is on Etsy so I'll ask her how she finds the service, the fees, etc. I'll keep this thread updated!
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