Those Bloomin’ Magazines!

I am still annoyed that someone is selling my scans of the Bond magazines but my anger has now subsided. There is still one listing remaining on Ebay at the moment which I have asked the seller to remove but I have had no reply and the listing is still active. I don’t think he/she will remove it.

I had no success contacting Ebay initially and now I’m glad about that. I don’t think it would have done any good, as was pointed out in the comments, if their account was removed they would just create a new one anyway. All I wanted was for them to stop selling my scans.

I’ve thought about how long it took me to scan those magazines, convert them to PDFs and upload them – three years on and off – that’s why I was so angry when I realised they were being sold without my knowledge. But that time is in the past, it’s gone and I’ll never get it back. This person is a chancer, they saw something for free that they thought they could make a few quid from and they took it. To give them the benefit of the doubt, they probably didn’t think they were doing any harm and to be honest they haven’t hurt anyone apart from me and my feelings. Bond may not agree with that which is why I have let them know about it, whether they choose to act on it is up to them.

I could easily have sold those PDFs myself, I daresay I could have done quite nicely out of them. But I have a conscience. The scans are not the best quality, I originally started doing them for my own personal use so wasn’t bothered if they weren’t too good. I could never have taken money from anyone for them, I would have felt as if I was ripping them off.

I appreciate all the advice I was given about how to deal with it, I think some of  you were as angry as I was.

You probably think I am being a wimp but I’m going to let this go now. It’s not worth getting stressed out about, what’s done is done and there are much more important things to worry about in life. Billy suffered a minor stroke last year, he’s fine now, no lasting damage but if there had been it would have been far more important than this little episode. I wish now that I hadn’t found those bloomin’ Ebay listings then I would never have known what was happening in the first place – ignorance is bliss.


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32 Responses to Those Bloomin’ Magazines!

  1. Judy Buffalohead says:

    You are wonderful, Susan. You are absolutely right to let this go & move on. Yes, you were right to be angry for the theft of your efforts & generosity – but karma is an awesome thing & I pray you have no lasting ill effects from this. You have helped me immeasurably with your patterns & lessons. I thank you so very much & hope my sincere gratitude, will in some small way, counter-balance this episode.

  2. Hi Susy

    You are right to be angry. Someone is profiting from your hard work, not to mention the eBay buyers who are expecting to purchase magazines and not copies. I have noticed a large number of Passap model books for sale on eBay, all of which are available as free downloads. I, for one, will think twice about buying this type of material from eBay. Maybe its best to contact sellers and ask if they are originals being sold and, if not, stay well clear. Kind Regards.

  3. dianag1968 says:

    im sorry this happened to you, i was very angry when i first read this, as i was one of those unexpecting buyers. but as i always say, wait for Karma, it will come and bit them hard. Chin up sweety, you done a good job 🙂

  4. Lela says:

    You are an amazing lady, Susy! I think we all feel a kinship with you in some way, and yes, we were just as angry that someone would do something so wrong to one of our own. But you have chosen a higher road, and we will all gladly go with you. Life is too short to dwell on negativity and anguish. (Oh, and it’s not considered the move of a wimp, but rather the journey of wisdom.) I hope you have a wonderful day, and I can’t wait to see what I will learn from you next! Thank you for taking us all along on your journeys. Happy knitting!

  5. Yvonne says:

    Yes we all felt for you and no you are not a wimp.When someone you love is ill then everything gets into perspective.I,too,learned this last year.There are always going to be situations in life where it just isn t fair but you took the right road,you wrote to us all, got it off your chest and this time we were here to support you.
    I wrote on your garden blog but it didn t function.I am in Woodham Village right now and my dad s flowers are struggling.It must be that Darlo is further south;-))
    Take care and looking forward to your next message!!

    • susyranner says:

      Thanks Yvonne. I’ll check the comment settings on the garden blog, I haven’t changed anything so I don’t know what’s happened to it.

  6. Sandra says:

    Hello Susan, I am sorry to hear, that ebay didn´t help. All your hard work you put up, scanning the magazines. Did you tell Bond about this matter? Maybe they would like to have a word with this person??
    You take care, chin up, you do a wonderful job, Without you, my knitting machine would have probably already gone to the dumpster. 🙂

    • susyranner says:

      Thanks, Sandra. It wasn’t that Ebay didn’t help, I just couldn’t figure out a way to contact them. I’ve emailed Bond this morning.

  7. anne says:

    Hi Susy, Judging by the comments made, it is quite apparent that there are so many folk who suppport you in your annoyance. Your decision to move on from this shows a generosity of spirit which at times is lacking in others. Thank you for all you do in sharing your knitting. Kindest regards Anne

    • susyranner says:

      Thanks, Anne. I don’t think there’s any point in staying angry, it won’t do me any good. Best to just let it go.

  8. Pamm MacRae says:

    Hi Susy, Just a thought for moving forward, and this may have already been mentioned….. if you open up the original can you impose a blurb on the cover that reads ‘Not for resale, these publications are free’, this way the potential shopper would see that when the eBay posting is opened to view.

    • susyranner says:

      Unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to do that. In hindsight I should have watermarked them all before I uploaded them but it didn’t even occur to me.

  9. Florence Levy says:

    I think you are very gracious to give these people a pass, and you’re totally right — in the grand scheme of things it’s not worth agonizing over.

    I’m very grateful for your hard work and patience in making this material available to us. I have the originals of a lot of this stuff, but you fill in a lot of gaps for me and it’s so convenient to have them on my IPad. Also, it’s a treasure trove for new machine knitters.

    If I come across any of these scammers I’m going to write an online question to the seller asking if these are scans of the magazines that are available for free to everyone on the internet. Maybe that will discourage potential buyers and encourage them to seek out your website.

    • susyranner says:

      That’s exactly what Billy said he was going to do! I wonder what reply the seller would give?

  10. Brenda says:

    I think you are doing the right thing. I always there are only so many times one can let their blood pressure rise to risky heights before some damage is done. Pick and choose those times carefully.

  11. Mary says:

    You are right to move on–Don’t sweat the small stuff (and this really is small stuff). Thanks for all your efforts, they are much appreciated!

    • susyranner says:

      It is small stuff and it would be silly to dwell on it. Best just to move on and forget about it.

  12. You will be stronger for your decision to be benevolent.

  13. Debbie says:

    The best thing to do is to post on ebay the manuals for free. No one in their right mind would buy them when you are offering them for FREE. Just a thought.

    • susyranner says:

      I know, it’s just that I only have permission to offer them for free on my blog, Ebay was never mentioned. Also, I can’t really be chewed with listing stuff on Ebay any more.

  14. Morag Walker says:

    HI Susy You are just great. That’s good to move on and let them get on with it. More time for knitting!!
    Best wishes Morag W

  15. steel breeze says:

    I found out someone had copied a load of free stuff – punchcard patterns I’d worked out myself in a paint program – from – when I foolishly BOUGHT the PDF on Ebay (there was other stuff from Brother too). Boy was I cross! Complained in their feedback where they can’t remove it, nothing more I could do – I did report them to Brother though. It’s best to move on – life’s too short to waste on thinking about chancers.

    • susyranner says:

      That’s what I decided after I’d fumed for a while. It’s still extremely annoying though. I think I’d have been even more annoyed if I’d bought my own scans.

  16. Myra Morris says:

    It’s such a shame that a useful tool such as Ebay is swamped by people doing such reprehensible things. It’s as if some people are only interested in making a quick profit regardless of how they manage it. It’s a really sad state of affairs, but as others have said, leave it to Karma. I believe in this wholeheartedly.
    I love your blog and your machine knitting videos are second to none.

    Thanks so much for everything you’ve done thus far.

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