Etsy saying I'm no longer allowed to use 3 Sheets as a shop name and have
to change all these things on my shop. I was totally blown away. Not only that
they said that I'm not allowed to talk about it on any public forums until the
issue has been resolved.
Well, to my mind, it has been 'resolved' now because I have changed the name
of my Etsy shop... did you notice? Kylie3Sheets is no more... I'm Paravent now.
So, 'issue resolved' as far as they are concerned, but I still need some advice.
Do you have time for a long read? Can you give me your opinion please?
Okay, so back to a bit of background... First of all you might be wondering "Why?"
I instantly knew who was behind it because I've been harrassed and bullied by
another Etsy seller (and no I won't say who) since the beginning of the year.
She took out a US trademark on the name Three Sheets to the Wind last year
and wishes to enforce that even as far as small-fish sellers who have only a
part of this name. Anyway, she has got Etsy on her side (probably because they
are a US company and this is a US patent) so I understand from their point of view.
But that doesn't mean I haven't been very upset... Upset at the sheer mean-ness
and unnecessary behaviour and tactics. The Mr and some friends were all for
fighting the bully but I just didn't want to have anything more to do with her. I find
Etsy really easy and I'm comfortable with it. So if I can't be 3 Sheets there then I
guess I have to change everything...
I started thinking it was time for a fresh new start. If you're handed lemons, make
lemonade right? So, I changed the shop name to Paravent (french for folding screen)
which I really like because it's kind of a quirky play on words with screen printing
and I love the imagery of the folding panels etc. But then I realised I have to
re-brand everything otherwise it's messy, so I set up a new Paravent blog and
facebook page... and that's as far as I've got... I could have done more but I've
It's suddenly hit me this means giving up 3 Sheets totally... and I'm having a crisis
of confidence over my 'fresh new start' idea. Do I really want to throw away the baby
with the bathwater..? I mean, the only place I can't use 3 Sheets is in the States, but
do I really want to have two identities / blogs / facebook pages and all the confusion
that will inevitably come with it? Also, it's true that there are so many 3 Sheets (so
common, my dear!)...
Floating over all of this is embarrassment... I mean, such a small-fish swimming in
a very large pool... who's going to know or care one way or the other! ;) Maybe I'm
just looking for reassurance. (So needy! So pathetic!) I just need to move on, don't I?
None of this is important I guess.
Maybe this is just good to let you know what has been going on....