So, here goes...
several years ago when I was designing my first batch of personal patches for this brand, I made this one. At the time I thought the idea was new, novel, cool and original... I was wrong, this has been done before, better and with several alternative versions... I had these made shortly after designing them and moved on with my life. Once the package arrived I was caught up in other activities and so the package remained under my desk awaiting the time I would launch this brand formally and get started.
Time passed and the formal beginning of Infinitesimal Design Works came to be. I dropped the other patches I had made, one after another over the months, added metal designs and embroidered offerings to the mix, all the while sitting in this design trying to think of what to do with it... it cost money to make, but I don’t feel good about selling it seeing as it’s too similar to the other ones in the market... First step, I contacted the guys who make these designs let them know what I had done and asked what they would suggest. No response, that’s ok, I guess we will have to figure this out on our own. my next thought was to publicly destroy my mistake, maybe fire, explosion, a range day... but then the thought occurred to me, maybe I should just acknowledged my mistake and give them away to customers with full disclosure, and then maybe stay away from this idea, it’s already someone else’s!
Thoughts? Feel free to comment on this post with what your think would be the best course of action, what would you like out of this learning experience, destruction, a gift, weigh in and let me know what you think.
Im sorry I messed up, let’s make something good out of this!
mistakes happen, we still support you! and who doesn’t like freebies!!!
You handled this situation in a very mature and thoughtful way! Great suggestions by the others, I’m glad you went with the freebie & disclosure – definitely too nice to destroy. Thank you for being a stand up person, doing the right thing, and giving away some free cool swag. My hat’s off to you!
Agreed with the above responses.
Here’s the thing, yes its been done similarly, but its not a carbon copy just in PVC. Also, its the only PVC patch I’ve come across of this kind. I personally love it, but I’m a PVC guy. I like the way you approached this situation tho, stand up in my opinion. I wouldn’t destroy them.
I agree with Phil. Freebie with purchase sounds good. I think the originals have been around long enough that it is obvious you are not trying to horn in on anyone’s design.
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