Sadly in this high-tec age it is very easy to have your identity stolen. There are so many ways of doing it both business and personal. Most people know about credit card theft and how to protect your bank information. But did you know there are many scallywags out there stealing your business information also.
As some of you know I have been selling my jewelry on-line for quite a few years. I was selling with Etsy for a few years but with Etsy you have to constantly renew your listings every 3 months. Every time your relist you item you have to pay 20¢. You think well that isn't much but if an item doesn't sell it is another 20¢. That will the selling fee adds up. Well over a year ago Amazon opened up Amazon Handmade. They offered no listing fees and have waived the monthly fees for a year. Being that Amazon was a huge sales market I decided to give it a whirl. We have done ok with the sales with very little effort and not very many glitches. That is until recently! While checking my listing out on Google! I discovered my items were being sold through another site in Saudi Arabia. They went into Amazon and stole my name, my photos and my descriptions of over 50 of my listings. I have been working to get them shut down because they are using my name and my product to scam people out of money. They have marked up the items so it appears that they are using me for a drop ship company, when item is purchased I would have to ship it to their buyer. I would have to pay shipping and send it out. So f
It is very difficult to shut them down because they work out of a different country. I have contacted Amazon and they say there isn't anything they can do. So far there hasn't been any sales through them so hoping they will just give up. But in the meantime I am working to transfer all of my listings off Amazon to Barkley Gold. Barkley Gold will grow!