Pinterest Pins Pulling from Etsy Photos
Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:19:19 AM
I just want to throw this out there. I am finding pinterest pins on Pinterest that point to Zazzle products but they have etsy store pictures in them. Whomever is doing this is hurting us all. Pinners will stop clicking anything that has zazzle on it! not good.
Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:05:42 AM
Just a thought, there are some artisan stores here on Zazzle that also have Etsy stores and might be using some of the same images to promote products in both places. Is it possible that is what you are seeing? I would think if the link leads back to a Zazzle store there isn't a whole lot to worry about.



Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:12:56 AM
­čî╝Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
Just a thought, there are some artisan stores here on Zazzle that also have Etsy stores and might be using some of the same images to promote products in both places. Is it possible that is what you are seeing? I would think if the link leads back to a Zazzle store there isn't a whole lot to worry about.


I think the danger might be if Esty discovers their bandwidth is being used to promote another website's sales. Esty may disable the designer account if they determine that is happening.

Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:22:25 AM
eclecticpastime wrote:
­čî╝Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
Just a thought, there are some artisan stores here on Zazzle that also have Etsy stores and might be using some of the same images to promote products in both places. Is it possible that is what you are seeing? I would think if the link leads back to a Zazzle store there isn't a whole lot to worry about.


I think the danger might be if Esty discovers their bandwidth is being used to promote another website's sales. Esty may disable the designer account if they determine that is happening.



Is that what she meant that they are actually hosted on the etsy site because she said they point to Zazzle products.

The artisan stores I have seen that seem to have Etsy style images have them posted in the Zazzle shop as product previews. It is entirely possible that the shop owner has posted copies here and owns or has the right to use them on more than one website.

I don't know but just seeing them on Pinterest doesn't mean they are being used in a wrong manner. That is all I was saying.

I promote from the artisan shops sometimes and those are the images that are in the Zazzle shops and the share buttons pull those images to use for social media shares.
Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:04:07 AM
There are TONS of Pinterest image scrapers out there. They'll grab anything and link it to an unrelated site - I've seen many of my own product images from Zazzle repurposed for getting attention on a site that just houses hundreds of images on a given topic, but without any link to the original product.

The tricky thing is, if you report it using the Pinterest report link, *rumor has it* that it will do visual image searches and may hurt your own legit pins as well. If you find your own, try emailing Pinterest about it instead.

You can also use a DMCA takedown notice through Google if you find an entire website that's very obviously just scraped random images with no outbound links to their sources and little to no text.



But you can always check where the link goes - if it looks like the same designer selling their own designs in both places, probably not much really wrong with that.
But if it looks like someone who's grabbed photos from Zazzle and is selling stuff from a variety of stores as an Etsy post - they should probably be reported to Etsy - but maybe try messaging the Etsy store first to see what happens just in case it's someone with lots of unrelated store names that are legitimately theirs.

I tend to leave them alone unless it's
Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020 5:31:43 AM
Also I've seen photos of invitation suites pointing to products on Zazzle that are definitely not available on here (acrylic invitation suite is one exact example - and the link goes to an invitation that's categorially relevent, but is NOT what is shown in the photo).
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 3:48:22 AM
Hi i just want to add. No this is not someone that has an etsy store and is trying to sell on both. Here is a direct link to the last one i found:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/549087379570569595/

This person looks to have saved the photo from etsy, then loaded it to pinterest, and then pointed it to go to zazzle.

I am thinking people are doing this to get referral commissions. why else? why take a someones beautiful photo off etsy then falsely point to a completely different wedding invitation on Zazzle?

I have reported the post but its been a few days and its not taken down. I will continue to report all i see on pinterest. I spend quite alot on pinterest adds and count on the pinterest community trusting zazzle links.
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:08:34 AM
Lena wrote:
Hi i just want to add. No this is not someone that has an etsy store and is trying to sell on both. Here is a direct link to the last one i found:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/549087379570569595/

This person looks to have saved the photo from etsy, then loaded it to pinterest, and then pointed it to go to zazzle.

I am thinking people are doing this to get referral commissions. why else? why take a someones beautiful photo off etsy then falsely point to a completely different wedding invitation on Zazzle?

I have reported the post but its been a few days and its not taken down. I will continue to report all i see on pinterest. I spend quite alot on pinterest adds and count on the pinterest community trusting zazzle links.


The same affiliate number is listes on the different pin I've seen several times, where they've taken someeone else's image of a different invitation, and linked it to a Zazzle product.

Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 11:32:38 AM
I have had an ongoing issue with some of my artwork being used on Pinterest, with the link going to some blog or website that I am not affiliated with and has nothing to do with my artwork. This kind of thing is unfortunately common on Pinterest. If these pins are really pointing to a website that is unrelated to the image, I suggest reporting those pins that are "duping" people with fake images. You can click on the three dots on any pin and click Report. If you happen to know the original creator of the image, you can notify the too and they can report it as a copyright infringement.

However, there is something else to consider. Many people use fancy mockups for their pins, rather than the default images. The fancy mockups are more attractive than the default images Zazzle gives you. This is something that I do to. I make a mockup of a product, for example a mousepad on a wooden computer desk with a computer, and use that image to point to my mousepad collection, for example. The image on Pinterest is not the image on Zazzle, but it is still leading to the same product. Here is an example of one of my own pins where I use a fancy mockup: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/851602610775498143

Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 11:41:09 AM
lioncrusher wrote:
I have had an ongoing issue with some of my artwork being used on Pinterest, with the link going to some blog or website that I am not affiliated with and has nothing to do with my artwork. This kind of thing is unfortunately common on Pinterest. If these pins are really pointing to a website that is unrelated to the image, I suggest reporting those pins that are "duping" people with fake images. You can click on the three dots on any pin and click Report. If you happen to know the original creator of the image, you can notify the too and they can report it as a copyright infringement.

However, there is something else to consider. Many people use fancy mockups for their pins, rather than the default images. The fancy mockups are more attractive than the default images Zazzle gives you. This is something that I do to. I make a mockup of a product, for example a mousepad on a wooden computer desk with a computer, and use that image to point to my mousepad collection, for example. The image on Pinterest is not the image on Zazzle, but it is still leading to the same product. Here is an example of one of my own pins where I use a fancy mockup: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/851602610775498143



Very nice pin! I haven't tried making my own pins but I've been seeing the Pinterest create your own pin blurb on my page. I should do that. I haven't had to report any pins either but thanks for all the tips. Smile
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