But it's still disheartening. You work hard on a creative, unique design that will sell...and then you turn around and someone copies it and markets it as their own. Sometimes this happens in the US and other countries, though more often than not, the knock-offs are Chinese imports. To me and other artists, we can see the difference. And we care who is behind the making of a product. Many consumers do not, which is unfortunate.
[ By the way, if you'd like to support Suzanne Noordewier, she sells her absolutely amazing beads and lampworking tutorials on her Etsy site: JustMade. Her candy beads are so stunning! ]
I try to buy from other independent artists, not factories. When it's affordable (ah yes, the caveat!). I look for quality and many times you do get what you pay for. The tool I pay $59 for, will resell to other artists for the same price. The $35 tool, will lose value and perhaps I can get $25, if it's in perfect shape...and I pitch in for shipping.
Ah, that's my 2 cents on this anyways. Would love to hear what other folks think!