I’m basically a money grubbing capatlist at heart. You let your domain expire, you gotta pay the extortion fee cyber squaters charge to get it back. You got a great idea, you can do it better – it drives your competitor out of business? So be it.
But what Janlynn has done here is flat out dirty.
Most of us are familiar with 123Stitch. Janlynn whose company name is JANLYNN not 123Stitch, has gone out and registered 123Stitch.net. Oh look it’s the exact same as their website Janlynn.com. Scummy. Underhanded. And just plain not very nice. Illegal? Not even close. Ethically? Now, you’re getting into trouble.
But it gets better! Wanna read a Janlynn press release? Link. And I’ll copy paste it here:
Good thing they didn’t say they treated competitors with that “respect”, my head may have exploded.
They’ve also got a spiffy little press release here, talking up how wonderful and huge they are.
And after a Whois search, we get a little more information. John Kozub put his name on this. And while I don’t have his extention, you can call that 800 number above ask to be tranfered to his extention and leave him a voice mail. 😀
For me it boils down to this. Janlynn is trying to co-opt the name of an established business. They are trying to take money out of that other company’s pocket by means ethically bankrupt.
I would ask all my fellow cross stitchers and crafters out there to please think long and hard before you buy any product that is produced or distributed by Janlynn. Ask yourself, are these the kind of business practices I want my dollars to support?
Edited to add:
Please read the comments section of this post & this post. Janlynn has stepped up and corrected this situation. 😀