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The added bonus of being knocked off on Amazon?

Thursday, March 09, 2017

So, finally, Amazon has made it so my listings don't have the illegal knock off sellers on them anymore. But, guess what they left behind? All the negative reviews from customers who purchased from the people who knocked me off.
How awesome is that?
I didn't even see the negative reviews because on my dashboard I can't see other sellers reviews. It wasn't until I thought to link to all my great Etsy and Amazon reviews from my websites so buyers could feel more confident purchasing from me that I even saw all the negative reviews.
I couldn't even respond to any of them because I wasn't the seller.
And, after requesting multiple times for Amazon to remove the negative reviews for products I didn't make or sell and having my requests being denied because talking to Amazon support is like talking to a wall (Here's the form letter I kept getting back for every single request I made :

Message From Customer Service

I've read the review titled "Cheap iron-on, Not silk screened. VERY stiff." for the "No Sleep Till Baby Bodysuit." I understand your concerns, but the review doesn't violate our posted guidelines, so I'm unable to remove it in its current format.

We try to encourage our customers to give their honest opinions on our products while staying within our guidelines. As a retailer we are interested in cultivating a diversity of opinion on our products. Part of that is allowing our customers to air their honest thoughts on items they have received.
and knowing from last time that to ask a lawyer to write a few paragraphs can cost nearly a grand, I decided to just remove the products with the bad reviews.
I've also limited the number of colors and styles I offer on Amazon.

Do I sound like the woman who not only had her entire life long vinyl collection stolen by her ex but also discovered he'd uploaded a sex video of them on a porn site that got loads of thumbs down and she still has to interact with him because he's the father of their child?* Because that's what Amazon makes me feel like.

I thought I should clarify that my ex did none of these things...

First Fabric Designs

I am thinking that I will be able to print some of my own designs on a Cotton Modal blend. We shall see. I've made these 3 so far. I've printed the Portland one but only 2 yards. Am making a dress out of it for myself. Copyright 2017 Rosalee Rester.

The cost of wholesale baby clothes made in the USA.

I've made baby t-shirts for over a dozen years and this past year my main supplier, American Apparel, finally died and I must find a way to replace the baby blanks. There are two American made baby clothing manufacturers that I know of. Royal Apparel whom I've started buying our bodysuits and toddler shirts from and Spiritex which even mills their own fabric in the USA.

The wholesale cost of an American made blank is more than twice as much as the RETAIL cost of a blank made overseas. Think about that for a minute. I am purchasing blanks wholesale that cost more than double the Gerber organic bodysuits that anyone can buy.

Then, as a manufacturer, I am expected to sell it to stores for half of what they retail for. I can no longer do wholesale if I want to retail my items for under $20 so I no longer wholesale my items because I'd have to sell my bodysuits for $24-$28 a piece to make it work and this price point isn't going to fly for a generic bodysuit with a cute print on it.

It doesn't make sense to sell baby clothes unless you can offer something truly special. So, I've decided to move into designing my own fabrics and sewing them out in my shop.

It's a crazy move but after talking to Rebecca who launched Queen Bee, I've decided it's the direction I want to move in. I got a sign from the Force or God or whatever you want to call it. I found a cover stitch machine on craigslist from a guy in Vancouver. These are quite difficult to come across used. He's going to show me how to use and care for it on Friday. At the same time I sold my embroidery machine which I've used about 3 times since I bought it for 40% of the cost of the machine I need to buy. I think it's a sign.

Businesses do better when they do not affiliate themselves with a political party

I keep getting knocked for personalizing my business. It's just me running the show here and it's incredibly hard as an artist not to let one's belief system pour over into their art. But, I wanted to clarify something that people who see my site seem to believe. I do not affiliate with any party. I look at the Democratic Party and the Republican Party and see exactly the same thing.


I have not seen very many members of either party who stand up for their constituents, whether their constituents are Catholics who abhor the thought of murdering unborn human fetuses or Evangelicals who feel they have violated their God by baking a cake for a gay couple or Vegans who abhor the thought of animals being horribly abused and then slaughtered for consumption or Millennials who would love to live on a planet with clean air, water, elephants and trees older than their parents or single moms who can't even think about the slaughtering of animals or clean air or wedding cakes for gay couples because she's just thinking about how to pay the water bill or the asshole meth addict blocking the sidewalk with his cardboard, his sleeping bag and his tarp who needs a fix or maybe an insurance plan that would cover the cost of one on one counseling and a clean bed for more than 30 days but who, for now, is screaming "JUST GO THE FUCK AROUND" at the dad who is standing there staring at him instead of pushing his plaid Maclaren stroller, that shrouds a red cheeked toddler who is wearing a thick, warm, blue and white striped fuzzy hat and grasping onto one very clean, pristine white rabbit with a floppy neck, AROUND HIS SHIT.

Our statesmen, our governors, our representatives, our senators, depending on where their $ is coming from, claim their constituents want different things but this is simply a lie.

It is politics who make us think we all want different things.  Politicians push the belief that we are either conservative or liberal. We are either for or against abortion. We are either Christians or Not Christians. We either believe climate change is caused by humans or not. We either believe in creationism or evolution. We either believe being gay or trans or bi is that person's own business or we believe it goes against our God's wishes.

The power of the people has been diluted by the thousands of polarizing non-issues. If you look at any issue, we all want basically the exact same thing. Take abortion for instance. No one wants babies to be killed. It causes most of us to feel remorse at the thought of an innocent being abused or murdered. At the same time, it is ridiculous to think of women as carriers for unborn fetuses. Women now own their own bodies. Black people now own their bodies. No government should take away a person's ownership of their own bodies. How do we make it so women do not choose to abort? How do we help women move to a point where birth control is easily available for both men and women? Where it is free so that no one gets pregnant unless they want to get pregnant? And, if they should get pregnant, how do we make it advantageous for the woman to become a carrier and actually carry that fetus until it is a baby? If we really do care about that life inside of the woman, how do we make it spectacular for her to give birth to it? Well, we first off, honor her for her choice. We raise her up in society that she would provide this unselfish gift to another human. We provide care for her body while the fetus germinates inside of her. And, we pay her for giving our society this wonderful human life. Right? That's what we would do instead of forcing her make huge sacrifices to grow a baby that while she is carrying it, not only is she deeply shamed, if she becomes its caregiver she automatically becomes a lower member of society due to the poverty she will be forced into. She is not offered any assistance beyond being demeaned for being a single mom or worse yet, a welfare mom. Is there free daycare for single moms? Nope. Do we offer her food for her table? Fresh organic produce and fresh cuts of protein? Nope. Rather we give her only access to certain foods and so little of it that there is no way to feed your children well, especially while trying to make rent, electricity etc. We ask her to work full time, provide no child care assistance and then jail her kids because they're on the streets using and/or selling drugs.

I mean, what woman in her right mind would want to grow a fetus or keep a baby in our society?!

But this issue is so polarized that looking for ways to prevent abortion without taking away a woman's right to her own body and causing extreme duress to the mother are completely ignored.

And this isn't even the issue we should be focusing on. We should be focusing on how to have a society that raises, happy, well fed, well educated and nurtured children who can take the reigns and lead us into the next century.

We all want the same things. I have many conservative friends whom I respect. I also know that focusing on wedge issues in a yay or nay framework ends any constructive conversation.

My business isn't about politics. It's about what I morally believe. I wish that Donald Trump was a president for the people. I wish that his promises were true. I really do. I would celebrate him if he really could make it so that every American had the health care they needed. I would celebrate him if he could provide living wage jobs to all those who wanted to work.

Businesses probably do better when they do not affiliate themselves with a political party. It's true. But what about small businesses who align themselves with ideals?

Realizing the model on your front page is throwing the F@CK You Symbol

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Ah, another day at Baby Wit and having someone tell you that the child model on your homepage is throwing out a giant F@CK YOU to every visitor. You thought it was so cute, the peace symbol on her shirt and her making what you thought was a sign of peace.
So, you had to take down one of your all time favorite photos.