I thought it was time to speak up and tell my side of the story ;
Just in case there is anyone out there that didn't know....I am the person that everyone is talking about....
I put a used Magnolia Tilda with skates stamp on Auction on eBay almost 2 weeks ago, starting price at 99p and in the week that it was listed on eBay it reached the end price of £310 !!
Three ladies (one from Norway, one from Malta and another from Australia) kept bidding against each other and the price went up and up and then right at the end a lovely lady from the UK won the stamp .....no one could have been more surprised than me, I never in a million years thought a small piece of rubber (never mind how cute) would sell for such a price.
Please remember when you are reading this that I didn't ask this price for the stamp it was auctioned and the buyers bid what they wanted to pay.
I have today spoken to the lady who bought my stamp and she bears no regrets about buying the stamp at all.
I didn't buy the stamp to sell to intentionally make a profit, I bought it to use which is what I did and then when I'd finished with it I put it on eBay to sell to recoup the money I paid out for it so I could use the money to buy something else crafty.
They say I'm guilty of using the word "Rare" in my listing and I admit that I did use that word, but at the time of the sale this stamp was not available to buy in any shops, and you couldn't find it anywhere so in my mind the stamp I was selling was rare, I had no idea Magnolia were going to re release it this week.
Today I have read a comment on the Face Book Magnolia World group left by one of the official Magnolia design team members (so it must be true !!)....She quotes :"I know for a FACT the reason Magnolia released the stamp was so noone spent so MUCH of their hard earned cash for one stamp again ,SO have made it so readily available in craft stores for people who love Magnolia, at a much more reasonable price."
She also quotes on her own blogs when advertising the re release of this stamp for Magnolia that :"this stamp is no longer "RARE" ...... which I take to mean that it once was "RARE" at some point in the past.
EDITED; It seems I have not explained clearly why I used the quotes highlighted above made by one of the Magnolia team members, I did it to prove to the people that have insinuated that I some how knew this stamp was going to released by Magnolia and that I sold it at that particular time to make what they have called a killing before the stamp is released to the world as she quote that Magnolia made the decision to release the stamp because of my sale, and also to prove that it must have been at some point rare.
So I used the quotes above not to point any fingers at this lady, but as they have been made by an official Magnolia team member who knows what she is talking about and has in fact said a few words that in some small way helped to prove my innocence of what I have been accused of.
I will also say that not all the hurt and upset has stemmed from the Magnolia World Group I have had mud thrown at me from all directions, but I used these to quotes to try to clear my good name as I felt they helped me. So those who think I am having as go at this lady I urge you to please go back and read what I wrote in the way that it was meant .
I consider myself an honest and caring person, I would never intentionally mislead anyone, let alone rip anyone off, but because of this sale my good name is now ruined, I've been called greedy, sick, and dishonest on the Magnolia world group on Face book and even accused of worse on the Do Craft Forum.
I'm saddened by all the negative attention the sale of this stamp has caused, I've been made to feel terrible and have felt physically ill this last week, anyone of us crafters could have owned this stamp and wanted to sell it on eBay and this could have happened to any of us, how would you feel ? I now I feel like giving up blogging and the whole episode has even put me off of crafting for now.
I honestly thought all crafters were the nicest people in the world, I can't believe I've been talked about like this, I'm deeply hurt and upset by the whole situation.