I liked your article. Let’s start there. Because yes, people *should* know what they’re getting for their 5 bucks.
But shouldn’t common sense apply?
Does anyone really think they are getting an original hand drawn vector for $5? I suppose some people do. After all, people still fall for Nigerian scams, too, apparently.
Personally, I hate the term caveat emptor (let the buyer beware) — but it does have some place in the world. Can’t count the number of people who hire scammy SEO firms that get them booted out of Google and then wail that they didn’t know. Or buy diet pills or programs that make them sick. Or…
The market for something to believe in is infinite ( @gapingvoid )
Didn’t know means didn’t do my homework. There are people one step to the side of transparency in every industry. We all need to do our homework to understand what we are paying for before we shell out.
Le sens commun n’est pas si commun
(Common sense is not so common)
Twitter’s Original Logo Was Stock Art…
There’s nothing wrong with testing out a concept with a stock photo. As long as you know it’s a stock photo. Twitter’s first logo was a stock image from iStockPhoto.
The guy who created the original logo? He got a whole $15 for the licensing of his work. (That side of it is a whole different discussion)
The bigger issue (ie; than using a stock photo) is whether the stock photo in question is permitted for use as a logo. In the case of Twitter, it was not. They paid for an original. (3 years later, I might add)
THAT part is on the 5 dollar designer. It’s totally on the $5 designer to determine that the stock images they are using for “logos” have appropriate permissions TO use as a logo.
Should they tell people they’re using stock photos? Probably. Just like spammy SEO firms and copywriters that create and sell spun content should probably tell people. And sham diet companies should tell customers. And scammy internet marketers should tell people.
I could go on. You get the point. It’s everywhere.
But they don’t, so it’s on us to inform ourselves before we buy. In a perfect world, people would tell us up front. It’s not a perfect world.