I got an email from Nerdy Shirts informing me about a new t-shirt they have on sale so I decided to check it out and in my googling way to their store I came across an interesting link. The title of the link was NerdyShirts.com Honors BustedTees.com Designers. I wondered why Nerdy Shirts would be honoring Busted Tees so of course I had to take a look. What I found was very interesting indeed. It seems that Busted Tees is accusing Nerdy Shirts of stealing their web site design and when you compare the sites you can see why.
Here is what Busted Tees have to say about the situation.
Sometimes, we do not give enough credit to our behind the scenes team. Two of the most valuable team members we have are Amir Cohen and Zach Klein, who design our website. Lucky for us, a competitor of ours, NerdyShirts.com decided to honor Amir and Zach by copying our design for their t shirt selling website. If they “borrowed” our design, we only wonder where they borrowed their t shirt ideas from, because here at BustedTees, we do original work.
The problem we ran into with Nerdy Shirts taking our design is that Nerdy didn’t pay Amir and Zach for their work … but if someone uses their work, they have to get paid for it. Now, we could have called our lawyers and made a big deal about nerdy shirts but instead we decided run a sale on our original site, that we didn’t copy from anyone, on original shirts, that we didn’t copy from anybody, to make money to pay Amir and Zach for Nerdy Shirts using their work.
We also have our smoking-hot, original, BustedTees.com t shirt wearing models. They can’t copy our models … or come close enough to feed them. Support our originality, our models, and our designers, buy BustedTees.
That last dig got me wondering about how they stack up to each other in sales and of course I don’t have their sales figures but I think that there is a certain colleration between traffic and sales so the following graph might lend some weight to Busted Tees insinuation that Nerdy Shirts doesn’t make nearly as much money as they do.
The dig at the Nerdy Shirts models was a bit uncalled for though. That said, I do think some of the Busted Tees models are hot. No, I’m not talking about you Jake.
Anyway if you still interested in shopping at Nerdy Shirts here is a 25% off coupon that they sent me: twgs8828. Unfortunately they didn’t give me any other information about it.