I’ve never been someone who shopped around at different online craft companies. I found their prices to be prohibitive and if I bought something, it was because I saw someone else use it, then never really shopped further. I found Aliexpress and absolutely loved it. I loved the dies, the stamps and especially, the prices. I was oblivious to where a stamp or die design originated, and just bought things when I liked them.
This week I’ve learned that a lot of YouTube channels have been deleted for showing Aliexpress hauls. I’m not sure if my channel was spared because I am not monetized (YouTube doesn’t pay me for my channel), and don’t make money for referring customers to Aliexpress, but am glad that my channel is still here. I’ve taken most of my haul videos and made them private, so you can no longer see them. I can’t take the chance that my channel will be taken down as I’ve put two years of my life into it, and don’t think I’ve done anything intentionally wrong.
On the other hand, when you have a small YouTube channel, you are not given anyone in the YouTube company that you can converse with, so I have no way to contact them or ask them any questions about this issue. It’s just better to take my videos and make them private, rather than lose the channel over something I’m not clear about.
I’ve tried to contact another YouTuber who does Aliexpress haul videos to see if she has been contacted by anyone in the YouTube community, as she’s taken her hauls down as well…Maybe she’s doing what I am doing, trying to protect her channel, I’m not sure. I wish I had someone in authority to ask.
Obviously, I couldn’t address this directly on YouTube at risk of losing my channel, but wanted you to know the situation and thank those of you who have told me about other channels being deleted and giving me the heads up about my videos that were stolen. I feel really badly about this situation and don’t think I’ve done anything intentionally wrong, but will do whatever necessary to save my channel and rectify the situation.
If you want to discuss this further, you can either respond here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.