These past few days, I have been disheartened. I have found many of my resources, paid and free, offered on other people's websites. Most of these were school websites on individual teacher's pages. Last night, I found over 30 of my resources, mostly paid, with just a simple Google search. I found quite a few more today.
I'm gonna be blunt here and you may hate me but I'm a little fed up. It's stealing when you share what you buy on TPT. When you leave feedback and say that you shared it with your teammates, still stealing. When you tell a seller through email or on Facebook that your entire team loved it...still stealing! I know it doesn't seem like it but it is. You are taking money out of a seller's store. This is the same as stealing from a store like Target or Walmart.
Your teammates may ask you where you got a certain resource and it's tempting to share with them. Don't do it! If you love the resource, support the teacher who put countless hours into creating it for you to just download and use. You can always point your friends to the blog or TPT store where you got it. It kills me when I go to a training and the trainer says that he or she got a resource from TPT and they know they're not supposed to share but they do. Teachers should be good examples. Unfortunately, we are not being good examples when it comes to this.
Did you know TPT offers a multiple user option to help combat this problem? It's a pretty new feature and I'm going to show you how to use it. When you buy a multiple user option, the price is almost always cheaper than the original purchase price. By doing this, teacher authors are trying to encourage you to share legally.
Here are some tutorials to add those multiple user options. The first one is for is you've already bought a resource and want to share it with your teammates.
This tutorial is for adding the multiple user option when you first purchase the item.
Another problem that I think led to my resources being shared is that the place where the file was stored was not secure. If you don't use a password to access the materials, you shouldn't store it there. If you just store it on Google Drive and have it as public, anyone can get to it.
This even applies to freebies. When you post someone else's freebie, you are driving traffic from their site and hurting them. You can't share freebies with your teammate's either. Email them the link to the blog or the TPT store. It is perfectly fine to share freebies this way.
Do you need a secure place to store your files? I use Dropbox and I love it.
I add some files to my Dropbox on my home computer and can get them from my school computer. It's secure because it's password protected. It's free up to 18 GB and I have found that I don't ever use all the space. Click here or on the picture to check out Dropbox.
I know all TPT sellers would appreciate everyone playing by the rules and not sharing what they buy (unless you buy that multiple user option.)
I hope these tutorials help you and you don't hate me for telling it like it is. Thank you to everyone who doesn't share! You make creating resources for you worth it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!