there, i said it | Teaching in the Tongass

Sunday, June 29, 2014

there, i said it

For people who don't sell on TpT (and even for a few who do), it's pretty common knowledge. If you download a freebie you don't like, for whatever reason, the kind thing to do is to trash it. Just don't use it. No one is forcing you to. You didn't pay for it. Just throw it away and forget about it. It takes seriously about 3 seconds (FYI I just timed myself throwing something in my trash).

When someone gives you a gift you don't like, do you tell them what's wrong with it? If your mom raised you like mine, you simply say "thank you" and move on. Or, as we like to say in my 2nd grade class, "YOU GET WHAT YOU GET AND YOU DON'T THROW A FIT!"  Maybe regift if you know someone else who will appreciate the gift. Well, just like in real life, negative comments and feedback on a Teachers Pay Teachers FREEBIE is just plain rude. It's hurtful and makes sellers like me not want to post ANY FREEBIES. You heard me. If my rating goes down, I start to feel like I don't want to give anything away. This is truly unfair to the rest of the people who leave positive feedback (THANK YOU!!!), so the jury is still out on this.  So, to recap, if you aren't completely satisfied with a FREE item you find...suck it up and feel free to MAKE YOUR OWN (gasp!). End rant.



  1. Just went through the same thing! I was amazed at how angry it made me! The freebie is HUGE and has MULTIPLE awesome ratings but someone downloaded it and then left a "meh" rating which brought down the overall rating. They didn't even say why they rated it down. Honestly, people need to learn gratitude and like you said, you say thank you and move on.
    Hope you continue to share your amazing work. There are MANY, MANY more people who appreciate your hard work and generosity than there are "negative nellies".

  2. I don't get it either. I don't think non-sellers realize how MUCH WORK goes in to making thkngs for free (or for sale) and take it for granted. Agree and appreicttae what you said. Your work is fantastic, I appreciate you!

    1. Oh, non-sellers do realize and appreciate =). The last one who actually criticized her was a seller!

  3. Like my father always said, "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." I love freebies myself so I hope people are appreciative.

  4. I went through a lil' spell a month or two ago with some users who didn't leave the greatest ratings (my favorite is when they leave a nice comment, but then give it lower ratings... hmmmm) and I totally can relate on how it just deflates your drive to create and share. It's so hard to focus on those who appreciate your work when that happens, which isn't fair to you or those who are understanding of the time and energy put into every creation. Your work and generosity is truly appreciated!
    Tales of a Teacher

  5. I enjoy TPT . I am not a classroom teacher but some things I can use in my Sunday school class. I know a lot of hard work goes into everything on there. I do love the freebies. I agree with your post. Thank you for all the creative things you do.

  6. Please know there are a lot of people out there who appreciate your hard work. I am so thankful there are TPT people out there willing to share for free at times because it benefits the kids even when we can't always buy everything. I appreciate your generosity!

  7. I'm sure you put your heart and soul into everything you make and it's hard not to take negative comments personally. It doesn't happen often, thankfully, but my family sure gets an earful every now and then! On those days I want to throw in the towel, but the lovely feedback and the ever grateful teachers we help with freebies keeps it all in perspective. You are admired and appreciated Jen and your talents are a gift to us all! Don't let them get you down. MEANIES!

    Creative Lesson Cafe

  8. Hey there we briefly met in Vegas (I was sitting at your table during the opening event). I wish there was a "PREACH" button because I appreciate you saying it! #gumption

  9. Love the post! I had to Pin it and G+ it!


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