Target attempts to make absolutely everything available in their stores by stealing mom's t-shirt design.
Melissa Lay has been making cool t-shirts and selling them on Etsy for $25 a pop. Then she caught her big break, when retail store Target started selling her shirts for only $12.99. Finally! The exposure she was looking for to officially break into the fashion business. Except Target didn't tell her or pay her. They just stole her design from her Etsy page.
Mrs. Lay screen prints all her shirts (for adults and kids) in her garage in Milwaukie, Oregon and sends those shirts to each individual person who orders one. Target, on the other hand, prints a bunch all at once on lower-quality shirts and sells them without crediting the designer.
If you think this is the first time they've done something like this, think again. They did it to another mom, in fact. Their knockoffs don't just affect moms who make clothes. They steal all kinds of designs.
So the next time you need an enormous box of Goldfish Crackers, a new bike, and a new Sheryl Crow CD, maybe make an ethical choice and shop at Walmart instead.