We Were ‘Inspired’ By Amazon.com

I know Amazon.com owns a patent on “1-Click ordering” but what about their site design itself? Obviously Amazon.com serves as a great design inspiration for any ecommerce site but can I legally rip off their design?

This morning I came across an online store delphiglass.com.  This is not some small under the radar etailer, delphiglass.com is a vastly popular online store and according to Compete their site gets over 89,000 unique monthly visitors.  Here is where the story turns bizarre—

Amazon.com homepage:
amazon-homepage

Delphiglass.com homepage:
delphiglass-homepage

Amazon.com left navigation:
amazoncom-left-navigation

Delphiglass.com left navigation:
delphiglasscom-left-navigation

Amazon.com home button (mouse over):
amazoncom-home-mouse-over

Delphiglass.com home button (mouse over):
delphiglasscom-home-mouse-over

I tried to do some background work to see if this store is connected with Amazon but found no evidence.

And speaking of copy, check out:

humidipakcom-looks-just-like-applecom

Doesn’t humidi-pak.com look suspiciously similar to Apple’s older homepage? here, refresh your memory:

http://web.archive.org/web/20060106235740/www.apple.com/

One thought on “We Were ‘Inspired’ By Amazon.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s