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Internet shopper like you. Reasonable Ralph Nader. No crazy expectations. Just want what was advertised. Right? A little care and magic wouldn't hurt either. Maybe a free sample if they have them. Something GOOD. Or don't sell it.

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Incense, perfume, handmade soap, clothes made well, that feel good next the skin, washable fabrics

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HomeDepot

HomeDepot

9/15/19

Home Depot will send you in the mail a variety of tempting offers. For example USE THIS COUPON to get 10 percent off on your next order!! Sounds good but really it's good for them. First of all even if you have excellent credit their interest rate is the worst over 25 percent. That coupon is only good if you charge on their punitively priced credit card.

This is the type of business practice that keeps poor people poor. NO Social conscious. We need to stop this kind of behavior. This is unacceptable.

The small print tells the story, that the discount is only good good on one item, not your shopping cart that day, and there is a ceiling you can't get more than a 200 dollar discount.

One of the tricks they use so that you can't get that full 200 dollar discount is when they issue you a credit card and HONEY it doesn't matter how good your credit is they give you a paltry limit of a 1000 dollars. Guess who else does that for the same reason? AMAZON credit card. This is the worst chicanery. I recommend you all cancel your Home Depot credit cards. What is the point of paying so much interest ?

When I went to purchase a high ticket item and handed them the 10 percent off coupon, they used the coupon but miraculously my order was canceled. NO more coupon. It was spent. So when I went to reorder it was a nightmare. The Home Depot store agent said she would handle it herself not to worry. She would wait a few weeks speak to her manager and input the discount. Never happened.

The only time it pays to use the Home Depot card is when they have the 6 month offer. But you must read small print and make sure you pay it off before the 6 months is up. Make sure you don't buy anything else on that card. Make sure they raise your credit limit to a reasonable ceiling. They are in bed with Citibank. If you have a Citibank card or any other card you might go down the list with them of all the interest rates you have that are probably 7 percent less. Tell them your line of credit and you remind them of your glowing credit score.

I am surprised this is legal. I will be doing more research into this and I will hopefully have an update.

Noracora

Noracora

9/15/19

Noracora are the same people that brought you the internet shops Homegaden & Elegichic. They hide their address and are another China based scam site, sadly. Whoever designed the website has a great eye. Images are selected from around the internet and posted to their website. See my HOMEGADEN review for pictures. The entire website is an inspiration board. Evidently they take those pictures to their manufacturers and say just make as cheap as you can.

It is so much easier to do business honestly I don't understand this mentality. These are bright and capable people but they use all of their ability and time to steal.

The sweaters are luscious and collected from some of the finest knitting magazines. Rowan Magazine, black bunny fibers see that picture below is one of the sweaters for sale on both Homegarden and Elegichic. Not really for sale sorry. See Rowan magazine. Drool worthy. http://www.blackbunnyfibers.com/preview-rowan-magazine-54/

Here is a great tip if it looks too good to be true, do a reverse search image. Super easy. Drag a copy of the picture to your desktop, google reverse search image. Usually you just drag your picture back to the google window. This search will show you the origin of the item you are looking at. All of the other places that pictures has been posted. Find out who made it first. That way you might even be able to buy the real thing!

Another sign of a rip off website besides there being no return address is the models. Their heads are cut off. You might see a little chin, but another huge warning is the headless model. I hope the pictures attached are self evident. If not feel free to write me.

Homegaden.com

Homegaden

9/15/19

Homegaden is the same internet shop as Elegichic.com. They hide their address and are another China based scam site, sadly. Whoever designed the website has a great eye. Images are selected from around the internet and posted to their website. See pictures below. Here is an example of one blouse they offer taken directly from the Sundance Catalog. Notice the horsey girl look. The entire website is their inspiration board. Evidently they take those pictures to their manufacturers and say just make as cheap as you can.

It is so much easier to do business honestly I don't understand this mentality. These are bright and capable people but they use all of their ability and time to steal.

The sweaters are luscious and collected from some of the finest knitting magazines. Rowan Magazine, black bunny fibers see that picture below is one of the sweaters for sale on both Homegarden and Elegichic. Not really for sale sorry. See Rowan magazine. Drool worthy. http://www.blackbunnyfibers.com/preview-rowan-magazine-54/

Here is a great tip if it looks too good to be true, do a reverse search image. Super easy. Drag a copy of the picture to your desktop, google reverse search image. Usually you just drag your picture back to the google window. This search will show you the origin of the item you are looking at. All of the other places that pictures has been posted. Find out who made it first. That way you might even be able to buy the real thing!

Another sign of a rip off website besides there being no return address is the models. Their heads are cut off. You might see a little chin, but another huge warning is the headless model. I hope the pictures attached are self evident. If not feel free to write me.

AliExpress

AliExpress

9/12/19

It would be unbelievably helpful if we could read and review individual store. We need that protection, that extra information. AliExpress is the wild west. They could take over the world with some minor adjustments. They must cater to international expectations for delivery of what is specified. Perhaps this is a cultural difference I don't understand. But this commerce, these interactions might actually bring us, our world closer together in a way that politics cannot.

The site suggests buyer protection but the reality is difficult. 24/7 Live customer service, is a robot by the name of Eva, who texts. Theoretically that is information I should be able to find on the website. Actually speaking to someone, I've never had that pleasure. There is a review system in place, but it is impossibly hidden. If you are unhappy and have a dispute you cannot leave a review. When you need to the most. The reviews you actually end up seeing are even more thin and undependable than Amazon reviews. Amazon reviews at least allow for length and you might do your own expert sleuth inspection to determine veracity.

Or run it through that website FAKESPOT have you tried that? PS it works on Sephora too. AliExpress on top of that has made some dreadful changes in the last few months. TEASER prices that go nowhere. (See example below pics attached.) So say you decide YES I want to pay 9 dollars. You hit the link which simply takes you back to the regular listing and prices that varied from the beginning from 10-12 dollars. Even then there is no 10 dollar option. Forget about the 9. You go looking for that 10 dollar option and try every permutation and color only to find, the more expensive 12 dollar configuration is the only price available.

LIZERUEE is an example of one shop but it is across the board. This particular shop advertised women's nursing shoes, they might have written unisex. Because these are really men's shoes for a wider foot. This is the problem with most of the shops on AliExpress, the information they leave out. There is a lack of scrupulous honesty and clarity.

That said the shoes are AWESOME COOL and light and comfortable and I love that they are leather. Better than Birkenstocks especially I'm coveting the pink ones. The plastic is really unusual and soft I hope it's biodegradable. The material is fantastic. The MAJOR problem is the size chart does not reflect what you get. For example a 42 shoe in the posted size chart is 26cm. The shoes that arrive are 29cm see pic. If you complain to the shop directly they tell you that is a standard and an acceptable deviation. ON WHAT PLANET? In other words they want you to take up your precious time to prove it. Take pictures, put it in writing, make your case. They know the size of their shoes is wrong. They don't seem to subscribe to the belief that if you treat people right that you will have customers for life. They don't seem to believe in loyalty. Maybe I am misunderstanding how difficult life is in China. What am I missing?

I would suggest that most of the reviews are useless and undependable. If you can post a review after a dispute that cuts out a huge portion of the story. AliExpress has shown a business model that cares more for their immediate bottom dollar than servicing their customers. They would make more money developing public trust. Huge thank you to Sitejabber and I would ask that we might do more reviews on individual stores on AliExpress, Etsy, Amazon, Ebay.

So far AliExpress has stepped in and confirmed that the size is wrong. They have asked me to accept a refund without returning the shoes. I accepted and ordered 2 pairs 2 sizes smaller than the size chart. I haven't gotten the refund yet, but I have it in writing and I want to trust them.

I wrote to the seller to try and make sense of all of this. I don't want free shoes. I want this business to succeed. I said write to me when you get the pink ones. I want to leave a 5 star reviews. I wish them the very best.

Mermadearts.com

Mermadearts

9/11/19

The magic and artistry of incense making is quite different from perfumery and I would suggest more dangerous. You don't have the immediacy of a testing strip. You can't add a drop later after an incense has dried, the mistakes are more expensive when a batch goes wrong... The mastery is that decision that must be made predicting how the incense will evolve from batter birth to maturity. Because it never comes out exactly like the wet batter. First the incense must dry and some materials fair better with age soaking up the gloriousness around them. Other incense materials are just better fresh. Then the variable of warming, heating, burning? A charcoal? That choice changes the entire ceremony and disposition. Nothing hippie-dippy about it. I made the transition myself from burning to a heater years ago when I recognized that my lungs couldn't tolerate the smoke. Even more poignant the incense was even better and more subtle when it wasn't burned. See this warmer I bought from the Mermaid great price great product. Get the liners too on Amazon.
https://mermadearts.com/p/incense-accessories/electric-incense-heater-golden-lotus
Not only is the mermaid a talented blender but you can buy excellent incense materials for making your own. Her AGARWOOD is gorgeous. Her LEATHER incense blend is a remarkable work. On the planet there are just a handful of seriously talented masters of incense, the Mermaid is a living legend. I feel so happy to share her with you.

Ayalamoriel.com

Ayalamoriel

9/11/19

What a huge disappointment from a great blogger and teacher. A lesson folks. 50 dollars for tiny pastilles that had no option to try first. I had searched for trial packs, no assortment pack either or just plain samples. Perfume samples yes. No on the incense. None offered and not even a tiny sample included in the order. Prices are almost double and triple equivalent, plus 15 for shipping. From now on, if can't return affordably, if there is no policy for customer satisfaction, or I don't have a previous relationship or know the seller's work, I won't take the plunge. I feel hungover and beat up from the experience. The seller completely denies that her "beloved" neroikh kneaded incense might have turned. I tried to ask if she would be making this blend again to make my point but she didn't answer. She offered that her art form is simply a matter of taste. I tired to point out that it was unpleasant and smelled like burnt candy and had none of the notes mentioned in her listing of ingredients. Seller would not address and was immediately insulting and arrogant attacking my English, telling me she has 20 years of experience. I tried to appeal to her to consider how she might feel getting a tiny amount of incense that smelled like a fragrance, only sweetness with none of the subtly advertised. All disappointing because I had bought perfume samples from her before, followed her blog. Written to her in the past and kept track of her travels. I asked if she might try the incense again to confirm that I am not simply try to be injurious, but she only discounted my impressions as abusive and meritless. I asked if I might return in a letter and sandwich the contents in foil. To save 25 dollars shipping. She said no and that she wanted me to send with tracking back to Israel. She said she would be very curious to try my incense if I could actually make something better than her. Seller said she never has and never will take a return but this time she will, because she never wants another customer like me again. And did I know I had made myself throughly unappreciated and disliked in the incense community? Deep sigh. She thought I should know that she spoke to a colleague about me not mentioning names of course.

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Libertynatural

9/3/19

I've had an obsession with essential oils since I was in high school and I buy from everyone. Even from distillers directly, say from India or France. In terms of all around quality, value, and service LIBERTY is one of my very favorite. Last month I ran out of Peppermint that I use in the kitchen, tea tree too. Not only do they keep away ants but the smell is so refreshing. A few drops and some alcohol on my countertop its like smudging the kitchen. OMG and good quality Lavender a few drops in the laundry is incredible. I have a list that I save up because LIBERTY has a minimum order of 50 dollars for USA customers and 100 dollars for international. The quality across the board is exceptional and fresh. I bought some sandalwood from them years ago that is one of the best in my collection. It isn't just their prices or assortment either, they have the most remarkable customer service. They are the kind of company that will call you if a product is back ordered. Or if you have an oil that has a special shipping requirement they will make sure to work with you in a way that shows consideration for your pocket book. Jessica was so thoughtful I spoke to her a couple of times.Then when your package arrives everything is immaculate, and clear, with the emphasis on the actual materials. The clean white labels, the secure tape, no gulping noise, a dark tinted glass bottle, with an eco insulation. There are some very good companies selling oils and they probably buy from Liberty as well:) My highest recommendation is LIBERTYNATURAL.

Lively

Lively

9/3/19

My order took way too long for delivery So it a little odd that I could not access the date of my order on the invoice. I wanted to offer you an exact lead time. Maybe they shipped parcel post either way it was confusing and included a Fedex number, but we all know Fedex doesn't take a month. ANYWAY the bras are BEAUTIFUL and well made. Immaculately so, not a stray thread to be found. Only 1 of 3 fit unfortunately. I used their formula for sizing. For those of us that want a comfortable bra the sage lacy one fit well and was fine. I won't ever feel comfortable in a corset of any kind sports bra or camosole. The other two bras were humongous and this is exactly why if you are somewhat unusually proportioned, an in person fitting is necessary. The price per bra was around 26 each with a coupon. Talk about value!! They really care about their quality. Customer service, I want to chalk up to growing pains. The intricate workmanship and fabrics are exceptional. Highly recommend if you don't mind babysitting a return. I would be interested hearing how you ladies faired?

Karagis-lamalo-cotton.com

Karagis-lamalo-cotton

8/22/19

I ordered 4 dresses but as I was ordering I realized that their might be information missing. So I asked if the dresses were washable. She said the least expensive one would need to be soaked a few times first. So I asked for a refund and not to send that dress. I told her I need to machine wash everything I'm ordering. The listing made it sound like she does tailoring and to supply measurments which I did. It took about a week of writing almost daily I was really nervous with all of these scam website sites that just send anything.

All of the dresses besides the unevenness of sizes and fabrication, SEE THROUGH sheer and and the fabric doesn't even feel like cotton but gauzy and uncomfortable against the skin like wool those little hairs. Unbelievably a variety of sizes. To pretend they didn't know better they cut the label near the neck so the sizes were absent.

They also go under the name LAMALO-Cotton on Etsy. A whole story about hand loomed cotton fabrics. What a mess I got in the mail. Fake buttons, snaps that don't hold. A puckered wrap dress just nothing I can wear.

Seller denies everything I've said. I spent hours with her writing back and forth. She wanted to make a deal. Have me keep them but get a partial refund. When I said I doubt these are even cotton or washable she really went off on me. Telling me what an awful person I am. Assuring me everything is the finest cotton and washable. She would refused to take any responsibility I was simply insane and she was a high powered business woman that only sold fine cotton garments. With return shipment to India over 75 dollars and I had spent 200 I had to go to an appeal process. She didn't like the pictures I took and said they proved her point so I spent more time taking more pictures and guess what I found?

Exactly as I had suspected. They were not cotton, in fact they were dry clean, she had missed snipping off the labels on the side of the dresses. If I had not found these she would never have given me a refund. It was sheer luck.

THE BIGGEST LIE is the name of their shop and listings is that they are 100 percent viscose. See pictures of side tags. DRY CLEAN - 100 Percent VISCOSE. She was forced to send me money to return. But of course she did it in such a way that I would still have to pay a portion of the return shipping. She might have just sent the full amount. I supplied her with shipping receipt. Anyway it shows a bizarre vindictiveness. Again I don't understand. The dresses are viscose, so what at least list it honestly. It takes more time to be dishonest I don't understand I am completely perplexed by this kind of thought process.

It really could have been worse, because she will just learn from this, and I'm guessing she will learn how to hide what she is doing better. I only lost 10 dollars and 5 hours. It could have been more.

Holapick.com

Holapick

8/19/19

Similar to FASHION MIA. Decent prices, tempting pictures. I tried to contact them about their refund policy. On checkout page it says if at any point you are unhappy they will simply refund all your money no questions asked. Then on another page lengthy rules for returns. I found no return address so I attempted to contact them. They simply have put up a captcha system that doesn't work or allow any connection to them or customer service. BEWARE. See the article describing these types of business and their practices. https://www.womansday.com/style/fashion/a54740/online-retailers-you-should-never-order-from/

Tip for consumers: SCAM

Roselinlin

Roselinlin

7/17/19

They are NOT really clothes manufacturers. You will never get what you ordered period.They play the numbers game. Refuse package when they BO back order. It is the only way to get your money back. Cancel within 24 hours. Trash.

Sitejabber

Sitejabber

1/2/19

There are so many different shops on ETSY and AMAZON too it would be great to review them individually. You can't really trust the reviews on Etsy shops.

Sofi

Sofi

1/4/19

When you review loan offers they start with one interest rate. We have an excellent credit score. So there was no excuse to then up the interest rate again after we added documentation. They upped the rate again an additional time before we signed the documents. By that time they exhaust you. BEWARE AHEAD of time you won't get the credit rate they offer. The snail mail option to pay is then added on. They want to know what you think about their website and it's look. They don't care about how you feel about their changing the interest rate.

FashionMia

FashionMia

10/17/18
• Updated review

Fashionmia has a history of shipping partial orders with random items. They only provide a return address to China because they know that with tracking it's not worth it for you to pay to return. They are using Paypal's rules against honest buyers. They DO have a USA address. I was turned down twice in my attempt to recover money thru paypal. I even lost in the appeal process. A supervisor would not listen to reason. I contacted the president of paypal on Facebook. Finally I was able to get a hold of their USA return address - use it.

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“TRASH BAIT AND SWITCH”
10/15/18
• Previous review

Fashionmia works the paypal system to get your money. Read on if you need some help getting a refund.

From my brief investigation I found that what Fashionmia did to me was standard. They shipped half my order of 6 items never mentioning a back order. Random items, styles, and sized to fill the bag and to be able to provide a tracking number. Not even close to the fabrics pictured or described. When you attempt to contact 24/7 customer service by phone you can only leave a message. If you do get any mail from them it will be to offer you 30-50 dollars to go away. They know when Paypal ask you to pay for tracking to China you will have to pay that amount and that you won't be refunded that 30-50 dollars it costs to ship back to them. Most people take the money not realizing that FASHIONMIA has a USA return address. Nor do they tell paypal. If you open up a case with paypal you will get an e-mail with a chinese return address directing you to provide tracking if you want a refund. They make money using this paradigm. The clothes aren't worth more than a dollar each. So they really are winning. See my other review for their USA return address. You can check paypal's community website people have been trying to get Paypal for years to stop to doing business with fashionmia. I have copied and pasted their return USA address. So you can provide it to paypal because they won't. See my other fashionmia review should be immediately below this one for that Walnut address in USA.

LuckyScent

LuckyScent

8/22/18

Luckyscent is fine. Really you can trust them. But they aren't exactly the easiest to deal with if you have an issue. I recently among a TON of samples I purchased from Lucky Scent I found 1 in particular that I was suspicious that it was watered down or maybe just old. I have contacted them over the years and found them lackluster in terms of responsiveness. The sample alone was 60 dollars or I wouldn't have bothered them. NO I don't like all the samples I try, the whole point in buying samples is to sample and I've found LuckyScent to be honest, so that isn't what I object too. Here is an example of my luck - Full bottles of perfume are said to offer a number of free samples at checkout, you are told to simply write in your request. Which I did when I placed my order, wrote out the samples I was requesting. When my order arrived not ONE of them was included. I had checked first to make sure all were in stock so that was certainly not the issue, but to not include even 1 of my requests? This has been my experience with lucky scent. Unlucky. Not only were none of the requested samples included, but the samples enclosed were not tailored to me. (As Advertised) Someone just took a handful of random overstock and popped em in bubblewrap. I like their website and videos, that they have a review system, really important. Unfortunately although they have quick shipping, they don't have immediate posting of reviews. Which I really question and doubt people are trolling lucky scent. I don't recall them ever having a store wide sale. Or a coupon code for across the board sales. Recently I found special offer links to pages where if you spend a certain amount they have samples. Yayyyy

Sugarcandie Beauty Bath And Body

Sugarcandie Beauty Bath And Body

8/7/18

These folks have been in the business of making sugar scrubs for almost a decade. If you love Halloween all year long, fragrances like PUMPKIN and cupcake, they have tons of offers and options to choose from. They are always incredibly busy so I recommend especially during a sale that you buy early and are patient. I always stock up. Halloween, Christmas. Just tons of fun. Great scents. One of my favorite!! Order 6 weeks early.

QVC Beauty Box

QVC Beauty Box

1/19/18

QVC used to be the bomb they actually cared. They weren't the cheapest but they weren't bait and switch actors posturing a folksy club. Lately they are charging per item for shipping more than ANYONE on the internet. Macy's, Amazon, other internet retailers do the opposite offering an incentive to buy more. I called to find out how they could charge LEGALLY over 40 plus dollars for 4 items? They said sometimes items ship from different warehouses. I said ok fine does that mean you will send a refund when they are all shipped from the same warehouse? This is absolutely illegal. Off to check to see what government agency might be interested.This site outlines calculation of shipping charges - https://thedma.org/resources/compliance-resources/dma-guidance-for-establishing-and-substantiating-shipping-and-handling-charges/

SheIn

SheIn

11/11/17

You get an e-mail, your items were returned, we put your money in a wallet. A credit.
WHAT? I paid for return insurance for a credit? But I bought my clothes on credit. When you ask for cash, they give you headache instructions claiming money already transferred. CHECK YOUR BANK! What bank? I paid with PayPal. So I open a dispute and Shein says with a shotgun to my head, that they won't give you money the money they already claimed they gave you until you close the dispute. PAYPAL was horrified this is against regulations. Here is a copy of what happened when I went to contact SHEIN this is there customer service -

Tiffany
20 days ago
Dear customer,

Good day!

This is customer service from Shein.

We find you opened a dispute for your order on Paypal.

After checking, we have refunded to your wallet on our website for your return, have you checked it? Please cancel the dispute, and we could refund to your paypal if you don't want to be refunded to the wallet.

Looking forward to your early reply. Have a nice day!

Best regards

19 days ago
Please refund my money Tiffany. I am very uncomfortable with this process I don't understand what more you want from me. I paid for return insurance, I returned the 3 items the next day they were in the mail, and you keep my money for credit? I will cancel PayPal when you refund my money.

Tiffany
17 days ago
But we find that you used your Shein wallet on 2017/10/20,now we can not refund again.

1 day ago
I have not used my wallet and PayPal shows no credit.

Tiffany
19 hours ago
Dear customer,

Would you like to cancel the dispute and we could refund to your paypal?

Have a nice day.

a few seconds ago
Tiffany you said you already refunded the money. You lied to me and are holding my money. YOU KNOW VERY WELL PayPal will not award me money you have refunded. I will not trust you I trust them. You and SHEIN have lied to me. You said you already funded my money and I should check the bank. Items returned a month ago.

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