So almost every day I find myself attracted to the sweater/skirt/scarf….whatever….staring at me from the far right column of my screen, whispering gently “click on me…buy me…you want me.” And more often than not I do. CLICK! And behold: I am in Nirvana surrounded by things I truly want to buy, wear, and give as gifts. Stunning clothes. Beautiful colors. I’m so attracted to the offerings I don’t care how obscene the shipping charges are. But then the sting. There is always a sting.
Wotoba. What is this Wotoba? Where did they get all these beautiful clothes? And so cheap. So I look them up and I get pages of negative reviews saying they are a scam; they are a figment of the Internet’s imagination; they capture other photos online and then try to sell them with inferior knockoffs. Damn. I wanted that scarf.
So I went back to the photo that started my investigation and looked a bit more closely. The scarf that grabbed my attention is made of wool. Of this I am sure. There is the “fuzz” that is always on the horizon of anything wool, and I can even tell how this scarf was made. But the description calls it cotton in one part, and polyester in another. OK. So it’s fake. They didn’t catch me. Not this time. But I’ll never get to buy anything new again because let’s face it. All the good stuff is online and if it really isn’t there, then where can we shop.
Apparently this phony online store issue is an ongoing problem. Clearly someone is falling for the scam or how else could they exist? Or not exist? I’m confused by this. But I ask you, anyone who is reading this, have you found a legitimate online shop that has nice clothes and good customer service? If so, I’d like to hear about it. The only one I found (Vivid Linen) is spectacularly expensive, but I’ve gotten what I’ve paid for. Their clothing line is beautiful and well made. I’m just a little tired of it now. I’m looking for something new. And real.