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.
If you like Vivid Linen, you will like FLAX designs. Shop FLX has good quality linen and responsible customer service. I haven’t seen any bogus websites but thanks for the warning! If you sew there is a good deal of indie patterns that are fun to make and lots of small fabric stores online with well curated stock.
Thanks so much for your response, but it’s linen everywhere in my closet. I’m looking for something different; something softer and well, just different. I’ll check out Flax…and thanks again.
Hey there Patsye! Nice to see you though that totally blows that these companies exist…
Wish I could help you out but I never (almost) never buy anything on line…
Hey Dale. Love your new pic. You look great …as usual. You’re also so responsive online. I wish I had the time and energy to keep up with it. This post was a query, but also a warning. I’ve just heard so many horror stories, and read even more. Don’t know how they get away with it. And PayPal…I got rid of them. They get most of their money from the vendor, not the buyer, and were very unresponsive to my first and only problem I contacted them with. So I just now buy with my AE card. They are wonderful. Have a nice Thanksgiving. P
Thank you… gonna change it soon as my hair is quite a bit longer 😉
I try to respond when I can. The multi-posters lose me as I can only pay attention to one or two posts per day.
Funny. I just removed my card from Paypal and have stopped using it too. Your post just made me all the happier that I have.
And my Thanksgiving was last month 😉 But Happy Thanksgiving to you!