Although not vocally, I have strong opinions against fake products. I just didn’t think it was my place to say anything especially since a lot of my co-beauty bloggers (Liz, Kim and Donnarence to name a few)
have already said their piece about the issue. Don’t get me wrong; I have nothing against those who willingly and knowingly buy these products to save money. I do, however, have a problem with online sellers masking their products as “Singapore Authentic” trying to fool customers that they’re getting the real deal at bargain price.
Anyway, I figured that as long as it didn’t harm me personally, I could keep my mouth shut about what I thought of it. I was set on staying quiet and blissfully distant from the topic knowing that I could attract negative attention if I write about it. However, that silence was short-lived.
A few weeks ago a high school batch mate messaged me saying that she saw my blog photo being used by an online seller on Instagram. Having uploaded tons of photos online, I really wasn’t that surprised to be honest. She then prodded if the seller asked permission to use the said photo, with which I answered no. Although my photo was used without permission, I have already faced the fact that this cannot be helped. I’m not saying that this practice is right or acceptable but it is simply impossible to stop.
In cosmetics, perfumes, bags and other luxury items, I truly believe that there’s only “real” and “fake”; no in-between. You can call it “replica”, “class A”, “knock-off”, “bootleg” or even “Singapore Authentic” as long as it’s not manufactured by the same brand, it’s F-A-K-E! I personally know a lot of girls who were new to online shopping that have fallen victim to this kind of labeling. If you’re confident about your product, say it as it is. Don’t try to sugarcoat it.
So imagine my horror when I saw this. To my absolute disgust, the seller had the audacity to associate my photo with her “Singapore Authentic” Etude House BB Dation. I was fuming mad at that point. Not only did she steal my blog photo but she was also misrepresenting her product with the use of my photo. How low can you get?! FYI, I used the photo for my review on the Etude House BB Dation
– the real one, of course. You can see it HERE
I couldn’t just sit back without giving her a piece of my mind so I commented on her Instagram photo and posted the screen cap on my Facebook page. And that was it. I was prepared to just let it go. But it seemed like she didn’t want to let it go… The seller even tried to reason out. Okay, let me have at it. I’ll debunk every single excuse you have.
First, you said you didn’t claim that your product was “Korean Authentic” and that you’ve clearly said that it was “Singapore Authentic”. I beg to differ. You may have not explicitly claimed it but by placing my picture (using the real one) next to the product you are selling, you are implicitly misrepresenting the product by allowing potential buyers to think that the same can be expected from YOUR product – which is, of course, unlikely. Also, there was no “SG Authentic” label on the photo or on the description as posted on the second photo.
Next, I’m not accusing you of anything – I am sure that it’s fake. You can compare your product with the one I have and you’ll see just how different they are. Lastly, uploading my photo online doesn’t give you any right to maliciously use it for your benefit. What kind of reasoning is that? Gaaahh! While you’re at it, you might want to read on R.A. 8293 section 169 to get your head straight.
Again, if your so-called customers prefer to buy knock-offs to save a few bucks then I have nothing against that but please don’t guarantee that it’s safe and hypo-allergenic. Even you, as a seller, don’t know what those product contains and if they’re fit for use. I’m pretty sure these products are cheap because the ingredients used are sub-par and that they didn’t even pass the standards of public use.
Here. Watch this and let me know if you still “guarantee” that your products are safe.
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I’d agree with you on one thing, though. Buyers are enticed to purchase “Singapore Authentic” products because they’re cheaper. Hopefully this post will remind them that even if they save a few bucks in buying these items, the consequences may be far greater in the future. Health will always be the most important thing. If your budget won’t allow you to buy authentic, high-end products, there are lots of affordable options in the market. You don’t have to settle for fake products that may cause more harm than good in the long run.
There. I said what I needed to say. I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting a lot of hate because of this. Nonetheless, I wanted my opinion to be out there and may this post raise awareness that this practice is unacceptable. Let this be the last of it. Okay, good vibes na ulit. 🙂