Posts tagged community
Posts tagged community
I just found out that the fetish clothing store www.spicesforlove.com is stealing images from other designers, and is using corrupt business practices. Nobody should buy items from them - you are likely to lose your money
Full Article: knockoffknockdown
Welcome back to Knockoff Knockdown… today’s infuriating “business practices”:
- Stealing and Co-opting photos
- Google page rank corruption
For example the image above… there is person somewhere who seems to be spending hours and hours and hours finding any fetish photo they can find, re-branding them with their store’s URL and then posting them all over every fetish social site. But to what end?
This is, to say the least, annoying. But there is a deeper issue here, and a corrupt strategy to pull the wool over fetish customer’s eyes. As usual I’ve followed this down the rabbit hole to see what’s really going on here.
Sidebar: Google Page Ranking
A legitimate fetish company will often have a good google ranking because of the link building qualities that they have established through their good work:
1) It has been around for a while and are established/stable.
2) They have spent time giving to the community (images, writing, events, sales, new products, etc) which drives the interest of people online.
3) People talk about them online and link to them. Saying good things hopefully, or bad, both of which are find-able on google and add more power to that companies ability to be found by new customers.
4) Conversely, a company that’s doing shitty work over time will get a good google ranking but so will their bad reviews (if people make them)
It’s a good system… until you realize that you can turn it into a game of lying instead of a result of hard work and legitimacy. For example the image associated with this post.
There’s a user on fetlife who seems to make it their life’s purpose to post photos of anything fetish related at all that might draw eyes, and post the tag line one the watermarked image “This fetish at www.spicesforlove.com”.
I’m not going to identify this user here… but if you are on fetlife and wish to do some digging of your own you can check in on MY FETLIFE PROFILE and probably find breadcrumbs in my recent history to this user. Read the rest of this post first, then feel free to speak your mind. ;)
So you sorta think… hey… I like this image, so I guess I’ll go to this site and see more images? Or buy the things in the image? Cool… so you go there.
You find a store, but it’s got products unrelated to the pictures. Then you start to look deeper. For example, one of the images posted is from a photo shoot done by www.fetishkitsch.com on December 3rd 2010 (they are awesome and very legit by the way. A++ latex fetish porn) I’m pretty sure this image has NOTHING to do with this store!
I happen to know the people at FK personally so I drop them a message saying “Did you authorize this photo use, or did you buy anything from this store?”. Within a few hours the answer comes back from FK “No! That’s product from another legitimate store and our photo with the watermark removed and a new one added.”
So. Direct hard evidence of non-authorized use of photos. But what’s the game here… those photos don’t even match up to products on this “store”?
It’s a pretty obvious ploy. Someone is spending a bunch of time scraping as many hits to their web store as they can to drive traffic, raise their google ranking, and try to then sell crappy products to the fetish market.
That’s pretty despicable. I sure could direct a lot more business to my website with some easy to spread images like this…
But I don’t do that. It’s dishonest, the original image is not mine, and I don’t even sell that product. That would be - SPAM. We prefer to spend our time actually creating our own content, products and outreach to our community.
A little deeper look reveals some interesting things about this www.spicesforlove.com store:
1) They are shipping from china (I’ll re-iterate this point… I have nothing against Chinese companies at large… I do have a problem with any cheaters and spammers. There just happens to be a BUNCH of theft and corrupt business practices in the Chinese fetish business domain right now, so they come up a lot… but it’s everywhere folks!)
2) A single google search for the associated email for this store reveals about 3 other stores selling identical products.
3) Some products are showing images from other stores. Compare this to syren Latex’s sweetheart gown. You can actually see where the watermark was scrubbed out.
4) Some products are showing images of things that are simply not what is described. For example: This hood is not made of latex.
5) Some products have options that make no sense at all (How am I going to add a mouth opening to a dress? No, seriously… where does that go?)
This raises a big eyebrow… either this site www.spicesforlove.com is part of a larger totally fake group of quickly slapped together stores that’s going to just take your money and not deliver anything, or they are knock off racket. Either way… that’s not going to be money well spent.
So that explains the low rent technique of essentially spamming fetish communities with faked photos. Labor is cheap overseas, so hire someone full time to go out and drag hits from all over, which will raise the google ranking of this fetish store to the same level as a legitimate store.
So… they want google to notice them? Ok… let’s get them noticed.
HOMEWORK! Go somewhere and post the following, or your own version:
HTML FRIENDLY POSTING PLACE:
“I just found out that the fetish clothing store <a href=”http://www.spicesforlove.com”>www.spicesforlove.com</a> is stealing images from other designers, and is using corrupt business practices. Nobody should buy items from them - you are likely to lose your money”
HTML NON-FRIENDLY PLACE:
“I just found out that the fetish clothing store www.spicesforlove.com is stealing images from other designers, and is using corrupt business practices. Nobody should buy items from them - you are likely to lose your money”
WARNING: www.spicesforlove.com is not a real fetish store. They have very suspect business practices. Buyer be very aware!
… if they want google to notice them. Let’s make them get noticed for the right reasons. CORRUPTION.
Viva las Internet revolution!
Thanks for reading.
(I had to choose between writing this and playing zombie killing video games with my brother… it was a heartbreaker!)
P.s. Feel free to use the photo reply function to identify the Original designers of any Merch on that store. Just link to the photo of the original product with the watermark of the original designer still on there. Hint: Reverse image search engines like TinEye can help a lot to find the original.
The 2nd installment of our podcast appearance on the Fetish Dynasty Podcast is online now. Special bonus, after us on the podcast you get a dose of 3xl of www.lustlovelatex.com fame. He’s got a new book that’s pretty dang good!