Updated on October 21, 2016
I Wish You Wouldn’t
Special thanks to Maman Loup’s Den who suggested what is clearly the best title for this post.
I love a good deal. I really truly do. When I find that something I’ve been eyeing has gone on sale, I get weak in the knees. I wish I was exaggerating, but I’m not. When I got my laundry machines for less than half price including delivery and installation, I was on a high for weeks. I still get flutters in my heart when I think of it. So, yeah, I love a good deal. You know what I don’t love? Stealing. I don’t love stealing at all. When I see a whole bunch of theft happening right before my eyes, I can’t just sit back and watch it happen. I can’t just turn the other way and avert my eyes. But when the one doing the stealing refuses to acknowledge it, and refuses to make it right, it lights a fire under me to take some action. Today, I’m taking action. I’m talking to you Wish.com, and it’s time for you to stop stealing from WAHMs, small businesses, and even big businesses. Enough is enough.
If you haven’t heard of Wish, consider yourself lucky. I won’t be linking to their site here, because I don’t need to be giving them any more traffic than they already have. After you’ve read what I have to say, you’re welcome to Google it if you’re so inclined. Wish is a website that sells a variety of goods from clothing & footwear to baby gear and even cosmetics, they pretty well sell a
little lot of everything. What draws the customer in is their rock bottom prices. When I say rock bottom, I mean it. These deals sound way too good to be true. When you see the items they are selling, they look amazing. Take, for example, this baby wearing coat:
That looks incredible! The price simply cannot be beat. How can you not order when the deal is that smokin’? Before you click “buy” and send your money off to Wish, I urge you to take a closer look. You see, that perfectly designed coat in the picture looks awfully familiar, doesn’t it? That’s because the picture Wish is using to sell their coat is stolen. That’s right. Wish steals images off the websites and online shops of other businesses and just throws it up on their own site in order to sell more products. Now maybe you assume that Wish somehow got a really amazing deal on a whole bunch of those coats, and that’s how they’re able to sell them at such a ridiculously deep discount. That is not what’s happening here. Don’t think of Wish as the Costco of the internet. I have spoken with the women of Viva La Mama Berlin who make the coat in that photo. Wish does not have permission to use this photo, and they are not selling the item shown in this photo. They’re not showing you what they’re actually selling. Instead, they’re luring customers in with stolen property to convince you to part with your hard earned money.
Still not convinced that Wish isn’t legit? Check out this listing for the same babywearing coat, but at a slightly different price:
The good news about this one is that it includes a free nipple! I’ve always wanted a third nipple, and for an additional $8, it’s a real steal. See what I did there? If you look carefully at this picture, you can see that the “free nipple” is placed on top of the image strategically over a white cut out (it’s pretty hard to see, but if you angle your screen just right…). If you want my opinion on that, and you’re here so I’ll assume you do, I’d bet they have included a free nipple to cover up the real brand’s logo. You know, so you can’t tell that it’s a stolen image.
Now it’s not just pictures of babywearing coats that are stolen images on Wish. You know those adorable Skip Hop animal backpacks that are all the rage amongst the preschooler set? You know the ones. They come in adorable animals like frogs, owls, ladybugs, and bumble bees. Guess what? Wish has those too! They haven’t even bothered to try to cover up the logo tag on the backpacks, and one of the pictures cuts off half of Skip Hop’s own description of the item. Hands down the best part of this one is Wish’s description of the item. Not only is it made out of “Environmental Health Material”, because obvi, but it’s “convinent”, and “Notice: it is the best choice for your childrens”. If that doesn’t scream permission to use Skip Hop’s photos granted, I just don’t know what does. (Insert eye roll here)
What are the odds boon gave Wish permission to use this picture of their Grass countertop drying rack? This one’s akin to highway robbery. Look at the serious discount Wish is giving its customers for this drying rack! It’s downright criminal. Only $20 when, according to Wish, it retails for $106? Sign me right up.
Now maybe you’re thinking customers should just read the reviews. Perhaps that would help guide them through the jungle of legit products and counterfeit ones? I bet it would, if you could trust that the reviews for these items weren’t all fake. My favourite review has to be the one for this Maclaren bumper bar. I mean, the MacLAlaren bumper bar general armrest… Sasha-marie says “I’m a large and got an XL fit me small”. Good to know that the Maclalaren bumper bar fits small. I’ll be sure to size up when I order. Do I even want to know how Sasha-marie tried this on for size? Don’t answer that.
Want reviews that aren’t fake? Just go ahead and search for reviews of Wish.com for yourself. You just might come across a multitude of unfavourable experiences. Case in point, this small business owner has an etsy store that’s fallen victim to Wish.com’s theft. She tried to get her photo, her property, taken off Wish, but the response she got was less than helpful. Like peg-leg pirates on the high seas of the world wide web, Wish customer support told her “they can use any picture they want to and that the picture was theirs”. Isn’t that nice of them.
I think it’s fair to say that Wish.com is not the place you want to be shopping for baby gear. Not only are they using stolen property to deceive customers, but they’re doing it to the detriment of hard working WAHMs and small businesses. “Big” companies like Skip Hop, boon, and Maclaren might have the capital to hire a legal team if they want to take on Wish.com, but those small businesses who’s hard work is being stolen right off their own webpages are powerless against Wish. They can ask that their stolen property be removed, but Wish isn’t likely to change their ways anytime soon. Instead, I implore you, the consumer, to think twice before you open up your wallet to that steal of a deal on Wish.