I recently clicked on an online ad. Yea, I know, a stupid thing to do. But it was for some really cool looking Hawaiian shirts at a place called "Royaura" and I couldn't help myself. Now, a good Hawaiian shirt, made of pure silk (which wears like iron - it is not "delicate" fabric!) can cost $200 or more. If it is well-made, the pattern matches on the pocket and where the buttons come together - this uses a lot of fabric. A cheap shirt, like the one that Tom Selleck wore on "Magnum" is made of cheap cotton and the pattern doesn't match anywhere. His is in the Smithsonian.
So when I saw these shirts for alarmingly low prices, like $29.99, I was intrigued. We looked at the site and it seemed like some good deals on stylish clothing. But then the e-mails started. At first they were circumspect - just a reminder of the clothing and prices. But as time went on - in terms of hours, not days - they became as desperate as a person at a singles bar at closing time. One e-mail featured some sort of roulette wheel, where you could spin to get a discount. And prices were as low as $3.99 a shirt!
Or so they said. I realized it was too-good-to-be-true and checked out the reviews online. On Sitejabber and Trustpilot, (which I wrote about before) the reviews were not so great. Well, on one site, there were a number of five-star reviews in pidgen English, all with the same or similar text, from new users who never reviewed any other side. It wasn't hard to read between the lines.
Some reviews were succinct:
Scam Chinese site
Almost all the good reviews are fake. You can tell this as some of the titles are eerily similar. Almost all these good reviewers have only reviewed this one business.
People will sign up to post a sole negative but who creates an account here to post just one good review for a generic branded shirt? No one.
I’ve reported several of these fake 5 star reviews.