A while ago a jewellery company called Civion contacted me with a sponsor request. They said that they wanted to send me a jewellery piece of my choice if I only paid the shipping. Before I agreed I decided to look into it because I know this is a common scam. However the site seemed legit, people on instagram had tagged the store in a photo of them wearing the jewellery, and there were some positive reviews. So I figured, why not?
Two weeks later I received the choker I had chosen. It was cute, but I immediately recognised that it was cheap quality. The description of the choker did say “lightweight” but that does not equal cheap. I wasn’t sure what to do with this because they expected me to make a post about it. I didn’t wanna lie about the quality but I also didn’t want to get in trouble with the company (because I’m a wuss). But when I found out where they most likely get their item from, I decided it was time to write this post (and make a video).
I typed in “triangle choker” on Aliexpress and I found the exact same choker I received for $0.35. They sell it for about $32. That’s an insane amount of profit they make. I then thought “maybe Chinese companies stole their design” because I didn’t want to jump to conclusions. But when I found a lot of their items on Aliexpress I became pretty convinced that they do indeed get their items from there. Either that, or their supplier is scamming them. But it’s disappointing nonetheless.
If you wanna know the full story behind Civion+ get tips on how to avoid being scammed like that, check out the video below.