I'm not big on bad-mouthing. I don't care whether it's another person, a particular cause, a brick and mortar or online website or store, I just don't see the need to bad-mouth and bash. I don't know if you're aware, but when conducting my reviews I prefer to highlight the good and the bad of a certain place, service, or product, even if my experience was more towards the dislike side.
That being said, I'm a blogger and my time is valuable, as is all my other blogger counterparts. We work hard to bring fresh, quality content, not only to our own websites, but to our social media pages as well, and when we're belittled, it's not only demeaning, it's insulting.
I applied for an opportunity through a particular website to do a review for Majestical Jewelry. In the opp details, it showed 3 enlarged pictures of these three beautiful statement necklaces below, complete with this description:
"Majestical is a high fashion online only jewelry store specializing in handmade jewelry and statement pieces. We are looking for influential bloggers who would like to review a piece from our newest collection. We add new pieces all the time, and would love to develop a relationship with great writers. We will take a look at your blog and determine a piece of jewelry that fits with the style of your look and blog. All of our pieces are really stunning, so you can rest assured it will be gorgeous!"
Assuming I would be sent a gorgeous statement piece like any of the three necklaces above, I did my research like a good blogger would and went to their website to look around a bit more. Granted, I was quite impressed by the sheer amount of eye-catching jewelry they offered and was truly excited for the opportunity, so I applied and shortly thereafter was accepted!
I waited about a week and a half to two weeks for my custom chosen piece to get here and when the package arrived, I eagerly tore it open expecting my breath to be taken away.
Instead, I opened and found these-a very cheap pair of plastic $9 earrings that, if we're being truly honest, I wouldn't choose for myself nor wear if given the opportunity.
Puzzled, I contacted the company, explained that I felt like I was blatantly mislead, and sought to find a middle ground so I wouldn't have to post a negative review. Unfortunately I was told that I could send the earrings back on my dime, but that was about it.
If it was my mistake, I would gladly pay to ship the earrings back, however I feel that this was in no way my fault, so I wasn't going to spend my hard-earned money to send these back. Giving the company the options of forgetting about the review entirely or posting a negative review, I waited for their response.
I sent that message February 24th and as of today, March 17th, as well as the deadline for the review to be live, I have received no communication.
Thus, my experience with Majestical Jewelry was not only a embarrassing and belittling one due to the unscrupulously practiced bait and switch method, but it was a very frustrating one due to the lack of communication I received.
They might have gorgeous looking jewelry portrayed through their website but their products and business practices are quite questionable in my personal opinion.
Come to find out their "custom picked" piece of jewelry that fits with the style of my look and blog wasn't quite so custom at all. Upon further checking into, many bloggers received the same exact pair of $9 earrings I did.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions and expressions above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service before purchasing as your results may vary.