Subtitled A Fake By Any Other Name Is Still A Fake
I normally don’t like posts like this- the ones that have to tell people that they’re being duped. But as much as I don’t meddle into other people’s affairs, it really bothers me when online sellers pass off their merchandise as real when they are, in fact, not. We’ve all seen this happen in a lot of products over the years, and Hello Kitty is not an exception. The proliferation of fake, low quality products have created a real underground economy that thrives on cheap prices and people desperate for bargains in a time of recession.
I don’t want to go into the morals of patronizing fakes, replicas, and pirated stuff. We get too much of that already from the Optical Media Board, haha. To each his own, I always say, as long as there’s always full disclosure and informed consent. After all, one really gets what one pays for.
Sometimes, however, you have to draw the line when the products in question may endanger the health of individuals. Case in point: Hello Kitty MAC.
They’re all over eBay, that’s for sure. What I didn’t expect was to find them making their way into Multiply as well. I thought that people in my Hello Kitty network were savvier and more vigilant but I obviously thought wrong. Already, last night, I found people leaving messages on a seller’s site ordering full sets of the fake HK MAC make-up which were being sold at original MAC prices. (Shame on you, seller!) Most disturbing was the fact that I did not see any disclosure on the seller’s part that what he/she was selling was fake.
Make-up is a woman’s vanity but it may also prove to be her undoing. Fake make-up can cause skin irritation and allergies, may induce pimples and skin rashes, and may discolor skin permanently. Worse, they may also contain toxic chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin. Some of these substances have been shown to cause cancers in animals in laboratory tests; others have been identified as the culprits in disrupting immunity and/or causing neurological, physical, and reproductive damage. The fact that make-up can get into the bloodstream in so many ways (absorbed by the skin or sensitive mucous membranes of the eyes and the mouth, inadvertently inhaled as powder dust or aerosol particles, licked off the lips and swallowed) makes these fake, synthetic products from unreliable manufacturers a real threat to a woman’s wellbeing.
I left messages on the seller’s site last night, informing the seller that the products are fake. I hope the people who visit her site read my comments and make informed choices based on research. I also took that seller out of my contacts list. No longer will I let that person misinform and mislead my friends.
Knowledge is power, the late Ernie Baron used to always say. I couldn’t agree with him more.
To view pictures of the official Hello Kitty MAC line, visit this site.