I wasn’t planning to post anything today, because I’m not feeling too well. But while doing staggering amounts of nothing and reading meaningless stuff on the internet I came across a bunch of blog posts that compelled me to write this.
Having started Double Expat only recently, I’ve been blown away by the welcoming nature of the blogosphere. Each person I’ve interacted with is extremely friendly, and I’m dead sure if we were to meet in person at any point, we’d get along like I get along with my friends back home… both homes.
If you’d asked me yesterday whether I would pursue a business transaction with my blog friends, I’d have said “Hell yeah!” But after reading these stories, I really don’t know.
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A fashion blogger (who has since changed her blog to ‘invite only’) allegedly scammed Lord knows how many people out of 1000s of dollars over the past year.
How it worked is, she ran a personal shopping service and charged people to find them items that were available only in the US. She then shipped them overseas so the buyer didn’t have to pay exorbitant shipping fees.
When GOMI ran a random story about her last month, a bunch of people complained that she had taken money from them and not fulfilled her end of the deal. By the end of the week they had more complaints than comments! Bloggers who didn’t want to unnecessarily malign one of their own had realized they weren’t the only ones conned.
You can read about one particularly horrendous experience here.
Needless to say, I am appalled that someone would do this. Apparently her readers – now her victims – are up in arms and already contacting the authorities. Good on them! Some have gotten their money back. I hope everyone does.
But this incident raises serious doubts on the principles of ‘mutual trust and understanding’ the blogging world is built on.
What about you? At what point would you take your relationship with a fellow blogger beyond the realm of comments and emails? If a transaction were to go sour, how long would you wait before outing someone you think you know well? And do stories like this worry you enough to not buy from fellow bloggers?