|The boots are still Maine made and say "Made in Maine, USA" with double emphasis of production.|
This means not only hundreds of dollars lost, but potential for health issues, as some of the "down" inside the chinese knock-offs have included such things as chicken feces-laden feathers.
Millions of dollars of American-made products are stolen, each year, by the chinese with the Chinese government's cooperation. Martin Guitar saw "Martin Guitar Stores" open up in China that they did not own!
Canada Goose does what it can in helping people, but if you search on "discount Canada Goose parka" or "sale" or anything similar, you will find an endless supply of fake websites, using real pictures, selling fake products.
I thought of this in the past winter during a hike where Heather and I were in the woods, and it was -17 below zero. We were determined to not let the long and unusually cold, snow winter, keep us indoors. We came upon some ice with moving water beneath, for Dex, and went on it to where it was broken.
The boots we wore were waterproof.
Had they been knock offs and not waterproof: what would have happened to us had we gotten our feet wet, knowing that, at best, in calling 911, we were still going to suffer frost bite at this temperature. Deception has its cost.
Since it is that deception is 90% likely to come from missing information and it is true that most deceptive statements can be seen as 100% truthful, sentence by sentence, this next form of deception is a snapshot of this principle:
There is no lie.
There is deliberately missing information.
Growing up, we had always heard that LL Bean was American made quality, and it was quite saddening to watch the American jobs go by to China as the quality went down dramatically. This is seen in their own description. Few things are still made in the USA, but when they are, it is stated.
They use this method of identifying importation or location of manufacturing:
Item description. Made in the USA or
Item description. Imported
Neither is deceptive. This is truthful, the item is either manufactured in the USA, or it is imported from a country outside the USA. Yet, Bean uses another distinction.
Yet, the word "Imported" does not cover all countries outside of the USA. LL Bean will not specify all of their imported products, except from a few select countries.
Item description. Imported from Scotland.
Item description. Imported from Italy.
All the others that say "Imported" have withheld information.
Why would LL Bean withhold this information?
Item Description. Imported. Fur Australia.
Only certain countries get specific names, while most are just "Imported" which means that they are withholding the names of specific countries deliberately in their online descriptions, knowing that you will see, in the tag, the country of origin, only after you place the order and receive the items.
When the item arrives, you will see the names of the country including: China, Dominican Republic, Viet Nam, Taiwan, Pakistan.
Why list "Italy" or "Scotland" online but not these others?
What does Statement Analysis say about this? Remember, Statement Analysis deals with what one says, and what one does not say, too. (Leave your opinions in the comments section)>
Why are most countries not specified? Why does LL Bean leave out that information?
We count on companies telling us the truth. At least LL Bean has gone into China, unannounced to simply tear open and test a few random "down" items.
Chinese managers are under terrific pressure to beat the slimmest of margins so even a 1% addition of newspaper clippings into down or just 5% savings in hourly wage by using prison labor, or just...well, you get the picture. The competition is vicious.
Martin Guitar, in attempting to produce quality sound and paying good wages to employees, has to, at times, store wood for up to ten years to age it to make it appropriately resounding for a quality instrument. This means not simply delayed profits, but they must store the wood in strictly controlled temperature and humidity environments at substantial costs.
They watched identically looking knock offs, made of freshly cut wood, sell for less than half the price not only in China, but online, throughout the world. The labels and distinctive all copied.
Martin Guitar appealed to China to intervene in this theft.
The Chinese government refused to help.
|Rare 1930 model OM-45 sells for $99,000. Anyone have a spare they don't want?|
These are just a few stories, one small, and two large, of "scamming."
Have you been scammed?
Use the comments section to tell us how it happened and if analysis would have been helpful.
Forged signatures, changed numbers, and so on, cannot be helped by analysis, but where there is communication, there are enough readers here who are quite good at analysis, and might just be able to save you money and heartache.
Surely more than just George Anthony loaned a few dollars to the Nigerian Princess Fund.
We have seen a typical EBay scam, and some sellers weighed in aware of this deceptive practice, but deceptions are as varied as business itself.
Share your scam with us.