Monday, February 13, 2017

Ugh.

I debated on whether or not to publish this post to the site. I like to keep things positive and generally, that's not a problem. I rarely encounter problematic collaborations. My sponsors are usually pretty cool people behind some great brands.

Recently you may have seen various sponsored posts by a brand/store called "Military Hippie". These posts were scattered all throughout my various social media channels. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr. With the usual heavy emphasis on Instagram. Military Hippie so generously sent over 3 items I picked out from their website (as is a typical part for some collaborations) and by all appearances, everything seemed okay. Nothing out of the ordinary. And I styled the 2 sweaters and pink puffer jacket I received...



The box I got from them was normal. Nice packaging. I initially thought the sweaters were decent, especially the grey one which I have been wearing a lot in fact. I thought it odd they lacked tags. But dismissed this. I did think that the puffer jacket was unexpectedly light, iffy zipper and in all honesty seemed very cheap. I had to go back to the website to re-check the price on the puffer and I was shocked...it was originally listed for $199. Whoa. Don't get me wrong. I like it. I think it's cute. BUT. $199? No honey. Just no. It looks cute on me. It kept me warm. But...I'm totally mystified on the original price (it's currently on sale). Honestly, you get better quality at Target for a hell of a lot less. 

The 2 sweaters they sent worked out. l like the grey. And I've worn it a lot these past few chilly weeks.

So, let's get to the point of this post. It was brought to my attention by multiple people, specifically disgruntled Military Hippie customers, that Military Hippie is just crap...for lack of a better word.

A friend of mine said she purchased the same grey sweater I got and [she likes it too]...but she said the customer service was awful, as in no immediate attention to her emails. And when they finally did respond to her, they said they needed to have the sweater "re-cut" or something like that...don't quote me on that, but you get the idea. I should have taken that as an omen...

Because I too wound up waiting around for email responses. And mind you, we were supposed to be working together. I was less than thrilled when they violated my copyright (by posting one of my photos in their sweater, and not attributing the photo in any way back to me or the website). As it was a copyright violation, Instagram removed the photos promptly from their Instagram. Please Note: I did try to contact them about not properly citing me in my work before I contacted Instagram about the copyright issue.

I won't go into the details of the silly responses I eventually received from Military Hippie. Suffice to say I dropped communication because it was simply a big waste of my time...and more importantly yours. My readers. Who count on me and who I am not in the business of misleading. And I felt I had inadvertently misled readers and shoppers. I was misled too. And so here is this post. To clear the air. To be perfectly honest. 

I've been receiving angry posts on Facebook about how the company is just "crap". That their clothes are terrible and that their customer service is generally unresponsive. My website's Facebook page has come under a barrage of commentary in part because Military Hippie has shut down the option for commentary/reviews on THEIR Facebook page. And if that isn't a telling sign, I don't know what is. And also in part because of my brief affiliation, styling the pieces they sent me.

*I had not previously heard of Military Hippie prior to them contacting me.

So, in the end, I will still wear the things they sent to me? Probably. Do I like them? Mostly. Do I love them? Nope. Do I think they are worth their original price tags? No. Would I shop there? What do you think?





THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY SPONSORED.
ALL THOUGHTS & OPINIONS ARE DEFINITELY MINE.
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