Post # 1
I just saw an ad for tidebuy.com, which shows up on many, many lists of scam-factory dress sites. It is not reliable. They steal images from real designers and other sites. None of the items that you see are in stock.
They are in cahoots with small, low-quality factories in China. Some Chinese factories are perfectly great, but these are NOT those – those factories have permits to sell internationally by themselves. These do not make the grade, so they have to link up with these sites that are not designers or even really resellers, just third party websites who do have permits making it possible for awful, lowest-quality workers to sell pieces of crap no one would otherwie buy.
When you place an order, they put the order on their internal bidding system and these factories bid on the job, and the lowest bidder gets it, no matter how complex the job and how inexperienced and poorly compensated the workers, to maximize their profits.
If you manage to get anything at all out of them, it will NOT look like the picture and it will most likely not even be wearable unless you get incredibly lucky. It’s not worth the risk, or the reward to a scammy business model.
I know most people are probably aware of this, but on such a big site, there are probably those out there who might think that a site like weddingbee would only allow legitimate, trustworthy sites into their ad space. This is clearly not the case, so this is just my alert to the community to not be trusting, I guess.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
@Bebealways: Thank you so much for the heads up! We poked around and indeed found that tidebuy.com is not a trusted resource for anything.
We do not sell all our advertising directly. Some of it we get from advertising networks, and this was one of those instances where the ad was served from a network. We immediately asked for tidebuy.com to be removed from serving on Weddingbee; you shouldn’t see it pop up again.
We get similar complaints around election time, where members would see political ads from politicians they don’t trust. We make our best attempt to block all these ads, however, unfortunately it’s a reactive block, not a proactive block. Our advertising network doesn’t give us a “heads up” as to what ads they intend to serve on any given day, BUT, we have the ability to contact them and tell them to stop serving particular ads that we don’t like on our site once we see them.
With direct advertising we only work with vendors and companies that we trust and would actually use. If at any time you see questionable ads on the site please do not hesitate to contact me directly via PM, or let us know in support!
Post # 4
@Mrs. Penguin: 🙂 Thanks for addressing this!
Post # 5
@Bebealways: Ads on sites like these often come from cookie tracking ad providers. So, if you had been googling for a knock off dress maker, whoeven paid them to put up an ad related to that is what pops up. I recommend using Firefox and AdBlocker if you don’t want to deal with that in the future! Lots of websites do that – not just this one.