July 2017 Update:
Since writing this post I’ve had so many comments and messages from people talking to me about these companies. I’ve been informed that they’re using a new company front to catch bloggers in their scam. Boho Queen Jewelry is the latest incarnation of Mirina and Nora NYC and they play the same scam as the previous two companies. They’re approaching small bloggers on Instagram and giving them discounts in return for posts, and either sending low quality or broken products, or simply never sending them anything. They then fall off the face of the earth and can’t be contacted, just like Mirina and Nora.
I’ve looked into them a little myself and they’re run by the same umbrella company, as well as having a few of the same exact images on their site as the other two brands. If this brand or either of the other two contact you then please, please do your research first and make sure you know what you can expect from them. No brand should be refusing to talk to you after you’ve handed over money.
I do have one more thing to say about this subject – Bloggers should know their worth. It takes me hours and hours to produce one blog post from start to finish. These days if a brand asks me to pay for a product in return for ‘a possible share on social media’ I say no. If you want me to pay for a product, you should be paying me for the post. If you want me to work for free, you shouldn’t get pushy about when my post is up or what I write in that post. Bloggers need to start standing up for themselves and knowing the value of the work they put in. If you’re wondering how much a blog post is worth on your blog, you can use this calculator from Ellefluence to see what each kind of post is worth really easily. Don’t forget though that this calculator is only based on followers and DA and other stats; it doesn’t take into account the amount of time you spend on a post, so maybe add a little to cover your time, which is worth more than nothing!
Happy Sunday everyone! At least I hope it’s happy and not full of frustration and annoyance like mine!
So as regular readers will know, I landed 2 brand collaborations a couple of months ago; the first being with Mirina Collections, and the second with their sister company Nora NYC.
My Mirina Collections Famous Necklace arrived, I reviewed it, I posted it on Instagram, everything I was meant to do as a brand ambassador. And then I went and ordered and paid for my Nora NYC designer sunglasses. That was in January – I’m still waiting for them to arrive. I’ve emailed Nora NYC and have received no reply. Their Instagram account has been taken down and they’ve left a wake of girls all out-of-pocket with no products to show for it. Once I found this out, I started digging further into Mirina too.
I can only say that compared to most girls, I’ve been lucky. I paid for a product and I received that product. I’ve had messages from other bloggers asking if they’re legit and as much as I hate having to post negative things on my blog, I can only say that no, Mirina Collections and any company affiliated with them are not legit. Do not buy from them, do not email them, do not become a brand ambassador.
There’s an Instagram account dedicated solely to exposing the scam Mirina Collections and Nora NYC pull; there’s even a blog dedicated to it which you can read here, which gives personal experiences, advice on how to get out of the Ambassador programme, and most importantly the “legal” bull**** that Mirina hit bloggers with when they’re slated online. It boils down to the simple fact that whatever legal jargon they throw at you, they can’t actually do anything legally.
And since no retraction or negative review is complete without proof of what I’ve found, below are a couple of screenshots I’ve taken comparing Mirina Collections so-called “hand-crafted, made to order” necklaces with others I’ve found on Amazon.com and Nicky Posh.
There’s a lot more on other blogs I’ve read about this scam, but the basic gist is that Mirina is not designing and hand-crafting their necklaces. There’s also a lot of stories of bloggers never receiving their product, being refused a refund, and then being threatened legally by Mirina, not to mention products arriving broken, missing stones and having other defects. Other bloggers have reported that their followers have gone to use their unique discount code and found that that code doesn’t even exist.
As for Nora NYC, I’ve read that quite a few girls have paid for an order that has never arrived, and then found Nora NYC going back into their bank accounts and taking more money, being unresponsive to emails and phone calls, as well as brazenly copying a well-known Dior design and claiming it as their own work. If you’ve had anything to do with these companies, do keep an eye on your bank statement, don’t let other people use them and let me know what your experiences are! I’d love to see if anyone else is currently having the same issues with them that I am.
I’ll be deleting my original posts regarding these companies as I have no interest in being seen to endorse a product that is dishonest, fraudulent and obviously just designed to scam people out of their hard earned money. The final word I have on this is that I’m sorry to all my readers and followers for endorsing a company that is so dishonest, and I really hate having to post an article like this on my blog, but I’d rather say something and look a bit silly than have other girls be drawn into the scam.
Next week I’m posting a happier piece and will be back to Static Gypsy’s normal positive vibe!