Beware the scammers!

It is such a bummer to see scammers, all from China, using photos from my website and blog to PRETEND to sell my dragon trophies as lamps and wall hangings.     These scam sites proliferate faster than I can file copyright complaints.   However all the sites hosted by Alibaba, a Chinese owned company, simply pass the complaint on to the scammer!  They take no action.    Worse yet, these have started to show up on Amazon!  Below is a photo from my website showing my version of the dragon Alduin.

Dan Reeder alduin1

Here is a screen shot of the Amazon page I just visited.

This is obviously my Alduin.  It does not exist in resin form or any other form.   Well, except for the ONE trophy I made, the original piece, that was purchased by a fan.   Crazier yet, if you look at the bullet points for this product, they are all about STRAWS!    In fact the last bullet point talks about “children’s penis!”  Strange!   Here is a screen shot of those.   It’s kind of hard to see.

I’m writing this post after every possible attempt to alert Amazon to this fake seller.    You would think that Amazon would appreciate knowing about scam sellers who will only take your money and send you nothing in return.  In fact, some people who get scammed by this will get reimbursed by Amazon!  Again, you’d think Amazon would allow some pathway for people like me to let them know about the scam sellers on their platform!   I guess Amazon is perfectly willing to allow predation on their site.   I swear this is the age of the fake product!

Thanks for reading my rant!

About danmonsterman

I've been a paper mache artist for many years. Visit my website for instructional videos, galleries, and everything else paper mache. Or visit my WebPress blog, PaperMacheBlog.com.
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48 Responses to Beware the scammers!

  1. Despicable people! Thank you for the alert.

  2. Lesley says:

    Wow, this is unbelievable. The whole description of the work is just a mish mash of meaningless words. (Yes you gotta worry about the “childrens penis”)I hope you can get Amazon to listen, or maybe a huge call for a boycot might make them listen. Anyway thanks for your warning. May good karma come your way in this stuffed up world. I am one of your longest and biggest fans, you sent me your first book about 20 years ago, the one with ugly beings in it or was it dragons, getting old. 💕

    • Hey Lesley. About the description….so strange isn’t it? You are right, just wish-mash of words. I have tried every avenue there is to get a hold of Amazon about this. There is no pathway to find anyone to listen. Frustrating. Thank you for your concern and your kind words about my art. I am really flattered. Wow, you bought “Make Something Ugly for a Change!” That takes me back! Take care

  3. Tiffany Carlton says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this – I appreciate the alert!

  4. Pat Marshall-Gray says:

    I used to work for Amazon and they do take these seriously. I did an extended search and no longer find it listed, so it may have been taken down.So sad that the garbage people are targeting your beautiful work.

  5. Alex says:

    Sorry this is happening yo you.
    Makes me angry how technology and social media has become so fake and dangerous.

  6. Dave wWhite says:

    Sorry to hear that your site and work are being abused in this way Dan but it is a sorry fact that such dreary people exist. Am**on is a bit like the D.I.Y. store where I work where it says that it will prosecute shoplifters yet they never do because it’s too much bother and it makes too much profit to care.

    • That is exactly the correct analogy Dave! Somehow Amazon is making more money by allowing the fake products than by taking them down. Just adds to my loathing of that company. Not that they care. Hope all is well. Thank you for the comment!

  7. Kim Estes says:

    I’m sorry this is happening to you. Your work is an art form and although I can’t afford it, I’ve been a fan for years. As for Amazon it’s gotten worse about fakes in all categories. I read the description and it’s such nonsense. How does one not see how messed up it is. Rant away, you’re entitled.
    Kim

    • Thank you for putting up with my rant Kim. You are very kind. Seeing it on Amazon was too bright a line to cross. It’s too big a company to be ignored. Hop all is well with you!

  8. Kat Boynton says:

    It is also the age of where the victim has become the wrong doer. Social media has begun to chastise the victims of any type of crime. I am so sorry that you are going through this. You are an amazing artist and should not have to go up against the big corporate businesses to try and save your art from being stolen, degraded and misrepresented.

    • Kat Boynton says:

      I clicked on your link from above and it is still there but it says it is no longer available.

      • Hmmm. That’s strange. I just went back and it is no longer offered as a prime product but it still allows me to add it to my cart under “other buying options.” I wonder if people get different information? I was able to get my review published. It’s the only review of the product. I hope people see it before sending any money. Thanks again Kat!

  9. Anne says:

    So sorry this has happened to you. I don’t believe Amazon or any American company cares at all. All of them have made it impossible to call or reach help in any manner. This is on purpose, of course.

  10. Bonnie Merchant says:

    This is appalling. The descripti

    • Thank you Bonnie. Your comment got cut off. You were saying something about the description. Yes, very strange. Why would someone buy anything without reading the description? That would be a dead give away to this scam! Take care

  11. Claudia says:

    Good to know you saw this ! How frustrating and aggravating ! Hope all goes well for you.

    • Thanks Claudia. I see the websites with the fake dragon trophies all the time. It was just too much to see it show up on Amazon. They are the giant in the marketplace and if they don’t care about fake products then there isn’t much hope for online shopping. Take care

      • Claudia says:

        Just a thought, would it be helpful if a number of us complain about this travesty ? I’m thinking of going on Facebook to warn others of this situation. I won’t go ahead with this plan without your permission.

      • I appreciate the thought Claudia. I wrote a post on Facebook a while back when I started seeing the fake websites popping up. I don’t think those sites ever got much traffic. It just bothered me when it showed up on Amazon. Problem is that there isn’t anyplace on Amazon to register a complaint. They won’t even accept a review (unless you buy the fake product first). So there is no way to express displeasure with their sellers. I suspect this is purposeful. They don’t want to hear bad things about their sellers even if they are scammers. So thanks for offering but I don’t think it would do any good. Much appreciated.

      • Claudia says:

        Ok , I understand. I was going to sell my work on Amazon, but not any more. To many people are getting ripped off. It’s aggravating how much theft goes on and how self-centered people have become now. There’s got to be a better way to sell our art. We just have to find it.

      • Yes, the problem comes when you actually achieve some success with a product. Then Amazon itself will find someone to copy your product and sell it. Then again, people that sell on Etsy are also being copied or ripped off in the same way I am. So frustrating. Good luck to you!

      • Claudia says:

        I know about Etsy, my daughter was selling t -shirts through them and they continually changed their rules. She no longer sells on line. Only works by referral. I have been working on my art for many years. I stayed by referral for the sales. It’s not a lot of money but I I’m happy with doing it this way. My retirement job.

  12. jhareoconnor@cox.net says:

    I have been an admiring fan for several years. I just searched Amazon for “dragon wall sculptures” and found this one. Looks just like this one you found of your Alduin, but it’s a different “seller”. I posted a one star review just now. Amazon should have another category with a skull instead of stars for situations like this.

    Unfortunately, this happens to many artists and creative people. It also has happened to a local dog rescue here in New Orleans that has a huge following from their Animal Planet show called Pit Bulls and Parolees. Their rescue merchandise is only sold by them – not ever on Amazon. Yet knockoffs of their t-shirts, etc. are on Amazon. And, of course, none of those sales go to the rescue.

    I also follow Jonni Good (Ultimate Paper Mache) on YouTube and she has same issues with her books on paper mache being copied and sold on Amazon.

    Hope you get some satisfaction some day…

    Best,

    Juliette O’Connor

    • Hey Juliette. Thank you for the nice remarks. So sorry to hear about it happening to a place dedicated to helping animals! Yes I’m sure Jonni is frustrated as well. So many crooks out there. Take care

  13. randolph888 says:

    Hi Dan, It is nice to hear from you, sorry it is for such a disgusting reason. I guess Amazon has gotten too big to police their own system. Facebook is also full of scam listings; a $10,000 laser welder for $49.95, etc. From Amazon, I ordered 2 air filters for a John Deere zero turn mower, which are about the size of a can of soup. The ones I got were the size of a spool of thread. They were cheap enough that I got a laugh out of it. Your situation is not at all funny. Blessings for your art. Randolph

    • Hey Randolf. So nice to hear from you too! Yeah, I’ve been remiss about keeping up my blog and website and YouTube and Facebook. Just too much work. But seeing this on Amazon just made me mad enough to post. Thank you for sharing your story. I think everyone who shops online has at least one. It’s a cess pool out there. Take care

  14. Hey Mona. Yes, the final straw that made me post about it here is that it showed up on Amazon! Random websites do not get much attention. But Amazon is the goliath. Everyone uses it. Makes me angry that they won’t provide a way for people to report the scam. Hope you are well.

  15. Yes, you’d think so. It just shows that Amazon is somehow making more money by keeping the fake sellers than they would be stopping them. Ugh. Talk to you soon!

  16. Angel Cross says:

    Your work is brilliant and I’ve followed you for a few years now. I hope you’re able to get this situation resolved. Crime is really increasing these days.

  17. hinikaye says:

    So sorry for your trouble!  Amaz

  18. Lynn Sprinkle says:

    I’m so sorry that this is happening to you. Dan! People have to be so sucky?! I hope Amazon will pull their head out and do something about it! I know that’s a lot of exclamation points, but I mean it!

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    • Thanks Lynn. Little by little I’m making progress. They published my review. It’s the only review about the product. And they changed the way it’s offered, from a prime purchase to a “other buying options” purchase. Problem is that this seller will disappear and then pop up under a different name. At least that’s what happened with the rogue websites I found. Hopefully not on Amazon. Take care

  19. If you file a copyright infringement with Amazon they have to take it down. That’s not to say the thieves will stay away. They usually set up a different account and start again. But I know from experience that Amazon takes copyrighted materials and products very seriously. Best of luck,Pamela Steele http://www.tarotbypamelasteele.com

    • Thank you Pamela. The problem for people like me is that I have no formal copyright registration of my photos. Sending them a link to my blog where the scammers pilfered the photos was not considered proper evidence that the photos are actually mine. I got my infringement complaint returned with a note saying I needed to provide that evidence. Who registers a copyright for all the photos they use on their websites and blog and Facebook pages etc? Very frustrating.

      • May I suggest watermarking the photos you post? I’ve been in the art business for decades and cannot stress that enough. It makes it much more difficult to steal your work.

      • Hey again Pam. Thank you for all the advice. Truth is I don’t really care about the photos. I just use the copyright infringement of the photos to get the websites, or in this case the seller on Amazon, taken down. I hate having my art associated with scammers who pretend to have products that look like my trophies. If I was a painter and the works were 2D then the stealing the photos would be more problematic. I was finally able to get a review published on this Amazon page so I was able to warn any prospective buyers. After submitting similar reviews about my “Ice Dragon” the seller changed the photos to some kind of strange replica. And they Prime option has disappeared. So I think that chances are this seller won’t make any money on this particular scam.

  20. Heidi A. says:

    This is so very sad. I love your work and have seen some images pop up myself on certain platforms but cannot remember where exactly. There is more out there no doubt. We appreciate you and what you do-I hope they catch these people and Amazon needs to wisen up! I am so sorry that this is happening to you-I am a huge fan and have purchased your books. Love your work-don’t let these idiots bring you down. Keep creating, you are fantastic!

    • Thank you for the kind words Heidi! I was successful getting one of the two fake products taken down after filing a copyright complaint with Amazon. The second one is still up but I was able to have a review published on that one telling potential buyers that the items were fake. So for now I think this seller has been neutered, at least with my dragons. The seller does have many other products that are also suspicious. I appreciate your support. Take care
      Dan

    • Thank you for the nice comment Heidi! I don’t think there will by any catching of these people. But there certainly should be a way of reporting them to Amazon that is easy and straight forward. I won’t let the idiots bring me down. But I appreciate your concern! 🙂 Take care
      Dan

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