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January 22, 2009
Modalee.com the Fraudulent Bejing Based So-Called "Designer" Bag Company
Well it was the Xmas period and people slip up and make buying mistakes in the general excitement. A friend of mine was recently telling me how she was suckered by a fraudulent internet shop called Modalee.com which sells "Designer" bags Chloë, Balencagia, Hermes, Mulberry etc. at large discounts.
In reality these "discounts" are entirely unrealistic and things follow the old adage: "If it's too good to be true it probably is!"
Nevertheless the site is very convincing. Photographs of the bags are genuine ones presumably culled from the web. A potential customer can quickly convince themselves that these are overstocks bcause of recession, or slight seconds etc. As can be seen from the internet traffic measurement company Alexa below Modalee gains a lot of visitors.
The visitor numbers are hardly surprising as lots of people are bound to check out the possibility of saving considerable amounts of money on what they percieve to be top-quality products however if you search very carefully through the packaging and returns policy you will finally find a disclaimer about the actual products they send out to you:
Note: The products in Modalee.com are are produced by the dedicated manufacturer based in Hong Kong and they are not genuine. They were tested and inspected strictly and attain relevant quality standard. The products customer bought are the same quality with that in our website which customer intent to buy. Please contact customer service at email@example.com if there is quality problem in product that customer bought from Modalee.com.
These are some of the images drawn from the Modalee website:
The Modalee Image of a Bottega Veneta basket weave bag. RRP $3,540 but "discounted" to $531!
A so-called Hermes Birkin bag from Modalee
Here is a link to the real Bottega Veneta site . What appears to be the same bag is on page 109.
A Not Balencagia Bag..........
My friend had finally been tempted to a so called "Balencagia" bag. When the thing turned up it was immediately clear that it was nothing to do with a Baelncagia. The matrial dosn't ven seem like leather and the quality of everything is pathetic even down to the pretend storage bag which says Balencagia on the outside!
This company is clearly trying to mislead potential customers as much as possible. You can see that the returns policies are very bad and there are no real points of contact beyond an email address. One has no idea where the company is actually based - always a bad sign!
My friend is trying to get her money back but so far to no avail. What is particualrly disappointing is that Modalee is legitimised by the number of credit and debit cards it takes.Clearly these companies do not monitor whether the company they are dealing with is legit. Don't be fooled!!!!
I have suggsted complaining to her credit card company and possibly trying to claim insurance on the grounds of being defrauded - we will see.
In the meantime please pass on the message to avoid this site like the plague. Buyers will recieve a rotten product and they will have given credit card details to a very dodgy company. For all legitimate users of the Web every rotten apple like this reduces trust as well as citizenship rights. As can be seen from the figures below the prospcts on offer tempt many and undoubtedly many people get ripped off.
I have also noticed that there is a site called Kaboodle.com which appars to run a "community" which dals with various companies. They have one for Modalee and there are bag adverts on this page. Please beware as it is clearly an uncritical site.
The Alexa Web Information Site gives the following figures using the Modalee website
Modalee.com users come from these countries:
Modalee.com traffic rank in other countries: