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They are stealing!

This is more than a copyright issue.
This is about our brand, our morals, and our ethics. 

By Karah Jones
CEO Angel Competition Bikinis

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This blog is hard to write

I've wanted to vent about this issue for years. I can't explain the emotion that goes on in my head when I see someone stealing Angel Competition Bikinis' photos, trying to remove the water mark, and then making and selling the product as their own. The delay in being public about this issue stems from my overarching passion for positivity, love, and treating others as one. In the words of John Lennon, "I hope someday you will join us and the world will be as one".  A blog titled, "They Are Stealing!" isn't really something I want to dive head first into. 

What motivated me to publish this now?

Let's start with some of Angel Competition Bikinis values:

Female Empowerment
We employ strong and inspiring women and sell our products to strong and inspiring women.

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Honesty, transparency, and customer loyalty
We treat every customer like a sister who is stepping on the Olympia Stage. 

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Ethical and sustainable manufacturing
Every suit is made from scratch at our headquarters in Lenexa, KS. Note: Some suits are cut at lined at our mom's house in Bonner Springs, KS.

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What does this have to do with your core values?

Customers are confused when they see our suits listed for sale at 90% off on other websites.  It has caused first time customers to question our ethics and morals. We have had questions from customers like, "Why does ACBikinis claim they start from scratch on every suit when I can go on Alibaba.com and order their exact suit?". Our petty thought from this question is, "Please go and order that listing and see what you get in the mail", although we don't say that. It is actually impossible to order the listing below from Alibaba which is addressed in more detail below. This is more than a legal copyright issue to me. These fraudulent companies are making customers question our morals and ethics. This issue needs addressed. 

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Truths

We have made every single suit from scratch.
This means we start from a yard of fabric and cut and sew the suits to our customers measurements. There is absolutely no mass production, out sourcing, or factory made suits.

We have never and will never order a suit from a factory and sell it as ours.
We do not see anything wrong with ordering from a factory or wholesale, it's just not something we will ever do given the nature and custom quality  of our products. 

We have never and will never use slave labor, child labor, or any unethical manufacturing to create our suits.
This goes against our ethics, morals, and is wrong on so many levels. We encourage you to only buy from companies who align with your morals. Read more about this here.

The Alibaba listing above is committing several crimes including copyright infringement and counterfeiting.
Details below about why we can't press charges. 

"This is more than a legal copyright issue. These fraudulent companies are making customers question our morals and ethics."

-Karah Jones

It's happening EVERYWHERE!

This is happening all over the world with reputable top brands like Lulu's, Free People, and many others.

They went as far as to photo shop a tatto on this Lulu's model!

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They stole this photo from the magazine, Harper's Bazaar.

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They might even steal from YOUR Instagram!

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It's almost humorous how bad this looks. 

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A little better photo shop, but still a huge fail. 

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And they steal your backstage photos and watermark it!

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"These companies have no morals and will go to any extreme to manipulate you into buying their fake products."

-Karah Jones

What will happen if your order?

You could end up wasting your money and worse: contribute to the enviornment and slave labor issues  addressed here.

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"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don't support these awful companies!"

-Karah Jones

Why don't we stop the companies?

We would order this listing to show you the crap quality that comes in the mail, but this isn't even a real listing so that is impossible. This company is claiming they can make an exact replica of our suit, but you must order a minimum quantity of 1,000 pieces. It's VERY difficult to take legal action against a company oversees. We are a small business and do not currently have the resources to take on this battle. If you have any ideas on how we can handle this situation, please comment on this blog below and let us know. 

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Thank You!

Thank you for listening to my venting about people trying to rip Angel Competition Bikinis and so many other companies off. We encourage you to be very cautious when ordering something that sounds too good to be true. We will continue to be an honest, transparent, and moral company. We hope this blog shared some education about sketchy online shopping and the scams and fraudulent activity that can occur. 

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Any of our designs can be made for any division: Bikini, Wellness, Figure & Women's Physique with no up charge based on your division.  We have the PERFECT pattern for your next suit, and the most skilled competition suit seamstresses in the world creating it! Scroll to look at examples of some of our favorite  suits. Every suit we make starts from scratch which means we can do any combination of colors, styles, and sizes. Let us create your dream Competition Suit!

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References

  • Maheshwari, Sapna. “Here's Why You Should Think Twice Before Clicking On That $12 Dress On Facebook.” BuzzFeed News, BuzzFeed News, 5 Apr. 2016, www.buzzfeednews.com/article/sapna/think-twice-before-clicking-on-that-12-dollar-dress.
  • Clark, Lauren. “Unhappy Shoppers Share Their Disastrous Online Shopping Fails.” The Sun, The Sun, 26 Apr. 2019, www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/8947576/unhappy-shoppers-online-dress-fails/.

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552 comments

  • HamsterSep 11, 2020

    My take is that you had suit bases produced by Alibaba. Doing this gives them license to post a photo of a suit that they made for you for their ‘portfolio’ to show prospective clients their capabilities. Just like you show suit examples on your website to show your capabilities.. there is no copyrighting designs so anyone can copy and claim as their own. This is why one day after a New York fashion show you’ll see knock offs in Walmart with no repercussion. And yes, the bikini you’re launching has been on Alibaba for sale already so that makes things seem a bit underhanded here, as they didn’t steal a design that you have yet to make. . Mind you , there’s nothing wrong with manufacturing with an outside entity, everyone has to make money, but why tell stories? Nobody cares. People just want a cute bikini at a decent price.

  • Julie Sep 06, 2020

    Your next beach bikini launch, for winter, is a bikini that Ali baba is selling NOW. The pictures they have posted aren’t yours. It looks like you stole their design. Since they are actually selling them and you are not.

    The black suit you posted, is actually from Ali baba and the companies that sell that exact suit – (Vicki ross, coast bikinis, Amber competition bikinis, Phoenix bikinis ) all claim to make that exact suit themselves, by hand, which is clearly s lie.

    Slave labor is infact used for the manufacturing of fabric. There is absolutely no way, that blue moon doesn’t get their fabric from overseas.

    Your sweat shirts, t shirts, bikini cases, robes, fanny packs, socks, where do you think they come from?

    You can’t continue to lie, I searched trademarks, you lied about the angel brilliance crystals.
    Why do you think it is ok to lie?

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