Blogging has definitely its perks. One of them is getting free clothes and being able to find cool collaborations with online fashion stores. I love this part of blogging! Well, who doesn’t? I always find great brands and PR that are friendly and willing to wait for my busy schedule.
But there is the other side of the coin too.
Some brands are not that professional after all. And I don’t like to public complain about them, but someone has to know. It’s like you want to share the good and the bad experiences when you blog and you can’t have just good ones.
I have been contacted by the website Dezzal last year and I immediately thought it was a cool brand. Independent designers, original clothes, different collections… so I have replied straight away and ordered a pink cardigan that was perfect for the season.
These guys asked me to pay for customs and told me I would get my money back soon as it was a gifting products collaboration. I have contacted them many times, but no reply since last year.
I have decided to shoot these pictures with that pink cardigan, just to talk about this experience and make it more relatable to the shoot.
Have you had any bad experiences in your blogging career? (if not, well lucky you!)
< When brands ask you to pay something in advance, whether it’s for customs or taxes or anything regarding the shipping… ask yourself twice.
< When brands are asking you to purchase something upfront in order to have 3 free items afterwards… they are doing it with everyone else to generate sales and this is not a form of promotion that works well with bloggers or full time bloggers.
< When brands ask you to follow them on social media and they kindly offer you a special discount code for you to use immediately… well you are looking for collaborations, so up to you if you want to go down that road.
Photos by theweirdycat
This post is very interesting! Love your outfit babe, you look stunning.
xoxo, Katrina Isha
Thank you Katrina! x
So sorry to hear about that! Whenever there’s a brand who wants to “collaborate” with me but requires me to pay for something like customs, shipping, etc. and I’m not getting paid, I put a red flag on them. I had some experience with unprofessional people as well, but my biggest delima is those brands that make their products sound so amazing yet when I received the product it was underwhelming. Often times, I don’t know if I should feature them or not. That is why now I give them all my terms before sending me the product.
xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY
Aww thanks for your comment dear!! Really appreciate it xx
Great information Vanessa! We are so new that we truly do not have any stories. But we appreciate hearing about some of the read flags to look out for!
Dear keep it up! You will get to have collabs soon! xx
I have had experience with both good and bad collaboration. Glad to hear your story!
Aww thanks Gail for your comment! xx
Such cool post and photos!
Aww thanks Eleine! x
Thank for the info Vanessa, always good to know the positive and the negative experiences one goes through!!! xoxo Lovely
Aww thank you lovely!! xx