IMPORTANT: If you feel your website was put on this list in error, I will not remove your website from this list until you...
A) Change out all your stolen images to your own images.
B) Provide materials and documents proving that you are allowed to use those images.
If you cannot do one of those things, you either are a scam, or don't care enough about quality to be trusted.
05/23/16: Appearently people still use this post as a resource, so I went through and cleaned it up. Also, Joe Speakes' website has goe -poof-, so here's the orignal notes he wrote on Facebook.
01/12/15: Happy New Year! Added a few more sites, cleaned up a bit. Also, deleted the link to Joe Speake's FB post, because how there's a website: http://www.bridestore.info/
03/03/14: Added above text, minor edits...
12/23/13: Merry Almost Christmas! Also, fixed some formatting issues caused by a LiveJournal update.
11/03/13: Added image example for Google Shopping. It's just not a place to be searching for anything anymore. M*lanoo practically owns it.
10/30/13: Added Jezebel video link. It's from a while ago, is referring to wedding dresses, not Lolita, and doesn't actually mention M*lanoo, but it is talking about scams overseas in general, and is pretty revealing and informative.
09/18/13: Added some sites. Deleted broken links. Found some sites with viruses and malware. DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT WARN OF VIRUS/MALWARE.
06/01/13: Woo! Been a while. Added two more links, and... damn it, hyperlinks came back. DO NOT CLICK ON THEM! They just make the site get more hits, and show up in more Google searches!
11/08/12: Added sections "Identifying a Scammer" and "Some Words of Advice", adapted from the site Hello Lace.
11/04/12: Removed all hyperlinks to the scam sites so they would not get more hits. Added many more 'possibles', mainly contributed by 25skidoo. Thank you!
09/23/12: Separated the original list into two categories: "Confirmed Fronts" and "Possible Fronts".
07/02/12: Moved links around, added info about bulk order/rating sites according to the list of 200+ scam sites. Thank you, Joe Speakes!
THE REASONS YOU SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM M*LANOO:
Read all the links in the above post, especially the "complete disregard to even the most basic concern for quality" one.
Just in case you were wanting to buy a wedding dress from them, instead.
Also, shopping on Google Product Search is useless because M*lanoo has paid to be on there: EXAMPLE.
IDENTIFYING A SCAMMER:
- Does the site have a generic fashion domain name?
- Does the site have a generic Web 2.0 layout with tons of categories?
- Do the stock photos look familiar? (Majority of scammers steal photos from existing Lolita brand sites and Taobao stores. Use Google to do a reverse-image search to see if the stock photos are stolen.)
- Do the stock photos have different watermarks? Most likely stolen images.
- Do the terms "cheap", "cosplay", "cosplay Lolita" and "wholesale" appear?
- Are the prices oddly cheap? Most likely too good to be true.
- Does the store sell cosplay, Lolita fashion, mainstream, wedding and bridesmaid dresses?
- Are the items names plainly called "Sweet Pink Bow Cotton Lolita Dress"? Majority of reliable Lolita fashion stores give their items a specific series name.
- Is there a lot of "Engrish" rambling about innocence, purity and Lolita maidens?
If a website matches any of these descriptions, avoid it like the plague.
M*LANOO.COM CONFIRMED FRONTS:
M*LANOO.COM POSSIBLE FRONTS / M*lANOO RESLLERS / OTHER SCAM SITES:
SITES CARRYING M*LANOO:
http://www.alibaba.com (This site is aimed at trade buyers with bulk orders but M*lanoo uses it.)
http://www.aliexpress.com (This site is aimed at trade buyers with bulk orders but M*lanoo uses it.)
http://www.brandofdress.com (This is a "price comparison" site. The only problem is that it compares the prices of all the rip off scam sites. EVERY product there is a fake and they receive a commission if a visitor completes a purchase after being sent from this site. Avoid!)
http://www.dhgate.com (This site is aimed at trade buyers with bulk orders but M*lanoo uses it.)
SITES THAT ARE NOT M*LANOO BUT ARE JUST AS BAD, IF NOT WORSE:
(Confirmed as a scam here: http://egl.livejournal.com/18325078.htm
SOME WORDS OF ADVICE:
The websites that are listed on this page are confirmed as well as possible scammers. This means they may have bad customer service, resell overpriced items, steal other websites photos, steal credit card information, refuse to send products after payment and/or send you a replica disaster that looks nothing like the stock photo. Even if the website offers very cheap items, do not buy their products.
These people do not just create multiple domains, they also have a dedicated set of people that will post on your Facebook, Livejournal or blog how amazing their site is, and how could you think that they would ever scam you. They got the items they ordered - and so on. Watch out for these people, and do not trust anything they say.