Christmas is coming, and with it suddenly my Facebook feed is filled with “sponsored” posts promoting highly questionable products. A lot of them seem to come from “companies” with names that look like someone just buttonmashed their keyboard (e.g. “Hnhvoo”) but the stuff they’re purporting to sell is clearly not what buyers will receive.
For example, a couple of them are plugging Loki advent calendars, complete with a picture of 24 little Loki figures you will apparently get. Except that the pictured items are obviously Funko figures, some of which individually cost several times more than what they’re selling the whole advent calendar for. And the calendars are not available on Funko sites, and I’m pretty sure Marvel ain’t giving exclusive licensing to some crappy outfit that only shows up on social media.
So obviously what will happen if you order here is: 1) You will receive a horrible cheap-ass product filled with nasty knock-offs; 2) you will receive nothing; or 3) you will receive nothing and they steal and sell all your payment details (although they seem to favor PayPal so I dunno).
Since Facebook operates on a “you clicked on one, therefore here are a bazillion others” my feed is now filled with lots of similar advent calendars (on different themes), all claiming to be from different incoherently-named companies but used the same texts (“24 little boxes!”) and photoshopped onto the same table. I’ve been amusing myself by posting “scam alert” messages in the comments but honestly, it’s just depressing that they’re doing this. I’ve also reported a few to Facebook but they’ve declined to pursue, unsurprisingly.
TL;DR: Don’t buy products off Facebook, no matter how cool they look.