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Zombie Gnomes Of The Listings Fake!!

Zombie Gnomes and Demonic decorations by RevenantFX Beware of the knockoffs

Zombie Gnomes of the Listings Fake!!


  My partner Sadie and I, are a couple of Canadian self-employed freelance artists known as RevenantFX.
 Beginning in April 2021, online scammers started listing fake advertisements on Facebook/social media using our photos we had taken of our artwork in a ‘Bait and Switch Scam’. Shocked and dismayed, we began reporting them as quick as we could and trying to put the word out, warning folks about their trap.

ZOMBIE GNOMES
Real Zombie Gnomes PSA Made by RevenantFX


 The internet came to our aid in trying to alert fellow social media users, especially the “Facebook Ad Scambusters group” (who tirelessly volunteer their own time to fight these crooks on a daily basis!) With help from them and others we took down hundreds of fake ads off Facebook, but unfortunately many of the scammer’s shops/accounts still remain. One of the admins for the group, Lee Hadland wrote a great article about the entire issue and included us in her story here: https://www.excelsiorcan.com/blog/facebook-scam-ads

An Article by Lee Hadland of the “Facebook Ad Scambusters Group”

Stu Mills @ CBC news also did a piece “Buyer Beware: Little Recourse For Online Shoppers Stuck With Counterfeit Goods” that included our story, you can check that out here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/online-shopping-paypal-ottawa-purchase-protection-1.6046831

Stu Mills’ Piece on CBC News

Unfortunately though, this was only the tip of the iceberg 🙁
Since then these fake shops and sites have been multiplying like a cancer…
Thousands and thousands of listings across all the major marketplace sites you can think of; Amazon, Walmart, Alibaba, Wish, Etc. Along with plenty of stand alone fake sites, they have set up hoping to steal your info and send you trash! 
 As of the time of this writing Sadie has reported approximately 4,000 fake listings on Amazon.com / Amazon.ca alone.

Zombie Gnomes By RevenantFX
Beware! Beware! Gnock-off Gnomes Everywhere!


Usually they come down, but they also come back. They almost always continue to multiply and the mere volume of them makes it near impossible to combat. Sometimes they will add new pictures they have stolen from our customer’s reviews or new photoshopped versions where they have cut out our statues/ornaments and put them on new backgrounds. They even use pictures of us that we have posted online in the past in their fake ads.

Pics of us used in fake listings

 Reporting these scams and dealing with the fallout has become a near full time job, hindering both our business and personal lives. We are not the only ones in this situation either. Hundreds of other artists, makers and entrepreneurs are experiencing the same crisis. Christopher Beikmann of Fusion Idol Arts made a huge post that illustrates this entire issue on his site here: https://www.fusionidol.com/pages/artists-unite-against-amazon

Christopher Beikmann of Fusion Idol Arts’ article on stolen art

  Or here is the almost identical story being told just a few months ago by Barb of Madebybarb.com here: https://www.madebybarb.com/2021/09/12/my-work-is-famous-but-stolen/

Barb speaks about her art being stolen

Or here just a few weeks ago Jennifer Kraus of NewsChannel5 in Nashville did a story on a couple of fellow Etsy sellers called ButtonsAndPearl who are experiencing the same plight: https://www.newschannel5.com/news/newschannel-5-investigates/tempted-to-buy-art-you-see-on-social-media-watch-out-scammers-are-hijacking-photos-of-real-art-to-sell-fakes

Jennifer Kraus writes about how artists “ButtonsandPearl” are having the same problems

We are being targeted by these shady overseas companies with offices and factories. They are using these platforms as a shield to flood the market with their knockoffs. Isn’t this illegal? It’s false advertising, it’s IP theft, it’s fraud and each of these companies hosting them are not only letting it happen, they’re getting a cut off of each sale!!

Photo’s stolen from our customer’s reviews used in bootleg listings
We have even found factory made knockoffs being sold side by side against our original handmade pieces on our beloved handmade marketplace Etsy πŸ™

What if these sellers were selling and shipping other illegal items like guns, explosives or some kind of poison? Would they be shut down then? Or would they just be able to say that “they take those matters seriously’ and do nothing?
 Sure, our Zombie Gnomes may not be quite as dangerous as firearms or as deadly as some other things out there, but the counterfeits still aren’t trivial. It’s our livelihood, as well as that of plenty of others like us, that is being poached and destroyed; along years worth of hard work, education and practise that is being siphoned off and stolen. They are feeding on us like vampires and bleeding each artist/maker they attack of every ounce of creativity/content they can get! Why are they above the law? Both the scammers and the marketplaces that harbor them?
 If these marketplaces can’t verify what 3rd party sellers are selling/shipping to their customers, maybe there is an issue that needs to be resolved…
 Brick and mortar stores aren’t allowed to make a profit by importing counterfeits and knockoffs to sell in their shops, so why is Walmart or Amazon different? If these company operate within our countries, should they not be held at least somewhat accountable to our laws? or at least accountable to their own customers?

These are the Bootlegs of our Demonic Decorations on Amazon πŸ™


 These big commercial enterprises and tech companies are in business with these scammers, making a profit off each transaction while everyone else involved pays the price!
 It’s not just the artists and creators being hurt by this either; it’s also the customers, their trust, and the reputation of the platforms that are condoning this behavior.
 Each time one of these poor shoppers get lured into the Bait and Scam trap, they not only do not receive what they thought they ordered (if anything at all), they also give over their credentials/address to the scammers. That’s not fair for any customer anywhere!


 How many of these losing transactions will it take before the customer loses faith in said platform? How long until the customer loses faith in online shopping as a whole?
 And who loses in the end? Everyone but the Scammers!!
The artists, makers, entrepreneurs and real businesses lose their time and profit; the customer loses their money and their trust in both the platform and E-Commerce in general, and lastly the marketplace loses it’s good reputation and credibility because it knowingly allows the scams to continue!
 This is a growing problem and its not new either, Nicole Nguyen of Buzzfeed wrote about this in 2019: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nicolenguyen/amazon-counterfeit-art-sellers-fakes-copyright-infringement

Nicole Nguyen of Buzzfeed wrote about this 2 years ago!

 Andrew R. Chow of Time posted an article about it in 2020 here: https://time.com/5921820/facebook-shopping-scams-holidays-covid-19/

Andrew R. Chow’s piece outlining some of the scams to watch out for on Facebook

 and there are more appearing all the time..
This is bad for the internet, it’s bad for E-Commerce, it’s bad for our economy, it’s bad for everyone!

Please Help us and the Strawberry Seymour Guts spread the word about these crooks!

 Please share our story with anyone you think may be able to help: friends, family, co-workers, news outlets, journalists, bloggers, podcasters etc.
Anyone with a voice can help and anyone who buys or sells anything online needs to know! Artists, makers, entrepreneurs etc. Thank you for reading all of this and thank you to everybody for all of the help and support we have received!!
Thanks for sharing an thanks for caring!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  – Casper & Sadie Revenant

Buyer Beware!
Be on the lookout, there be scammers about!
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BEWARE!!

ZOMBIE GNOMES

💥💥ATTENTION!!💥💥SCAM ALERT!! BEWARE!!It has been brought to our attention that some fake sites/pages are falsely advertising our work for sale! THIS IS NOT US!! DO NOT BE FOOLED!!These are scam pages and we are actively working on having them remove our content.Our work is only sold by us on our website (www.revenantfx.com), our Etsy site (www.etsy.com/shop/revenantfx) or directly through us. Any other websites offering our work are FAKE AND RUNNING A SCAM!Again, please, please, please do not be fooled and feel free to help us by reporting any you see!Thanks so much and stay safe!! Love, Sadie & Casper

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Transformation Complete! Zombie Gnomes Now Available Here ;)

Welcome back Guys and Ghouls!

Its been far to long..

Needless to say our website was long overdue for an overhaul, but hey, No one said there was time spread a worldwide zombie gnome apocalypse AND learn web design :p

So we got help..

Thanks to our good friend Peter from Amagicreative we finally have a beautifully updated website with our own store!!

If ya like the look our site or need any graphic design, web design, video production or animation done get at him: peter@amagicreative.com or http://www.amagicreative.com

Now we can spread the infection directly to you without any need for middlemen/middlewoman, and god knows we don’t need anymore middlemen or middle women :p

So!

Be sure to check back soon as we are still in the process of adding more Zombie Gnomes and undead delights to the shop and we’ve got plenty of exciting new projects in the works for 2015!

Rest.In.Pieces

-Casper

 

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RoFo The Rob Ford Gnome (not robbie bobbie bobblehead) :p

So… In a slightly different direction than usual we’ve made a parody gnome of the notorious Rob Ford.
He comes in both a “Classic” and “Stupored” edition and he’s available now in our Etsy shop..
http://www.etsy.com/shop/revenantfx

Please enjoy responsibly πŸ˜‰

Can’t Get enough controversy from the media about Toronto’s mayor?
Than it’s time to bring the mayor and all his controversy to your garden!

That’s right folks, now you too can have your own political circus right on your front lawn!
Your garden gnome community will now have a leader to look to and follow on all their gnomish adventures.
Allegations will run wild
Alleged drug use will be rampant
Alleged scandals will be plentiful
All in an alleged “drunken stupor” right on your front lawn!

Adopt this gnomish RoFo, bring him home today.
Place him in your garden and you can be sure thats where he’ll stay!
For In search of food and pleasure some gnomes will tend to roam
..But in the case of this gnome, he’s got enough to eat at home

Each of these mythical mayoral figures are sculpted meticulously in water/oil clay, cast in rock solid premium grade gypsum cement.
Then hand-painted to bring out all of their mayoral detail (and to ensure that no two are exactly the same).
Lastly, they are each coated in a high gloss outdoor sealer to preserve their charming looks
and to help prevent any further mishaps by means of weather.

 

Rob Ford Gnome "Stupored Edition"
Rob Ford Gnome “Stupored Edition”

Rob Ford Gnome for sale
Rob Ford Gnome for sale

 

We hope you can find it in your heart to elect him for your garden today πŸ˜‰

Rest.In.Pieces

-Casper

 

 

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Free Zombie Gnome Contest #2

The Gnome for the holidays contest has begun,

time to bring the walking dead to your garden!

Head over to our Facebook page for your chance to win a freeΒ  zombie gnome!

http://www.facebook.com/revenantfx

The guidelines are as follows:

If you’ve always wanted to infect your household but haven’t had the funds to do so, now is your chance with our “Gnome For The Holidays” contest!
All you have to do to enter is “like” our Facebook page RevenantFX
and share this post on your wall and you’ll be entered to win!
One lucky winner will be picked at random this Sunday Dec.1st
to have a FREE ZOMBIE GNOME of their choice shipped to them.
Good luck and happy hunting fiends

Santa Corpse the Christmas Zombie Gnome
Santa Corpse the Christmas Zombie Gnome


Spread The Infection!!

-Casper&Sadie Revenant

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Toronto Zombie Walk 2013 and Some New Zombie Gnomes

Hey Guys and Ghouls!

It’s that time of year again the countdown has begun!!
Only 7 days remain until RevenantFX joins the recently deceased and takes to the streets once more to infect the living at Toronto Zombie Walk 2013
Come join us for a gruesome day of blood, guts and gore featuring undead entertainment, ghoulish vendors, thousands of zombies and the beautiful “Trash” from Return of the Living Dead AKA LINNEA QUIGLEY!!

For more info on the walk check out the site : http://torontozombiewalk.ca

Also RevenantFX will be bringing along a few fresh new Zombie Gnomes !

First up is the recently deceased

Eatmore Guts Zombie Gnome

 

This ravenous Gnomish Cadaver is the brother of the late, great Seymour Guts.
His thirst for Brains is only matched by his hunger for guts!
Eatmore Guts will be sure to infect everything else in your garden/home one blood soaked, viscera covered entrail at a time!

Eatmore Guts Zombie Gnome
Eatmore Guts Zombie Gnome

 

Next we have our new and dismembered :

 

Disemboweled Donny Zombie Gnome

A shredded mess of blood, guts and gore
Poor little Donny can’t walk no more
Gone are his gnome feet, calfs and thighs
Now everywhere he crawls something dies
A gnome once proud with his gnome hat on head
Now just another of the gnomish undead
Entrails, ribs and spine all on display
Bring Donny home to your garden today!

Donny Zombie Gnome RevenantFX 2
Disemboweled Donny Zombie Gnome

Donny Zombie Gnome RevenantFX
Disemboweled Donny Zombie Gnome

 

And last but definitely not least:

The Great Pumpkin Corpse

Behold The Great Pumpkin Corpse!
Risen from his pumpkin patch grave just in time for Halloween
This soul swallowing gourd would be the perfect addition to any haunters Halloween display
and a wonderful decoration for the most hallowed of days!

The Great Pumpkin Corpse
The Great Pumpkin Corpse

 

All of these atrocities can be found for sale in our Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/revenantfx

Hope to see you next week at the Toronto Zombie walk πŸ˜‰

until then..

Rest.In.Pieces

-Casper

 

 

 

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RevenantFX @ Toronto Fan Expo today

Hey Guys and Ghouls,

We’re all set up and ready to go;Β  zombie gnomes, horror masks, zombie heads and more!

Plus there are tons of other cool vendors and guests to check out.

Today is the first day of Fan Expo Toronto and it goes all weekend… we’re gonna be there so come by and chat us up πŸ˜‰

Revenantfx at #fanexpo
Revenantfx at #fanexpo

Considered by many to be the β€œComic Con” of Canada, Fan Expo Canadaβ„’ humbly began as the Canadian National Comic Book Expo in 1995. Growing from one genre with 1500 fans to a multifaceted show connecting over 90,000 fans, Fan Expo Canadaβ„’ is currently the 3rd largest pop culture event in North America!

Timeline and Growth:

1995 – the inaugural Canadian National Comic Book Expo (1,500 fans)
1998 – The Canadian National Anime Expo was added (7,000 fans)
1999 – The Science Fiction Expo is added (9,700 fans)
2004 – Rue Morgue’s β€œFestival of Fear” Horror expo joins in (28,000 fans)
2005 – Gaming Expo joins the event (40,000 fans)
2006 – rebranded as FAN EXPO CANADAβ„’ featuring Comic, Sci-Fi, Anime, Horror and Gaming (43,000 fans)

 

The success of Fan Expo Canadaβ„’ is not only due to its unique content but also its growing, diverse community.

Now entering its 19th year, Fan Expo Canadaβ„’ showcases over 900 exhibitors and sprawls over 750,000 square feet of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre!

see you there!!

Rest.In.Pieces

-Casper & Sadie

Revenantfx zombie gnomes at Toronto Fanexo 2013
Revenantfx zombie gnomes at Toronto Fanexo 2013

 

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Happy Canada Day and Pride Weekend to all our fellow Canadians!!

In the spirit ofΒ  Canada day and pride week, we created a few special versions of our Ribor Mortis Zombie Gnomes to show our support!

Here they are, Hope you enjoy them and we hope everyone had a great celebratory undead weekend here in Canada and abroad πŸ˜‰

-Casper+Sadie

Happy Pride Week from RevenantFX
Happy Pride Week from RevenantFX

Happy Canada Day From RevenantFX
Happy Canada Day From RevenantFX

 

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Scarefest!!

Alot of new stuff to post in the coming weeks but for now…
WHO”S COMING TO SCAREFEST?!?
We are pleased to announce that we will be taking part in this years CHA Scarefest!
So far it’s shaping up to be an awesome event with tons of cool vendors, speakers and a few workshops from what we hear..

Scarefest

The list of vendors thus far looks amazing and there’s probably more to come!

Canadian Haunters Association
Haunted House Creations
Darklight Precision Lighting Systems
Frightprops
Room 57
Horrors Unlimited
Grim Stitch Factory
Liquid Imprints
Pandora’s Box Creations
AVShop.ca
Stephen Burger – Comic Book Writer/Artist
Killhaus Entertainment OPS Inc.
Amazing Party & Costume
Rue Morgue Magazine
Haunt Ventures
Hauntcast
Toronto Zombie Walk
RevenantFX
Black Widow Hearse Club
Sinister Laboratories
Baby’s First Boo
Creeped Out
The Gift Crypt
SteamGummi
The Ontario Ghostbusters
Dotsy’s Extertainment Company
Mike’s Custom Creations

For more info click the banner above or the picture below and check out the official website..
Let’s be honest come July we could all use a little more Halloween in our lives πŸ˜‰
Hope to see you there!!

Halloween Haunters Convention
Halloween Haunters Convention