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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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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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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

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Zombie Gnomes and The Deathly Chill Of Winter

Hey there guys and ghouls!

It’s been a while since our last update so here’s what’s going on in the Zombie Gnome factory:

ICE HAS BEEN FORMING πŸ™

We’ve been hibernating over the last few weeks trying to escape the clammy cold grasp of Old Man Winter. Β For those of Β you living in warmer climates around the world you may not be aware of him, he’s an evil bastard and he hates Canadians more than most… Something to do with all of us living in his muchly coveted northern hemisphere. Apparently, he’s not much for sharing.. Β So, for a few months of each year he attempts to make our lives as dreary and miserable as possible through the use of snow, wind, slush, cold weather and the awful small talk of the weather that comes with them..

Needless to say, We don’t much care for him.

So, we’ve been spending as much time as possible indoors working on spreading the infection without freezing it first :p As some of you may have seen on our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/revenantfx) we’ve completed the first few prototypes of our smaller “Bite Size” Zombie Gnomes. We’re currently just working on smoothing out the final kinks in Β  producing them and then we’ll be selling them along side our full size gnomes.

Also, The Lepracadaver is quickly nearing completion as well. His latex mold is complete and as soon as we get a day of warm enough weather his fiberglass mothermold will be made and the castings of him will begin πŸ™‚

Lastly, We got to make our first few Infected Apparel t-shirts this week. The trails and tribulations of learning to silk screen have been a non-stop uphill battle but we’re learning a little more with each attempt. Β More news to come on the t-shirt front soon… In the mean time though, here’s a little preview of some future designs.

tshirts2 tshirts1

Hope you enjoy and feel free to comment, share, inquire and as always;

Spread The Infection!!

Till next time,

Rest.In.Pieces

-Casper