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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 🙁

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 🙁


 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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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 free  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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RevenantFX @ Toronto Fan Expo today

Hey Guys and Ghouls,

We’re all set up and ready to go;  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 😉

Revenantfx at #fanexpo
Revenantfx at #fanexpo

Considered by many to be the “Comic Con” of Canada, Fan Expo Canada™ 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 Canada™ 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 “Festival of Fear” Horror expo joins in (28,000 fans)
2005 – Gaming Expo joins the event (40,000 fans)
2006 – rebranded as FAN EXPO CANADA™ featuring Comic, Sci-Fi, Anime, Horror and Gaming (43,000 fans)

 

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

Now entering its 19th year, Fan Expo Canada™ 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 of  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 😉

-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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Zombie Gnomes and Bloody masks and Chainsaws, Oh my!

The warm weather is finally returning and the beginning of spring means the dawn of more undead for RevenantFX!

We’ve been busy little cadavers,; conjuring spells and raising the dead is hard work but we’ve got lots of new stuff to show you 😉

First off , we have some new latex masks that will be ready for this season.  Here’s the first, a skin mask in the making. It will be available in a wearable version and a display version in the coming months. Enjoy!

bloodyface IMG_6250ss IMG_6246ss

 

Secondly, we have here our newest addition to our little Walking Dead Clan. He will also be cast in late and offered in both wearable and display version. With many different paint schemes available. We believe that one company can never truly have too many different Zombie Heads to choose from. 🙂

 

Newest Latex Mask by RevenantFX
Newest Latex Mask by RevenantFX

 

Newest Latex Mask by RevenantFX
Newest Latex Mask by RevenantFX

 

Newest Latex Mask by RevenantFX
Newest Latex Mask by RevenantFX

 

Next up we have a work in progress. The newest member of our Garden Nightmares collection. From deep within the bizarre annals of American history comes a strange, possibly inbred killer. Best known for his love of Chainsaws. His penchant for taxidermy and his mask. We proudly present The Texas Chainsaw Butcher. He’s 12″ tall and can’t wait to become your personal arborist. He’ll be available in the coming weeks via our Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/people/Revenantfx The only question that remains is… Who in the Garden will Survive? And what will be left of them…?

 

Texas Gnome Massacre
Chainsaw Gnome

 

Texas Chainsaw Gnome
Chainsaw Butcher Gnome

 

Leather face Chainsaw Gnome by RevenantFX
Chainsaw butcher Gnome by RevenantFX

 

Last but most definitely not least, Riber Mortis! You may ask what is Riber Mortis? A recent cause of death thought to be linked with the current dine -in special at your local BBQ joint?
Well possibly..
But not in this case.
Riber Mortis is the name of RevenantFX‘s  newest Zombie Gnome!
Torn and tattered
Ravaged and battered
Rigor to stay
And ribs on display.
This ravenous beast seems to actually be enjoying his life after death. As his taste for brains far surpasses the lack of taste he brought to the lawn while in life. A true carnivore, it is thought that he may actually be the one responsible for eating his arm… (Gnome wings?) who knows?… What we do know, he stands 12” tall and is cast in solid gypsum cement. Handcasted, hand-painted and 
hand finished with a high gloss outdoor sealer.

New Zombie Gnome Sculpt RevenantFX
New Zombie Gnome Sculpt RevenantFX

More to come soon! Until then…

Rest.In.Pieces

-Casper

 

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu vs. The Undead – Zombie Survival w/RevenantFX

Soo… Zombie survival is today’s topic. Ever wonder how to fend off the undead while your down?  Rob McAlpine has the answer for you in the form of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

Over the summer we had the privilege of vending at the Toronto Runforyourlives event at Burl’s Creek. To say it was an interesting experience would be an understatement; zombies,runners, mud, rain and gale force winds combined to make for an epic outing with the undead. Needless to say, we had a great time and got to meet plenty of awesome people, sell lots of zombie gnomes, give lots of zombie makeup advice and spread the infection a little more while we were at it 😉

Among all of those awesome people we met one stood out in particular as he got us to help him out with making a short instructional video on how to defend yourself against the dead. His name is Robert McAlpine and he is a master of dispatching the undead, you can see more of his videos here: http://www.youtube.com/user/robertwmcalpine?feature=watch

So without further a due, remember: Zombie survival is an essential skill so check it out below…. it may save your life 😉

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Welcome to 2013: The Year Of The Living Dead

Hope that Christmas was a terrorific event for all!

We know that quite a few homes were infected over the holidays; Santa Corpse and his army of ravenous Zombie Gnomes crawled their way under many a tree for Christmas morning..

Screams of shock, terror and joy echoed far and wide across the snowy land; we were happy to play a part in causing them 😉

And now it’s 2013

This year looks promising for the undead. A new Evil Dead movie on the way (which looks amazing from the previews), a FPS Walking Dead game (because shooting zombies never looses it’s luster) along with the second half of season 3, World War Z (a zombie movie starring Brad Pitt, how can that not be promising?!?) and lest we forget, a whole horde of new Zombie Gnomes and other atrocities from us!!

To help propel our efforts RevenantFX HQ has been undertaking many renovations over the past few weeks. most recently over the weekend our beloved bar made the ultimate sacrifice and thanks to those wonderful  Swedish trolls at Ikea we now have a WARM INDOOR  workspace 🙂

We also stocked up on hundreds of pounds of stone and every other imaginable gnome making supply we could get our hands on. Needless to say, production in the gnome factory is about to get back underway!

Also, for all those who have been patiently awaiting; this means we’ll be re-stock our Etsy shop soon 😉

That’s all for gnow fiends!

till next time,

Rest.In.Pieces

-Casper