Kim Kardashian has been accused of selling her high-end designer looks to fast-fashion brands like Fashion Nova to make a profit — but the reality star says that’s not the case.
Earlier this week, Kim wore a vintage one-of-a-king Mugler dress. The following day, a knock-off version appeared on Fashion Nova’s website with a waitlist ready for purchase.
According to Kim, Fashion Nova (and other fast-fashion retailers) simply work fast in effort to capitalize on what she wore.
There’s a twist though — days before Kim wore the dress, a Fashion Nova model posted pictures of herself at a photo shoot for the knock-off version. The photos on the screen appear to be labeled labeled ‘Kim Dress.’
I’ve watched these companies profit off my husband’s work for years and now that it’s also affecting designers who have been so generous to give me access to their beautiful works, I can no longer sit silent.
Only two days ago, I was privileged enough to wear a one-of-a-kind vintage Mugler dress and in less than 24 hours it was knocked off and thrown up on a site – but it's not for sale. You have to sign up for a waitlist because the dress hasn’t even been made to sell yet.
My relationships with designers are very important to me. It's taken me over a decade to build them and I have a huge amount of respect for the amount of work that they put into bringing their ideas to life.
So, as always, don’t believe everything you read and see online. I don’t have any relationships with these sites. I’m not leaking my looks to anyone, and I don’t support what these companies are doing.
eBay touts that you can utilize their website to buy and sell “Electronics, Cars, Fashion, Collectables, Coupons and More.” Of course, “more” can include just about anything, and so it’s within this category where potential profits can hide in plain sight.
I wrote a Clark.com piece in 2017 outlining a few obscure items that sell well on eBay, like toilet paper tubes, but apparently this bizarro trend has run its course. A quick “completed listings” search for toilet paper tubes show that out of 50 listings, only three lots had sold, one collection for a mere 99¢. It’s not exactly worth the effort to collect, photograph and write up a description for a mere 6% chance that your item will actually sell!
Make extra cash selling these odd items on eBay
However, as one trend disappears other ones take its place. I asked on Facebook’s eBay Warriors group about possibly lucrative obscure categories, as I figured that their 100,000+ members would be clued into the buyers’ trends. Here are some of their tips, plus a few of my own.
Empty Altoids tins
I checked eBay’s completed listings, and sure enough there’s a market for empty Altoid tins, so instead of chucking these into the recycling bin, consider setting them aside until you have enough to justify a listing.
Empty luxury item boxes
This suggestion was completely off my radar, as my empty boxes trend more towards Cheerios than Cartier or Tiffany & Co. But once again, this tip rang true. Note to self: Keep an eye out for empty luxury brand boxes when I head out for my next afternoon of garage sale-ing!
Old perfume, even when it’s partially used up
You might think that half-empty bottles of perfume hold no value, but such is not the case. Perfume makers frequently discontinue and update lines, which means that customers will often pay up to keep backups of their signature scent.
Discontinued board games
Don’t assume that your closet full of dusty and forgotten board games holds no value. Instead, take a look to see if you own one of these surprisingly sought-after “The Office” board games. Turn “That’s what she said” into “That’s what she sold!”
Box Tops for Education
This eBay category was a surprise to me, as I stopped cutting apart my grocery packaging when my kids graduated from elementary school. However, seeing these values might inspire me to restart my old clipping routine!
Off season treats from Trader Joe’s
If you’re a Trader Joe’s shopper, you already know that their seasonal foods have ardent and loyal fans. So if you have the foresight (and self control) to set aside a few extra boxes, you can turn a tidy profit once their shelves switch over from Christmas to Valentine’s Day. Keep in mind that these completed item prices are still from December, so I can only imagine how much they sell for once more months have been allowed to pass.
Whatever you try to sell, just make sure to do a “Completed Listings” search to get a true sense of what your items are worth. Many people make the mistake of assuming that the listed price is what things sell for, when in fact many eBay items go unsold.
How to conduct your own Completed Listings search on eBay
Find the search bar on the top right-hand corner of your computer screen. Click the small blue “Advanced” link:
This will bring you to the “Advanced Search” screen, where you can customize your search, including “Completed Listings.” You can now research which eBay items actually sold, and hold much they sold for. This will give you precise and current information, which then helps you to determine whether your unwanted items are worth listing on eBay.
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LIKE A VIRGIL: Virgil Abloh’s first designs for Louis Vuitton have yet to hit the French luxury giant’s boutique network, but they’re already selling up a storm.
A pop-up in Tokyo that opened last week raked in 30 percent more in the first 48 hours than Vuitton’s collaborative collection with Supreme in 2018, Vuitton chief executive officer Michael Burke told WWD.
He attributed the success to “pure unadulterated desire,” citing particularly strong demand for tailored ready-to-wear, mini trunks in white leather and transparent and iridescent weekend bags.
“It was merchandised as a full collection,” he said, also noting that the rush came despite no dedicated marketing campaign, advertising or gifting. About 1,000 people queued up in the Japanese capital to be among the first to buy.
The Supreme collaboration, seen as a watershed moment for streetwear, sold exclusively last June through eight pop-ups in Paris, London, Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul and Sydney.
Vuitton opted for a similar stealth approach for Abloh’s debut spring 2019 collection, first hosting pop-up stores in London and Shanghai last October. One in New York also opened last week, with the first day an invitation-only event for 200 people.
Crowned WWD’s Newsmaker of the Year last year, Abloh went from
Luxury electric car maker Tesla Inc. will stop selling the cheapest versions of the Model S sedan and Model X SUV from next week. “Starting on Monday, Tesla will no longer be taking orders for the 75 kWh version of the Model S & X. If you’d like that version, please order by Sunday night .,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter late Wednesday. RTT – Top Story
It’s a faux fur fake-out. Two online retailers, Boohoo and Zacharia Jewellers, have been called out in separate rulings for promoting pompom sweaters and headbands featuring fake fur — when in fact it was real, likely rabbit. “Consumers should be able to trust the ads they see and hear — and they certainly shouldn’t be… Fashion News, Photos, and Video | New York Post
If they made a movie about paying off your credit cards, it would be called âMission: Impossible.â
Seriously, paying down your credit card debts is a Herculean task. It can feel like youâre trying to climb a mountain thatâs made out of quicksand.
You reach a point where youâre paying so much interest, you canât pay down the principal. Â
Itâs tempting to take drastic measures. Sell off all your jewelry. Take a second job and say goodbye to your free time. You donât have to do that. Donât despair.
Weâve Got Ideas You Havenât Thought of
Before you drive to the pawn shop or check the job listings, weâve got eight tips for how to pay off your credit cards.
1. Let This Company Cut Your Interest Rates
When you think about how much debt you have, you might feel a little anxious.
Thatâs where a company like Fiona can be helpful. It can help you find personalized lending options to refinance or consolidate your debt to potentially save thousands dollars in interest.
Fiona will show you all the lenders willing to help you pay off your credit cards and eliminate the headache of paying bills by allowing you to make one payment each month.
You can borrow up to $ 100,000 (no collateral needed) and compare interest rates, which start at 4.99%. The idea is to secure a loan at a lower interest rate, potentially helping you save thousands. Repayment plans range from 24 to 84 months.
Take, for example, Katherine, who faced $ 12,000 in credit-card debt. Holding her back? The 15.24% interest rate. By refinancing with a 5%-interest, seven-year personal loan, she saved $ 12,000 in interest.
If sheâd kept on the same road, she would have paid something like $ 14,000 in interest alone over 25 years. Yikes.
So even if youâre simply curious about whatâs out there, know that checking rates on Fiona wonât hurt your credit score â and can probably save you in interest.
2. Get a Strategic View of Your Debt
One of the toughest parts about paying down debt is knowing where to begin.
To get yourself out of this hole, first you have to know what youâre dealing with.
Your credit report will give you this information. You can get a free copy of it once every 12 months from each of the three major credit reporting bureaus â but they can be tough to decipher.
If you want to keep a closer eye on your credit, get your credit score and âcredit report cardâ for free from Credit Sesame. This website breaks down exactly whatâs on your credit report in laymanâs terms, how it affects your score and what you should do about it.
It offers personalized tips for how to deal with your debts. Folks whoâve used it tell us itâs a lifesaver.
3. Find out If Youâre Paying Too Much for Car Insurance
Youâre probably overpaying for car insurance and wasting money you could use to pay down debt.
Have you shopped around lately? Have you compared rates from the 20 largest auto insurers that do business in your area? That sounds kind of difficult and time-consuming, doesnât it?
Fortunately, a service called Gabi will do it for you, and you donât even have to fill out any forms. Simply link your insurance account and provide your driverâs license number, and Gabi will go to work.
Once you link your insurance account to Gabi, it will:
Scan your existing insurance plan.
Analyze what coverage you have.
Compare the major insurersâ rates for that same coverage.
Help you switch on the spot if it finds you a better rate.
It is a true apples-to-apples comparison at the same coverage levels and deductibles you currently have. Once you sign up, you never have to shop again. Gabiâs software has your policy on file and keeps on monitoring for savings as your life changes.
4. Find Some Hidden Cash
Before you start hashing out a plan to tackle your debt, it might make you feel better to find areas in your life where you can save. Then you can funnel that money directly toward those outstanding balances.
For consistent savings, download TrueBill, an app thatâll negotiate your bills, cancel unwanted subscriptions and refund your bank fees. On average, Truebill says it saves customers $ 700 a year.
You can also try digging up some extra cash with Paribus â a tool that gets you money back for your online purchases. Itâs free to sign up, and once you do, it will scan your email for any receipts. If it discovers youâve purchased something from one of its monitored retailers, it will track the itemâs price and help you get a refund when thereâs a price drop.
One of our favorite ways to save on everything is with Ebates, a cash-back site that rewards you nearly every time you buy something online. For example, Ebates gives you 10% cash-back on online purchases at Walmart. Plus, youâll get a free $ 10 gift card to Walmart for giving the site a try.
Disclosure: Paribus compensates us when you sign up using the links we provide.
5. Earn Rewards When You Repay Your Debt on Time
When you were a kid, your mom probably gave you an allowance for washing the dishes and sweeping the floor. Now all you get for doing that is a kitchen thatâs clean for, like, 15 minutes.
Now that youâre a grown-up, you no longer get rewarded for just doing the things that are expected of you â like, for instance, paying bills on time.
Not until now, anyway.MoneyLion, a free app for managing your personal finances, will reward you for things like paying your bills and monitoring your credit â even just setting up an account in the app.
Much like that childhood allowance, itâs basically bribing you to be good.
Youâll earn points in the appâs rewards program, and you can redeem them for gift cards to more than 15,000 retailers, including places like Walmart, Applebeeâs and Amazon.
If you want to take it a step further and work on paying down debts, for example, MoneyLion can help with a loan to consolidate your debt and potentially reduce your interest rates. And itâll reward you for that, too!
6. Start Saving Without Trying
Saving money is tough. So what if you could do it in a way where you wouldnât even notice?
This innovative app automates saving for you. Simply link it to your checking account, and its algorithms will determine small (and safe!) amounts of money to withdraw into a separate, FDIC-insured savings account.
Bonus: Penny Hoarders will get an extra $ 5 just for signing up! Additionally, savers will receive a 1% bonus every three months.
Digit is free to use for the first 30 days, then itâs $ 2.99 per month afterward.
7. Make Extra Money While You Watch TV
For those times you choose the frugal route and stay in for the night, why not cash in on your free time? Survey sites arenât the fastest way to earn money, but theyâre a great way to build a little savings while you veg out.
InboxDollars lets you actually get paid to watch TV online. The site hosts a ton of stuff to watch, including cooking, entertainment, news and health shows. The shows are sponsored by brands that need to get them in front of as many eyeballs as possible. Every time you watch one, InboxDollars will credit your account with a little bit of cash.
MyPoints: This platform lets you earn gift cards for taking polls, answering surveys and other things you do online â a great way to cash in on long lines or an endless commute. Youâll earn a $ 5 bonus when you complete your first five surveys.
8. Negotiate Your Bills
Remember what your grandma used to say when you wanted a cookie? âAsk nicely!â
It turns out thatâs amazing life advice when it comes to tackling your debt, as well.
Sometimes you can lower your bills, especially crippling medical bills, just by asking to have them reduced. Let your provider know a good reason why you canât pay what itâs asking. You might get a little relief.
Also keep an eye on late fees and other sneaky charges that are added on to your bill. Those are easy for your debtors to remove if they choose.
It doesnât hurt to ask, right?
Mike Brassfield is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.
This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.
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This year, we’re SO prepared for Christmas. We’ve got the festive Spotify playlist on repeat, our Christmas jumpers are out and ready, and we’ve picked up some Harry Potter baubles to make things that bit more magical.
On top of that, this week we’ll be welcoming all the Black Friday sales. If you haven’t compiled a list of things you want yet, you’d better start soon.
Morrisons are pulling out all the stops for Black Friday by selling their bargain wares early – and there are a few deals you won’t want to miss.
One of those being their 1.5L magnum of Prosecco for just a tenner. Equivalent to two bottles of bubbles, it holds up to twelve glasses, making each tipple a bargain 84p a glass.
They’re available now, days before the official worldwide sale, and you can pick yours up at participating Morrisons stores.
The supermarket chain is also offering customers some boozy advent calendars to make December very merry indeed. There’s a 24 bottle gin advent calendar containing 5oml servings the likes of of Hendricks, Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray, which comes in at £54.
With Christmas just around the corner, if we were you we’d stock up ASAP.
Incase you hadn’t noticed, we’re getting pretty excited about Christmas in the Marie Claire office. While some people are reluctant to start the countdown until December, we’re ready thanks to the huge amount of festive treats already on offer.
And now we’re making picking the perfect Christmas treats even easier by bringing you the latest sweet news – Tesco is now selling huge boxes of Maltesers Truffles.
The supermarket is truly bringing festive joy to the masses with this one. Maltesers are a Christmas staple – why else do we all buy Celebrations? – so imagine our delight at finding out that these beauties are on the shelves.
One Instagram user alerted the world to this happy news by sharing a photograph of the giant box at their local store.
We’re in love.
They’ve already got a huge fan following, with many marvelling at this wonderful creation.
‘I know what I’m treating my self too… Maltesers are life,’ one Instagram user commented on the post.
‘Not big enough they’re amazing make it giant,’ another wrote.
Okay, we’re with that person.
The Maltesers Truffles also a very reasonable £7, and we now know what we’ll be stuffing into our trolly on the next food shop.
Supreme is selling a T-shirt dedicated to women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct
There is officially less than a week until the 2018 midterm elections on November 6th. And the clothing brand Supreme is urging people to vote—by reminding followers of Donald Trump’s alleged sexual misconduct. The company’s new “18 & Stormy” T-shirt honors both Stormy Daniels and Trump’s accusers while raising money to get out the vote.
Today, November 1st, Supreme shared the shirt design on its Instagram page. In the post, the brand noted that the tee, designed by Richard Prince, depicts all 18 women who have accused Trump of sexual assault, as well as Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who he has repeatedly attempted to silence.
Supreme added that all proceeds from the “18 & Stormy” shirt will benefit Downtown for Democracy, a political action committee that works to engage artists in the democratic process. The shirt was released on Supreme’s web store today, but it is currently sold out. Once the design is back in stock, purchasing the “18 & Stormy” tee will cost you $ 40.
Supreme isn’t the first brand to fight back against the Trump administration. In June, Lipslut released a pink matte “F*ck Trump” lipstick to help families affected by the federal government’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. And Ben & Jerry’s recently created a flavor called Pecan Resist and donated money to four social justice groups in honor of its release.
Remember: The best way to resist the current administration is by voting, so make sure to cast your ballot in the 2018 midterms.
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