The Knock off Knockdown blog and website are dedicated to reviewing and exposing unethical business practices within the fetish, latex, sex toy, porn, and adult industries. The initial blog was created by Mad_Scientist (Who owns www.kinkengineering.com, a fetish latex store) and Archean (Who is Miss Rubber World 2011), but is expanding to include articles by guest bloggers, experienced industry insiders, and community watchdogs.
While it is important to us to shine a light on businesses that are not following through on their quality assurances, are stealing images or designs, or otherwise using underhanded business practices, it is also extremely important for us to back up every claim, article, and expose with real evidence of wrongdoing. This takes time and effort, which is why we don't publish a lot of articles, usually one per month. However we will do our due diligence on reporting on the facts of any investigation we have launched.
While technically this site is a review site, and thus based on our opinion. You will not find offhand opinions on this site or our blog. We, or our fellow bloggers, have done the first hand research and investigation to find the truth behind these companies. Often through communications with both the companies suspected of poor business practice, AND the legitimate artists or businesses that they are preying upon.
We do our best to tell all sides of the story, and if you or your company is featured here (good or bad) you do have the opportunity to request for us to remove or revise any article written about you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to add to an article about you or your store.
We reserve the right to publish and continue to display our findings of YOUR business dealings. We will only take down an article if you can show evidence of slander in our review of your business, or evidence contrary to that which we have published. Please do remember that saying something bad about a person or a business is only slander if it is NOT TRUE.
It should be added that this website only exposes unethical business behavior. It does not speak to the value of the products. Companies that are properly representing themselves online (i.e do not engage in "unethical practices" as defined below) will be added to our "legitimate list" regardless of their pricing structure, designs or overall quality.
Stealing images produced by another individual or business and using them for commercial purposes without permission (or knowledge) of the owner of the images. "If it's online, it's not owned" is NOT an excuse. Any business that is legitimate needs to have permission to use images, or to create it's own images of products. Case closed.
Blatant copying of creations of other companies, artists, or individuals. While this may not technically be illegal, it is harmful to designers who spend great amounts of time developing new, beautiful or functional designs to find them reverse engineered in a mater of days by knockoff companies. Poor quality reproductions are also often presented as the work of the original artist/company that designed them by often unsuspecting consumers who then besmirch the quality of the designer.
A deeper level of photo theft where watermarks are cropped out, digitally removed, or branded-over by the knockoff companies own URL or Logo. This is not just theft, but also plagiarism.
Sending unsolicited or unethical communications on mass. This includes falsehood in advertising, unsolicited email, Fake user accounts on social media (Fetlife/Facebook/Twitter) and other means of unethical marketing.
Not sending products ordered:
Simple - You order something and give the company money. Nothing arrives. The company does not ship products and is a full out scam.
History of sending products differing from products advertised:
You order a particular item, with a size and color selected. Items significantly different from the advertised quality, quantity, size, or color arrive. This may include: Use of inferior materials. Poor workmanship. Color/size mistake. Product defects. Shortchanging. Shipping overcharges and more.
Company or individual claims to be or represent another company or individual that it does not have the rights to associate with. Also includes false claims of expertise, years of experience, or associations that are verifiable false. Example: Fake wholesaler who claims to manufacture for a large, well known and respected company.
Communications/customer service problems:
(Non response to emails/phone, language barriers, problems with returns or refunds.
If a company has a flagrant offense on their website or marketing, we will usually contact them directly with a request for comment and give them an opportunity for swift change of practices. We never write about a business that we have not contacted in some way and given opportunity for self correction.
We may also interact with a company under an alias acting as a potential customer. We may also purchase an item from the company (at our expense) or request a sample (if they are offering as a wholesaler with unsolicited contact) to get a first hand experience for evaluation of customer service and quality of products.
If the company has then shown evidence of wrongdoing, and has shown no initiation of changes to their business practice as a result of our contact with them (we give them a chance to be honest) we then write about what we have learned, as a review for other potential customers to avoid frustration, and potential financial loss.