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29 June 2012 @ 11:37 pm

Hi,

There seems to be multiple listings for these cups on E-bay. Someone is even selling a bulk lot of 100 for AUD1250.00.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Menstrual-Cup-size-1-small-pink-/290735628270?_trksid=p3286.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D4%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D253992956005320042&_qi=RTM839190#ht_569wt_1270

They look a bit like a Lunette, they even have a tab stem. They seem to be simply branded as "Menstrual Cup". Any thoughts?

 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 29th, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
The older ones are repackaged Green Donnas but they also have knock-offs of Lunettes, Lady Cups, Natural Mamas, Moocups/Femmecups and even Insteads.

Google WHOLESALE MENSTRUAL CUP and you'll get many sites, mostly of Far Eastern wholesales/distributors.
moonhoney925 on June 29th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
So someone has ripped of Green Donna which in turn ripped of Lunette.

Edited at 2012-06-29 02:05 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 29th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
I can't access your link dues to restricted access from my country, but have a look throught the green donna tag on the sidebar, maybe ?
moonhoney925 on June 29th, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
Ok, so this mob has ripped off a few brands then.

Edited at 2012-06-29 02:05 pm (UTC)
femininewearfemininewear on June 29th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
They are illegal copies of the Lunette. More information is here on the Lunette website http://www.lunette.com/index.php?id=34 at the bottom of the page.
moonhoney925 on June 29th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
Hi Teresa,

I was not planning on purchasing one. Yes, I like cheap prices but AUD24.50 + free shipping from Australia simply sounds dodgy. The pink colour also looks too vibrant and a bit plastic like for a silicone cup (going by my Lunette Diana).

I was just curious since there were close to a dozen listings.
m03m on June 29th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
The cups themselves are most likely fine, just illegal/unethical because the manufacturer is piggybacking on other companies' research and development.

I don't believe that the colours look too vibrant for a silicone cup. Silicone can be very brightly coloured.
moonhoney925 on June 30th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
Maybe they are, but they are obviously mass produced hence the prices, probably manufactured in factories that might not be using medical grade silicone either.

I am an ethical shopper too so I would not be purchasing.
melissa569melissa569 on June 30th, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
I personally wouldn't buy one of these, even if I didn't have any cups at all, because I just don't like the ethics... I mean they didn't design their own cup (which despite the many designs out there today, there is still room for more with exact shape, hole position, stem style, etc.). They just did an easy mold of someone else's (someone else who DID come up with their own design, and put LOTS of time and money into marketing it) and then these people made money from it. I just don't want to support it, I don't think its right.

Mostly because it happened to me once, and I know how it feels. I hand-crafted my own version of small characters out of resin clay (no molding, I did it all painstakingly by hand). And then I caught someone on eBay who was making DOZENS of quick and easy casting molds of MY work, and was selling them like hot cakes! Obviously they bought one from me and just copied it. They hadn't done the crafting or the hard work, they had no talent for it, it was poorer quality than mine. They just stood on MY shoulders for a quick profit and I almost consider it stealing. So I just cannot support it when it happens to someone else.
melissa569melissa569 on June 30th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
Well plus, eventually it will take away the quality of cups, because since they were made in an unethical way, its hard to determine or ensure their quality, and they could eventually take over with the way they are going. The cultures from their part of the world might generally have high standards for health, but that doesn't mean these companies do... We know little or nothing about these knock-off companies, really. The knock-offs are made so much more fast, cheap and easy than the legitimate ones, they sell for cheaper too. And that drives the price of cups in general down. Which will eventually push the legitimate brands out of business, and then boom-- we no longer have all these good options anymore. We will eventually be left with nothing but the cheap knock-offs.

At least if a cup brand is legitimate, you know it was forced to follow the health codes of whatever country it is from.



Edited at 2012-06-30 04:24 am (UTC)
moonhoney925 on June 30th, 2012 04:26 am (UTC)
Hi Melissa,

I thoroughly agree with you and that's a real shame that your work got copied too. I'd be completely miffed if that happened to me.
cutekitty7 on August 4th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
These look dodgy. Don't buy one. They look like lunettes but with a finish a bit like an iriscup . Also the pouch looks like the old green Donna pouch ... Definitely something wrong there . These fake cups are popping up all over the place these days. On eBay there's like a dozen listings for them at one time.
moonhoney925 on August 5th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Don't worry, I have no intention to. I'm too much of an ethical shopper.