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godsinstrument
10 December 2014 @ 10:34 am
So I was just wondering if any of you have purchased cups from ebay and if so what the results were?   Any horror stories?  Any really good ones?  Can we trust the silicone from China?

Thanks!
Sheila
 
yayforcupsyayforcups on December 10th, 2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
Ive just ordered the Victoria's Love cup + sterilizer from ebay plus a few pantyliners so I hope they will be ok. They tell you when payment has been accepted and approx when itll be dispatched so here's hoping. Theres quite a wait.

Some have said theyve ordered a moon shape stemmed cup that has never arrived and has no website so that sounds bad.
yayforcupsyayforcups on December 10th, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
As regards the silicone, you get what you pay for usually. Plus there's the ethical side of things, which is a shame. Its the same with anything, especially clothes. Also many cups look suspiciously similar to proper brands that have put effort into their designs. In spain theres a menstrual cup in the carrefour supermarket which says made in china, for 9€ which is super cheap. One blogger said they would try it just to see how cups work and get over the phobia, 9€ is less than a top end box of tampons so in the sense of increasing awareness its not neccessarily a bad thing. Even if it falls apart after a year! (Sorry if I seem to have gone off topic)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 10th, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
I bought it off Amazon rather than Ebay, but I have a Chinese Rainbow and love it. Wish the stem were a bit longer but it's been great otherwise. I ordered an iCare off AliExpress so I could have something even longer for midcycle spotting (when even my Si-Bell is hard to reach and my large cups just won't pop open). I'm not expecting it to arrive until after the holidays though.

In various Ebay/Amazon reviews the only thing I've ever seen people complain about is that the cups are always very soft. For me this is a good thing because my bladder is extremely sensitive (even with the soft ones I wear, I have to pee a lot more often, and while wearing a Meluna Classic I almost couldn't go at all). But if you aren't really good at popping open soft cups, you may find this annoying.

Edited at 2014-12-10 07:22 pm (UTC)
trejoytrejoy on December 10th, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
I have bought cups from Amazon and eBay, but no knock-offs. I got major brands like Sckoon and LadyCup. While there may be no reason not to, I just don't trust the quality or the chemistry of the imitations.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 11th, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
I don't think there's anything (quote-unquote) "bad" or "dangerous" about the quality of Chinese cups -- but I have ethical problems with the fact that many of the designs are blatant copies of successful cups. And also that some of the information (for example the dimensions and capacities) is copied and pasted from other cups without regard to accuracy about their cups.

But the generics and knock-offs are a lot of bang for the buck and they're a good way for new cup users to see how they like cups and to figure out what size/shape of cup will fit best.

I think I recognize your ID as an experienced cup user. If you are, then use what you know about your cup to figure out how much longer/shorter wider/narrower you want your next cup to be and compare the dimensions at any of the size/capacity charts at the Community FAQ or at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

If you're asking to give one to a curious friend, then GO FOR IT! It's a good inexpensive way for your friend to figure out if she likes cups and/or needs one with different dimensions.
godsinstrumentgodsinstrument on December 16th, 2014 02:31 pm (UTC)
Oh hey! Didn't think anyone would remember me. :) Yeah, I have two friends that are really curious but not committed, and I'd like to get them something to try. :-D Thanks!
tobilei on December 11th, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
I've ordered cheap yuuki cups from ebay but it's the manufacturer who sells them so there were zero issues.

I have also ebayed an icare cup. It arrived quickly, it passed the burn test, but it's too soft for me and I struggle to get it to open no matter what I do (I also have some other health problems that prevent me fiddling around with it too much).
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on December 11th, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
I have a small Rainbow Cup, which is not a knock-off of any existing cup design. Someone else on these boards tried the burn test on it and said it passed as being pure silicone, which name brand cups such as the Fleur did not. I'm not too worried; we're exposed to so many different chemical compounds every day that a cup that we use a few days of the month isn't going to make much of a dent either way. My first cup was a Lunette, but I find that I prefer the shape and size of my Rainbow and end up using that much more often.
perigrine: cupsperigrine on December 16th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
I bought the cheap Chinese knock-off (for 10$ or something) to 'see' if I liked cups, and if they would suit me. I went on to purchase a Jasmine and a Yuuki as a result. The Chinese knock off IS softer than the other two, with the Yuuki being the firmest, but I have found that some days soft works better. Having the different stiffnesses is good for me. I'd love a Meluna, but I can't really justify the cost since I have three already.

Edited at 2014-12-16 12:03 am (UTC)