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I’m scrolling through Depop when I’m hit with an overwhelming sense of déjà vu. I’m certain I’ve seen these cow print, Docs-esque boots somewhere else online. A quick reverse Google image search and I’ve cracked the case: I’ve seen these exact shoes before on AliExpress. AliExpress, part of tech company Alibaba Group, is a Chinese e-commerce site which sells cheap, mass-produced goods. You can get nearly anything on the site, from kitchen tongs shaped like cat paws to plush avocado keyrings, but the platform is arguably best known for its touting of fast fashion. With prices even lower than those on sites like PrettyLittleThing and Boohoo (this generic-looking ruched dress is a staggeringly cheap £2.28), it’s easy to see why so many people are drawn to AliExpress. And because of its eye-wateringly low prices, AliExpress is not only a popular destination for trend-hungry buyers; it’s also a go-to for Depop sellers looking to make a quick buck through dropshipping. Dropshipping is a simple concept. The dropshipper will sniff out a trend, find a corresponding product from a site like AliExpress (Shein, Wish and ROMWE are other popular options), then create a listing for the item they’re selling – usually for a drastically marked up price. For example: on AliExpress, those cow print boots are listed at £17.36, yet on the listing I saw, they were £42. Dropshipping is a simple concept. The dropshipper will sniff out a trend, find a corresponding product from a site like AliExpress, then create a listing for the item they’re selling – usually for a drastically marked up price. When dropshippers get a buyer, they simply send the product directly to them from the wholesale site. They never even see or handle the items that they’re flogging; as Sirin Kale put it for Wired, a dropshipper is simply “the middleman in a globalised supply chain”. Although the practice is banned on Depop for ethical reasons, that doesn’t mean the app is totally free from dropshippers. I message the seller of the £42 boots and ask where she sources her items – specifically, if the boots are from AliExpress or a similar site. She replies almost instantly: “I can’t tell people about all my suppliers, it’s taken me years to find ethical suppliers. I wouldn’t have a business anymore if I let people know my suppliers.” I tell her not to worry and press on with asking her about her thoughts on sustainability instead. She stops replying. While on the surface, dropshipping seems harmless enough – many justify it by arguing that buyers do ultimately receive the item as advertised, after purchasing it at an agreed price – it’s an incredibly insidious practice, especially when it takes place on Depop. Ordinarily, there’s an onus on the consumer to resist buying into fast fashion but dropshipping complicates this. What happens when the consumer thinks they’re buying ethically? Maddy, 19, is a Depop user based in Manchester. She bought a ‘voting is hot’ T-shirt off a Depop seller for £20, only to find the same item listed on AliExpress for £2.11. “I figured this out when I looked up the original brand [the design is from independent business, Denimcratic] and found replicas on AliExpress,” Maddy says. “It was cleverly done because the Depop listing I bought from did not specify a certain brand.” “It’s one thing to increase the price of an item for profit when you’ve clearly stated the brand and its condition but it’s another thing to be disingenuous and dishonest about where the item is from,” she continues. “I understand why people are compelled to do this – the seller stated that she started doing it for economic reasons – but personally I’m just convinced that it is very unethical to do this on an app that encourages stepping away from fast fashion.” This is ultimately why, in March 2020, Depop took a stand and banned dropshipping from the app, with revised guidelines stating that the practice clashes with its values of “quality, creativity and sustainability”. Fabian Koenig, vice president of trust and safety at Depop, told Refinery29 that they are continuing to root out dropshippers on the platform by using “a combination of manual and automated enforcement” and taking action on all user reports that they receive. With this in mind, users like Maddy might reasonably assume that a purchase on sustainability-focused Depop is, by default, an ethical purchase. But this isn’t always the case. Dropshipping puts money back into fast fashion – an industry which is responsible for 8% of all carbon emissions and 20% of global water waste. Retailers like AliExpress tout the very worst kind of fast fashion too, because when dresses and jackets cost £2, it raises serious questions about whether the workers producing these items are being treated fairly. Given that 93% of fast fashion brands aren’t paying garment workers a living wage, it doesn’t seem likely. Dropshipping is also hugely detrimental to small Depop businesses like Jazzy Garms. Twenty-two-year-old Jazmin is the Bristol-based seller behind the festival and rave clothing brand. “Everything’s handmade to order and we’re as ethical and sustainable as we can be,” she tells me. Jazmin explains that her fledgling business has run into serious problems due to dropshipping on Depop, with one of her designs being stolen by an AliExpress manufacturer. “A few months ago I had a pair of my butterfly reflective flares ripped off on AliExpress. They just took all of my pictures from my photoshoot and mass-produced this awful copy of my trousers,” she says. “There was basically nothing I could do.” Dropshipping puts money back into fast fashion – an industry which is responsible for 8% of all carbon emissions and 20% of global water waste. A few weeks later, the situation got worse for Jazmin when she saw Depop dropshippers begin to sell the AliExpress version of her trousers – priced on her shop at £59 – for as little as £13. “I messaged the sellers to take them down. I expected them to understand … but they actually did the opposite,” she recalls. “They basically didn’t care at all. They were like, ‘You should have copyrighted the design, it’s not my fault your design got copied.’ And they just didn’t take it down.” Fortunately, Jazmin has since managed to regain control of her design after registering it in the UK. “Now I have all the paperwork which makes it illegal to sell it, so whenever it pops up now I can just message the seller and legally they have to take it down,” she says. “But it’s just a bit of a nightmare, really.” Amber, who lives in Devon, is another Depop seller who’s had to contend with dropshippers on the app. But she says she understands the allure of flogging overpriced tat from AliExpress, as she used to do this herself. Amber’s shop took off as she grew savvier. “I would scroll through Instagram and save pictures of people wearing jewellery that I thought was trending, then I would try and find a version of that online. Or on AliExpress you can post a picture of an item and suppliers can contact you and offer to make it for you,” she explains. “So, if you wanted to, you could basically rip off any design you wanted.” It seems likely that this is what happened to Jazmin and her butterfly-patterned flares. “I thought, This is really easy. Selling jewellery and making lots of money out of it seemed like such a great idea. Like, how could you go wrong? How could this be bad?” Amber continues. “I don’t think dropshippers realise the ethics of what they’re doing, because I never did.” Things clicked into place for Amber after she read an article about child slavery in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “I had that realisation of, like, Oh, this is what they mean when they say unethical,” she says. After reading up on the sweatshops behind fast fashion brands, Amber vowed to stop selling goods from AliExpress. “After that I definitely thought, I don’t want anything to do with this, there’s no way this is ethical in any sense.” Dropshippers are so far removed from the human consequences of their actions – especially since they never even handle the items they’re selling – that it’s easy to see why so many continue with it despite its dodgy reputation. It’s hard to see the true cost of dropshipping when you’re firing off orders from your bedroom, sweatshops out of sight and out of mind. But that’s still no excuse. Happily, Depop is continuing to crack down on dropshipping. “We are continually investing in building an even stronger Trust & Safety team, developing the right technology and tooling to detect and remove dropshipped items better and faster from the platform,” Koenig stresses. It’s clear that Depop dropshippers’ days are numbered. In the meantime, dropshippers shouldn’t skirt around or ignore difficult questions like the seller of those £42 cow print boots (whose listing, thankfully, has now been taken down by Depop). They should face up to reality and make the necessary changes – just like Amber did. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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There are not many hairstyles I wouldn’t try. I’ve had weaves, braids, twist outs and wigs; I’ve worn my hair natural. But since hair salons have been closed for over a year, I have been forced, along with other Black women, to take matters into my own hands. Last year I gave myself a Big Chop followed by a DIY balayage and, miraculously, I didn’t ruin my hair. So this time around I’ve decided to go bigger: DIY Boho Locs. Boho Locs was founded back in 2016 by British entrepreneur Lulu Pierre after a Brazilian blowout “murdered” her natural hair, leaving it so damaged that she had no other option but to put it in a protective style. Lulu decided to install individual faux locs but the first attempt took her three days to complete. She then tried crochet locs but didn’t like the ones available because they were too springy, too shiny, too heavy or too uniform. So Lulu created her own crochet loc and customised it to make each one unique. At first she created the locs for herself but they later blew up on Instagram. Now the brand has over eight collections, more than 80 products to choose from and prides itself – like Unbothered – on being made by Black women, for Black women. When I discovered Boho Locs on Instagram, I instantly fell in love with the Iced Latte Boho Mermaid Locs, a 22-inch pre-looped loc and wave mix with touches of dirty and platinum blondes mixed with brown tones and sun-kissed blondes. Each pack costs £132 and includes 120 22-inch Goddess Locs and 20 strands of Mermaid Hair, which are all made from synthetic hair that can be reused, washed and worn for up to 12 weeks. The pack doesn’t come with a crochet needle, however, so I had to order one from Amazon for £4. Before I cracked on with the install, I watched Lulu’s in-depth YouTube tutorial on how to layer and double wrap the individual locs onto my hair. In the 11-minute video, Lulu made it look super easy and according to her, these locs cut the time you’d spend in a salon chair by four hours. I had to cainrow my hair before installing the locs. Disclaimer: I had to ask my friend to cainrow my hair because, unfortunately, I am one of those Black girls who never learned to cainrow my hair growing up. I know there are a few of you out there and I stand in solidarity with you. Once my hair was all in cainrow, I started the install. At first it was hard to understand how to loop each loc onto my hair but once I managed the first few, I got the hang of it. It was similar to knitting, and obviously crocheting, and before I knew it, I had added most of the locs to my hair. My cainrow was perfectly hidden underneath my locs, there was no pull and it looked absolutely stunning. The front part was the hardest because I have fine, 3C curly hair, which meant that I didn’t have a lot of hair to braid and therefore loop onto the loc. I wanted to try Lulu’s technique for the front, in which she splits a loc to wrap around the braid, but I couldn’t work it out. So I looped the loc around my braid and then tucked the remainder of my hair inside the loc. The whole install took the same amount of time as watching Judas and the Black Messiah, which is unbelievable considering I would usually sit in a salon chair for eight hours and spend upward of £400. For £132 (plus £4 for the crochet needle), I’m really, really pleased with the results. I have a whole head of faux locs that look gorgeous and can be styled multiple times and it’s a protective style for my natural curls. The locs don’t weigh down my edges, they look surprisingly natural and they have been designed with Black women in mind. I’m really surprised at how easy they were to install from the comfort of my home and I can’t wait to rock my locs throughout the summer. Refinery29’s selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. Transparency is important to us, if you have any questions please reach out to us. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?I Did My Own Balayage & Transformed My HairWhy I Gave Myself The Big Chop In Lockdown8 Butterfly Loc Looks We Love
CALGARY — It took Sean Monahan breaking out of his goal-scoring slump to set the offensive tone for the Calgary Flames. Monahan snapped a 13-game goalless drought and ignited Calgary’s offence as the Flames defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-0 on Saturday. Backed by a 17-save shutout by Jacob Markstrom, the Flames (17-21-3) halted their four-game losing skid with their largest win of the season. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to be a go-to guy, somebody who will provide offence,” said Monahan, who had not scored since March 13. “When you’re not doing that, it gets frustrating. “When you don’t score for a while, and obviously it was the first one of the game, it feels good.” After a scoreless first period, Monahan got the first in a barrage of goals for the Flames in the second. Alone at the side of the net, he capitalized on a defensive mix-up from the Oilers and converted Andrew Mangiapane’s pass at 3:12. “Monny’s one of the best goal-scorers this organization’s ever seen,” said Johnny Gaudreau, who had a goal and an assist in the win. “It’s nice to see him score, obviously. “When he has the puck on his stick, he has the chance to put the puck in the net every night.” Monahan’s tally was the first of four goals for Calgary on 10 shots in the second period. Calgary gained in confidence as the period progressed. They kept the pressure on and it paid off at 10:43 when Gaudreau took a perfect pass across the crease from Noah Hanifin to beat Mike Smith over the glove from a tight angle. The Flames were again rewarded for good puck movement when Elias Lindholm netted his 10th of the season, five-hole on Smith on the power play. The big-bodied Milan Lucic got the play started and later screened Smith in the crease. Calgary's captain got in on the second period’s deluge of goals. Coming off the bench and storming into the offensive zone, Mark Giordano called for a pass and fired from the right face-off dot, beating Smith between the pads. Playing their fourth game in six nights, the Oilers (25-15-2) were blanked for only the fourth time this year. They dropped to third in the North Division — seven points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and one point behind the Winnipeg Jets. Smith stopped 27-of-32 shots in defeat, Edmonton's second regulation loss in its last 11 outings. “I was hoping we would have some energy tonight but it caught up with us,” said Oilers coach Dave Tippett. “They had energy and we didn’t. “You hope your team pushes through new levels and finds way to push through things, and you can never use excuses, but there are times when your team just doesn’t have it and there’s not enough energy in the group. Tonight was one of those times.” The Oilers upped the pressure in the third period but could not solve Markstrom. Tyson Barrie came closest when he fired a puck off the post. Brett Ritchie padded the Flames' lead, making it 5-0 with 6:30 left in the game. Calgary limited Edmonton to very few high-danger chances and gave up a season-low 17 shots. Connor McDavid ended the game with one shot. “We did a good job staying on top of their skilled guys,” said Monahan. “When you do that, you kill penalties and don’t allow those top guys to get touches, it’s going to be frustrating. I thought we did a good job at that.” The Flames are back in action in Toronto on Tuesday. The Oilers are off until Friday when they face the Canucks in Vancouver’s first game since their COVID-19 outbreak. Notes: Edmonton held a ceremony to honour the late Colby Cave earlier Saturday. The 25-year-old Oilers forward died last April after doctors discovered a cyst in his brain. … Sam Bennett and Mikael Backlund each tallied a pair of helpers. … Mangiapane and Bennett extended their point streaks to four games. … The Oilers placed 27-year-old centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (upper body) on the injured-reserve list earlier Saturday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
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