Bought Beautifully Wrestles the Amazonian Giant
We love the “why” questions because they help us improve here at Bought Beautifully.
When we hear questions like ‘why should I buy @ Bought Beautifully instead of @ Amazon’, it gives us the opportunity to better articulate what sets Bought Beautifully apart as a marketplace.
We are constantly striving to look for new ways to clearly relay our uniqueness to customers. Look for some upcoming changes to the website as we focus on telling more stories to better highlight the incredible work of our partners. In the meantime, with today’s blog, we decided to take this question head-on…so lookout!
Can you hang with me for a quick analysis? Here goes.
Amazon Vs. Ethical Shopping
On Amazon, I searched “bangle bracelet” and found a brass 6-pack for $11.99+ tax with free shipping for Amazon Prime Members…yippee.
The product description featured a lengthy list of disclaimers, essentially, what I see might not be what I actually get…not my favorite way to buy a gift but let’s check out what the reviews have to say :
“Cute enough for the price” “kind of flimsy but worth the price” “piece fell out second time I wore them”
“so disappointed” “could be better quality” “looked so bad I threw them away”
Yikes! Not exactly glowing endorsements. (Almost as entertaining as Haribo Sugar Free Gummy Bear reviews found here: http://tinyurl.com/ybzu57au)
But back to the bangles – I dug deeper and found the name of the company selling this product, googled different combinations until I was blue in the face and came up the following statement per a Facebook page:
Company X (no need to throw them under the bus, right?)
“We are a professional seller selling online for over 8 years. We focus mainly on beauty products, including hair extensions, nail art, eyelash extension kit and synthetic eyelashes. Thank you very much! Your happiness is our energy!”
Seriously. That’s it.
Nothing more on who they actually are, why we should care, who makes their bangles, where the bangles are made, what they do with their profits…how cool they are on instagram…nothing.
So, if you’re still hanging with me you must really want to know what’s different about this Amazon vendor Vs. Bought Beautifully…let me think…pretty much everything at this point.
Ethical Shopping Vs. Amazon
I searched the Bought Beautifully site for “bangle bracelet” and found the Basha Bangle Set of 7 bangles, with a picture that accurately shows what you’ll actually receive. No disclaimers, instead an actual commitment in writing on our site that we want our customers to be “110% satisfied with your item”. A lovely 5-star review from a real customer expounding on the product’s versatility and all-around perfectness as a gift was a confidence booster as well – thanks!
So – with a bonus bangle for that 7th friend, and you-paying shipping (@$2.71) the total comes to $26.71+tax.
And there you have it – Bought Beautifully’s bangle set is about double the cost vs. the generic Amazon seller. A seller with an inconsistent product…that is likely to fall apart…offering one less bangle…hiding in online obscurity…and stating that they steal your happiness for their energy (remember – their words, not mine).
Back to the Why…
I haven’t fully divulge the one key difference WHY we believe Bought Beautifully bangles are worth that extra $14. If I had told you Bought Beautifully featured a “Company Impact” tab next to every product, you’d realize there is something else that makes all the difference.
You’d realize that the Bought Beautifully bangle set is made by young women like Piya.
Piya is the daughter of a farmer, born and brought up in Bangladesh where she had three brothers and one older sister. After her older sister married, Piya was required to work on the farm and in the home, but she wanted to do more to help her parents. So, she went to seek help from one of her cousins, who had just arrived from Mumbai, India. He promised her to get a good job in Mumbai, and took her with him when he returned. Instead of helping her, though, Piya’s cousin sold her to a brothel and disappeared. Of course, he had not told her what kind of job she would have to do but abandoned her to be forced into sex work.
8 years later, she is still in Mumbai, sending money to her parents and brothers. Through Rahab’s Rope, though, she has now learned to make bracelets and sees that she can earn money doing good work. When she first received the payment for making bracelets, her joy was uncontainable, as she said, “this is the first good money we have earned.” She then kissed her payment saying, “My heart is filled with joy as I am holding it.
Tears filled her eyes, as she said how much she wished she had known Rahab’s Rope earlier; if so, she would have learned something then. Now, 8 years after she first was trafficked, Piya has returned to Bangladesh, armed not only with a skill, but more significantly, with the hope and dignity that there can be life outside of the brothels. While leaving, she whispered to our staff, “I am going to start a new life.”
Your generosity, your willingness to pay a little more for a better product, in concert with others like you, actually transforms someone’s life. Piya has a new life of hope and has been empowered to make a difference for others in her community.
Bought Beautifully’s 7-piece brass bangle set is made in India by women like Piya who have been rescued from forced prostitution and slavery by an organization called Rahab’s Rope – a ministry with a mission “to give hope and opportunity” to former slaves, child laborers, and prostitutes. Their vision is “to see lives transformed” and they do this through prevention, restoration, and direct intervention with the slave and prostitution trades. But they need us and they need you to continue their mission.
Check out Bought Beautifully’s Basha Bangle set here: https://goo.gl/6bJX9d
At the end of the day, we realize that you can’t find everything you need @ Bought Beautifully, nor is it always available in a local business (always look!). We know that Amazon isn’t bad and that there is a need to have it at your fingertips. Did you know that you can support Bought Beautifully even with your Amazon purchase via Amazon Smile? Information below. But don’t you dare buy those inferior bangles.
Step 1: Go to www.smile.amazon.com
Step 2: Sign In and type “Bought Beautifully” for your charitable organization.
Step 3: When you need to shop Amazon, start at www.smile.amazon.com and .5% of your purchase will be donated to Bought Beautifully.