I hate to admit it, but Facebook ads seriously suck me in. Props to you, marketing geniuses. I have fallen hook, line, and sinker for so many of your ads. I’ll have to say I haven’t been duped… yet. I’m sure my time is coming, but for now I’ve been very happy with purchases I’ve made after seeing a Facebook ad… for the most part. I’ll dish on what products I’ve purchased (some for “free”… you guys, nothing is free… don’t fall for it… just know you’re paying SOMETHING, even if it’s disguised as “shipping”), if they were worth it, and if I’d consider them a worthwhile investment.
Several things I have bought because they were “free”. We all know they’re not free, but honestly, paying $7.99 “shipping and handling” for a pair of leather baby moccasins is totally fine with me. They were adorable, we got a lot of use out of them, and they were only $7.99, so that’s a win in my book. I have also purchased “free” items such as an adorable bar necklace with a mama bear and two baby bears that says “Mama Bear” and a titanium rose gold ring that I paid $13.99 “shipping and handling” for. Overall, the products have been cute and cheap, so no issues yet!
Some larger purchases I’ve made now (if you can even really consider them “large” purchases), are Force of Nature Cleaning System, Ritual multivitamins (which I also love), Shapermint shapewear (because… babies ruin your body…), and Gekks No Show socks (sweaty feet make it difficult to walk in heels, guys…).
I already shared my thoughts on Force of Nature and Ritual in previous posts (A Force to be Reckoned With and Maybe not a Ritual, But Definitely a Habit), but I’ll tell you how I feel about Shapermint and Gekks.
I ordered Shapermint shaper shorts and Gekks around the same time and they were both fairly slow to ship. Well, that’s probably because I’m spoiled with Prime shipping, but hey… they were a little slower to arrive. Anyways, I received my Shapermint Shaper Shorts first. I opened them and was pretty excited to try them out, but a little confused by the packaging. Nowhere on the paperwork did it say “Shapermint”, but it had a rather generic company name and generic packing slip. Odd to say the least. Well, they looked exactly like the photos in the listing on their website, so I figured, hey… if they work, whatever the tag says doesn’t matter. They seemed very soft and that they might not be as prone to roll as other brands that I’ve tried and the short portion seemed to be forgiving enough to not cut into your thighs while wearing them. I was immediately disappointed when I put them on. They did nothing. In fact, they seemed to be the completely wrong size because the “shaper” portion began nearly at my belly button or higher. So, I figured maybe I could exchange them for the smaller size. By the way, I did check their sizing chart and for my measurements I ordered the “correct” size.
After emailing Shapermint customer service because I couldn’t find any possible way to request a return or exchange, I received an email response in less than 24 hours saying that since mine did not fit they would ship a replacement in a smaller size and to keep the ones I have. KEEP them? Really? Sweeeeeeet. So, to Poshmark they went. I was able to sell them in about a week or so for almost what I paid, so I was a happy camper.
Now, about the replacements… not so happy of a camper after receiving them. Even the smaller size did nothing except make me look worse than before I put them on. Is it possible for a shaper to make you look LARGER? Yeah… not cool. I don’t know that it was necessarily the size, but maybe that they just didn’t have any shaping quality to them whatsoever. The shorts portion was extremely long and again the shaper portion started at the belly button. I’m guessing I may just be too darn short for these shapers. Story of my life… always too short.
Well, I will say that their customer service absolutely rocks. They didn’t even make me return the pair that didn’t fit and sent a new smaller pair very quickly. So, two thumbs up for customer service, two thumbs down for their product.
Gekks. You guys. These are LIFE CHANGING for someone like me who has puddles in their shoes within five minutes. I love ballet flats, but I seriously destroy every pair I own because of my sweaty feet. Well, Gekks have seemingly changed all that. I haven’t tried them in heels yet, but I bought a pair for flats and heels and I’m sure the pair for heels will work just as well as those designed for flats.
I am very happy with my Gekks and I say spring for them-they’re totally worth it. They have sticky heels and bottoms, so they don’t slide and stay in place, but the toe of the “sock” is very stretchy so they fit perfectly. I don’t even notice they’re in my shoes except that my shoes are instantly more comfortable because of them. Buy them. They’re awesome.
So, hats off to you, Facebook ad planters… you win. What Facebook products have you been suckered into trying? Let me know in the comments and make me feel better about my purchases 😉