ED Magedson – Founder
Claire's Bowtique ( Aimee McCarty Sima )352 Monroe St. Allegen, Michigan United States of America
I honestly do not really know how to start with this .
Aimee Mccarty Sima is such a scam artist. I first saw her site on Facebook in mid May when i had a friend that was refering people to her site to win a free tutu i went and joined and then myself found 5 friends that joined under me so that i too could win a tutu for my girls . My oldest daughter is 6 and was so very excited that she could pick the colors for her tutu. I did email Aimee and let her know i needed a size 6 tutu in hot pink, black and white . I was so impressed with her site . She was doing daily games and freebies and selling Gift Cards for 25.00 for a 80.00 gift cards. I started trying to win other items from her . On May 28th during her games i won a custom hairbow for 3.00 . Needless to say i was very excited . I asked her to make it black and pink with girly skulls to go with the tutu i had already won. I paid as soon as i won so i wouldnt have to worry about it and was hoping my stuff would be on the way soon .
About the First of June i started noticing people getting on her site and asking where there stuff was . At first i just figured maybe she sent out a batch that got lost at the post office but day after day more and more people were asking some saying it had been 8 plus weeks since they had ordered. I started to wonder then . Everyday she would do more and more give aways and in the mean time post that she was behind and satying up late to do all the orders . I still never asked about my items untill about the 15th of June when it had almost been a month since i had won the tutu. I had noticed she had put that she had different emails for customer service and such and if you asked on her wall where you stuff was she refered you to the other addresses. I did email and did not get a response so i asked on her wall when the tutus were going out and if my hairbow would be with it she said yes the hairbow would and it would be on and around the 20th of June. I thought ok and asked her could she try to to make it as close to the 20th as possible.
Everyday i was seeing more and more people ask where there stuff was and she would delete there comments and refer them to her email address and policy tabs.By now i was getting inbox message with people warning me that she was scamming and i would never get my order and to file with Paypal before the 45 days was up to file. On the 25th of June i had a friend ask on her Facebook page if anyone had had problems with Claires and not getting there stuff and i responded I haven't gotten mine yet but stiill holding out hope. I still did not connact Aimee again untill July 1st. I relized she had taken her chat bar off so people couldnt comment only under her status updates i instead of asking there used her email address to ask when my tutu and hairbow had shipped.
In my email i asked her if she had shipped my items and when were they shipped and that it looked bad that she had shut her chat bar off and that i was getting emails saying she was scamming and that the worse part was that i had refered people to her that had ordered and were getting treated the same way (as my friend had been emailing her and had never and still has never gotten a email back) she then responded and refered me to her policys tab in her notes and said she sent out 132 free tutus out to people over 7 days and if i was worried then return my headband and tutu when they arrived.
I did not see what the policy tab had to do with it and told her that she did not give out free tutus we earned them by refering people to her page and i also had paid for the hairbow . She then refused to search for a day as when she sent out my tutu stating that she sent out 132 tutus and her looking for my day would take away from others orders. She then told me again if i wasnt happy to send her back the tutu and hairbow and she would refund the hairbow but she had a daughter to take care of and that she thought she was being generous giving away 132 tutus.
She came off very rude and we then went back and forth some more . I understand we all have rough days but as a business owner you can not act like she does. I then felt i needed to go ahead and file to get my money back before the 45 days was up so i filed with PayPal . She emailed me right back and told me that i had no respect for the guildlines on her page and that she refunded me because she didnt track it and she was out 13.50 because of me .
I got notice that she paid with a e check and that my refund would be avalable on the 7th of July. In the mean time she gets on her Facebook page and starts making it sound like it everybody elses fault that she is closing her page and if you have Bow of the Month and gift cards she will still honor them But how the heck is she going to do that when she cant even get caught up.She starts telling people that they are out hundreds of dollars a week in shipping and shes not making any money .
The 7th comes and guess what i get a notice from PayPal stating that my refund was denied at the bank and another shocker was that the bank account name is her 18 month old daughters name. It states that it will be the 20th when they try her account again. I then emailed her and said the bank denied it when would it be paid and she said friday which was yesterday and guess what.... no refund .
I have a friend that has ordered a tutu dress on May 28th that she measured her daughter for and still has yet to get it and now has to tell her very excited daughter that it wont be coming. My only friend that has recieved her tutu got hers today in a crumpled up tissue box and the tutu was not even the right colors. Why ask what colors you want if you not going to send them. She also waited 43 days for it.
She has now closed her Facebook page and is selling from her personal Facebook page, www.clairesbowtique.com and now she has started selling on ebay under the name jeffathrb . Yet another way to rip off people since she has already lost a ebay account for scamming and 2 etsy accounts ive been told.
In closing i know this seems harsh and i hate to have to write this but people need to be aware of what they are getting in to with this seller. She is leaving for Disney soon and i can bet with scammed money. I do relize that i only have a free tutu and a 3.00 bow coming but it shouldnt be treated any different then a 100.00 order im still a customer all the same. She likes to make it sound like there are just a few unhappy people but start asking around and you will find very few that have recieved there orders . If you are reading this and still with in your 45 days to file on Paypal i suggest you do so so they relize there are more people out there that she is scamming . This is fraud and the funny thing is she just lives down the street from the police office.
Now that i look back how can someone sell 80.00 gift cards for 25.OO , give away free tutus and bows every day, and send out 132 free tutus valued at 10.00 apeice with free shipping? That would be 1320.00 in tutus and if shipping is about 3.00 each it would be 396.00 is shipping. Who has that kinda money ? Honestly. and before she even gets the tutus out from May she runs a free tutu referal program again. Thats how she has 5000 plus fans not because she is a good seller cause ask most besides her friends that live near her most are still waiting on orders.
What a shame to use you daughter in this way in frauding people and who has a checking account link to a Paypal account in a 18 month olds name ? I would suggest everyone that was ripped off by Aimee Sima file with PayPal , Better Business Bereau and then call the Allegan MI. Police office . This is fraud no matter how you look at it.
Im sure ill get a nasty response calling me a liar and saying there are 2 sides to the story because thats what she does best is treat people nasty but i just felt people needed to be aware of this scam artist. Aimee McCarty Sima.
I do have all communication between us saved incase anyone would like to see them
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