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Report: #1101275

Complaint Review: Blueprint Magazine - Smyrna Georgia

  • Submitted: Thu, November 21, 2013
  • Updated: Sun, November 24, 2013
  • Reported By:
  • Blueprint Magazine
    4695 N. Church Lane, Suite 6307
    Smyrna, Georgia

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This was the email that I received:

Hi, we're currently working on our 2013 Holiday issue and digital iPad edition this month and our staff would love tofeature your Wiplabs iDockAll+ for iPhones & iPads in the Holiday Gift Guide Section for our upcoming print release and website. We are requesting 2-4 high-resolution product images and 1-2 review samples (if available) to be included in our 2013 Holiday print issue; our deadline is August 30th. The editorial feature will focus on your brands great design, quality craftsmanship, easy setup and overall style/appeal.
For this issue we're offering your brand our new client full-page print/digital advertisement for $150.00 (USD) and one week social network and main-page website "Pageskin & Takeover" package to build a working relationship in our major markets. Our website reaches over 1.4 million web hits and 168,000+ influential viewers a month (more than Nylon GuysLos Angeles MagazineDUB MagazineHip Hop WeeklyHeart & SoulUptown MagazineRESPECT and King Magazine) our quarterly print/digital lifestyle publication has a ratebase of 35,000/15,000 units nationally.

Our 2013 Holiday issue features actress/recording artist Jennifer Lopez, on the front cover and will be on select newsstands, retail stores and digital stores November 8th nationwide via Wal-Mart. If you're unfamiliar with our exciting publication please browse through the sample issue by clicking here: |

(passcode: blueprint13)


Our Company: The Blueprint Magazine is the premier 96-page multicultural print/digital quarterly lifestyle publication that celebrates the best in business, music, art, fashion, wellness, technology and style. It is loud,cutting edge and modern; driven by stunning visuals and enlightening profiles of the most adored taste-makers, entrepreneurs, celebrities and athletes. Driven by A-List talent and entrepreneurs including Jay-Z, Peyton Manning, Taylor Swift, Marc Ecko, Katy Perry, LeBron James, Vera Wang and more. This is The Blueprint.

Our readership is 25,000+ and we are internationally distributed through Best Buy, Waterstones (UK), Barnes & Noble and Border's Bookstore.  Some of our current advertisers include Ford Motors, Rocawear, Nike, L-R-G, Koch Records, 2K Games, Unltd. by Marc Ecko, J Records, iHome, Apple Inc, Ethoes Water, Sony, Electronic Arts, T-Mobile, Starbuck's Coffee House, Jordan Brand, Ubisoft and more.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration,

Iyron Davis @theblueprintmag
Then this email:

Thank you for the timely response, we're excited to work with your brand. The hi-res images look great and please mail any samples to our address below. We'll send you hard copies of the issue when they arrive back from print. 

Yes, we can design the print ad and web banners for you at no-cost if needed. If you're interested in the full-page ad package (one full page print/digital advertisement and one week social network website wrap) for $150.00 USD let us know by this Friday and we'll email over details. This print issue will be featured in Wal-Mart so we've lowered the ad price to include as many quality brands as possible.

Thanks again,

And we paid and sent a sample to the fake magazine as well as paid for the ad.

Complete scam.

-No such magazine exists.

-None of the companies that they claim distribute them have ever heard of them (I made several phone calls today).

-If you Google the names of the people on the About page, not a single one of them has a LinkedIn account (as in type in their name and 'BluePrint' you'd think that a LinkedIn account would show up).


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#1 UPDATE Employee

The Blueprint Magazine, Great Custom Service

AUTHOR: The Blueprint Magazine - (USA)

Hello from The Blueprint Magazine,

My name is Scott Verel of The Blueprint Magazine’s Executive Customer Relations. We found an old post from 2013 about your experience with our company and staff on ( and I would like to reply on their behalf to take any action necessary to resolve this issue.

I read your post/response and understand we refunded your payment via PayPal in 2013 due to a delayed response time and service.

The Blueprint Magazine was acquired by UrbanLink Holdings, Inc. in late 2015 and has since worked really hard this year to repair their reputation, products and customer support. All back issues can be purchased in print and digital formats here:

Again, I personally apologize for the poor customer service in the past and please contact me directly if you have any additional comments, information or concerns about your experience with our company.


Scott Verel
Public Relations, The Blueprint Magazine

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#2 Author of original report

Blueprint is not a real 'in print' magazine ,Online only. It is not a registered company.

AUTHOR: Anonymous - ()

Yes I filed for a refund and received my money back through PayPal (not through BluePrint).
(What legitmate business uses Paypal anyway???)

The so called attached ad that is shown in his rebuttal is made by the scam artist himself. Iyron Davis was previously a graphic designer, photoshop artist, etc... He's very good at what he does which is why he can make ads, banners, etc... for companies to 'prove' to them that their ad is in the magazine. 

Bottom line is, there is no such magzine in print and there never has been.

It has never been in distribution. All the advertisements and marketing is fake in order to attract small, new companies. He contacts the companies by email, twitter, and even has phone calls to give a feeling of trust. His phone number is a Google number, so that he is not traceable.


All that is claimed in this report can be verified quite easily online.

Do not work with this man.

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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

No Ripoff, Advertiser was refunded

AUTHOR: Blueprint Magazine - ()

Blueprint Magazine is an official publication, this advertiser was upset with our issue being delayed, was refunded their money and was still featured in our 2013 print edition.

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#4 Author of original report

Got my money back

AUTHOR: Anonymous - ()

I filed with Paypal and got my money back.

However he still has a sample of my product.

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