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On Jun 20, 2012, Theplantpusher Los Angeles, CA wrote:
Posted on June 19, 2012, updated June 20, 2012
JUST PLUMERIA is using a stolen picture to sell their "PINK PARFAIT" ..SO BUYER BEWARE!!! If you go to their FACEBOOK Page they state "the Pink Parfait and Apricot hybrids will be available in about 3 weeks. Coming in from South Africa.". The 1 and ONLY pic they use is a stolen one from Gardenweb and it is of a plumeria called RED DUSK. If you google Red Dusk Plumeria under "Images" you will see a pic to a Gardnweb thread where the picture is located from 2009. Just plumeria started a thread on their Facebook page and posted the stolen picture on April 8, 2011, here is the link to the FB post .
Basicall if you do not have the flowers to take pictures of you do not have the plant... Basically this is a Bait and Switch aka Fraud as Red Dusk is not Commercially available and is from Maui Hawaii. So if you bought a "PINK PARFAIT" I would compare the blooms to the picture, blow up/magnify the picture if you need to see more details of the flower in the pic. To me when a vendor uses stolen pictures to sell product they do not have it is a HUGE ethical issue.... Again BUYER BEWARE!!!
On June 20th, 2012, Theplantpusher added the following:
I noticed that the FB post and pic were deleted after someone posted on the FB thread with the pic about it not being your pic. Also you stated before you deleted the thread that you "stopped purchasing from this supplier 8 months ago" but on your website you still offer the suppliers varieties including the Pink Parfait ( So then does this mean your selling OLD 8 mon old cuttings?) and
your still using the pic Red Dusk as Pink Parfait on your website Justplumerias.com site to sell the Pink Parfait . You also had a pic from MPG that you were using and also deleted it after there was a posting on Gardenweb about it. If your gong to use other peoples pictures you should at least put a disclaimer/liability waver stating where the pic came from or that is not yours as it makes you seem dishonest.
Here is a lilnk to the Gardenweb thread showing the Printscreens of the threads and pics before you deleted them
If Paypal were made aware of this issue they may not do business with you as it may be considered fraudulent.
I guess this is the price for not using your own pics of "Pink Parfait". If I were a seller I would not post a pic that I had not taken myself or at least seen other pics of the same variety of flower to verify that the suppliers pics were legit. Now this is more a creditability issue as it is a "he said she said" with the So African supplier being the scapegoat. On Jun 20, 2012, Just Plumerias responded with:
"Thanks for pointing that out. We were contacted by this grower from South Africa who said he had the Pink Parfait and Apricot and this is the picture he sent to us. We have not ordered from him in over 8 months since the cuttings were not up to the quality of our standards, and now we are finding out that he pulled a picture off from a webiste.
Another reason that we will not be ordering from him in the future.
In the meantime, please check out our multi tip (double and triple tip) cuttings everyone is raving about on our facebook page.