Friday, January 19, 2024
Temu - more Chinese crap and intellectual property theft
"it's owned by PDD Holdings, which has money to burn and moved its official headquarters from China to Ireland so it can keep doing business even if US scrutiny of China-based apps continues. Temu's low prices and sending purchased items directly to consumers allow it to bypass tariffs, saving it a ton of cash.
More concerning is the issue of forced labor. Temu does not manufacture products itself, instead shipping them from factories in China to consumers. A report from the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party stated "Temu does not have any system to ensure compliance with the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). This all but guarantees that shipments from Temu containing products made with forced labor are entering the United States on a regular basis, in violation of the UFLPA.
What Designs Do Temu Sellers Steal?
There are too many to list, but one example is this mouthful of a product description: "Gorgeous Vintage Dragonfly Zircon Pendant Necklace - Perfect Bohemian Jewelry for Women's Holidays." The owner of the online shop Godly Nature's Jewelry took to TikTok to complain that Temu stole her Champaign Dragonfly Sunflower Necklace design and even her photos."