Pretty Little Thing has been accused of taking the labels out of cheaper clothes and reselling them
27 March 2019, 17:09
A whole scandal…
The fashion industry is known for its scams (hello, £615 dirty Gucci trainers?!) but now people are accusing Pretty Little Thing and Topman of removing the labels from cheaper branded clothing and selling them as their own for double the price.
Last week, one Twitter user @katiewaddilove complained to Pretty Little Thing that they had cut the label out of her jogging bottoms alongside a photo. In the picture, there was a PLT label stitched in the seam of the joggers, but on one side were the remains of a Fruit of the Loom label.
Katie claimed Fruit of the Loom – who are known for making super cheap basics – sell their joggers for anything between £6 – £12, but PLT are selling the same pair for £20… ouch.
She tweeted: "So @OfficialPLT are selling £6-£12 fruit of the loom joggers, cutting the labels out and charging £20 for products they haven’t even manufactured themselves???
"& to ppl replying saying 'it’s business' or 'most brands do this' YES but usually they’ll add their own logos or designs, whereas PLT here have not only done a sloppy job removing the original labels but also not altered the product in any way to justify the >100% profits made!"
Soon, people started realising that it had happened to them too, including another Twitter user who accused Topman of replacing labels too.
This isn’t the first time...I ordered a dress from them and they just covered the tag with a sticker but kept the other brands tag on😂😩 I was told not to return but to bin it 🗑 pic.twitter.com/NvKzhiCwk4— ᴊᴏᴀɴɴᴇ ʟᴏᴜɪsᴇ sᴍɪᴛʜ 🕊 (@Joanniee_Louise) March 21, 2019
Same on my joggers, you can see where the old label is cut off and where they’ve stitched their label over the top😂 how bad, not gonna be shopping on pretty little thing anymore! pic.twitter.com/biPjVJZjki— Bryony Flaherty (@Bryony_Flaherty) March 22, 2019
someone i know ordered a dress from there the other day and when they opened it, it had a a boohoo tag on it still 😂😭😭😭😭— jade💃🏻 (@jadeyp3) March 22, 2019
Whilst it's not uncommon for companies to buy a wholesale product from a manufacturer and sell it on, they're usually customised to the brand's needs before being sold. Or, the label is at least cut out...
PopBuzz have contacted PrettyLittleThing and Topman for comment.