About.com removed PremiumPearl.com’s comments. Just search Google and you will find the 1000+ fake testimonials about Premium Pearl out there. Nearly 100% are blog comments about how great Premium Pearl is and so on. They all follow the same pattern. They were all written by someone at Premium Pearl. That is so f-ING unethical!
Writing fake reviews is a sign of serious ethical issues for any company. Didn’t Walmart get into trouble for that once? Check out the reviews here –
There are only 5 reviews, and three of them were written within three days, two years ago. The next one, more than a year after THREE IN THREE DAYS, is written by FashionistaV. Very intersting. Let’s search Google for other testimonials by Fashionista!
Fashionista says: There are fabulous collections of Tahitian pearls at this website I found: premiumpearl.com…they are gorgeous…check it out!
Fashionista says: Okay, so if you’re a pearl girl like myself then you have to try this site: premiumpearl.com. They have any and everything you can think of…earrings, necklaces, bracelets…it’s just a wonderful resource for your pearl needs! Check it out!
Fashionista says: ……for instance if you pair the grey dress with some amazing pearl jewelry (try premiumpearl.com for great pieces), you can wear this at the office and then go straight to a date or dinner with your girlfriends.
What an unethical, dishonest company. I think I have pretty much proven at least 4 of the 5 testimonials on review center were actually written by Premium Pearl, and they list REVIEW CENTER on their Web site as a place for third-party testimonials about their company!
Dishonest, disrespectful, disgusting!
I think the post about Premium Pearl and theuir Yahoo! rating needs to be updated. Apparently they have reinstated their account with Yahoo under their URL instead of their name in an attempt to show and researcers that they really do have a Yahoo! rating and that the messages on their web-site are not completely bogus. But let’s take a look at it!
They have a total of 11 ratings. That is 11 ratings is more than four years. Only three of the ratings are from the last three years, and two of those three do not look very good, one of them looks very bad.
Here is their new page:
Out of the 11 reviews they have received, 8 of them point out parts of the experience that were not 5 star. In fact one of the reviews points out a lot of 0-star points.
I purchased a pearl necklace and pair of earrings from premium pearl but was very disappointed with the quality and the overall experience. I felt the customer service was as bad as the product too. After this experience I checked out premium pearl on the internet to find that a lot of people have had a bad experience with them.
Even with reviews like that Premium Pearl still flaunts their Yahoo! rating on their web-site trying to get people to trust them. It is dishonest, fraudulent, unethical and wrong.
How dishonest is this? PremiumPearl.com tries to convince innocent buyers that they have third-party reviews per Yahoo. We all know Yahoo, right? So we should trust PremiumPearl.com, right?
Wrong! Even though PremiumPearl.com brags about a Yahoo rating on their site, every page they claim to have a top Yahoo rating, they have NO YAHOO RATING! It is a total lie!
If you don’t believe me, check this!
They HAD a rating nearly three years ago. Thad had less than 20 comments about their products, and nearly half the comments were from customers not completely satisfied. Now you know why PremiumPearl.com does not link to this Yahoo rating that they claim to have. The can’t because there is nothing to link to. They lied!
What upset me first about Premium Pearl was the fact that I posted an innocent question to another website asking about the same type of collection that they carry. It was a company called American Pearls company in New York. I asked if Premium Pearl collection was the same and I received a response stating it was not and that Premium Pearl had stolen the concept from American Pearls.
Not knowing which to believe I posted a question to a pearl bulletin board and asked people what they thought. I posted just part of American Pearls response as you can see here. http://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1912
Everyone agreed with American Pearl. That was it! Or so I thought. Shortly after my comment I received an email from the administrator of the bulletin board and they said that Premium Pearl was threatening legal action because of my post. Can you believe that? First they lie and then threaten to sue me for asking a simple question?
Here was the response I got from American Pearls about Premium Pearl’s collection quality. That is why I would never, ever trust premium pearl. They are not an ethical company.
American Pearl is the originator of Collection Quality. It is a name that we created to describe the finest quality, blemish free, thickest nacre pearls in the world; procured by Charlie Bakhash himself through his 50+ years of pearl dealings in Japan. Anyone else using “Collection Quality” is copying us. What does this mean? It means they are watching our website americanpearl.com’s every move in terms of our information/marketing and making sure they copy our every word and strategy.
Please visit the Internet Archives at: http://www.archive.org Here you will have the opportunity to visit any website “back in time”. In doing so, you’ll see how they evolved over the years to copy American Pearl.If you take a look at their home page in October of 2006 (this time last year) there is no mention of “Collection Quality” pearls. It also shows that they set up shop in 2004 to capitalize on the online pearl opportunity.
Well, American Pearl has been in business for 50 years selling nothing but pearls. In fact, our website has been up since 1997 and officially recorded in the Internet Archives since 1997. So now that we have established that American Pearl originated this quality and that premiumpearl is simply copying us. However, let’s get to the truth of the product.The whole point of the “Collection Quality” series is that it is the highest luster and thickest nacre that can be produced. In fact, each pearl has at least 1mm nacre thickness on each side of the pearl. So premiumpearl is successful in ripping off americanpearl’s concept and strategy and branding but failed to deliver a pearl that is truly higher luster and thicker nacre (the actual skin of the pearl) and blemish free.In fact, thicker nacre pearls and higher luster are directly correlated. A seller that does not disclose the nacre of a top-of-the-line product such as this is clearly holding back. American Pearl created the “Collection Quality” line of goods to bring to market a very special elite quality of cultured pearl that the owner, Charlie Bakhash, earned the right to procure over 50 years of business dealings directly with the farmers; yes Charlie Bakhash is a citizen of Japan and lived in Kobe for nearly 20 years as a Pearl Dealer.
How can I comment on premiumpearl who set up shop to capitalize on an opportunity and is methodically using our branding for their no good. Not only do I question their business tactics, I question their pearl qualityIf you don’t believe me, please go to the Internet Archive and see for yourself: http://www.archive.org/web/web.php.
Thank you for your email.Edward Bakhash
This is a great story on this bulletin board that compares the pearls from Premium Pearl and Pure Pearls. Pure Pearls is clearly the winner in every situation and the Web site I ultimately made my purchase on.
This complaint does not look surprising to me.
It is all about my experience with Premium Pearl.