May 8, 2011

Fashion Fail (kinda. Read on, it’s not what you think).

Filed under: Uncategorized — blindcopy @ 11:42 am

As a matter of fact: Opinions vary. But this post IS NOT really about whether you like or dislike Pamela Love’s Talon cuff.

Actually, I always thought I didn’t like Pamela Love’s Talon cuff (ring, necklace, whatever), until I saw it on Opening Ceremony’s online store for USD 300. The price made me reconsider. Yep, if you think I’m that shallow – you’re right. And if you think that USD 300 is a hell lot of money – you’re right, too. But did you know that this cuff usually costs USD 1000? I don’t know why I knew (maybe I had a hidden crush on this cuff, but my brain ignored it because of the price?).

Anyway. I decided I liked the cuff at USD 300. But the German side in me wanted to be 100% sure if I was about to order the right thing, so I emailed the friendly customer service if they were sure that USD 300 was the correct price for a cuff (the ring version costs around USD 300, but I don’t want a ring)? The prompt reply: “Yes! It’s a great price for a Pamela Love signature cuff.”

I ordered.

Five minutes later I receive another email: “I’m sorry, but the price may not be correct.” OK, no problem – I had seen this coming anyway. To my surprise I received another email later: “Sorry again. The correct price is USD 400 – still a good price!”

In the meantime my brain had desperately fallen in love with the Pamela Love cuff, which was obviously playing “hard to get”. And you know how it is: You always want what you can’t get.* So I almost jumped at the new price – 400 Dollar, yeah, be mine, you cuff! (Plus: The customer service offered me free shipping for the inconvenience. They’re really nice. Actually.)

I ordered. (No worries, the first order had already been cancelled.)

The next day – another email: “So sorry, but we actually ran out of stock of this cuff.” Can you feel my disappointment? But that’s not the end of the story…

I may sound like I’m stupid, but I’m not that stupid. So I checked the Opening Ceremony online store again and there it was: The Pamela Love cuff. At USD 1000. Seriously guys, you could have just told me.

(Image taken from Pamela Love website.)

* Note to self: Listen to the Stones, bitch. You can’t always get what you want.



  1. Maybe if you look through etsy you find a consolation prize version.

    Comment by Prêt à Porter P — May 8, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    • yep, exactly. already found a similar piece for – guess how much? 400 dollars. 🙂 but to be honest, i think it was (as Al in the next comment correctly assumes) just a fling, not real love. 🙂

      Comment by blindcopy — May 8, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

  2. ahahahahah no no no noooooooooo
    This is a nightmareeeeeee!!!

    But actually, if you want my humble opinion, this is one of those that you would have bought just because it was 700 dollars less the original price. The fact that you loved it was an illusion LOL.

    No but really, for example if I ever find a Repossi Maure ring for 80% less the price I would buy it, even if this means still something like 500-600 euros. But that’s because I am coveting Repossi’s rings since 2 years I think and I DO love them.

    But if in the beginning you think “mmmh I don’t love it that much” and then you have this big crush after you see it for 300 dollars instead of 1000 maybe it wasn’t real love.
    I think what happened was for the best, believe me 😀

    And also, I don’t like Pamela Love jewellery that much even though that cuff might be the only good piece she’s created.

    But still I’m so sorry for this e-shopping nightmare 😦

    Comment by Al — May 8, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

    • hahaha, i think you’re right. i have to admit that my love for the cuff might have been a pseudo-love. and if i come to think of it now: i saved 400 dollars (hahaha, see how shopping corrupt i already am that i see things in this perspective?) your comment makes me feel really good about the whole thing. 🙂

      Comment by blindcopy — May 8, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

  3. i’m incredulous. you mean to tell us that opening ceremony would not honor their listed price? and then they tried to cover their mistake by lying about the item’s availability?
    wrongly priced or not, that was their mistake- not once but twice ($300 then $400). around $400 was probably their cost, and if they’d honored that price, they would have been giving it away basically for free. still…is it worth the risk of losing customers? most stores would say “no, not worth the potential loss of future sales”. i, for one, will not be ordering from opening ceremony’s website because of your unfortunate experience.
    i love pamela love’s talon collection, by the way. been eyeing the ring for ages…never could decide on silver or gold…

    Comment by style odyssey — May 8, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

    • yep, sad but true. the whole wrong pricing back and forth is one thing, but pretending they’d sold out was needless. i’m usually a fan of opening ceremony, so i hope it was just a white lie of a nervous and confused customer service. but it left a bad taste. by the way: your arm-wear always inspires me to get more bold cuffs and bracelets!

      Comment by blindcopy — May 8, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

  4. I empathize with you.

    Comment by the nyanzi report — May 8, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

  5. OMG girl you’re HILARIOUS!! Isn’t that just how life works…I have a very similar story but refuse to share it because I haven’t quite gotten over it yet LOL!! So glad you’re posting again on your blog. I have been a very bad blogger, but so appreciate you stopping in and being so supportive. We all NEED to meet up, it’s getting ridiculous.

    Meag xx

    Comment by Meagan Morrison — May 8, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

    • ❤ – and yessss, wouldn't it be great if we could all meet up? i think we wouldn't stop laughing, coming up with weird stories, good ideas…

      Comment by blindcopy — May 9, 2011 @ 11:39 am

  6. Oh! I would have bee heart broken had that happened to me … I feel your pain!

    ♡ from ©

    Comment by Tanvi — May 9, 2011 @ 3:13 am

    • 🙂 i have to say that after a couple of days later i can only laugh about myself. i’m so easily convinced of anything… it’s so bad. i mean, i was about to buy a cuff for 400 dollars that i never even considered before.

      Comment by blindcopy — May 9, 2011 @ 11:43 am

  7. BAH, that really is disappointing (and I do have a hunch you DID have a secret crush on that cuff), and I think pretty unprofessional of them – got the price wrong? Stick up to it!

    Comment by Sabine — May 9, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

  8. These bracelets are so amazing!

    Comment by Sofia — May 10, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

  9. They should have just admitted their error straight-up! How disappointing! I actually love the Pamela Love talon cuffs – but I agree, not for $1000.

    Comment by Catherine — May 11, 2011 @ 1:16 am

  10. Woah that’s an insane nightmare! If it’s on at that price then surely they have to sell it to you???

    Comment by a la mode — May 12, 2011 @ 2:06 am

  11. Ugh, what a pain. The price was obviously too good to be true, but I’m wondering how they managed to get it wrong twice. I love the cuff as well (and the ring), but not for the full retail price. A local designer here is making something similar but it includes one small crystal and is cheaper, so I’m awfully tempted to get that instead.

    Comment by HauteWorld — May 12, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

  12. Now that’s very unprofessional of them to not honour the listed price.
    These cuffs are terribly “Trendy” now – and who wants what everyone else has?
    I think you are better off without them – invest your money on something more individual, more You, not some “Trendy” piece of hand jewellery;-)

    Comment by Englishvers — May 15, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

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