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Temu ‘known for its rock bottom prices’ investigated.

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Sasta Fri 18-Aug-23 13:57:19

Temu, the most downloaded and used app in the US is being investigated. I wouldn’t touch it with the proverbial barge pole and hope it doesn’t get the success in the UK it seems to have garnered in the US. These unrealistic prices come at a very high cost.

Germanshepherdsmum Fri 18-Aug-23 14:06:09

I wouldn’t touch it either. Unfortunately there are a lot of people who don’t ask themselves why something is so cheap.

62Granny Fri 18-Aug-23 14:11:58

I hate the way their adverts bombard you on my kindle and I recently had a new phone and every time I downloaded my apps from the app store I had to wait while one of their very irritating adverts went through its spiel .😡😠

Sasta Fri 18-Aug-23 15:01:42

I agree Germanshepherdsmum. Me too 62Granny, the blatant and unwanted adverts from all directions are so annoying. I particularly dislike that Apple News is foisted on you if you use an iPhone, but not so you can read it, only to make you subscribe to read it. I know it’s available, I do not need reminding every single time I use my iphone.

Jaxjacky Fri 18-Aug-23 15:47:16

My iPhones have never done that Sasta?

Sasta Fri 18-Aug-23 16:38:05


My iPhones have never done that Sasta?

Agh! What an I doing wrong? When I scroll right, to open the days’ headlines I’m bombarded with Apple News I can’t read unless I subscribe. I’ve gone into notifications and turned off all Apple notifications but still it’s always there. 🤷🏻‍♀️. I’ll see if my granddaughter (8) can get rid!

Oopsadaisy1 Fri 18-Aug-23 17:03:33

Try an Ad Blocker?

Elegran Fri 18-Aug-23 17:05:00

I have thought from the first time I saw the unbelievable prices on a Temu advert that they were aiming for a rapid market expansion and they must be backed by some organisation with bottomless pockets. The article in the link says "It is backed by Chinese e-commerce giant Pinduoduo . . ." Don't be taken in by the cheap prices - the aim is to gain a commercial monopoly in world markets in as many fields as they can, and by any methods they can find.

Foxygloves Fri 18-Aug-23 17:09:42

Well, there’s a surprise!
I have always been amazed by posters on GN who tell us how wonderful companies like SHEIN and TEMU are. Their pics are very tempting but when a price seems too good to be true - it generally is.

M0nica Fri 18-Aug-23 17:47:15

Oh, the joys of an Ad blocker, the first thing I put on every device.

I haven't even heard of TEMU and all my online traffic is advert free. I also paid extra to have a Kindle without adverts.

Freya5 Fri 18-Aug-23 18:13:00

Cheap is as cheap says. Rubbish from what I hear.

Sasta Sat 19-Aug-23 00:15:57

Off piste to original post, but can you recommend any specific ad blockers please Oopsadaisy1 or M0nica? Thank you in advance.

JackyB Sat 19-Aug-23 07:44:43

I find their adverts annoying but have been surprised by some reviewers actually finding stuff they have ordered from temu to be of reasonable quality.

I'm still not going to use it myself, though. Not surprised to see that the low prices are due to exploitation of workers.

Blondiescot Sat 19-Aug-23 07:58:10

I've always been wary of the 'too cheap' places like Shein and Temu, but I do know people who have bought stuff from both and been pleasantly surprised. Still wouldn't tempt me to buy from them though. Plus, I think when these places are so cheap, it does tempt some people to buy lots of things they don't really need - more tat which will invariably end up in landfill.

BlueBelle Sat 19-Aug-23 08:08:24

I have two friends one a solicitor one a retired military personnel who buy off Shein and temu both love them I ve never see anything on Shein to tempt me I did buy one pair of bottoms off Temu on one of these friends recommendations when Temu first started advertising and they are cxxx, horrid material like plastic…. never again

I don’t get any adverts on my iPad or iPhone and I don’t have an ad blocker either
The only place I ve ever seen adverts is Facebook an there they do bombard with Tamu never seen any adverts for Shein

BlueBelle Sat 19-Aug-23 08:12:02

Sasta I have had apple phone and iPad for donkey years and never ever been asked to have apple news on it

MerylStreep Sat 19-Aug-23 08:21:50

Everything you use/ wear/ view that comes out of China is tainted with slave Labour.

multicolourswapshop Sat 19-Aug-23 08:52:40

Try Wish I’ve bought from them for years most of it is very good only thing it takes ages to deliver but I’m going to buy from them again I bought loads of Christmas presents last year things,like good looking pearls and key fobs

MerylStreep Sat 19-Aug-23 09:03:25


Try Wish I’ve bought from them for years most of it is very good only thing it takes ages to deliver but I’m going to buy from them again I bought loads of Christmas presents last year things,like good looking pearls and key fobs

Wish is no different to any of the companies mentioned above.
Wish is a platform company like Etsy.
If you think you’re buying from an ethical company, you’re delusional.,The%20straightforward%20answer%20to%20where%20Wish%20products%20come%20from,Wish%20are%20based%20in%20China.

M0nica Sat 19-Aug-23 09:36:11

For some people, for many people, price comes before ethics every time and they are culpably ignorant because they do not ask questions where they know they should because what they are offered is cheap, cheap, cheap.

There is a very well-known saying, 'if it seems too good to be trues, it is too good to be true' and many people choose to ignore it.

It is virtually impossible to avoid buying anything made in China, but for many people buying less would be a good idea, especially when it comes to clothes and household goods. Most people have sufficient and overconsumption contributes to global warming.

MerylStreep Sat 19-Aug-23 10:08:28

You’re perfectly correct MOnica the whole world can’t stop buying from China, it’s not possible, but buy a little less 🙏

Mollygo Wed 06-Sep-23 07:59:20

There is a lot of controversy about China-based Temu. Here’s a recent posting regarding Temu:

Seemingly overnight, everyone’s talking about Temu (pronounced “tee-moo”), an online shopping app that boasts deals that seem too good to be true, like $17 wireless earbuds, $1 “gold” necklaces and $23 wedding dresses.
Over 50 million Americans have downloaded Temu since it launched state-side in September 2022, after it gained traction with expensive Super Bowl ads promising to let you “shop like a billionaire.”
Today, Temu is the most popular shopping app in the U.S. behind Amazon. But most of us don’t know much about the app’s true origins. Reader Daniel Mayer asked an important question, “Is [Temu] something we should be concerned about?”
So, I did some digging. And as it turns out, yes, you absolutely should be. Here’s what I found:
Where did Temu come from?
This isn’t some fly-by-night operation. Temu is based in Boston, Massachusetts, by PDD Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: PDD). PDD is headquartered in Shanghai, China.
PDD also owns the e-commerce platform Pinduoduo headquartered in — you guessed it — China. So, Temu is a Communist China-based app and site.
What you need to know before using Temu
First, you’re buying goods directly from manufacturers in China and other parts of the world. That’s why shipping times are often 12 days or longer. The prices are low because the goods are cheap. The pictures of what you see advertised may not be what you actually get.
Temu’s BBB rating is 2.21/5. Reviews at TrustPilot are interesting, with 38% 5-star reviews and 41% 1-star reviews.
But that’s not the worst of it.
Temu is downright dangerous.
The app is a clever, pervasive digital stalker. As you shop, Temu monitors your activity on other apps, tracks your notifications and location and changes settings.
🛑 It gets worse. Temu gains full access to all your contacts, calendars and photo albums, plus all your social media accounts, chats and texts. In other words, literally everything on your phone. This is scary
No shopping app needs this much control, especially one tied to Communist China. If you’re using Temu, delete the app from your phone ASAP..

MerylStreep Wed 06-Sep-23 08:26:38

What search engine do you use. If it’s google they were ahead of Temu years ago with tracking
In fact they are now known as. tracking company.
Don’t think for one moment I’m defending Temu, I’m not but google has become the acceptable face on the internet but they are no different.
If anyone wants a search engine that doesn’t track use DuckDuckGo.

NanaAng14 Wed 06-Sep-23 08:39:12

You don't need to download an Ad blocker , Simply go to Settings - Pop ups + Redirects- back to Settings - then slide toggle to block ads.

Mollygo Wed 06-Sep-23 10:40:43

I have an ad blocker, but friends from various parts of the world, keep sending me warnings about using Temu, so I thought I’d share them.