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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

One of these things looks somewhat like the other...

One of the ladies who collected her Isis B costume was quite unhappy with the headpiece, added to which is the fact that she was told no ear-rings came with the costume when the ear rings can be clearly seen on the website and in the closeup photographs I took at Cascadia where the costumes were displayed:

Headpiece as advertised:

Headpiece on collection:

Look carefully, the ear rings are on display:

The headpiece is definitely smaller, as an entire row of coque feathers was left out and the coque/rooster feathers to the top of the headpiece is much sparser than what is advertised on the website. Now, I have no problem paying for something when I know I am getting exactly what I paid for. But paying the high prices for these costumes and being shortchanged in the end is getting a bit tiresome.

When a masquerader makes a deposit on a costume come registration, they enter into a contract that they are paying for what is advertised. Seems like only "certain" sections are indeed getting the exact costume as advertised while others take creative license and change the design to suit without giving the masqueraders an option to accept or deny the changes.

Last year I was SHOCKED when I saw the section Majorette on the road and the large back pack that was displayed on the website was reduced to an infantile version. If I were in that section someone owed me a refund!!

From my observation it is the "special", "private" or "outside" sections that are guilty of this practice (I hear no complaints about Monique, Gail or Lana's sections) and I think TRIBE's management needs to step in and do some quality control. These private sections must be held accountable for giving the masquerader exactly what they advertise. I cannot even begin to express my displeasure over what I have seen of "Silver Mist" on Carnival Jumbie's blog, but will withhold further comment until I actually see what masqueraders in that section get in their box today. Several of my friends are in that section and I would hate for them to be disappointed with the final product.

So, shame on the designer of Isis B who has robbed masqueraders of a full, glorious headpiece AND the ear-rings they should have gotten as part of the package!

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