Companies I cannot recommend….

For some time I have wanted to purchase a pair of US Military “Mickey Mouse” boots.  These were first issued to GI’s in the Korean War and are designed to shield against water and extreme cold.  The boots are constructed of rubber and between two layers of rubber, air is trapped to act as insulation.  A valve on the outside of the boot means you can add or remove air to vary the degree of insulation provided.  In addition the boots are wool lined for increased insulation.

So I was really pleased to find a company in the UK advertising them, brand new for only £9.95 +p&p!  I ordered my a pair of size nines from Surplus and Adventure and 5 days later they arrived.  As soon as I unpacked them it was clear that these boots were not what they were advertised to be.  The label on the back stated “US style” and lacking two layers of rubber, a valve, and wool liner these were in fact just short, lace-up wellington boots with an incredibly heavy steel shank and I would require about 10 thick wool socks to to fill the boot with my foot.  The cost of returning the boots would have been almost as much as the purchase price so I have forwarded them for re-sale else where as a “safety boot!”.  My verdict…..DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!

“Googling” this company brings a lot of results from unhappy customers and in fact my colleague at work ordered some items from them three weeks ago and has not yet received them.  When he contacted them, he was told the items are not in stock and will hopefully be in within a week…..we shall see!!

UPDATE 16/12/09 – The items my colleague ordered have arrived today.

At the beginning of the year I was contacted by a representative from Fusion Productions in the USA, who explained that they were working on a new television series called “Hot on the Trail”, to be aired on the Veria Network in June 2009.

They contacted me because they wanted to use images of some of my crafts made from Cattail/Reed Mace for the Cattail part of the series.  The series sounded really good and after some exchanges of emails I agreed to supply images for the series, in return for a DVD copy of the programme.

Since providing some images I have heard nothing from the company and having emailed the two representatives I had been dealing with to find out if my images were actually used, I have received no response.

I would very grateful if anyone who has seen the series could get in touch with me if any of the images below were featured in the programme.

Willow and Cattail leave baskets

Cattail basket

Cattail leaf duck

Cattail Dolls

Thanks in anticipation.


After writing this post the production company contacted me and informed me that they did not use my images in the series.  My recommendation to others……if people seriously want what you have they will pay for it!!


11 thoughts on “Companies I cannot recommend….

    • Many thanks for your offer and I will follow up the links you provided. Have you seen the “hot on the trail” series? Thanks Kevin

      • I forgot to say those dolls are some of the coolest things Ive seen! Next time i get a chance to be where I can find a nice amount of cat tails im going to give a go at this!

  1. Hey Fenlander,

    I’ve been hosed by several British production companies (Diverse Bristol, etc.) on at least 7 or 8 occasions; they email or call, get all the pertinent information they are looking for, and never call back. I can relate to the feeling of getting hosed!

    Lovely crafting by the way. Is the pattern you used for the baskets based on the one describe by Kochanski? Thanks!

    David C
    Choteau, Montana

    • Hi David, Thanks for your reply….we live and learn! The basket pattern is not based on Mors Kochanski’s but the dolls are as he taught how to make them. Best wishes Kevin

  2. Always google search the name of any company you’re intending to do business with; products too. You’d be surprised at what you can find, good and bad.

    These days the above is an absolute necessity when buying on the internet. Easy to get burned. Least you got something in the mail – there are horror stories galore from people who haven’t.

    Best of luck in the future, and that sucks.

  3. I know it’s a bit late in the day for you but it may be useful next time…

    Distance selling regulations give you seven days to get a full refund on a product, including the original cost of postage AND the cost of postage back to the company.

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