Fighting A Losing Battle

A quick snapshot of my Formspring account:

This last person, by the way, followed the Formspring question up with no less than three comments on the blog itself, all in the space of ten minutes, and all asking about “sheeping” to Lebanon. I answered the first two questions via email, letting the person know that I can’t provide them with either sheep or shoes as I AM NOT A SHOP, and then the third comment started with the words, “Try to answer my questions, please!” Which I took to mean “Unless you answer my questions by telling me exactly what I want to hear, I will just keep on and on asking them…”

There are some genuine questions in there too, of course, but for the most part it seems to have turned into just one more way for people to pretend I’m a shop. (And even if I was a shop, I doubt I’d be able to answer these questions. I mean, “The blue platform shoes that are in the picture”? “This shoes”? How am I supposed to know what these people are talking about?) Bizarre!  I’m just surprised I’ve not had any questions about Joan Rivers yet!

Hi, I'm Amber. I'm a full-time fashion/shoe blogger from the UK, and this is the story of my life, my clothes, and the International Man of Mystery Next Door. You can read more from me at my other blogs, The Fashion Police and Shoeperwoman, and you can follow me on Bloglovin' here.

28 Comments

  • Reply September 23, 2010

    Moni

    Just sending nice thoughts your way…
    The world is full of idiots and I sometimes feel it’s so unfair that common courtesy prevents us from telling them what they ought to hear…

    • Reply September 23, 2010

      Amber

      Thank you, much appreciated :)

      The whole thing strikes me as funny more than anything else, but I must admit, it does amaze me that there are so many people who will type out the phrase “Where can I buy the Miss Selfridge shoes?” (had that one yesterday) and not realise they’ve just answered their own question! I used to get the same kind of thing when I used to sell on eBay, only then it would be “What size are the size 4 shoes you’re selling?” (I kid you not…)

  • Reply September 23, 2010

    Amy

    This JUST occurred to me – trolls? I mean, some of these people must just be dense, but perhaps a few are doing it ON PURPOSE. Ugh. I hate people.

    • Reply September 23, 2010

      Amber

      I supect there may be an element of that ocassionally – I delete loads of these “questions” every day, so in a way I’d almost rather think it was deliberate than that there are that many people thinking I’m a shop – lol!

  • Reply September 23, 2010

    Karin

    You are so funny =) I love your personal blog.
    Oh btw, you are very much alike Emma in Glee! Why is it that you gingers are so beautiful?

  • Reply September 23, 2010

    Mhairi

    Hey Amber.

    I know from following your twitter account how often this seems to be happening, it must drive you mad although for the rest of us sensible people it is quite funny watching you type out again and again “I am not a shop”.
    Hopefully eventually these people get the message, Amber is not for sale !

  • Reply September 23, 2010

    Laura

    Maybe you ought to set up shop, it seems to me that you’d be very successful selling other brands’ shoes for them. Just a shame the people asking for these shoes seem to think you have a telepathic link to the pairs they’re thinking of exactly. Really bizarre!

    • Reply September 28, 2010

      Rock Hyrax

      Or you could set up a shoe question research service (like a new footwear specific Google Answers). Finding the right calibre of psychic to interpret the questions may be a bit difficult though…

  • Reply September 23, 2010

    helen

    Maybe we’ve all got the wrong end of the stick – maybe the lebanese person actually wanted 38 sheep (possibly wearing shoes…) shipped to Lebanon. With your sheep wispering skills, you of course would be an obvious choice!

  • Reply September 24, 2010

    Terry

    I confess the Sequin bow peep toe shoes were me! ;)

  • Reply September 24, 2010

    Claire

    Aww, Amber – have a hug xxx

    As someone who actually does run a shop on t’interweb, there’s really no end to the crazies :-) Or the people who think you’re psychic, or the terminally stupid.

  • Reply October 20, 2010

    laura

    Hi Amber,
    I quite understand that you are fed up of stupid questions I’m pretty sure this one is not so (well I know you are not a shop so that’s a start). I’m also pretty sure that there is a better place to post you a question but I can’t find one!
    Here it is;
    I bought some Louboutins (nude, patent, very prive) for my wedding and in an aim to reduce the ‘cost per wear’ I’ve worn them 3 times since. So a total of 4 wears so far and already the red off the bottom has all gone – weep! Do you know of a reliable way to solve the problem? I’ve looked on ebay at the red rubber soles that you can get glued to the bottom but I do worry about my small town cobbler refusing to touch £495 shoes and of course I worry about them looking rubbish after the poor cobbler shaking with worry has got glue everywhere. However they do look rubbish currently and I’m worried about them getting worse. Can you offer any advice? What state are the bottoms of your Louboutins in? Much love and thanks
    Laura x

    • Reply October 20, 2010

      Amber

      The soles start to wear off as soon as you start to wear them, basically (although it’s a bit strange that it’s gone completely after only four wears – mine are just wearing off gradually, in a kind of horseshoe shape…), but to be honest I’m probably not the best person to offer advice about it because it doesn’t really bother me, so I’ve never tried to do anything about it. I have heard that Louboutin boutiques will re-paint them for you, so if you happen to live near a city that has one, you could perhaps try giving them a call? Regarding the rubber soles, I think there are also services where you can send them the shoes to have the rubber soles fitted, but again, I haven’t tried anything like that (and wouldn’t really trust the postal service with my shoes!) so I can’t recommend one specifically. I think if it bothers you, probably your best bet would be to call a Louboutin boutique for advice, or maybe go back to the place you got them and ask if they have a repair service of some kind?

  • Reply September 13, 2012

    BOB

    thats cool.

    • Reply September 13, 2012

      BOB

      Thats awesome bob

  • Reply September 13, 2012

    BOB

    actually thats really cool :)

  • Reply September 13, 2012

    BOB

    actually thats even cooler than i thought it would be. :D :) :D :)

  • Reply September 13, 2012

    BOB

    Wow, this Bob guy is a hunk,
    :P ;)

  • Reply September 13, 2012

    BOB

    woops i forgot to swap usernames, my baaaad! O.o

  • Reply September 13, 2012

    TIM

    Bob , we have to be together, i cant live without you !

    • Reply September 13, 2012

      BOB

      oh Tim , if only we could but im with BILL, and you know how he gets when im with you.

      • Reply September 13, 2012

        BILL

        Baby you light up my world like somebody else.
        hey babey , hows it gahin!

        • Reply September 13, 2012

          BOB

          aw BILL, thats so sweet , be mine forever!

          • Reply September 13, 2012

            BOB

            FOREEEEEEVVVVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRR! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  • Reply September 13, 2012

    TIM

    But BOB, i thought we were going to run away together! i now my dreams have been crushed, i thought we we had something special , but i guess not, i will always be your lover ! i LOVE YOU!

    • Reply September 13, 2012

      TIM

      DONT LEAVAE ME

  • Reply September 13, 2012

    char

    Oh boy, this kind of thing, as well as the fact that people just seem to use it to bully you annonymously, is the reason I’ve always been too scared of formspring.

    • Reply September 13, 2012

      Amber

      I ended up deleting my Formspring not long after this post: I didn’t get any bullying, thankfully, but the few questions that weren’t assuming I was a shop were either really intrusive, or just the same thing over and over again. Not worth it!

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