One of our favorite parts of blogging is the opportunity to get to know and support other creative small businesses. Through giveaways and blog posts, we can help these small companies reach our blog audience and give our readers something new to enjoy! We would never want to use this blog as a place to gripe and complain or to air our dirty laundry. But when we have highly recommended a company on Matters of Style, and that company doesn't honor its promises to our readers, we think we should inform our readers of the situation.
MoS Washington purchased (at full price) a tray from Haymarket Designs earlier this year. She was happy with her purchase, so Haymarket offered to do a giveaway on Matters of Style. We had 149 entries to the giveaway, and we know that Haymarket had numerous purchases resulting from the giveaway (and I am sure there are many more purchases that we don't even know about). When we contacted them with the winner's information, they never responded. We have since contacted them numerous times, and they have not responded to us at all and have never sent the winner her tray.
At first, we gave them the benefit of the doubt, thinking maybe their business was hurting, or perhaps they were disorganized, or maybe they were sick. But we have recently continued to see Haymarket appearing on other blogs and in magazines, and continued to receive emails from them notifying us of new products. Yet despite our repeated (polite) requests, they refuse to honor the commitment they made to us when they offered to do a giveaway on Matters of Style. This causes us to question their integrity, and as such, we are so disappointed to say that we would not recommend Haymarket Designs to our readers.
We hope that our readers have had good experiences with Haymarket, since we did recommend them so highly. MoS Washington continues to be happy with her tray. However, we firmly believe that honest business practices and integrity are just as important as a good product, and as such, we are truly saddened to write this blog post.