One of our Facebook friends tipped us off that there was a brouhaha over Bruce Makowsky’s QVC Today’s Special Value last weekend, which was an animal print haircalf and leather hobo purse at more than $200.
On one of QVC’s forums, posters were disgusted and angry that Bruce was hawking a bag made of animal fur.
“Bruce, I love the look of this TSV,” one woman posted on QC.com. “I love the animal prints, the color combinations, I just can’t deal with the real fur. While I know this is a fashion trend, could you please consider something similar to the TSV but in a faux fur?”
Some women agreed with her: They were turned off and disgusted by the cow skin. Apparently, some shoppers were threatening to boycott QVC and were making rather accusations. Some posters claimed that QVC had taken down or censored their angry remarks.
The hubbub over thie haircalf was “hilarious,” wrote one woman. After all, do the women who were protesting wear leather shoes and handbags? Hello, that leather came from a cow, girlfriends.
We agree with the QVC watcher her posted this.
“I watched all the hoopla yesterday on the boards and read many of the posts. I didn’t notice the ‘censorship’ because I started reading them later in the day and supposedly many had been reinstated.
What I don’t understand is that this type of leather is just the reverse of regular leather, or at least leather that hasn’t had the hair removed. I don’t get where the belief that baby animals – or in one post aborted baby animals – had been used to make these bags. Calfhair is the term used to describe the leather, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the leather came from baby cows.
Leather is leather is leather. If you don’t like the look and feel of the hair, that’s fine, but all this protesting and theatening to call PETA seems way over the top to me.””
But there were many indignant folks who disagreed. Here is one of them.
“I just can’t wear fur, of any kind, it just creeps me out. So that is why I didn’t get this one. And what lit my torch yesterday was QVC’s censorship of posts. I was up at around 2:30 am and there were several posts about how many of us just didn’t like the idea of real fur. They were not fanatical.. just.. ewww… I don’t like this one. Comments about ick factors.
Later that morning those posts had all been poofed. That really got me angry. If they were going to pull those, then why not pull every negative comment on every product.. why just this one. I am also from a management world raised with the philosophy that you listen to your customers comments, and you make adjustments. The fact that QVC was censoring us and not ‘adjusting’ really got me going. Then the PETA folks came out full force later in the morning/day.
Obviously there was such a backlash that QVC ended up pulling the TSV or making it look like it had sold out.
I am not going to get into debates about the fact that I eat meat and wear leather. Wearing fur for me is as disgusting as wearing Susan Graver polyester. Both have equal ICK factors.”
Well folks, we have to side with QVC, at least in terms of the bag, not any censorship of its forums.
As several posters noted, TJ Maxx is selling a ton of calfhair handbags, and we bought one there. We also purchased one fronm ShopNBC from its America West Collection. Haircalf is not a fad. It has been used to make purses in the Southwest and West for years.
We don’t wear real fur coats, but we are not grossed out by cow hair purses. We actually think they are gorgeous, and love the texture and richness of them.
We were tempted to buy Bruce’s TSV in leopard, but have heard so many negative things about the quality of his purses that we passed. It had nothing to do with the haircalf.
So shoot us. But don’t be wearing leather shoes when you do it, hypocrites.