This week, TikTok user PimpinP was called out for selling socks on TikTok. Overall, you could argue that this is one of the weirder things to get pulled up on for in the big scheme of things. In short, she was seen selling Kirby-themed socks for $5 plus $8 shipping. However, one savvy user found out that these socks could be purchased from Temu for $6.29 plus free shipping. In other words, after selling just one pair, PimpinP would have broken even, leaving her with 7 pairs left to profit on. As seen below, PimpinP shows the Kirby socks in question.
As seen in the screenshot below, you can see the same socks for sale on Temu, which is a website similar AliExpress and other stores.
Having said this, it seems as though people are getting too involved in this. In short, isn’t this what capitalism involves? Sourcing something for cheap and then selling it for a profit? As PimpinP has 1.4 million followers on TikTok, she clearly has a big enough fanbase to sell to. This begs the question why so many people got annoyed by this – with one even calling her a ‘scammer’, even though this isn’t the definition of scamming. Despite what you think of PimpinP – it seems like this is a case of reaching from disgruntled fans.