Fake Tragically Hip merchandise still duping fans, warns guitarist Rob Baker

Fake Tragically Hip merchandise luring fans

TORONTO — Tragically Hip guitarist Rob Baker is urging fans to be vigilant when buying merchandise that claims to be linked to Gord Downie’s charity.

The musician tweeted Tuesday that some online shoppers are being duped into buying T-shirts, hoodies and other items that purport to donate $10 of the proceeds to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research.

Baker says the operators — who are using Facebook and Instagram to amplify their message — aren’t linked to the band.

One such group is “Gord Downie Supporters” on Facebook, which has appeared as a sponsored content post in some user’s news feeds.

“Wear this t-shirt, and give your support!” some of the posts say.

Each link redirects to “The Hip Store,” a website that’s not associated with the band but uses a similar domain name.

From there, shoppers can browse a selection of seemingly official merchandise with images from “Secret Path,” lyrics from Hip songs and a variation of Downie’s famous “Jaws” shirt from last summer’s tour.

“Hey folks, there are a lot of THip Tshirts, hoodies…on the net, Instagram, Facebook…claiming that $10 goes to Gord Downie fund. It’s BS!” Baker tweeted.

Facebook did not immediately respond for comment.

Deceptive sellers have been a persistent problem for the Hip since Downie revealed last year he was suffering from terminal brain cancer.

The “Gord Downie Supporters” Facebook page was taken down last November for violating its community standards, but re-emerged in January with a new profile. Facebook has yet to shut it down again.

Don Seymour, a Kingston, Ont. resident, was among the Hip fans who unknowingly purchased a hoodie from an illegitimate seller last year, with the assumption a portion of the sale was going to charity. It wasn’t until he read media coverage about fake sites weeks later that he realized he’d been swindled.

“Normally I do pretty good research on Google just to make sure it’s legit,” he said, “but on this one it was just a spur-of-the moment (purchase).”

Seymour hopes to find a positive side to his purchase. Instead of wearing his hoodie, he plans to donate it to a local homeless shelter.

“If it can go to someone that’ll keep warm on a cold day, I’m OK with that,” he added.

 

Follow @dfriend on Twitter.

David Friend, The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Royal engineer to reeve: New exhibit explores life of Langley pioneer

Langley Centennial Museum has an exhibit outlining the life and times of pioneer Philip Jackman.

Langley cadets honour Ortona battle with annual Christmas dinner

Remembrances and good cheer at 16th-annual reenactment of 1943 Ortona Christmas Dinner in Cloverdale

Langley School District Foundation volunteers tackle wrapping projects of all sizes, shapes

This year’s wrap money goes to food and homeless initiatives.

Cold nights mean homeless turned away from Langley shelter

The Gateway of Hope shelter has had send some people to other shelters as they ran out of room.

Crown appeals stay against Jamie Bacon in Surrey Six killings

B.C.’s prosecution service says judge’s decision reveals ‘errors of law’

VIDEO: New series takes in-depth look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Black Press takes a hard look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Hwy. 1 avalanche improvements promise less delays

B.C.’s new remote avalanche-control systems near Revelstoke are ready for avalanche season

Rare summer tanager delights Vancouver bird watchers

It’s the first time that bird has been recorded in the Metro Vancouver area

2017 word of the year: Feminism

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017: ‘Feminism’

200 Russians to compete in Olympics as neutrals

The Russian Olympic Committee expects 200 to compete in South Korea

5 to start your day

Gordie Hogg takes South Surrey White Rock, Crown appeals stay against Jamie Bacon in Surrey Six killings and more

Researchers claim the ‘man flu’ does exist

Review of scientific studies suggests ‘man flu’ may be more intense: researcher

Trudeau appoints Supreme Court chief justice

Prime Minister Trudeau appoints Richard Wagner as Supreme Court chief justice

Liberal Hogg wins South Surrey-White Rock byelection over Conservative Findlay

B.C. riding to be represented by non-conservative for first time in decades

Most Read