what is shoppybag.com?
And why did I get an email saying that ‘Randall M.’ had tagged a photo of me there? Maybe lots of people have friends named Randall, but I don’t. So I almost deleted it and then thought NO! I must do investigative journalism into this on behalf of our faithful readers. Now, manage your expectations a bit; my brand of investigative research can be encapsulated in one word: Google.
But before I googled, I clicked on the link in the email. Gee, I had to sign up in order to see ‘my picture.’ And the first step after choosing a login and password is to allow the site to access your email contacts. Nope, not going to happen. So I just closed the window and opened shoppybag.com in another. Bypass worked. And I was able to find the picture that my new friend Randall M tagged me in… which was a picture of a big bird t-shirt (I’m not kidding). Whaaa?
It purports to be a social networking site for shopping, but it looks pretty sketchy. And it is clearly six algorithms short of being competent. A search for ‘cobalt blue heels’ turned up three ugly pairs of shoes and – wait for it – a featured (!!) item. The featured item was Sketchers shape-ups (which are, as everyone knows, my least favorite shoes in the universe ever). Delete account.
In the email I received, Shoppybag.com claimed to be “an awesome new way to shop with your friends. You can recommend products for each other, share style secrets & stay on top of the hottest fashion trends.” Yeah, like Sketchers shape-ups. And my friends at the google confirm that this is a sleazy company that spams your friends and will sell your info to third party users for commercial purposes. Sweet!
Bottom line: delete. Don’t sign up, don’t read the email, just don’t. Just delete.