13.8.16

Why I Won't Be Promoting Coconut Lane Anymore

Coconut Lane

Before I get into the full post I just want to quickly say, I'm not one for slating brands and companies and I would never normally write a post on this, especially on businesses who are trying to get started, but there are ways of getting started and lying to people isn't one of them. Of course, they have a right to give their side to the story and if they ever wanted to give their side then I'd listen, however, I just want to give my thoughts and vibes which will be further down in the post and to tell you all why I will no longer be working with the company as I know many of you are feeling the same way as me. Remaining honest to my readers and being genuine is much more important to me than lying to you and making you buy products that don't sit quite right with me which is why I'm completely out.

To give you a bit of background, Coconut Lane are a company who sell lots of cute stationary, wall art and home pieces. If you're anything like me and love things like that, at first glance you are probably going to fall in love as soon as your eyes set foot on the website. When they said I was a good fit to be a 'Coconut Queen', I thought why not? This basically means you get given a 50% discount code for yourself to use and you also get a 20% discount code for your readers to use where you earn 25% commission. All the bits on the website looked super cute and I knew some of my readers would love it too so I said yes...stupidly.

You might have seen on Twitter and on my blog I was promoting the code for you guys to use and I thought everything was great and that was that. Today on Twitter, Becca notified me that I should read this post by Sarah which of course, I did. Straight after reading it I went and messaged Kiera who is my blogging babe and always up for a rant! She is also a Coconut Queen and I wanted to see if she was having the same vibes as I was getting before I made any decisions. Funnily enough, she was and so were lots of other bloggers. As girls do with their investigating skills, I went and had a little search by typing in 'Coconut Lane' on Twitter (highly recommend you do that) and read some very interesting tweets and stories from other bloggers. I was surprised to say the least!

If you read Sarah's post which I've linked above, you'll see that she noticed Coconut Lane were getting knock off phone cases and selling them for so much more - they're making more profit by fooling us all. I've had a look on the website and they have now removed the phone cases but if you read Sarah's post you'll see the screenshots. I can't comment on that myself because I never got a phone case, however, I can comment on what vibes I'm getting and here are my thoughts...


Coconut Lane claim that bloggers get 25% commission for each purchase made from each individual code, and have hundreds of bloggers on board with this. I tweeted a poll (see above) asking who has actually received commission from the company and 96% of people said no within only one hour of it being up.

Yes, this could mean perhaps no one has actually used your code therefore you won't have any commission, but I don't believe this to be true when hundreds of bloggers are promoting their own codes and the company day in day out all across social media. I think they slip a few through the net otherwise they would literally be paying out at least 200 or more bloggers every few days with the commission they deserve, but let's be honest, they have a history of wanting to make things as a cheap as possible by being dishonest, are they really going to pay out hundreds of bloggers? Hmm maybe not. Perhaps if I hadn't read Sarah's post and lots of other tweets on Twitter, there would be no need for me to come to this conclusion but when you read that they're ripping their customers off big time and show no sign of honesty at all, it starts to ring alarm bells.

Initially it does look like a good idea - they are connecting with bloggers and seem to say all the right things via email but when you dig deeper, there are lots of things that don't add up. So many people are on board with the 'Be a Coconut Queen' trend and I honestly feel like it's a joke. They will allow anyone to join whether you have ten followers or ten thousand which shows they are all about ££ and being recognised. It also makes me question what other products on their website we're being ripped off for which is why I can't bring myself to promote it any longer since finding all this out. If it wasn't pointed out to me on Twitter I would never have known all of this which is worrying but hopefully the more talk about this, the better.

Personally, I think bloggers do get taken for complete mugs sometimes.We build up honest relationships with our readers and we are real people who put effort into our blogs and I certainly will not be promoting products from a company who have a history of ripping people off and who I'm having serious doubts about. It's just not worth it! Companies think we will promote anything and seem to forget that bloggers talk. We discuss and share experiences in hope others won't go through the same thing. Keep discussing. My blog is far more important to me and I firmly believe this is the right decision - if this is how they think the way to running a successful business is then you can count me out!

I'd love to know if you've had any experiences with this company so please feel free to leave comments or tweet me (bethxlouisex) so we can discuss!

Lots of Love,
Beth x

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23 comments

  1. LOVE this and really appreciate how my post helped prompt you. I did a poll too and your result is the same as mine! ONE person out of EVERYONE that voted said they'd received commission. Ridiculous. You can expect an e-mail from CL though so prepare yourself for that. It's caused such a stir in the blogosphere but it really needs addressing. Being an honest blogger is just as vital as a brand being honest. Thank you for sharing!! xx

    Sarah | http://www.scarletstate.co.uk

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    1. Your post really helped and opened my eyes completely! I'm shocked by the polls response. One person said she received commission once, but another person said her friends use her discount code but she's never received commission at all. I asked her has she emailed them about it and she said they never respond!! xx

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  2. Great post!! So glad I let you know on twitter!!
    Becca | www.beccasloveforlife.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm so glad you did too! Thanks for reading x

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  3. Oh wow,I am a 'Coconut Queen' and just like many other people have not received any commission. Maybe ill think twice before promoting them in the future... Thanks for sharing!

    Darriyan xo
    www.darriyancateland.blogspot.com

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    1. No problem lovely - I'd definitely look into it a bit more x

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  4. So glad we was made aware of this before we promoted them even more. Disgusted by the brand.

    Kiera | www.beautydeprived.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Wow what an insight! I'm not a 'coconut queen', but it's sad to think new bloggers may be taken advantage of by new companies. You'd think they'd come together in harmony to promote each other. The question is: how do we avoid all of this & know we're getting a good deal?! xxx

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    1. It's an absolute joke. I have no idea how we avoid all this to be honest! I think we just need to do a bit more investigating before saying yes to companies and ask/search around on Twitter beforehand! It's so hard to know though. Thank you for reading! xx

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  6. Such an interesting post, I haven't received any commission either they emailed me once after I become a coconut queen to say I had an order but the commission was only a few £ so they said I can have it now or later I decided to wait till
    I got a few more and haven't received anything since so i just put it down to no one using my code! I love coconut lane's products don't get me wrong but I said stop advertising on my Twitter and stuff as literally every blogger is a coconut queen it put me off. Feels like you have to compete now lol

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    1. I agree, I feel there's too many Coconut Queens and they clearly find it very hard to manage x

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  7. Wow this is disgusting! I had missed all the drama until one of my friends mentioned it to me, but what an awful way to treat bloggers. How naive can they be, and how unprofessional is their response?! I think everyone should avoid them altogether as bloggers and customers as they sound very shady. Well done for speaking out lovely xxx

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    1. Thank you for reading Gemma! There's been a lot of drama about it and none of it adds up to me xox

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  8. I've been seeing this all over Twitter for a few weeks now, I set myself up to be a 'coconut queen' but never actually got around to writing a blog post about it. I'm so glad I never got around to it now!! Especially with new bloggers like myself, honesty is the best way to create a good name for yourself.

    It's unfair to readers & small businesses, it sucks!! Glad people are speaking out about all of the nastiness of it all xx
    | Lauren Catherine xx

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    1. Glad you've had a read and just be careful because there's been lots of talk about the business recently xo

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  9. Wow - I never knew any of this! I'd seen people subtweeted about the coconut lane drama but didn't actually know what had happened! I'm so glad I saw this post when I did. I recently signed up to be a "coconut queeen" (ha) and actually was planning on writing my post tomorrow! Lucky escape with that one! Thanks for sharing xx

    Grab Your Camera x

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    1. Thank you for reading! No worries xoxo

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  10. Really empathise with this - i have never signed up as i just felt EVERY blog was doing it! TBH i found the whole Coconut "queen" thing a bit... high school?! If that makes any sense haha :P I also felt it exploited a lot of small bloggers who want to try and have brand relationships. Plus, you can get these products so cheaply on eBay or something! I also like the idea of buying things from Etsy that no one else had/ supporting people who actually make their products. Thank-you for writing :)

    Bumble and Be

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  11. Actually so glad you wrote this post! I've never looked up coconut lane on twitter but I found myself with the same doubts and wondering if anyone actually saw their commission etc. I actually feel now like they give so many people the title of 'coconut queen' just so they buy something themselves! I probably never would have ordered from them before as I hadn't actually heard of them until they contacted me so really I'm just another buyer! You don't see many people getting re-posted on their twitter or IG like they claim to do when they initially email you! XX

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  12. You have opened my eyes!! I too was having doubts about being a coconut queen they make it sound so worth while as if its the next best thing to sliced bread! So glad I'm steering clear now! I also didn't recieve any commission, its a load of bs to entice people into buying their products (that they rip people off for anyway!!) ridiculous! Www.mylifeinrosetintedglasses.com
    Xox

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  14. Oh my goodness I'm so glad I read this post because technically I'm a Coconut Queen too but haven't promoted their shop or my code for MONTHS. They weren't sitting right with me either, never got any commissions and to honest I was seeing hundreds of other people sharing their codes and the chances of someone using mine was so slim I just thought sod it I'm out. They're very suspicious and I won't be promoting them ever again. Great post Beth! I'm off to read Sarah's now too so thankyou for sharing the link to that :) x x
    Ellis // www.elliswoolley.co.uk

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