Is Temu Ethical?

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Is Shopping on Temu Safe and Ethical? #Learning #Shopping #Money #StreetCents’ by Street Cents

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Timu’s popular back-to-school videos on social media use a referral marketing strategy resembling MLM, offering free gifts for inviting friends.

Key Insights

  • Timu hauls are popular back-to-school videos on social media.
  • Timu is one of the top free apps in Canada, rivaling Amazon.
  • Timu's marketing strategy resembles multi-level marketing (MLM), but it is not considered an MLM.
  • Instead of selling a product, Timu encourages users to invite friends to download the app in exchange for free gifts or credit.
  • The more friends a user recruits, the more credit they receive.
  • Timu's referral marketing strategy is gamified and includes flash sales, games, and special rewards.
  • Prices on Timu are enticing, and the app appeals to our need for instant gratification.
  • Some people find the app's approach reminiscent of a casino.
  • Timu also faces ethical concerns similar to Amazon, such as aggressive growth tactics.
  • Data privacy and security are areas of concern with the app.
  • Important note: It's important to watch the video or read more about Timu to get a more comprehensive understanding of its features, impact, and user experiences.

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Transcript

[Transcript]

With back to school here, Timu hauls are flooding my feed. It’s consistently one of the top free apps in Canada. We know they’re going after Amazon with aggressive pricing and marketing. But is it an MLM? Actually, no.

Let’s say I make a toy and sell it. Then I ask friends to sell it, and I get a portion of their sales. Those friends bring in more sellers, and I make money off of those sales too. This is multi-level marketing, and it’s legal.

Now, Timu isn’t like that. You’re not selling a product. It’s more like referral marketing or social referral strategy. They want you to invite friends to download the app in exchange for free gifts or credit. And the more you recruit, the more credit you get. It’s definitely on another level of referral marketing compared to companies like Uber or DoorDash or Ritual.

And the app is totally gamified. There are flash sales, games, special rewards. I can see how it can be addictive and feed our need for instant gratification. To me, even Shein isn’t this casino-y.

So yeah, the prices are appealing. The hype is high. But Timu faces ethical heat similar to Amazon. There are also concerns around data privacy and security. But I would love to know how you feel about their aggressive growth tactics.

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Is Shopping on Temu Safe and Ethical? #Learning #Shopping #Money #StreetCents’ by Street Cents