instagram meme pages are running a black market


I love Instagram. Where else would I be able to post stuff like
this . . . and get away with it. If I posted this anywhere else, people would
just call me unstable and self-absorbed. More than usual. But there’s one thing I’ve been noticing
on Instagram a lot lately. And nobody’s talking about it. Welcome to week one of Scam Month. That’s right, this November, I’m super
cozy, and all four videos are going to be about scammers! Week 1: Instagram Scammers, then we have Jay
Shetty, Raid Shadow Legends, and uh, what’s his name again? Oh, Shane Dawson. November 24th. Before we get started, I have something really
exciting to announce. I’m making a video longer than ten minutes. It’s going to be almost 30 minutes long,
and I’m going to upload it on my second channel as a premiere. So, subscribe to my second channel, I put
a link in the pinned comment and description for that. But that’s enough about myself. Let’s talk about me for a second. Or more specifically, memes for a second. I am a meme connoisseur. If you send me a meme, I’m definitely going
to laugh, but I’ve also definitely already seen it. Sorry. I get my memes from all over but Instagram
is generally my favorite, because people post 10 at a time and I don’t have to put effort
into finding them. You look at your phone in when you wake up
in the morning, click into the meme, swipe swipe swipe swipe swipe, and then bam. it’s
3 AM. And you still have to edit your video. My sleeping pattern is just—to even call
it a pattern is a crime against mathematics. But because the average meme post on Instagram
has about 7-10 slides, I starting seeing some weird things thrown in with the memes. Weird advertise-y things. So I decided to conduct a mini-investigation. I looked at a LOT of memes for this video. Uh, most of them were pretty awful actually. But I found enough to realize that Instagram
meme pages are running a black market. So here we have a Marvel meme post from @couldn’t_choose_a_fandom. I’m not a big Mavel fan, but I enjoy Marvel
on the gram. Just not when it’s connected to a scam. Okay I think I just accidentally invented
the art of poetry. I find new things I’m good at every day
and it’s so annoying, like why coudln’t God have just given me a list. But as you notice, this post has four slides. Slides one, two and three are just overused
Marvel memes. Then slide four: bam. Link in bio to purchase. So my first thought was . . . these look awful. If you let me wear something like this out
in public unironically . . . you do not love me. But I decided to be brave and follow the link
in the bio anyway. It takes me to Beautiful Halo dot com. So here we have a bunch of truly awful Marvel
merch. Now, I didn’t get to the bottom of whether
or not this was official Marvel merch, but I was born with eyes, so . . . I mean, look
at this. It hurts. And seeing as the tab is called “Superhero
Merch” and not “Marvel merchandise”– Yeah, this is . . . this is fake. So this already weird, right? Random shop selling random merch, being promoted
by a random Instagram account. But this is just one example. Or so I thought. Here we have the account: @IsThisTumblr. There are seven slides, and slides one, two
and three are tumblr memes. And then slide four, more clothes. Now, these aren’t Marvel clothes, these
are just like . . . a Walmart version of Hot Topic, which is kind of like saying a Walmart
Version of Walmart. But I follow the link and their bio and BAM. I’m back on Beautiful Halo. It’s just a different section. Looks like more copyright infringement though,
I see Pikachu, Kermit the frog. I like how the Kermit one says . . . cute
cartoon dinosaur pattern. You’re already disrespecting our boy by
putting him on this Godawful hoodie, AND you’re not even going to use his real name because
you don’t want the legal smoke . . . but then you’re not even going to get the species
right? Wait til Disney finds out that you ripped
off both Marvel AND the Jim Henson company. These people are begging for a lawsuit. So we have two different accounts pointing
to Beautiful Halo. That’s when I started getting a weird feeling
about this. @isthistumblr and @couldn’t_choose_a_fandom
have nothing to do with each other, but they’re both promoting the same service. And you know where else that happens? YouTube! This is a brand deal. I love sponsorships, next year I’m going
to find one for every single video, not even kidding. But I also legally have to inform you that
it’s a sponsorship. I can’t just be like hey guys, I just want
to interrupt myself for literally no reason and tell you about Beautiful Halo-VPN-Share. No reason, but I have a code with them . . . somehow. I don’t where it came from, but apparently
you can use it to save 10%? So that’s really weird, but there’s a
link in my description. For unknown reasons. That have nothing to do with sponsorships. Like, just say it’s sponsored by Beautiful
Halo, or at the very least that you’re using an affiliate link, because that’s actually
required by federal guidelines. But here’s the thing. I can’t ever leave things alone. If I find one , I want to immediately find
ten more. So I was wondering, what other online stores
are doing this? Here’s a post from @tumblermemes, where
the 4th slide is an ad. And you know what, I don’t think it’s
a coincidence that they’re all on the fourth slide. Four out of ten. That’s, in the middle, closer to the beginning,
which is where most sponsorships are found in YouTube videos. So this ad says “My dad bought me this portable
mini projector from @zeeverastore. We spend quality family time by watching old
memories on this awesome projector!” Wow. “My dad bought me”, I like how they’re
trying to make this ad look like . . . not-an-ad, but like a meme. This does not look like a meme. Show me somebody in the age range of . . . being
alive that says things like “we spend quality family time by watching old memories”. But I still clicked the link. Now we’re on Zeevera dot com. Zeevera? I’m just going to call it the Photoshop
store because none of this stuff looks real. Now we’re on the Photoshop store, which
appears to be another online shop, but selling home products instead of clothes. But this one is advanced. This one has reviews. “Maggie Witting”. 5 Stars. “Like! Picture: for those watching movie is no screen
film or a smart TV Full Hd… but to watch good in a dark room!” I mean, now I have to buy it. Look, I have nothing against people who struggle
with English. I struggle with English sometimes, and it
is my native . . . and only language. But if you’re going to make up fake reviews
with names like “Maggie Witting or Colten Fahey” . . . maybe try to make the English
sound a bit more convincing? Also, none of these review pictures actually
show the product working, and they’re all five stars. This is so sketchy. When I decided to start Scam month, I didn’t
think I would actually find scams this easily. This next post is from @slu—oh, I’m not
going to say that. These are like cute Twitter memes. But then the last slide: Sunflowers symbolize
adoration, loyalty, and longevity. This necklace opens up to a message saying
“you are my sunshine!” So this ad is supposed to look like not an
ad, but a Tweet from @hadexoxox. 10,000 followers, and all she seems to do
is retweet baby photos and cat photos. Oh, and links to other jewelry stores. Yeah this is definitely a real person. So the website from the Instagram post is
called Lavandulas . . . Lavandulas? It looks identical to Zeevera and Beautiful
Halo. This one at least seems to be real jewelry
though. I mean, it’s probably very cheap, and they
were still using deceptive advertising practices but, you know. Jewelry seems real. Real cheap. So we’re up to what, three stores now? This one is from @artisttoolkit, they post
art memes and the last three slides are all an ad. “Tag a friend and if they don’t respond
in 2 minutes, they owe you this dino”. I guess I’ll try. @ArianaGrande. I’m sure she’s my friend, I bought all
her albums. Now, again, the dinos themselves seem to be
real. The reviews definitely look a lot more real. But if all these people bought it through
these Instagram posts, they don’t realize they just gave money to a company using deceptive
ads on them. It’s honestly kind of upsetting, these people
are just trying to live their lives—well they’re scrolling through Instagram—These
people are just trying to escape their lives but they’re being targeted with these weird
ads, many of which seem to be promoting scams, and all of which are definitely scummy because
they’re undisclosed sponsorships. Now the last post I have to look at is from
@memeplanter, and lo and behold, the fourth slide is an advertisement. You know what, on my Instagram account @dangelno,
I’m going to start posting 10 photos at a time. The first three are going to be ads, but the
fourth photo is going to be a picture of me, and then all the rest are going to be ads. So @memeplanter posts an ad for Special Airpods
case. And now I’m on Zeevera. And right off the bat, I see Mickey Mouse,
Monster’s Inc, and Elmo . . . all in the same picture, so. I think we get it. All I have to say is, I want to be there for
that lawsuit. What gets me about all of this is . . . I’ve
done sponsorships before. I have no problem with accepting money to
promote a service. But at the same time, I have an audience because
of my content. Say what you will about the videos I’ve
uploaded, but at least I created them. I mean, it’s a low bar, but I passed it. These meme pages are taking screenshots of
other content, adding no commentary, and then getting brand deals out of that. But they’re not even willing even to tell
you it’s an advertisement. Now, I’m aware that I just gave Beautiful
Halo and all these other weird stores a ton of free advertising, because you know, tens
of thousands watch my every move. But honestly, don’t buy anything from Beautiful
Halo. Consider this an anti-sponsorship. Do no buy anything from any of these people. But, if this video gets . . . any amount of
likes at all, I’ll make a video where I purchase all of these products and then test
them out myself. But that concludes week one of scam month! And until then, looks like I’ve gotten ten
minutes of content out of this, so leave a like, tell me what you think, and subscribe
if you haven’t already. Thank you for watching and a big thank you
to my 220,000 subscribers. Okay bye.

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