What’s Up With Pink Owls?

PinkOwls.com is, or should we say was, a penny auction site for designer handbags. Just last month they decreased auctions to 1 per week, now they haven’t had any auctions in a few weeks now. A reader and winner of  PinkOwls recently sent in some very interesting observations that we thought we’d share with you and get your input. Perhaps you’ve bid on PinkOwls and won and haven’t received your won items? Please let us know.

Under Eligibility, PinkOwls states that employees & relatives of employees, are prohibited from participating in their auctions:

Employees of Pink Owls and commercial resellers are prohibited from purchasing or placing hoots on the Website under any circumstances. Any hoots purchased or placed by minors or such employees, or their relatives, or commercial resellers will be deemed null and void.

What’s interesting, is that there’s a user “Tanja” who has won a few items, she shares the same first name as an alleged employee.

According to our reader, Pink Owls stopped shipping items in early September and believes that “they are trying to put their winners off until the paypal 45 day chargeback is over. They have removed all their auctions and are “restructering” but to this day they are still advertising via facebook and twitter and are still selling bid packs even tho they owe a lot of people for items won over the last 2 months.”

Also, according to the registrant information for PinkOwls, the owner is a Shawn Brann and according to a reader, he stated that Tanja was an administrative assistant.

Domain Name………. pinkowls.com
Creation Date…….. 2009-11-09
Registration Date…. 2009-11-09
Expiry Date………. 2011-11-09
Organisation Name…. shawn brann
Organisation Address. PO Box 61359
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. Sunnyvale
Organisation Address. 94088
Organisation Address. CA
Organisation Address. US

Admin Name……….. Admin PrivateRegContact
Admin Address…….. PO Box 61359
Admin Address…….. registered post accepted only
Admin Address…….. Sunnyvale
Admin Address…….. 94088
Admin Address…….. CA
Admin Address…….. US
Admin Email………. 
Admin Phone………. +1.5105952002

The po box and number being used appear to belong to a domain privacy registration service, a quick Google search shows numerous complaints for other companies using the same service to hide their registrant info.

According to the PinkOwls testimonial page, Tanja has won a few items:

A Tanja Peterhans has “liked” many of the comments and photos on the PinkOwls Facebook page and it has been alleged that Shawn Brann’s personal Facebook page displays a photo of him with Tanja.

On Twitter “TanjaPeterhans” tweeted the following:

Pink Owls wall update on November 1st sparked some unfavorable comments:

We’re expanding the nest and our looking forward to great new hoot outs with lots more options!” Two users responded with the following comments: hide ya kidz, hide ya wife, hide ya husbandz too cuz they rippin off errybody up in here! & “and god forbid you complain about them, because they will just delete your comment.”  Additionally, a user with the last name “Brann,”Tressa Ray Brann liked the wall post.

Could Tressa Ray Brann be a relative of the owner? Both are stated to live in TX.

On September 23rd, Tressa Ray Brann also posted the following comment to their Facebook wall: “Cute purse!! Hope I’m the highest bidder..”

“Tressa Ray Brann: People sign up and buy hoots.. It’s a great site to winning great designer merchandise. I’ve won many things.. Coach purse, pants, coach wristlet, and a few more.. So please go sign up and Hoot!!!”

Pink Owls HOOT HOOT! 2 hours and 43 minutes until the very first Saturday HOOT OUT starts! Don’t miss the chance to win a Coach purse, Free Hoots, and the #1 selling parfum the Chanel No. 5!!! HURRY and HOOT!!!

4 people like this.

    • Tressa Ray Brann People go buy hoots and win big.. I won a Coach purse you can too!!!

      August 21 at 10:07am ·
    • Alexis Morrison i’ve never won anything and im basically wasting my money 🙁

      August 21 at 5:11pm
    • Ruth Smith I won something a month ago and haven’t gotten it or any shipment info yet…..:(

What do you think is going on here? Are you still waiting for won items from PinkOwls.com?

If PinkOwls fails to respond and also fails to ship items won, we’d suggest you file a complaint with the FTC at http://FTCcomplaintassistant.gov.

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15 comments… add one
  • Kathryn Tuccelli November 12, 2010, 9:16 pm

    Amanda, I’d appreciate it if you would credit PennyBurners and our users for the majority of the information you have posted in your article. We’ve been talking about PinkOwls for a while now, while you have never mentioned them until now.

    You would never have had this information or known about this site had you not been reading PennyBurners. It’s a little frustrating to see you use all of our hard work and take all of the credit for it, as if this is yet another scam site you’ve “discovered.”

    I have no faith that you will approve this comment, but I know you will read it. Please do the right thing and give credit where credit is due.

    • Amanda November 13, 2010, 9:12 am

      Katie, unlike some people I do not “steal” information. A user emailed me and told me about her experiences, She also told me about Tanja, I then looked on their Facebook page and found the relative, you are wrong.I did credit this user by mentioning she sent me the info, didn’t know if she wanted her username disclosed. My source was not Penny Burners, do not falsely accuse me once again.

      • Amanda November 13, 2010, 9:20 am

        By the way, this user sent me an email on November 4 I asked her for more info and she sent it to me yesterday. Why don’t you ask her? My article was already written before I even saw that you were discussing this on your site, which I barely visit nor do I wish to. I found your forum thread by a google search after the fact.

        • Amanda November 13, 2010, 9:26 am

          Additionally, didn’t you say users would “hoot with pleasure on PinkOwls?”

  • mollythebest November 13, 2010, 10:25 am

    i submitted the info on pinkowls to 3 penny auction websites, include this one and penny burners as well as paypal, the dallas bbb, ripoffreport.com, and itc3.gov. the first place i went was pennyburners because thats where i heard about the site and then i went to the others and told them all the same information.

    • Amanda November 13, 2010, 10:43 am

      Thank you! I do credit you for the info and heads up. Please keep us updated, if they do not respond/ship soon I’d suggest you report them to the FTC, the Secretary of State and AG.. Best of wishes!

  • Kathryn Tuccelli November 13, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Amanda, if you read the original article, you’d see that we had not hears anything about them, but that we were impressed with their design and hoped they would do well.

    Once we got wind of what was going on, we immediately made contact with Shawn & Tanja, and have been trying to get answers for our users ever since.

    I’m glad Molly commented here to back you up, because frankly, I don’t trust you.

    Hope you’re able to get answers for your users in this situation.

    • UNKNOWN November 13, 2010, 7:23 pm

      I have a comment to add here!

      I am sick of the way pb acts. I have been a member of paw for many months. I seen your site from the day you started it. I don’t think you should be credited for anything you write. Frankly I don’t think you deserve to even have a site like you do. Your site is full of spam and advertisements and a bunch of crap. You guys make yourselves look like the top watch site but your not. Amanda’s site is far more resourceful than your site will ever be. I don’t think you should come over here in our territory commenting on anything. Talk about it over there and leave this place alone.

      Thank you Amanda for posting that. I was actually going to use that site but did not. Also your site is much more resourceful and you should not put up with the pb crap.

      I rest my case!

      • UNKNOWN November 13, 2010, 7:25 pm

        I seen pb site from the day it was started. Wanted to clarify my mistake on my comment.

  • Mollythebest November 14, 2010, 9:27 am

    Received $54 refund on paypal chargebacks, lost claim of $150 because i waited 1 day too long to file it (paypal counts THE DAY of the transaction in their 45 day window, in my counting i started with the next day). There is a notation that they CAN go back up to 180 days if an account has several people doing chargebacks but since there were so few REAL bidders/winners who werent employees or family members then theres probably not very many.

  • mollythebest November 14, 2010, 1:16 pm

    someone from paypal called me about 30 minutes after i posted this and she told me that because i had had problems with this site in the past and that because i had only missed the 45 day window by one day that she was going to reopen those disputes! so glad that i emailed paypal, now hopefully i will get what i spent there (after they stopped shipping) back. The total is still less than the value of the items but i can live with that.

  • Kathryn Tuccelli November 14, 2010, 2:49 pm

    Unknown, I find it interesting that you won’t sign your name to your comment. When you refuse to sign your name to something, it loses it’s credibility.

    Thus, your comment is not worthy of further dissection.

    Molly, I’m so glad you are getting your refunds! I hope everyone else is able to get theirs, too.

    • UNKNOWN November 19, 2010, 3:29 am

      Have you not noticed that this place is not a place to argue. It is a place to share ideas, help other bidders and to give tips on penny auctions! More but you get the point.

      I don’t know what you do over at pennyburners.(dot)SPAM but here we do not like drama nor do we feel that your presence is necessary. The comments that you (OWNER OF PB) post are irrelevant to this site.

      Maybe you should just talk about it over there. No one needs you here filling up the comments with your drama, junk, and nonsense.

      Don’t you have scams to promote “COUGH” I mean to find!

      Grow up! Now you have me at your level with my childish post. Thanks a lot!

      Please just stop your drama Kathryn and stay in your own territory. Oh wait you can’t because you have to keep up with the competition!!! Yeah, you read right! Your site will never compare to PAW!

      Have a great day!

  • Shannon January 16, 2011, 3:00 am

    Wow. I had never heard of penny burners until now. I won’t be visiting that site! I’m shocked at the unprofessional way Kathryn acts!

    On pink owls business…I lost about $75 due to being constantly outbid by Tanja at the last second

    • Amanda January 16, 2011, 1:37 pm

      Hi Shannon,feel free to join our forum. Sorry to hear you lost money there :(.


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