The spinsterz continue to shock and awe the hoop community





From Saviors to Spreaders



Although we gave the benefit of the doubt to The Spinsterz earlier this year when they bought all rights for the once beloved Flux hoop, they have continued to make waves in the hoop community all year long. But not for the reasons we would have hoped.





Earlier this year, The Spinsterz sparked public outcry about the lack of diversity of their sponsorship team. This was during the wake of the tragedies of George Floyd's and Breonna Taylor's murders. The hoop company would openly use hashtags to signify they were allies for protestors, but social media users were quick to point out the lack of apparent community service work the company appears to have done towards the cause they were supporting. It did not take long for the Spinsterz to realize commenters were right, and they quickly opened up sponsorships in an attempt to have more bipoc hoop artists on their team.





Unfortunately, their bad decisions did not end there. With the entire hoop community watching, the owner of The Spinsterz decided to post a video on his Instagram showing an open-air dance class that he seemed to be leading, at a festival in Guatemala. Very soon after this video was posted, sponsored hoopers of the Spinsterz started making their own posts announcing the end of their partnership with this company.





Alex was only one of many brave hoopers who have decided to hoop down her own path in pursuit of a partnership that better promotes her personal values in life. And, of course not one to be told he has done any wrong, the owner posted a video apology where he implied that the festival he was teaching at had the appropriate number of attendees in order to comply with local COVID restrictions. However, he did not implicitly state so. He also made a statement that he is not actively traveling during COVID lockdowns, but that he has uprooted his entire life and moved to Guatemala, with his buisness/life partner planning to move soon. Whether COVID restrictions have played a part in their decision to move remains unclear.





In fact, due to the company's over all poor reputation in 2020, Infinite Circles Community- the largest hula hooping online forum/group, has added The Spinsterz to their Buyer's Beware List. The majority of hula hoopers have shown throughout this year that they are science-believing, equal rights desiring, good people who do not wish to spread COVID to people in any country. And while The Spinsterz may not technically be breaking any rules with their behaviour, the values the company holds are now clear. There are plenty of other hoops shops in existence who promote non-colonizing behaviors.



The Spinsterz Buy Flux Hoop





Bailing Out a Failed Hoop



The Spinsterz have lost all senses, it might seem, as they have now acquired their second failed smart hoop brand. For those who don't remember, the Spinsterz previously backed smart hoop maker Larry Lights and his Prodigy Hoop Project. They promised to be the official reseller of his hoop once his kickstarter orders were fulfilled. However, Larry sent out only 5 Prodigy Hoops and disappeared with his $90k, never to be heard from again. And the Spinsterz didn't refund all that money to customers. Why should they have, afterall? They only ever promised to resell the hoops. Larry Lights was the thief, not the Spintsterz.





Before Larry Lights ever appeared and then quickly disappeared from the scene, the Spinsterz had made quite a name for themselves as THE only competitor for Synergy Flow Art's Quick Wicks. Not only do they sell wicks, but they sell all sorts of hoops, flow props, clothing, etc... And since they have been around for nearly 20 years, they have certainly had their fair share of drama. From sending less than polite marketing emails, to sponsoring certain hula hoopers, it seems The Spinsterz's actions will always be under extreme scrutiny by the community (as they should).





But should they be judged so harshly for scooping up this beloved hoop and making it their own? After all, the community had nothing but praise for LEDhoops.com, the prior owner of his failed smart hoop. Unfortunately, LED hoops.com fell onto hardship and was unable to make its monthly payments to the Flux hoop creator, thus rendering their contract null and void. Since the Spinsterz has been established for so long, it seems less likely they will fall upon the same hardships.





It seems more likely the case that the Spinsterz are currently looking to redeem themselves for the Larry Lights fiasco. Currently, hoops are being sent out and accepted for repairs. Since the owner of the Flux's IP is not involved in the project- except for the outrageous monthly payments- The Spinsterz will not be able to blame another company for any short comings, like with the Prodigy hoop. They now own all the parts and software for the Flux hoop. They know it is up to them alone to serve the hoop community's Flux related needs and they certainly seem ready to fulfill them. Click Here if you have a Flux Hoop that needs repaired.



Edit: As of December 2020, The Spinsterz have been added to ICC's Buyer Beware List. Among questionable moral decisions, they have also failed to provide adequate support to the Flux owners who were brave enough to send their $400 hoops in for repair. It is a shame that LED hoops was cheated out of their opportunity to repair these hoops, since they were actually reliable with their customer service. Please do not send in Flux hoops to the Spinsterz for repair.