I guess the tight-neck thick t-shirt topic is a popular one, because after I wrote an article covering Pro 5 T-Shirts, and where to buy them, I started getting emails from folks.
The site I originally pointed people to was pro5shirts.com.
I did that because, well, when I scoured the internet looking for where to purchase them from, that site and other links to pages within the site kept popping up on google.
Also, the domain name is “pro5shirts”.
One would assume that the individual running the site had ownership of the name. Or at least permission to use a trademarked name like Pro5.
The sad truth is that’s not the case.
This all started because people who found pro5shirts.com through my site started ordering from them.
Many sent emails to the company, but never heard back from anyone.
They asked me, so I emailed the folks at the website, and never heard back from them as well.
After some investigative work, and a lead from another reader, we found Pro 5 T-Shirts selling on eBay too.
But it seemed that the folks selling them on eBay had no relation to the folks selling them on pro5shirts.com.
Curious and confused, I did some digging into the Pro5 Trademark. Eventually, I found my way to the company that actually manufactures the tee shirts: Pro 5 Apparel.
The Official Pro 5 Apparel Website (www.pro5usa.com)
Courtesy of the very helpful t-shirtforums.com website, I found a representative of Pro 5 Apparel chatting in one of the forum threads and after a bit more searching, I found a few more email addresses and sent them an inquiry.
This is the initial response I got:
The website you had just visited is not connected with our company although they are selling our merchandise but to be on the safe side please visit our official website at www.pro5usa.com if you want to purchase genuine products from Pro 5 Apparel.
If you have any questions or concerns please email kate at [email protected]
Update >> If you have any questions, please contact Charles at [email protected]
I was still curious about how a company without any relation to the official Pro5 name could be using it in a domain name. So I sent back another inquiry asking about how they felt about a reseller using their trademark.
The rep emailed me back with the following:
Thank you for your concern and I appreciate your time and effort to write about our Pro 5 products.
Going back to this company that is posing as our official website, we did not authorize them to use our company logo to use on their website.
They should identify themselves as a reseller of Pro 5 products but not as the manufacturing company.
We are not responsible for any misrepresentation to be made or will make by this company and advise the followers of your blog to visit our official website which is the www.pro5usa.com if they want to purchase genuine products from Pro 5 Apparel.
So, if you’re looking to purchase Pro 5 T-Shirts from the manufacturer directly, please visit Pro5USA.com.
I’m still a bit perplexed on why the company allows the reseller to use its trademark in the domain name.
My guess is they’re selling a lot of t-shirts for them – but I could be wrong.