There are many folks out there (especially on eBay) who will take
advantage of the fact that many non-Deltas (and SOME Deltas!) don't
know that the purchase of some items is a "no-no"...
The DELTAnet will give you the lowdown on what NOT to buy
(or give to) a Delta. Most of these items were listed on eBay.


There are some BASIC rules of thumb


NEVER EVER place OFFICIAL Delta symbols on or with an UNOFFICIAL symbol.
The elephant, though collected by many Deltas, is NOT an official symbol.
Neither is the DUCK.



NEVER place pictures of Delta founders on clothing or on any form of
social media (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.)



Placing Delta symbols, the crest, the name "Delta Sigma Theta",
Fortitude, or ANY symbol that is trademarked by Delta on your profile
picture on any social network is a violation of
Delta's Internet Guidelines
and can subject you to disciplinary action.



NEVER buy "homemade, tacky JUNK". Many vendors are simply writing,
painting, or drawing Delta symbols or other things associated with Delta
on cheap dollar-store items and selling them as "Delta items".
Don't patronize them. If you make homemade Delta items as gifts, please
make sure it's something someone (other than you) would want.



NEVER purchase items with the ENGLISH letters "DST" on them.
Delta is a GREEK-LETTER organization, so any lettering should
be in GREEK LETTERS.



Delta's colors are CRIMSON and CREAM. Don't buy items that place
Delta symbols on another sorority's colors.



There is at least one book that proclaims itself as the
"Unofficial History of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority".... Don't believe the hype.
The book is simply a collection of material that the author gleaned
from webpages and put in a book. He has a version for each of the
Black Greek-letter organizations.... and has even done a
movie... all of them are basically worthless.



Avoid buying items via the internet with Delta's crest on them.
Many are not authentic recreations of the crest. Some are
MISSPELLED and others have INCORRECT COLORS.



Placing "1913" on an item does NOT make it
"Delta paraphernalia"...

NEVER purchase a Delta pin from an online vendor. Delta's
Headquarters stockpiles pins and pin guards, so they can
replace your pin if needed... at a much lower price than
I've seen on eBay.



Delta symbols are to be RESPECTED. Do not buy, wear, or
display items that disrepect Delta's symbols.



If you are buying items on eBay, be aware of the shipping/handling
costs. I've seen sellers charge almost $7 shipping and handling
for items that could be mailed in an envelope for 60 cents.


FINALLY...
Delta is prosecuting vendors who are not licensed to sell items
bearing items that are trademarked by Delta. Our licensed vendors
are listed on the national website. Deltas are encouraged to
report unlicensed vendors to national HQ, since this is tantamount to
stealing from our organization. Further information is available at

http://www.deltasigmatheta.org/merchandise.htm


These items should NEVER be purchased....

This seller, SIMONEMORROW1, is advertising one thing, but actually selling another. The items she advertises are often challenged by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and removed by eBay as violating their copyright... so she shows a picture of something else in order to avert the removal, but admits that she's still selling illegal items.

In a description, she claims to be a licensed Delta vendor, "Many of you have asked me to display my many designs, however as you should know the national office has asked all vendors not to display the symbols, minerva, or the words delta sigma theta on the internet. I am a paid in full vendor. Greek Unity is my vendors name. If you can use your imagination (wherever you see the word "Delta" picture the symbols). Look forward to seeing you at national"... so she is openly commiting FRAUD against Delta (Licensed vendors agree not to sell Delta items on the internet).... If you buy from her, you are assisting in this fraud.

When I asked her why a Delta would want an AKA tshirt, her reply was "use your imagination. The national headquarters will not let me advertise. Follow the drinking gore. Hello Computer Girl Simone"....

Sounds like a DRUNK person

This shirts IMPLIES that Deltas have brothers... Deltas do NOT have brothers... and there is no such thing as "Coleman Love"
This vendor doesn't know the difference between "You're" and "Your".... so don't buy this or YOU'RE the SUCKER

Why would anyone want this?

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

That elephant is in the wrong spot...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

I really do like this lamp... but once they placed Delta's symbols on it, Delta's protocol was violated...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

You can make your OWN tacky stuff!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Writing "1913" on a dollar store figurine doesn't make it a good "Delta gift"!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Writing "1913" on a dollar store figurine doesn't make it a good "Delta gift"!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

You can make your OWN tacky stuff! The seller of this claimed to be a new initiate and was selling this on eBay...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Elephants and Delta symbols don't mix...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
The crest on this bag is DISTORTED. Don't buy IRREGULAR Delta items.
The seller says that this is a jewelry box... WOuld you place anything of value in this?

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
These are some of the UGLIEST pictures of women I've ever seen! Is the one at the top kissing the head of the one in the middle?

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Drawing Delta symbols on a cheap candle doesn't make it a worthy Delta item...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Nice carmats??? Not! Our symbols are not meant for you to rest or wipe your feet on!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
This is only a Delta symbol if you are looking at it UPSIDE DOWN!
Somebody spent a lot of time crocheting this... Let them keep it...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
I have no idea what this is... but it's tacky.

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
This is NOT our sorority pin.

Another junior high school woodshop project...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

I'm assuming that this shows a Delta being carried by members of the other three BGLO sororities... You'd better believe there's one being sold by the same vendor where a Delta is the one doing the carrying!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
What is this? It's definitely NOT Fortitude!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
Only buy this if it was orginally yours or you plan to destroy it.

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
Yes, there is a FRATERNITY with the name Delta Sigma Theta. It existed BEFORE our sorority and this is THEIR crest.
This coin ain't worth a dime with a crest with BLUE LEAVES.

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
The mugs are okay, but leave the plate alone.

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Not even CUTE elephants should be mixed with Delta symbols.

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Elephants and symbols don't go together!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
Delta SOAP? NOPE... NOPE... NOPE!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
You realize that this isn't our official pin, right?

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Delta Sigma Phi.... Please Don't Buy!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

DELTAGIRL? Give me a break!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Tacky cut-out letters...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
No matter WHERE it's "made"... you should NEVER wear Delta symbols on underwear!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
Elephants and Delta symbols don't mix...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

There is a vendor on eBay who attempts to purchase every Delta pin she can so that she can later resell them for exorbitant prices. Let's make her eat them...

If you need a replacement pin, contact National Headquarters. They are not expensive.

For non-Deltas... a Delta pin will NOT get you admitted to a Delta meeting.

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

This apron with "gothic-like" lettering didn't sell earlier, so they added "For Christ", hoping to reel in a "sucker"... Don't bite!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
Just plain UGLY!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

It's bad enough to put Delta symbols on an elephant, but then to further insult us by putting them on a WHITE MAN is CRIMINAL!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
This was advertised as a "Delta Elephant Candle Holder". Since there's no such thing as a "Delta Elephant", you should leave this one at the store...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

The vendor says this is a DUCK...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

When the vendor couldn't convince folks to buy these things INDIVIDUALLY, he grouped them together in a package...

Don't fall for the "okey-doke"!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Ask the vendor to remove the Delta symbols from these notecards and this would be okay.

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
This was advertised as a "Delta Voodoo Doll". Delta was founded on CHRISTIAN properties. Voodoo is not a part of Delta's heritage and Delta's symbols should never be associated with Voodoo.

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

This is supposed to be a "Delta bracelet" but Delta's letters are represented by GREEK letters, not "DST".

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

This is not an authentic Delta crest....

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Snoopy has nothing to do with being a Delta....

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Cats have nothing to do with being a "Delta Diva"....

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

"Think Theta"???? Give me a BREAK!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

The seller claims that this doll was sold by an alumnae chapter for fundraising purposes... so now she's selling the remainder without giving any money to the chapter?

 

They stamped "SAMPLE" on this to protect someone from copying it and using it.... Why would someone want to do that?

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Since Delta's National Headquarters is cracking down on folks selliig items with Delta's symbols on them, this vendor decided to just use the INITIALS and 1913 and an elephant... It's tacky.

This bag with the "gothic-like" lettering didn't sell earlier, so they added "For Christ", hoping to reel in a "sucker"... Don't bite!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Ummm... This is Delta EPSILON Theta...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

I don't know what kind of flowers these are, but they have nothing to do with Delta....

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

The only place you should EVER put a picture of Delta's founders is ON YOUR WALL.

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

What is this?

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

There is a vendor on eBay who attempts to purchase every Delta pin she can so that she can later resell them for exorbitant prices. Let's make her eat them...

If you need a replacement pin, contact National Headquarters. They are not expensive.

For non-Deltas... a Delta pin will NOT get you admitted to a Delta meeting.

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

This crest is both incorrect and misspelled...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

If the PICTURE of an item for sale is this bad, imagine what the items really look like...

I don't know aout other organizations, but Delta is not guaranteed to ANYONE...

 

Is this a WHOOPIE CUSHION?

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

When this book was first published, many DELTAS scoffed at it... so now it's being sold on eBay and Barnes & Noble as a "Collector's edition", signed by the author... at an ASTRONOMICAL price... Don't be a sucker....
See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
Look at the "THETA".. Never purchase irregular or inferior items and use them to represent Delta.
See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
If they're gonna make their own letters, they should at least all be the same size...
See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

 

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Delta symbols are to be RESPECTED... Hitting them with a golf club is not appropriate.

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Delta leaders know that Delta symbols are NEVER to be mixed with elephants.

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...
Looks like a walking billboard for an airline...
If the designer can't figure out what Delta's colors are, let him figure out how he's gonna get paid...
Even if you can figure out what this is, you STILL shouldn't buy it!
See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Why would you buy something that looks like a 7th grade wood shop project?

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Green cups with PINK lettering? Not my cup of tea!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Another 7th grade wood shop project...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Handmade notecards.... with tacky written all over them!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

If the PICTURE of an item for sale is this bad, imagine what the items really look like...
See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

OOOOH... LACE and PEARLS!!!

...with symbols painted with PUFFY PAINT!!!

Yep... lacy, tacky junk...with pearls

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

"Mask magnets"?

What does this have to do with Delta?

Come on.... Is this a FEMALE?

Writing "1913" on a cheap dollar store figurine doesn't make it a good "Delta gift"!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Again...

Writing "1913" (or is that 1914?) on a cheap dollar-store figurine doesn't make it a good "Delta gift"!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Come on....

A HUNTER'S CAP? Don't disrespect our symbols that way!

Huh?

Where are you gonna wear this mask?

You might get SUSPENDED if you wear it during any membership activities!
Unless the person you plan to give this to has a name with the initials "DST" (Debbie Sue Thomas?), don't give them one of these!

The "Greek" letters on this thing look GOTHIC.....

Don't buy hand-painted junk like this!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

This strange item is first described as a "Sterling Silver Slide Engraved" and later described as "earrings"

HUH?

It's also described as being "Engraved with your Delta Sorority symbols"

Do YOU see any Delta symbols?

According to the seller, who has a feedback rating of ZERO, meaning he/she has had NO previous transactions on eBay (BEWARE!), this item, which is never described as any type of leather, has a PATCH on it that "is bonded onto the bag with a heated bonding agent."

Heated bonding agent = hot glue gun...


There are SEVERAL variations of this same "piece of plastic with a glued-on patch"

This piece of junk is described by the seller as "a wooden trinket box... shaped in the design of the Greek letter Delta... the design features three white stones in which to highlight the box and set it apart from others".

Since when is an upside-down triangle "the Greek letter Delta"?... and what's the purpose of "white stones" (that look PINK, by the way) on this piece of poorly-painted junk?

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

This is a TOTAL waste of your money. This "author" just compiled readily-available information from the internet and put a cover on it. He sells it on eBay, usually one copy at a time, and has had SEVERAL eBay accounts suspended because of dissatisfied customers. He has a "version" for each of the nine Black Greek Letter Organizations. Only buy it if you have money to throw away. A better source of Delta history is "In Search of Sisterhood"

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Just because it has the words "Delta Theta Sigma" (huh?) on it doesn't make this worth any more than the 88 cents it cost to create....

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

A trip to the local crafts store and you can do THIS yourself! The handwritten symbols are TACKY! Don't patronize folks who sell inferior products like this!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

More TACKY, HOMEMADE JUNK. The paint job is even tacky.

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

Yes, it's a pretty bag..... but Delta's crest does not have BLUE leaves...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

No self-respecting Delta would EVER wear her symbols on a PINK (or green) hat!

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

There is no such thing as a "FUTURE DELTA". Only a BABY should ever be seen wearing - or carrying - anything like this... especially if you really DO want to be a Delta one day.

It's disrespectful to place Delta's symbols on a TOILET. No, this is NOT cute.

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

See the BASIC RULES OF THUMB, above...

If you've found something you think is questionable, email me at
thedeltanet@gmail.com