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The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

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Ariana Grande released “eternal sunshine” on Mar. 8 along with a music video for her track “we can’t be friends.” With smooth instrumentals, melodic vocals and complex lyrics, I give this album a 9/10 stars.
A “Supernatural” Album
Julia Seiden, Reporter • April 12, 2024

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Catching a ball, junior Alivia Robinson plays at the Cedar Park vs Glenn game. Having played since she was 5 years old, she is dedicated to softball and has committed to UTPB for softball. “When I got my offer it took me a very long time to decide where,” Robinson said. “Softball has always been my dream for college, and UTPB is my fit. When [I committed] I knew I was going to be loved and supported.”
Swinging For Success
Julia Seiden, Reporter • April 12, 2024

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Junior Abby Williams on the set of The One Act Play That Goes Wrong posing next to senior Noa Avigdor, juniors Evan Schmitt and Seth Loudenslager, and sophomore Ben Akers. “I still think that ‘The One Act Play That Goes Wrong’ has to be my favorite,” Williams said. “Its the show where I discovered my love for comedy and comedic acting, and where I found out that I have really good comedic timing, if I do say so myself. I got a round of applause in the middle of the show for a moment that I am very proud of.”
A Seasons Sensation
Mia Morneault, Reporter • April 11, 2024

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Posing with their “Featured Yearbook” banner, signifying that the 2022-2023 yearbook is used as an example for other yearbook classes, the yearbook team smiles at the camera. Yearbooks have been on sale for $80 all school year, with 90 left in stock. “Im really happy with this book,” content editor and senior James Sanderson said. “I think other people are going to be happy with it; all our pages look really cute. Issues are a thing, but we have them every single year and we dont let them get in the way. We work on a very, very tight schedule and theres no pushing deadlines back. It’s a lot of fun, though. It is such an amazing staff and a very engaging team. Its very fulfilling work.” Photo courtesy of Paige Hert
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Kacey Miller, Editor-in-Chief • April 10, 2024

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Standing for a group photo, Rho Kappa volunteers group together to run the Women’s History Month gallery walk in the library. “The members’ involvement was really nice to see,” Rho Kappa Vice President James Sanderson said. “I liked seeing our Rho Kappa members actively participate in community events, especially with something as important as women’s history. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Fortenberry
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Jane Yermakov, Reporter • April 9, 2024

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I immensely dislike the TikTok shop. I don’t hate it, but I have a strong distaste for it. I don’t believe that a social media app should be advocating for dropshipping, fast fashion and poor quality. Here’s why:

Let’s start off with the first issue at play, dropshipping. For those who don’t know, dropshipping is a method of business where you don’t keep the product you are selling in stock, and you outsource production from another company. It’s essentially a middle-man operation. That isn’t my opinion, that is the direct definition of dropshipping Shopify describes on their website. Some call it business, I call it scummy. And I may even go on to say that these aren’t mutually exclusive.

The way it works is that you, the owner or employee of the business, start advertising a product that is cheap enough to be able to jack up the price on your website, app or commerce space, and make a profit. You can test the market on apps such as Temu, AliExpress, and of course, the TikTok Shop. By testing the market, you can find out how much demand there is for the specific product, whether it be a poorly made T-Shirt, threaded by the small ravioli sized fists of children overseas, or a heated hairbrush painstakingly wired by a different set of small ravioli sized fists from a child overseas. Depending on the amount of orders you get, you can then buy the product straight from the source, and then have the shipping address be theirs. Now this sounds like a standard business model where you have a manufacturing branch, except usually as a business owner you have to upkeep things like storage, the employees, and god forbid, legal applications. But this nifty and ever rising practice takes all of that off of your hands. If your manufacturer is known for using child labor practices, unhealthy working conditions or low quality products, you are not legally responsible as you are just a patron, and not a CEO. Now, corporations such as Amazon or Shopify say that this can be used so you as a business owner can focus on things like customer service and money management, but when is the last time you have ever gotten a message from a TikTok shop seller?

But let’s say that you aren’t dropshipping, and you just genuinely want to start a small business selling clay pots or some weird type of spoon that lets you eat twice as much in half the amount of time as a regular spoon. Even then, you will probably be thrown under the bus by the abundance of drop shipped products. What I find to be even more insane is that everything is always on sale. Constantly. It never stops. 

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Why is this? Well there are a couple theories. The first being that these are fake sales, and are never actually the price they say is being reduced. It isn’t a good deal, you are paying full price for a low quality product. Another reason is that this gives incentive to get people to buy the item quicker because the chances of the sale ending seem pretty high, despite it never happening. So while it might look like it’s half off for a limited time, it will never change. It’s things like this that make me not only hate the modern online shopping setting, but also shopping as a whole. 

According to the Washington Post, this online marketing placebo affects thousands of people, and it has for many years on countless other sites. Look at Temu and Shien, two of the leading online stores known for their low prices. They have been at the forefront of fast fashion, dropshipping, and encouraging spending habits, and the TikTok shop is quickly rising the ranks. 

From a business perspective, it makes sense to have a place for products on a media sharing website. Youtube has direct links to the top results to products or merchandise under videos, Instagram has advertisements every other Story you view, and Facebook has a whole community marketplace for you to view. Except TikTok has a built-in shop, similar to Temu, where people can directly purchase products without having to go to a secondary website, which sounds very convenient not only to consumers, but to entrepreneurs as well. This method can directly benefit TikTok, as outlets such as The Verge state they reportedly take 2% of profits, as well as a 30 cent transaction fee. This may not sound like a lot, but let’s look at the math.

I found a product ‘sold’ for $18, being sold at $9 , called the Unbrush Detangling Hair Brush. This product has 826,700 sales. That means that if the TikTok shop took 2%, they made a profit of $153,766 at minimum. This is only one of the thousands of items, and one of the cheaper options.

TikTok itself is making thousands of dollars off of stolen products, and it isn’t changing anytime soon. So, if you are actively buying from the TikTok shop, I don’t blame you to an extreme extent. Just know where your money is going, the true price and quality of these products, and the source they come from.

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About the Contributor
Mia Morneault, Reporter
Mia is a sophomore and its her first year as a reporter for The Wolfpack, and second year on The Wolfcast staff. She enjoys creative writing and making scripts for video essays, skits and screenplays. Mia primarily enjoys writing opinion or review articles. She loves learning new things and applying it to her work, such as animation, music and VFX work. While she has a long way ahead of her before she goes to college, she hopes to attend the University of Southern California. She has many other interests such as movies, video games and reading comic books. She is always trying to improve her skills and brighten peoples day with laughs.

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