PROM PREP 101: HOW-TO AVOID COUNTERFEIT PROM DRESS SCAMMERS!
As prom season rounds up, many girls are sharing their photos and fun stories with friends and family (and, really, anyone who’ll listen). However, some young ladies may not be as thrilled with this year’s prom experience. Why? Because they tried to save big on their prom dresses only to find themselves the newest victim of an online knock-off scammer!
If you buy from an unauthorized online retailer, you have no idea what your dress will look like when it arrives!
It may sound like an exaggeration, but there are literally hundreds of girls who have been taken advantage of by counterfeit prom dress websites. Think about it: your dream dress is $400, but you find it online for 25% off. Plus the site you’re on looks legit, and they even have the designers’ photos! Sounds like a great deal, right?
That’s where you’re wrong. In today’s world full of make-your-own-website kits and cut-and-paste technology, nearly anyone can piece together an appealing prom e-retail site with manufacturers’ photos. However, that doesn’t mean they’re just as good at duplicating a brand-name design.
Chances are, the image you see online will look nothing like the dress you receive (if you even receive one at all). Don’t believe us? Watch an investigative news report on the topic here or view some of the images below.
Designers aren’t the only ones warning against these sites, either. Retailers nationwide say that girls constantly come to them in tears because they purchased their “dream dress” online, only to have it arrive a totally different fabric, color, or as a do-it-yourself project. But sadly, all these retailers can offer is advice and the chance to purchase the correct dress, so girls end up spending much more than they originally planned.
The bottom line: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But just because online scammers are trying to nab your credit card info doesn’t mean all prom retail websites are bad! You can view other tips on how to spot a scammer here.
If you’ve taken all these precautions and you’re still skeptical, you can always check out this awesome blacklist of known counterfeit websites, compiled by Top Prom Websites. It’s constantly updated and while they can’t track down each and every scammer, they sure do a great job of exposing many of them!
Still considering purchasing from a sketchy site? Check out some of these side-by-sides, and maybe you’ll reevaluate your prom shopping methods: