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Wedding Dress Scams Tips Cause Brides Nightmares

May 4, 2015 8:18 pmViews: 409

The perfect wedding dress has captured the imaginations of women everywhere. That makes it all the more heartbreaking when a wedding is ruined and a dream shattered because of wedding dress scams.

Wedding Dress Scams Tips Cause Brides Nightmares.

What to watch out for when shopping for your wedding gown.

Wedding Dress Scams that Turn into Nightmares

Today tight budgets and technology have led women to look online for wedding dress deals. And to be sure there are deals to be had.

High quality custom-made dresses can be found online. However, among the deals lie ill-fitting replicas. Also, hideous counterfeits and callous fraudsters who will steal your money. Putting your wedding in jeopardy.

There are year-round horror stories of impossible customer service. Getting the wrong dress. Receiving shoddy-looking replicas. And not being able to get a refund on a supposed “100% money back guarantee.”

Most cases leading to tears and stressful scrambles to find a replacement for what was your dream gown.

Hundreds of online dress-sellers have received negative reviews. Before you find yourself in the same predicament, be aware that several replica websites claim to sell high-quality replica wedding gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses. These are some red flags to watch out for.

Wedding Dress Scams Cause Brides Nightmares.

The Chinese Seamstress.

If you’re going to order online from a Chinese retailer the location can be hard to determine from the website. It could be written in English and even say it’s based in the US. What it is, in fact, based in China. If you inspect in the FAQ or “About Us” sections, you may be able to detect spelling and grammatical errors. Such as “You are about to embark on a fabulous journal in choosing the wedding dress of your dreams.” Professional English-speaking businesses should not make these mistakes.

Before taking the plunge, check reviews of the websites to see what other consumers might be saying. If there aren’t reviews ask your friends to help you evaluate it.

Because it is your wedding dress, be sure that there are ways to contact the company by phone, email and physical address. Make sure to contact the business using the listed phone and email.

Ask the business specific questions regarding the dress you’re admiring. Be mindful of the business’s making what sound like unrealistic promises. For example, the dress will be exactly like the Vera Wang you like; that is just not possible.

If there is no other contact information other than a “live chat” or a contact form, it’s best to look at another place for your dress. So that you don’t get involved in a wedding dress scam.

The Second Hand Wedding Dress Scams.

Wedding Dress Scams Tips Cause Brides Nightmares. Bridal tips for shopping.It seems that con artists lurk in the darker corners of Craigslist and eBay as well.

In addition to selling bad secondhand dresses, wedding dress scams may want to buy your old and used wedding gowns for more than the asking price. All you have to do is ship the dress to them in Nigeria! Then they’ll make the payment.

This is unlikely to happen. You won’t get your money. And they will profit on your old wedding gown.

Final Words of Advice.

It is your wedding day. Do look for bargains, but don’t take on too much risk. If you are going to chance it and get a dress from overseas make sure you can get your money back (via your credit card). Or be okay with losing that money if something bad happens.

Please please, check reviews first. With the many factors that can cause you stress, your wedding gown should not be one of them.

If you want to keep it local, check bridal stores for discontinued dresses.

In the end, you are paying a little extra for peace of mind. And a guaranteed dress might be the smartest investment.

Finally, make sure to pay with a major credit card to ensure that you can dispute any erroneous charges made for any wedding dress scams.

Source: With Files from Alice Harper for

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