I’m here to make a public service announcement. You’ve probably seen them plastered all over your Facebook feeds: advertisements with gorgeous models donning cute, yet ridiculously cheap fashions. If you hadn’t figured it out yet, the majority of these companies are poorly-managed stores run by people overseas (primarily in China).
Best case scenario, these ’boutiques’ will steal images of products from reputable websites and/or designers and manufacture cheap, lookalike clothing and sell them to unsuspecting victims. Worst case scenario, they fail to send products at all, blatantly stealing money from consumers. More and more people are catching on to these scams and various groups have started popping up all over Facebook.
Personally, I’ve had both friends and customers who have been conned by several of these said ’boutiques’, whether it was the heinous quality of the garment, the size discrepancy or the fact that they sent out a completely different product.
Is it possible you might order something from one of these stores and have it look presentable enough to wear? Possibly, but the chances of it being high-quality are slim, and when it comes to my hard-earned money, I’d rather not take the chance.
When in doubt, it’s always a good practice to read reviews from people who were not paid to represent a company (watch out for fake ones—lots of companies are now buying 5-star reviews). Negative reviews are usually a good indication of what a company’s products and services are like. Many of these scammers will close up shop when they rack up enough negative reviews and eventually start over with a new name.
Or better yet—shop local or from a reputable UK business. The bottom line is that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!
Good luck and shop smart.