Shopping for wedding dresses has to be one of the most treasured experiences during wedding planning process. Traditionally, the romantic vision of finding that ideal gown for you probably wouldn’t involve clicking ‘Add to basket’ and entering credit card details online, however a surprising number of today’s modern brides turn to the internet to buy their dream designer dress…

Romance aside, buying a wedding dress online appeals to lots of brides-to-be because of the potential cost and convenience benefits. However, in stark reality, amongst the extensive range of genuine designer dress websites, there are a multitude of counterfeiters making a living out of selling fake wedding dresses.In today’s online world, there are certainly no guarantees that the bargain designer dress will be genuine.

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The availability of fake goods on the internet has grown substantially during recent years, and all consumers, including brides-to-be, are being advised to adopt the same vigilant approach with their online purchases. Online brand protection experts, MarkMonitor, has put together their top tips to make sure brides are extra careful when they’re online shopping…

Price

Counterfeiters are wising up and realising that sometimes it can be more convincing the less the dress is reduced. Search around for the recommended retail price and even if the dress only has a small discount, such as 20%, it is worth checking other elements of the website to see if they stack up.

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The site itself

Although some websites look professional at first glance, counterfeiters aren’t always so careful with the ‘About’ or ‘FAQ’ page. These sections need to be examined, including the delivery details and where the company is based, to ensure it matches up with the designer dress company’s credentials.

Return and privacy policies

These should be clear. If the dress doesn’t fit or is damaged, it may need to be sent back – a genuine seller should provide an option of how to cancel and where to return goods. Counterfeiters won’t usually invest the time to craft a clear, strong privacy policy, so if there isn’t one on the website, that could be a warning sign.

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Check the web address

Impersonation of a brand’s website and what is referred to as ‘cybersquatting’ are on the rise. When doing an initial search for the brand name, the link should be checked for spelling mistakes on both the website and the URL address. If the address begins with https://, the ‘s’ tells you it’s a secure site. Some of the big brands have dedicated pages on their websites so consumers can check whether a seller is authorised.

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Online marketplaces

Even if the marketplace itself is a known brand, the reviews of the seller should be thoroughly checked before that dream dress is purchased.

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Did you buy your wedding dress online? We’d love to hear your experiences! Why not leave a comment and let us know?

3 COMMENTS

  1. My worst nightmare would be going wedding dress shopping. I do not know why but the thought of a wedding dress shop fills me with utter dread. So when I saw picture on Etsy of a beautiful dress, custom made to order from China for only £200 I was straight round my friends house with a tape measure. Two weeks later a dress, more beautifully detailed than the picture, arrived. It fitted as if the maker had measured me herself and it is perfect. I know this was risky but it has paid off or me, roll on May I cannot wait to wear my perfect dress

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