Clothing Company Scams To Look Out For When Shopping Online
Online Shopping Fraud Reaches a Whole New Level
Due to the increasing popularity of online clothing shopping, which has only been fuelled by online corporations offering goods at a highly competitive price and delivered to your door, it is no surprise that we as shoppers are now opting to spend more online than we do in physical stores. The amount spent on ecommerce annually is set to grow by around 15% a year until 2021 making online shopping big business!
Brick and mortar businesses are struggling as more and more online-only clothing businesses who can offer goods at lower prices thanks to their low overheads, emerge. Not having to rely on a physical location means businesses can cut overheads, a benefit which is very often passed on to the end customer.
As with any industry you will always find people trying to exploit others for financial gain, and the online clothing market is by no means free of these scams. We have pulled together a couple of the most popular online scams, what to look out for, and how to avoid them. Let's take a look at a quick example and then we go deeper into the article.
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Fake Clothing Companies
This popular scam has emerged with the increase in use of social media, as it can be cheap and easy to put out adverts which to the untrained eye look to be legit, but once money is exchanged the company mysteriously disappears or has no recollection of your order.
It can be easy to identify if a company is real as people opting for this scam often don't cover all bases. You will find images that have been stolen from other legitimate businesses to pass off as their own, and from the scams we have seen the price is usually too good to be true.
Counterfeit Clothing Products
Due to the popularity of streetwear and companies such as Nike and Supreme offering limited drops of products, which sell out instantly then emerge quickly on the resale market we have seen an influx in reports of counterfeit goods being sold online. Like with anything, if it seems too good to be true then chances are it is.
How To Avoid
If you suspect a company you are looking to buy from may be a scam or a fake company then there are a few things you can do to avoid being ripped off:
Any good company will have reviews from customers, after all these are written by real customers about the experience they had with the company. Check out custom clothing manufacturer Banana Moon Clothing, on their site you will see man reviews from trusted review platform TrustPilot.
Pay close attention to the writer of the review, and when the reviews were submitted as it increasingly common to see fake reviews on legitimate platforms.
A company's website will say a lot, and when you know what to look out for it just gets easier. Are they set up with an SSL certificate to make the website secure? Any company who take details online must have an SSL certificate in place to avoid data theft.
The look and feel of a website will also tell you a lot. Are the pictures consistent, are the product listings consistent, Again, if it looks too good to be true then it probably is.
There are a few things to look out for with online checkouts. Firstly, do they have one? It's not uncommon to see companies asking you to pay through PayPal friends and family, or even worse through bank transfer. If they do have a checkout, do you recognize the name? Chances are the majority of retailers will use a select few checkout providers.
If you don't recognize the name, run it through a search engine. Is the checkout verified by card companies? A card company would not put their name to an illegitimate checkout provider. And lastly look at what details they are asking for, as too many card details can leave you vulnerable to identity theft.
We hope this helps expose a few companies and save you both money and disappointment. Now you know what to avoid and what to look out for, browse the latest seasons lines knowing you won't be a victim to an online scam.
Online Shopping Scams: How To Report
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