I’m here to make a public service announcement. You know those advertisements that frequently pop up all over Facebook for cute, yet ridiculously cheap fashions? Don’t just walk away… run. If you hadn’t already figured it out, the majority of these companies are scam boutiques run by people overseas (primarily in China). Take a minute to really ponder about it. If one website is selling a dress for $70, how on Earth would a different store be able to sell the same exact dress for only $8.50? It just isn’t feasible.
Best case scenario, these ’boutiques’ will steal images of products from reputable websites and manufacture cheap, look-alike 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 in which customers are able to vent their frustrations, including (but certainly not limited to): Knockoff Nightmares, SCAM ALERT, and Rosewholesale Scam. Personally, I’ve been conned by several of the ’boutiques’ on this list myself, whether it was the heinous quality of the garment, the size discrepancy, or the fact that they sent me a completely different product. So, here you have it ladies: I present to you a comprehensive list of clothing boutiques to stay FAR away from.
DON’T SHOP HERE:
- Zorentina Boutique
- AliExpress (This is actually a marketplace-type website with hundreds of different sellers. My advice: Shop at your own risk!)
When in doubt, you can always check Pissed Consumer for 100% authentic reviews from people who were not paid to represent a company. Many of these online scam ’boutiques’ are run by the same group of people overseas. The following list contains several legitimate boutiques that I have ordered from in the past and have had pleasant experiences with.
DO SHOP HERE:
(These aren’t affiliate links, I just really like these places)
- Pink Lilly Boutique
- Sophie and Trey
- Lauren Nicole
- Ritual Boutique
- The Mint Julep Boutique
- Lauren James
- All For Color
Or better yet—shop local! If you prefer ordering clothes from the comfort of your home, you can also check out my article on budget-friendly (and more importantly, reputable) boutiques. The bottom line is that if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. A rule of thumb is that if the ’boutique’ has photos of models with their faces cropped off, it’s likely a scam business. If you’ve found yourself prey to one of these scams, make sure to spread the awareness to all of your friends, and/or leave a review on one of the following trusted sites: SiteJabber or TrustPilot in order to warn others. Good luck and shop smart!