A List of Online Boutiques to Stay Far Away From

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? If you hadn’t already figured it out, the majority of these companies are scam boutiques run by people overseas (mainly in China). Take a minute to really think about it. If one website is selling a dress for $70, how would a different store be able to sell the same exact dress for only $8.50? It’s just not possible. 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.

 

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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.

 

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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 probably 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! xo

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17 Comments

  1. April 20, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Thanks for this great list of places to avoid and others that deserve our business! It’s so hard to know what you’ll actually get when you shop online, but there are some real treasures to be found, too!

    • Michele May 12, 2016 / 8:59 pm

      You are very welcome, Hannah!

  2. April 21, 2016 / 12:48 am

    That’s terrible. My friend ever experienced such scam, she never received her order. And they blocked her after she transferred the money. Bad!

    BTW, love your new web layout 🙂

    • Michele April 24, 2016 / 1:24 am

      That’s awful, but I’m not surprised! I know many people who’ve had the same fate dealing with these types of stores!

  3. April 21, 2016 / 1:35 am

    This is an awesome post, people really needed to know this. I have often wondered about some of those online nothing stores.

    • Michele May 12, 2016 / 8:58 pm

      Thank you, Agnes! Many of them look legit because they steal pictures from other reputable boutiques!

  4. April 21, 2016 / 1:52 am

    Geez it seems like everything’s a scam these days! Thanks for sharing this list, it’s very helpful!

    • Michele May 12, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      You have to be careful who you trust, that’s for sure! Glad I could help! 🙂

  5. April 22, 2016 / 11:47 am

    Wow! Those shipped products are not even close to the products they are picturing. I shopped from one of those stores before and I bought a purse. The quality was terrible but it did look like the photo so I just never shopped there again.

    • Michele May 12, 2016 / 8:56 pm

      I’ve ordered from a few of them and although they were terrible quality, I ended up keeping them because I didn’t want to shell out shipping costs!

    • Michele May 12, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      Anytime – and thank you!

  6. June 2, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    This is such a helpful post! I think that people get sucked in by low prices and order without reading reviews. There are so many affordable legit websites that it doesnt make sense to purchase cheap knockoff in my opinion

  7. July 6, 2016 / 2:33 am

    Brilliant post! I must admit I had a good laugh at the photos of what these women ordered versus what they received… What a rip off!

  8. Danielle
    April 22, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    You should add Chicnico to the list. I’m am so disappointed in them and myself for not researching reviews before buying 🙁

    • Michele April 29, 2017 / 2:35 am

      Oh no! Sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with them. I’m going to be updating this list sometime in the near future, and I will most certainly add Chicnico to it.

  9. Erica
    August 15, 2017 / 3:52 am

    Does anyone know what store Rotita steals pictures from? I love all those clothes but I don’t know the real store.

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