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She thought she was getting her dress for 75% off... Wait until you see what was inside.

by Steph Wolfred December 19, 2014 1 Comment

The horror stories of ordering online when you think you're getting a deal. 

Buyer beware has been a rising theme for online prom shoppers over the last couple of years, and this year the risk is even higher.

More than ever, scammers are directly targeting teen prom shoppers who are looking for a "good deal" on their prom dress. These sites have stolen designer images from Jovani, Sherri Hill, Faviana, etc. to use on their website, but manufacture a different dress entirely. Many shoppers who fall victim to the fraud think they getting a designer dress, when in fact, if they even receive the dress, it is a knock-off made with cheaper materials and often results in something like this...

This teen thought she was ordering a beautiful Mori Lee ball gown that she found in an authorized Mori Lee retailer for about $600. Instead, she decided to leave the store and order from a site that advertised the same dress for $200. She received the dress on the right the week of prom which was basically unwearable. 

So how do you know if a prom site is selling fraudulent dresses? Take a look at these tips: 

  • If you cannot find an actual address for a location, it's probably not a real site.
  • If they are advertising a "designer dress" for much less than you've seen in a retail store, it's likely a fake site. 
  • If you can't find a phone number to talk to a real person, it is probably fraudulent. 
  • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

So how do you avoid this?

  • Always shop with an authorized retailer. Typically they have a store location and their prices are comparable to other retailers, typically $300 and above. 
  • If you do order online, order from an authorized retailer. You should be able to visit a store or call and ask questions and speak with a live person. 
  • We encourage you to visit a retail store to ensure you are buying a dress that you love!

Most designer dresses range between $300-900 for prom and pageants. Many retailers, like RaeLynn's, are now offering layaway to allow customers to pay over time for their perfect prom gown. 

Bottom line, if a dress costs $500 in our boutique and you find it for $150 or 200 online, it is a counterfeit dress. This past year, we had multiple customers visit our boutique the week of prom heartbroken that they never received their dress or received something that was poorly constructed. Don't let this happen to you! 




Steph Wolfred
Steph Wolfred


1 Response

ReaLynn Gehrls
ReaLynn Gehrls

January 16, 2015

oh my! This is horrid!

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