Shopping for dresses can be quite the headache. Hours are spent digging through dresses that fit neither your taste nor your body type — and when you do find the perfect one, you’d have to mortgage your house just to afford the sales tax!
We all have our ways of making shopping less stressful, and less costly — but, as one woman, Allyson Wall, is about to teach us, cutting corners can sometimes cost us more in the long run.
In an effort to find a beautiful wedding dress for half the price, Allyson took to the internet. After clicking around an online boutique, she found her perfect dress — the right size, the right look, and just the right price! She happily placed her order and anxiously awaited her delivery.
But when Allyson’s dress arrived in the mail, she was horrified. Her dream dress was an absolute nightmare, and it didn’t look at all like it was advertised. She instantly realized that she had made a huge mistake.
Unfortunately, Allyson’s story is not unique. The internet is brimming with other cautionary tales just like hers — each more shocking than the last. In fact, brides-to-be are often discovering that many people selling their wedding dresses online are just looking to scam the innocent brides.
In the photos below, you’ll see how the dress was advertised on the left, and what the bride actually received on the right.
Be sure to watch Allyson’s video at the bottom, and please SHARE if you think more people should know about these scams!
A quick online search for "cheap dresses" will bring up an endless amount of websites offering inexpensive — but beautiful — dresses.
These online boutiques promise designer looks but without designer price tags.
But when their dresses arrive, women are shocked by what they find.
What was advertised as lace is actually cheap polyester, and "handmade flower accents" are actually just balled up fabric.
Necklines and beading are completely different from what shoppers were guaranteed.
And often, when shoppers contact the online boutiques, they're told that what they received is close enough to what was pictured on the website.
But it's not just back-alley websites that lure in thrifty shoppers. Brides-to-be should be wary of cheap knockoffs through eBay purchase, too.
Online reviews and testimonials can't be trusted either, as they're often written by the sellers themselves.
But angry shoppers have taken to the internet to spread awareness of these scams.
Whole galleries have been dedicated to women who have fallen prey to these false advertisements.
Women like Allyson are also making videos of their horrific purchases, hoping to prevent more women from making the same mistake they did.
So remember, before buying your perfect dress online, you might want to do a background check on that affordable boutique! You might be falling for a costly trap!
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