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As much as we love a bargain, going for the cheapest price doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a genuine product. For example, we adore Darphin products, but with so many knock-offs, how do you know you’re buying genuine Darphin online?
There’s an enormous industry of imitation goods – and cosmetics and skin care is big business. Many people have fallen foul of this, and while the product may look the same, it won’t be of the same quality, and it could cause more harm to your skin than good.
So how do you get a bargain, but ensure it is a genuine product? Here’s a few pointers to avoid slipping up when buying Darphin – or any other quality brand – online.
- Web problems
If you’re experiencing problems on the site, and the web address doesn’t start with an https – step away.
Read online reviews of the site – If there’s damning critiques, it’s a huge warning sign.
- Check the price
Yes, we all like a bargain hunt, but if the cost is remarkably cheaper than the going rate, then we smell a rat.
- Poor online effort
Bad web design, poor grammar, shaky set up – all points to a website that hasn’t been thought through, and just been set up hastily to cash in on the imitation rubbish they’ve stockpiled.
- No returns?
If you cannot see a returns policy – don’t go any further. Fraudulent sellers are just concerned with you buying the product and shifting their stock as soon as possible.
- Compare and contrast
If you have a genuine version of the product, compare the two and look for subtle differences. The biggest red flag will be a new bar code sticker over the original bar code. This shows that they’ve been resold – not a good sign.
- Check expiry date
If you believe your product is not the real McCoy, check the expiry date. Old stock that has gone past its sell by date normally has new price tags or batch codes on the packaging.