(Before we go into this, we want to underline that Abloomnova is a proud official retailer of some of the best quality skincare products around. We go to great pains to make sure our service – from sourcing brands to packaging up your order – is done to the highest levels.)
We all want the best prices, but in finding the cheapest price tags for good products we run the risk inadvertently buying counterfeit skin care products online.
While it’s one thing looking for the best bargain, counterfeit skin care products can not only fail to deliver, but also be extremely harmful for the skin.
So thanks to StyleCaster, here’s some of tips on avoiding making costly mistakes when you’re trying to save a few pounds on skin care purchases.
- Check the price:
Avoid products that are being sold online for a fraction of the retail price—and if the website selling them declares that there is an abundance in stock. A deal that’s too good to be true usually is.
- Watch for web glitches:
If you have trouble logging into a retail website when you are purchasing something, that could also be a warning sign. Log out and then back in again to make sure that the site isn’t being hacked (which has happened before with several high end brands) and if you still suspect something seems off then contact the company.
Also make sure that the website address starts with “https” when you get to the payment stage, as this indicates a secure payment.
- Keep an eye out for bad grammar:
Just like a scam on Craigslist, you can spot someone trying to rip you off on a (usually lesser known) website if the grammar is off.
- Check the return policy:
Most fraudulent sellers will not give you a chance to return your items after you’ve purchased them, since all they want to do is move product as quickly as possible.
- Find the expiration date:
Some products are sold in bulk to convenience stores, sit on a truck until they expire, and then have a new price tag slapped on them at a discounted rate. Another way to check for old or altered products is to make sure the batch code is still on the bottom and hasn’t been scratched off or is simply non-existent. (If there’s no image of the batch code, beware!)
- Compare the product in question to the real thing:
Counterfeit products usually have a new bar code sticker over the original—which is a red flag that they’re being resold. Also, always avoid products with any type of label that looks weird (like an altered logo), as this is another sign that it may have been tampered with.
- Double check the brand’s authorised retail list:
Before you buy, head over to the brand’s official website: Most, if not all, brands have this information available on their site and it ensures that their products have been authorized by the brand for resale to those particular retail outlets.