Beware of Counterfeit Prom Dresses Sold Online

Feb 26, 2019Bella's Pageant and Prom

Don’t Buy a Fake Prom Dress Online!

We know you love to shop on the Internet and we do too! Whether you are looking for home decor or designer boots, a savvy shopper can usually find the best price on the Internet. It can be tempting to believe that you will be able to find your dream prom dress for a lower price online too. Unfortunately, efforts to find a discount designer prom dress online often ends in disappointment and lost money. 

How Designer Prom Dresses Are Priced

The top prom dress designers only sell their prom dresses to authorized retailers. These authorized retailers are required to sell the prom dresses for the same price – regardless if the dress is being sold online or in a physical store. Therefore, that stunning red sequin Sherri Hill dress you are in love with should be the same price at every store – whether you are shopping in person or online. 

Fake Websites are Targeting You

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Authentic Jovani Prom Dress

Counterfeit prom dress websites pop up during this time of year to prey on women shopping for their dream prom dress. These fake online stores work very hard to look legit. They will steal copyrighted images from the real designer’s website and put them on their own website to trick you. Do your research before you buy. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you find a designer dress on sale, check the designer’s website to see if the seller is an authorized retailer. If not, buyer beware, you are probably ordering a counterfeit dress.

The online counterfeit dress scam has become such an epidemic that many designers are adding warnings to their websites. Follow this link How to Spot a Fake Prom Dress to learn more from Mac Duggal about how you can spot a fake dress website. Jovani Authentic Designer Dresses includes tips on how to verify if your dress is being sold by an authorized retailer.

But It Looks Like the Same Dress in the Picture

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Counterfeit Jovani Prom Dress

It is very easy for counterfeit prom dress online stores to copy designer dress images and use them on their fake website. The dress that arrives is usually made of cheap fabric, the wrong size and looks nothing like the designer prom dress you fell in love with. Even worse, by the time the disaster dress arrives the website is gone and you have no option to get your money back. Jovani has also published information on their website about Don’t Be Fooled by Fakes!

The Horror Stories

There are a lot of posts on Pinterest and other websites about counterfeit online prom dresses. Bored Panda published a series of blog posts on the topic. These are supposed to be funny and whimsical. But when you spend several hundred dollars on the dress of your dreams and the gown that arrives in the mail is a disaster, it is no laughing matter. We have seen too many women come to our store in tears looking for a prom dress at the last minute. Be a smart shopper, don’t fall for the scam. Only shop for dresses from authorized retailers. Mac Duggal has more horror stories here: Counterfeit Prom Dress Nightmares from Mac Duggal.

How to Buy the Prom Dress of Your Dreams

The first step to buying the prom dress of your dreams is to start early. Bella’s Bridal and Formal offers prom dress clearance sales during the months of November and December. This is the perfect time to pick up a designer gown from last season at a discounted price. While sizes and selections may be limited, there are a lot of high-quality gowns available for a fantastic price.

New Prom Dresses start arriving in our store at the beginning of January. Come to the store early and talk to a consultant about your budget and your favorite style or dress or designer. Our prom dresses range in price from $200 – $700 and layaway is available. We have 12 dressing rooms, tons of mirrors, and the accessories to complete your perfect prom look. Our consultants are knowledgeable about fit, style, and price for all the designer gowns we carry. They will help you find the perfect dress to fit your style and budget. 

Buy Online with Bella’s Bridal and Formal

Do you still want to buy your prom dress online? No worries, shop online at  Bella’s Pageant and Prom. We are an authorized online retailer for all of the designer prom dresses available on our website. You can shop online with us knowing that you are safe from online prom dress scams.