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Buyer Beware the Bargain Dress: Online Dress Shopping Tips

Sometimes a bargain can just end up being a headache.  When it comes to weddings, proms, and formal events, getting everything done right, on time, and with minimal stress, is tantamount to saving money.  However, a cheap dress just might end up costing more you in the long run. Buyer beware, indeed.

If you come across a price on a designer gown that seems to good to be true, it probably is.  Nothing puts a damper on a wedding like finding out your dresses are low quality knock-offs when it is already too late to hunt down replacements.

Consider that an inexpensive dress may only afford you one or two wearings and might not survive a cleaning.  The last thing you need at your prom or wedding is a wardrobe malfunction or a creeping hemline.  High quality dresses are lined, and stitched to last with beautiful lasting fabrics and strong thread.

You do not have to go with a famous name designer to get quality.  The bigger the name, the bigger the price; because you are paying for the prestige-factor. In fact, wearing midlevel and less known designers is an industry secret to getting the quality and the look at a reasonable price point.  Regardless of how famous, when a designer puts his or her name on a piece, it is a symbol of pride.  When investing in a designer piece you can expect heirloom quality to pass on for generations, or a wear again look to enjoy for years to come.

Unfortunately the internet is flooded with websites selling fake goods, cheap imitations, or even worse, just simply charging credit cards without even sending the gowns. Without dresses, can there even be a wedding?   Wedding planners use reputable businesses to avoid unpleasant surprises.  When searching for a reputable dress shop there are a few things to look at to make sure you are getting the real deal.

Right off the bat you can tell by the quality of the website and dress descriptions.  Does the website mention information like specifics on styles and sizing?  Anyone can throw together a quickie website.  Be sure that the website you buying through is verified.  If you are buying through Paypal or with a credit card, although you have some buyer protection, keep in mind that that still does not guarantee you finding replacement dresses by your deadline should something happen to wrong.

Read real reviews from real people who have used the services of the shop, and look for these reviews on legitimate ratings websites. A website with little to no reviews, or reviews that sound fake, is probably a scam.

How many years has the shop been in business?  Do they have a real brick and mortar location?  Ask questions and do  your research. If the dress shop only exists online, this is something to be wary of.  By using a dress shop that has a real physical location, even if it is not in your town, you can still count on top-notch customer service and timely deliveries. If you need alterations or customizations you can either buy locally or enlist the services of your local seamstress. Many dry cleaning establishments also offer alterations.

And finally, is their claim of selling authentic dresses backed up by the manufacturers of those dresses? The simplest way of finding that out is by going to the manufacturer’s website and using the zip code of the retailer’s brick and mortar store to find them in the store locator provided by the manufacturer. If they are not listed, they are not authorized to sell those products. It’s as simple as that.

When it comes to clothing you get what you pay for.  When thought is put into the design you can count on a great fit, blacks that will resist fading, and fabrics that feel soft against the skin.  Knock off dresses are all about making a quick buck off of the hard work of someone else.  There is no telling where, how, or who makes them.  Even worse, you may end up without a dress at all.

-Bridal Gown Expert

www.madamebridal.com

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