4 Tips for Safely Buying Quinceañera Dresses Online
- Contact the Designer: If there’s a well-known designer featured on the website, then it’s time for a little digging! Many designers have their own websites that list other shops that have their permission to sell their dresses (AKA “authorized retailers”). If you find the new site listed as an authorized quinceañera dress retailer for that designer, then the dresses are legit! Of course, if you have any doubts (or there’s no list available), you can always contact the designer directly to make sure that the website you’re shopping is an authorized retailer for their designs.
- Check the Available Sizes, Colors, and Pricing: Designers only make their products in certain, standard sizes (per the size charts they provide) and in a limited set of color options. If a site is offering customizable sizes and colors beyond what the designer offers, then the quince gowns are probably knock-off styles. Designers also set a suggested retail price that all of the shops and sites that sell their dresses need to use. While some shops might have special coupons or discounts available seasonally, online quinceañera dresses that are dramatically underpriced are probably too good to be true.
- Check “Contact Us” Info: There’s a good chance that a website is more legitimate if it lists a physical address and phone number, so it does not solely communicate with customers with online messages or email. Bonus points if the company is located within the US! Here’s a perfect example of what to look for on PromGirl’s Contact Us page.
- Check Security Features: Look at the site address to see if it starts with “https” (that extra “s” stands for secure!), which means your information on the site will be encrypted (safer from hackers). Does the site allow you to use secure payment methods? Using a credit card, PayPal, or a prepaid Visa adds a layer of protection for your personal information when you buy quince dresses online.
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