With a world of luxury accessories available to shoppers online at the click of a mouse, how can we tell the fakes from the originals grab the best bargains and avoid being ‘stung’?
Exercise Caution When Shopping for Luxury Accessories Online.
When it comes to shopping for luxury items online, it goes without saying that we need to exercise a little more care than when bidding for cheaper goods such as books or toys. While it is all too easy to get carried away with an online ‘window shopping’ session and start clicking away as soon as we stumble across something that looks like a bargain, it is important to remember those wise words; ‘if something looks too good to be true, it probably is’. While there is no doubt that savvy online shoppers can get some good prices for luxury items such as designer handbags, watches and jewellery, anything that looks absurdly cheap is likely to be an imitation. Louis Vinton bags simply can’t be bought for 10, so anything purporting to be original at that price – even used – is almost certainly a fake. And if it comes shipped from China, chances are high that it was mass produced in a factory over there rather than hand-stitched by expert bag makers. Similarly, a ‘genuine new Rolex watch’ for 50 is not going to be the real thing.
How to Find a Real Bargain.
Whether you’re looking for designer handbags, luxury sunglasses or high-end watches, there are some good prices to be found online, as long as you avoid the false-economy of buying an apparent bargain that turns out to be a fake. Armani Exchange watches, for example, are much in demand among online shoppers and there are some competitive prices on the internet. Heading to the websites of reputable jewelers and watch-makers is often the safest way to find what you are looking for and sometimes offer web-only deals that deliver better prices than high street stores. Watch out for hidden costs such as delivery. While many larger stores offer free delivery on purchases above a certain price, they may charge more for registered or insured delivery – vital if you are buying pricey goods such as designer watches. Similarly, when using auction sites such as Ebay, check out the delivery price before bidding, as sellers sometimes deliberately quote an amazingly low sale price, only for the click-happy customer to get a nasty surprise at check out when they discover a sky-high rate for delivery. Check out a seller’s feedback and don’t even think about buying an expensive designer watch from a seller with zero or negative feedback.
Happy Shopping Online.
While everybody has heard scare stories about online shopping disasters, the truth is that as long as you exercise caution, you should have no problems and may well find some excellent deals. Just as you would not buy a ‘designer watch’ from a shifty-looking character on a market stall, so you should be wary of suspect-looking sellers online. Stick to reputable, established sellers for safe shopping.
Mark McClellan is a lifestyle writer and avid online shopper based in Edinburgh, where he lives with his wife, two children and a cocker spaniel. Click on this page for some of Mark’s favorite links.