posted on Apr, 16 2017 @ 04:38 PM
I'll admit it, I'm a fool, a stupid, stupid fool.
I have been for want of a better word, gullible and naive, but no more (well, actually I probably will be again in the next day or so, but still), no
more shall I be sucked in by this fakery.
From make up to earphones, I have been ripped off by counterfeit product after counterfeit product, worse still in the process of receiving such items
and on initial inspection I have managed to convince myself the product is a good buy!
Of course, as foolish as I am, with each revelation, I have been able to get back my money, in fact ending up with both the item and the money back,
but it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, I would rather just be sold as described.
Sure, I'm a bargain hunter, love a bargain, they are possible to find, but fake is never a bargain, should we blame the manufacturers?
When price points are high for items such as make up and skincare, which may or may not work, there is a reluctance to want to dip your hand in your
pocket for x amount of bucks at a time, so of course being able to source the product for a more throwaway price makes the risk worthwhile.
Except your not getting what you think you are getting, sorry lads...here comes the girly bit.
Take Nars for example, on Ebay I found the concealer for £5.99, at that price you don't mind trying it, the actual price from a retailer in the UK
Of course I stupidly took the risk, now on some level I would argue the product actually worked well, though the colour of the product was wrong
(should have had yellow undertones instead of pink).
However here's the clinch, as the product has been produced to be genuine, that means bar slight tells in font and packaging everything else has been
made to fool you into thinking it is Nars...including the ingredients listing and the country it is made in.
This is a problem, as it means you have no idea what they have put in it, needless to say the moment I verified it as fake I stopped using the
Of course this is just one example, I could go on.
The thing which gets me the most and is why I am on here boring you folks to death with my tale of stupidity, is the audacity some sellers have to
sell fake items which are cheap to buy from retailers.
Why do this?
I would have bought the item from the shop, but because it no longer is sold in the colourway I wanted I took the risk.
So another seller, another refund, another round of sitting in the stupid chair for daring to believe.
So anyway, that is my rant, anyone else been suckered the same way?
Feel free to share your experience, or just chastise my ignorance, I'm sure either would help me right now.
Just to add.
I know I have singled out Ebay in particular, however Amazon I believe are not immune either, although I am yet to have an experience regards out and
out fakery, if the comments section is anything to go by it can happen there too, as I m sure there are many other online shops not affiliate with
either Ebay or Amazon which too have the counterfeit issue.
For anyone out there who has suffered like me, or may do in the future, here are my top tips (I'm trying to be positive) I'm sure many of you will
be thinking they are common sense, yet I am only sharing as a guide from one who has been flamed and not to patronise...I know how smart you folks
1) Don't buy from a seller, who lists their items as private sales, if there is nothing to hide, then there shouldn't be a problem allowing people
to match the feedback to the product they wish to buy.
2) In addition to checking their feedback %, check the date they registered and against the number of items they have sold.
Someone who has been selling for 6 years with 98% feedback on over 1000+ items is likely to be more reliable than a seller with 100% positive, yet has
only been a member for 6 months and has sold 150.
There are many who get a bad reputation, then begin again, only to trash their reputation again...ad infinitum.
3) Don't buy consumables or anything you would put on your skin (unless it is an official retailer selling), better to be safe than sore...or
4) If the worst happens, just drop the seller a message, so far I have met with no resistance in getting refunded for fake items, sure it's not the
best way to warn others, however the problem is so widespread to be a martyr to it only leaves you out of pocket and the problem to continue
Not saying the above will save you, but it is what I have learned works for me.