Apr 11, 2016 News
By Romila Boodram
If you’re a woman, chances are you’ve seen ads on Facebook, showing pretty images of women wearing flattering dresses, shoes and accessories for some “too good to be true” price.
But in many cases, you’re unlikely to end up with anything close to what the pictures promise. There are thousands of women, both local and international, who have lost money to an opaque group of Chinese clothing companies.
Many of these sites—with names like Sammy Dress, RoseWe and RoseWholesale are essentially selling products that are far from what the advertisements and e-commerce sites show, and some are advertising using stolen images.
Images used by these scam sites have been stolen from people’s personal Instagram accounts, international magazines and legit websites sites like PromGirl and Forever 21.
Complaints about these sites and their products range from strange smells to outrageously large sizing, low-quality materials, and virtually non-existent customer service.
One local shopper, Sarah Narine said that she purchased an evening dress from Sammy Dress in January, last to attend a wedding last month.
The dress was expected to reach New York the following week and then it would have been shipped to Guyana.
Narine was expecting the dress to arrive here in two weeks as she was promised but it has been months and her package hasn’t arrived yet. In fact, the wedding has come and gone and there is still no dress.
Another shopper, Alana Rajkumar, said that she spent $30,000 in clothing from RoseWe, an online clothing company, but when the package arrived almost a month later, she was in no way satisfied.
“We are women, shopping is what we do best and when you see a website that is selling a dress for US$7, you go out of your mind and that is exactly what happened to me. I heard about the site from a friend but that person never purchased from it.”
According to Rajkumar, when her clothes arrived, they were all extra large. “I ordered small but the dress I received would have fit someone who is six times by size. I still have the items and I wear them in the house to do chores.”
Narine and Rajkumar are not the only two customers who have complained about receiving items, mostly clothes, that were totally different from what they had ordered or what they thought they ordered online.
There are persons who complained about receiving clothes with holes and missing buttons.
Kaieteur News understands that at least eight of the online clothing stores in China are connected to one Chinese manufacturing company.
The manufacturing company creates different websites and steals images from various sources and then advertises them on its page.
Once someone orders an item, workers would then manufacture an image that looks like the one the customer ordered.
Before buying from any online companies, customers should do a little research. Check the reviews and make some calls to verify whether the company really exists.
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