CBS News Report -
BRIDES BIG BIZ FOR SCAMMERS
Ask any bride: Preparing for a wedding is
taxing enough without having to worry about
getting ripped off while trying to buy your gown
or dresses for your bridesmaids.
But brides trying to save money on dresses
are the targets of a growing market of shady
websites scattered around the globe, most of
which either don't deliver at all or take an
extraordinary amount of time to send some-
thing that doesn't resemble what was ordered.
The sites, which turn up readily in web searches
and Google ads, look professional and feature
a wide array of wedding dresses for prices that
are far too low for this market. Most of the
featured bridal gowns on the sites are $200
or less -- an apparent opportunity that should
really be a warning sign.
Complaints about the sites cataloged by
SiteJabber.com -- a federally funded forum for
consumer commentary on websites -- have been
growing as more and more brides have been
drawn in by the tantalizing prices.
Here are some of the sites that have drawn
complaints on SiteJabber : Peridress.com
Milanoo.com • BeautifulBridalDress.com
EastBridal.com • DressTimes.com
One thing all these sites have in common: All
those sites are based in China. Some obscure
their location offering a U.S. phone number or a
London mailing address. One such address on
one of the sites was just a mail forwarding
service. Why does the location matter? Because
when dealing with overseas sites, consumers
lose leverage. There's very little recourse if
something goes wrong, which appears to
happen more often than not.
"We urge brides to use great caution when
shopping for a wedding dress online,"
SiteJabber.com CEO Jeremy Gin said.
Beware of sites offering exceptionally low
prices. There's a reason why they're that low,
including the possibility that no dress will never
be sent. Terms and conditions of your purchase
mean nothing -- so you may end up with
nothing but regrets.