Social media platform Instagram has allowed entrepreneurial business people to bypass brick and mortar and even digital outposts, and sell reasonably priced, custom made pieces to a budget conscious consumer. But while the affordable pieces seem to be trustworthy, it seems more than a few of you have had serious issues with buying through this unregulated channel.
All this scamming is really making it hard for the REAL enterpreneurs who have a legit boutique such as myself. I’ve been running for my boutique almost a year but im very up front with my buyers. My business (www.eccentricglow.bigcartel.com) isn’t booming as of yet so everything is pre order BUT I DO HAVE ALL THE CORRECT LICENSES and TAX ID NUMBER TO BUY IN BULK and kill that pre order delay ;hopefully soon. 35% of the people who shop online don’t read and then complain about companies being fraudulent another 25% use Paypal to fraud real companies out of money. I wonder why.
Sigh. This is unfortunate to say the very least. My suggestions for avoiding getting scammed would be: only deal with boutiques with an e-commerce site. If you have to call or e-mail, its not worth the trouble
That said, do your research, look at all the comments on every post, search the store’s hashtag for any bad reviews, and make sure you ask all the questions you can before handing over your cash!
And if you have stories of getting scammed by an Instagram boutique, leave a comment! It’s ok to name names. You won’t get deleted here;)
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