Hello lovely ladies.
Today I have a little story for you, about something I've had to learn the hard way. Yes ladies, this is a tale of a fake.
A few years a go when I was living up north I worked in a large office, mainly comprised of women. One of these women used to come in with massive boxes of make up for sale, at extremely low prices, swearing it was all the real deal, she was selling on behalf of a friend who bought it all from America so she could sell it cheap and make a profit, and blah, blah and blah. As I had no idea about make up at the time (I was certainly a late bloomer when it came to all things make up) I happily snapped up the lions share of it, thinking I was getting a bargain... Hands up who thinks I was?
Two MAC blushers. So which is the fake? Lets have a look at the back...
On the left, Dainty, bought for about £8 from the aforementioned lady, on the right, Miss Behave, purchased from an official MAC retailer. Dainty, is a fake. And not only is it a fake, its a bad fake. I discovered this was a fake, not by noticing the obvious signs, but by browsing in MAC, and coming across a real Dainty blusher. So what should the real Dainty look like?
Yep, no white marbling, no glossy plastic box, no rubbing away of the MAC logo. And it costs £19. I got mine out the second I got home, and compared it with the picture & Miss Behave. Fake. Fake Fake Fake. I was duped on the good faith of another, but its not just me, this is happening every single day, on that well know auction site most of us have a love / hate relationship with. eBay.
After a quick search for MAC on eBay I was struggling to actually find any real MAC. The same for Benefit, NARS, Chanel and so on.
In July a woman was give a £2000 fine as well as a suspended prison sentence & community service after selling massive amounts of fake mid to high end make up, lots of which contained dangerous levels of lead. Which is terrifying. Its very easy to write everything on eBay off as a fake, but if you are going to buy from eBay, here's my checklist to determine if its worth the risk, or not.
The old saying, if its too good to be true, it probably is, has never been truer. That Benefit Boxed Blush, RRP £23.50 for £5? Its a fake. MAC Brush Bundle, where each brushes RRP is £10 to £30 for £15. Its a fake. However, a couple of quid off if its slightly used or the outside of the box is damaged? Don't write that one off yet, it might be real yet.
This is NOT a hard & fast rule, but have a quick scan of the feedback, paying particular attention to the last few days. I say the last few days as, and this really makes me angry, many sellers of fakes will contact the person who left the negative feedback & offer them cash to take the negative feedback down. They will also occasionally threaten & bully, because they are well aware that they are selling fakes, and one person saying that they are in fact fakes will damage their business usually to the point of having to shut it down, and start again. And as most of them rely on there positive feedback, they will try to avoid it at all costs. Be warned - Feedback is not always correct.
Google the product, does it look the same as in the photo? Is the box different, is the product different, is the logo different? If you notice one or more of these differing even very slightly, its a fake.
BUY IT NOW.
Ok, again, referring to the three points above, this isn't a hard & fast rule, but 90% of buy it nows will be fake, as this is the quickest way to sell huge quantities of the product at a set price. Auctions starting at a reasonable price are far more likely to be the real deal.
Contact them, ask them if its genuine. No response? Its a fake? Shirty response "Yeah, of course its real what are you accusing me of? Its a fake. Pleasant "Yeah I bought it from MAC/Selfridges/Debenhams last year but the colours just not for me" probably real.
CHECK OUT THEIR OTHER ITEMS.
This is probably the biggest clue to whether you will be receiving Chanel or Channel. What else are they selling? Some shoes, a few dresses and a few beauty bits? Chances are its the real, but refer to the above points. Hundreds and hundreds of listing for high end make up, all priced at unbelievable prices? Its more than likely a fake. I have found, more than anything else, personal sellers are selling the real deal, and just trying to claw back a bit of money after buying something expensive that didn't work for them. On the other hand, I've found that 99% of power sellers are selling fakes.
Doesn't feel right? Too much or not enough in the description? Says GENUINE over and over and over again? Don't buy it, it will be a fake. Go with what feels right for you.
I will now only buy from personal sellers that meet all the above criteria, but again, to avoid being disappointed, if its too good to be true, it probably is. The rules above can be followed, but always go with your gut!
So ladies, hands up who's been tricked by those clever sellers offering up things you couldn't afford for prices you can?