Friday, 8 August 2014

I've been duped: Fake Benefit Dandelion Blusher

I’m always someone who’s looking around for a bargain. Having been a student for the past four years and currently trying to find employment in a market saturated by graduates, I haven’t got a lot of spare cash floating around. So, when I really wanted to try the Dandelion blusher by Benefit I looked to eBay to find a good deal, as I couldn’t justify spending £23 when I already have a a few barely used blushers.

Now, I’m aware that eBay tends to be full of fake products, so I have a little system that I use which tends to work out ok for me. I narrow down the list of results by selecting only auctions and only UK listings. My hope is that I remove all of those dodgy sellers that are selling fake Benefit for £12 from China etc. At this point there are still some fake items left from people in the UK attempting to sell on items they have purchased which have ended up being fake. So, I go through the listings and select some of the items which I think look ok and usually everything turns out perfectly. But, not this time. This time I got duped and ended up purchasing a fake product sold by an individual in the UK and here’s what I did wrong.

Pictures are everything!
There was only one picture and the brush was not included in the picture. From this picture the product obviously didn’t look fake, but had the brush been included in the picture I would have noticed the obviously fake pink bristles on the brush (they should be white). Normally, at this point I would have contacted the seller and asked if they have any more pictures, but I didn’t because the auction was about to end. 

Feedback stalker
I didn’t check the previous feedback of the seller. I checked the score and she did have 100%, however if I had looked through some of her recent transactions I would of noticed that she had sold the exact same product on 3 previous occasions. Now in her description she stated she was having a clear out and when I checked her other items this seemed to be the case, as there were other random make up items on sale. It’s a clever way of tricking people though because you do become ingrained to strike out products where the seller has more than one of the item, so selling them a week or so apart means your going to look honest (unless someone checks your recently sold items).

Ignorance is not an excuse
I ignored the error in the description where she had stated the RRP of the blusher was £18, but the majority are actually £23. I just thought maybe she got this on offer, but what I should of realised was this person has probably never purchased a genuine item and so didn’t have a clue how much they really cost.

As soon as the item arrived I knew it was a fake. I’ll show you some pictures and explain the tell tale signs that I spotted.

Benefit Fake

In the picture above you can see that the box is quite untidy, the paper looks really badly stuck down and it’s all creased. I guess this doesn’t automatically means it’s a fake product as it could just have had a knock about in a make up bag, but together with the other faults it’s clear this is a badly made copy.

It’s not quite noticeable in this picture but the blusher doesn’t actually sit flush in the box, it has been placed in at a wonky angle so there are gaps in some places. A genuine items sits nice and snuggly in the packaging.

One of the most obvious signs which I hadn’t spotted beforehand is the weight has been printed as 10g, but it should actually be 10.0g.

benefit fake dandelion

Some of the biggest giveaways are included on the back of the packet. Firstly, the label doesn’t actually peel where it says it should, it just tears. Next, the postcode on the address is underlined but on the genuine item London is actually underlined. There is also a spelling mistake on the back (expuisite instead of exquisite. Finally, one of the biggest signs is that a product number is not stamped on the back. All benefit items come with a unique product code usually printed next to the name.

I did manage to get a refund from the seller with no questions asked, but hopefully if any of you try and purchase some products of eBay you can use my experience to help you to get a genuine item.  

Do any of you guys have any helpful tips about buying off eBay that you can share?

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