Buying anything online comes with risks. As convenient as the online shopping process is, the adage ‘buyer beware’ is important to keep in mind. Before you end up with a dud product that puts you out of pocket, consider the following risks:
The Retailer Isn’t Legitimate
You might think you’re doing the right thing by purchasing a ‘medical grade’ beauty device rather than a random mass-produced product of unknown origins and efficacy. However, as any reputable medical equipment supplier will tell you, not all retailers of such products are legitimate.
Before you buy any supposed medical-grade devices online, do your homework. Read reviews, research the company, and find out if they really are as legitimate as they say they are. A small amount of research may be able to save you a considerable amount of money.
No Returns or Refunds
When you purchase medical equipment from trusted industry professionals, you often get to benefit from superior customer service, warranties, and guarantees. This can give you much-needed peace of mind when spending several hundred or thousand dollars on medical equipment.
However, if you’re trying to save money by buying it online through unknown retailers or those with poor reputations, you’re in unfamiliar territory. While they might provide warranties, returns, and refunds, they also might not. It can be a dangerous game to play when you’re handing over your hard-earned money.
The Product Isn’t Authentic
At least 80 percent of shoppers in a national survey said they would look for a sale, even if money was no object. As a result, you may be tempted to shop for medical-grade beauty devices online because you can compare prices at your leisure and find a way to pay less than you expected.
The problem is, a bargain price isn’t always a true bargain. Instead, you might be purchasing a product that has been made to look like an authentic, medical-grade product that actually isn’t. Listen to your gut. If it seems too good to be true, there’s your sign that it probably is.
The Supplier Has Made False Claims
If you see anything that claims to be a cure, a miracle product, or 100% safe, pay attention to those alarm bells going off in your head. If a supplier or retailer can make such claims, their product may not be as legitimate or as safe as you thought it was.
However, if you’re familiar with the brand, but not the supplier, question the product’s legitimacy. It may relate back to the previous point of not being authentic.
It Doesn’t Arrive
The discount hunters among us can’t always resist the temptation to purchase something online with a price tag that seems too good to be true. While there is always the chance the product arrives safe and well and works as it should, there’s also a strong chance that it won’t.
One of the biggest risks of purchasing medical-grade beauty devices online (or anything online, for that matter) is that they won’t arrive. Sometimes, the postal service is to blame, but other times, the ‘retailer’ simply never sent it.
You can reduce the risk of this happening by only ever purchasing from well-known suppliers with long-standing reputations and great reviews from consumers and businesses.
Buying online is a convenient way to purchase the products you need, but that doesn’t mean your shopping experience will always go off without a hitch. Purchasing medical-grade beauty devices online can be risky. Keep the information above in mind before purchasing from a company advertising any kind of medical equipment online.