One of the difficulties of shopping online is telling the genuine, official retailers of particular designers apart from websites selling fake jewellery under the designer’s name. But some quick checks can let you shop in confidence!
Spotting official stockists can be especially difficult when shopping for well-known, popular brands like Thomas Sabo and Pandora. For huge brand names like these, there will always be companies offering similar pieces in the same style, but the real problem arises when these companies deliberately give the impression that they’re selling genuine Thomas Sabo or Pandora products, when they’re not. The most problematic websites are the ones which use Thomas Sabo’s logos, pictures, jewellery descriptions and recommended retail prices (all without permission), but which aren’t selling genuine Thomas Sabo jewellery. These websites give the false impression of selling official merchandise, and what you receive when you place an order might not look much like the jewellery in the picture you saw on the website.
Thomas Sabo fans understandably want the real thing. When buying genuine Thomas Sabo, you can be assured that you’re getting good quality jewellery and charms made using Sterling Silver, and you know that you’ll receive a good level of customer service following your purchase. But when searching for ‘Thomas Sabo’ on Google or other search engines, some of the websites which show up in results are not what they seem.
So as customers wanting to shop online for Thomas Sabo, what can we do? When you know what to look for, it’s easy to spot the websites selling fake Thomas Sabo (or Pandora), so we’ve put together this list of four checks you can use to ensure you always buy the best quality, official jewellery. We hope it helps!
1. Beware of websites offering discounts or cheaper items
Official Thomas Sabo retailers usually sell Thomas Sabo jewellery and charms at the same recommended retail price, without discounts. Not only does this mean that you’ll get the same great price wherever you shop, it also means that if a website is offering Thomas Sabo jewellery at discounted prices, they may not be official Sabo products.
2. Check the website’s web address
This one’s a bit technical, but it’s a great, quick way of checking the authenticity of a website claiming to sell Thomas Sabo. Official online stockists have all agreed with Thomas Sabo not to use the designer’s name in the main part of their web address. That means they won’t ever use the designer’s name between the ‘www’ and the ‘.com’ or ‘.co.uk’ part of their web address. The only valid exception to the rule is Thomas Sabo’s own, official website. Some examples may help here.
- Websites selling official Thomas Sabo charms and jewellery will usually use the designer’s name in their web address after the ‘.com’ or ‘.co.uk’, which is perfectly OK. For example, at Fabulous the web address of our Thomas Sabo page is http://www.fabulouscollections.co.uk/Designers/Thomas-Sabo/default.aspx
3. Look for disclaimers
In my own experience, some of the websites which sell fake Thomas Sabo jewellery often have a sentence or two somewhere in their small print which states that their products are not genuine. Look for links to pages like ‘Disclaimers’, ‘FAQs’, ‘About Us’, or ‘Terms and Conditions’, and look out for anything suspicious!
4. If in doubt, ask Thomas Sabo!
If you ever aren’t sure that a website you’re looking at is selling genuine Thomas Sabo products, the absolute safest thing to do is ask Thomas Sabo themselves, using the contact pages on their official website: http://shop.thomassabo.com/GB-en/contact.
I hope this guide has been useful, and helps you shop online with confidence! And of course, you can always buy official Thomas Sabo charms and jewellery at Fabulous!