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Beware the Prom Dress Scam

FLOWOOD, Miss.- Prom season is in it’s peak, and wedding season is soon to follow, so when you’re out shopping for dresses, be sure to watch out for scams. The Mississippi Better Business Bureau warns that, while it may seem like you’re getting a great deal on that prom dress that you love so much, everything isn’t always what it seems. Families go online to find deals because the local prices are getting too high. According to the B.B.B., last year, Mississippians on average spent over $350 on the dress alone. However, that may be the better option, because more and more reports of non-delivery of product, false advertising, and poor quality are arising from these overseas vendors.

“With the cost of dresses and tuxedos going up, more and more people are looking online to purchase these items to try and save money, and stretch a dollar out. Last year, there were a lot of complaints from people who ordered a prom dress, or a wedding dress and did not get them in time, or they were less than thrilled with what they received because they paid less and they got less quality,” from Mississippi B.B.B. President John O’Hara.

The Better Business Bureau advises consumers to go with the local product that you can physically try on and see in person, despite the price difference. Also, when shopping online, compare prices to what you would get locally. And, as always, have a back-up plan ready if the dress you ordered doesn’t work out.

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