E-commerce enables us to buy items from stores across the globe. And to most females, online shopping means an opportunity to seek unique cosmetics that can represent their individual beauty. But shopping online may not be as safe as it seems.
First, there is the credit card fraud waiting to strike unsuspecting victims. Second, fake cosmetics are everywhere on the Internet. If you cannot tell the difference of the imitation from the original, you may end up in hospital. Third, personal data you put online may leak to criminals, and they can use your identity to commit crimes.
Being an online cosmetic shopaholic requires some degree of knowledge about how e-commerce works, which is the topic of this writing.
Securing Your Payment
There are two ways of online payment: through a gateway or directly on the store’s website. There is a big difference between the twos. If you register a membership to a gateway, you do not need to input your data every time you shop in different vendors. Payment gateways, or also known as payment platforms, specialize their resources for payment security. Store’s sites, on the other hand, may not allocate their time and energy on the security system as much as the payment gateways.
In conclusion, it is safer to register your financial account to a payment platform and buy cosmetics from stores who accept the method.
Cosmetics with QR Codes
The Internet has made communication between consumers and manufacturers way easier. One of the digital inventions that can ensure a product’s originality is the QR code. The code is printed on the product’s package, and all you need to do is to scan it with a code scanner application installed on your smartphone. Then, you can see the ingredients, manufacturing dates, registry number, and other information that represent the originality status of the product.
If the products you buy fail in the scanning process, then they are fake. This method is the most proven way to spot forgeries. Imitation manufacturers have become more and more technologically developed in their ways of copying the genuine ones. We cannot tell the difference between the fakes and the genuine ones by only seeing them.
Read the Consumer’s Threads
Popular cosmetics undoubtedly have many users. And today, consumer’s protection is enforced through the culture of sharing reviews. Spend some of your time to browse the Internet to find out which cosmetic brands often get faked. This step is to provide you with a precautionary attitude toward the brand.
Second, investigate the average cost of the desired item. Usually, fake cosmetics are irrationally cheaper than the genuine ones. Do not get tricked and swayed by low prices.