Have you ever ordered to buy crystal online just to find out it’s a complete fake? This has been such a bad experience. I’ve been there, and I’ve been duped many times throughout the years. Finding a reliable crystal source takes some time.
However, I’ve picked up a few valuable tidbits along the road, and I’m here to share them with you! If you’re looking to buy crystal products online, here are some pointers to keep in mind.
#1. Do your homework!
It’s critical to conduct your homework about a business before purchasing anything online. Who oversees the store? From when does it operate? Are they on social media? See if they maintain stock on hand or if they use an Alibaba/AliExpress drop delivery service. If they are, I will avoid them! Let me tell you a story…
A few years ago (before I started my own online crystal business), I came upon a store that seemed to be in the United States. They sold me a couple of bracelets as well as tumbling stones. My order took 30 days to arrive! That’s why I decided to research a little more. I discovered I had bought from a shop in China, which explained why my order took so long to arrive. That didn’t bother me too much since China has trustworthy wholesalers. But what bothered me was the fact that they misled people into believing they were in California.
Anyway, I anxiously awaited my goods, and when I opened it, I immediately saw that it was not genuine. It was a huge letdown. I contacted them, but they were unhelpful and unsupportive. I immediately researched the company and saw a slew of bad feedback. This leads me to my next point…
#2. Look for unfavorable reviews on the internet.
If you research the shop and find a lot of bad reviews, I will avoid it. While every shop will almost certainly get some nasty comments, if consumers claim that their goods are counterfeit, believe them and move on!
#3. Look through their product descriptions & read them thoroughly.
“Fashion jewelry” or “genuine lab-produced” crystals are written in fine print in certain shops. While they may seem attractive, they will not provide the therapeutic affects you need.
#4. Look at their prices.
Let’s face it: genuine, ethically sourced crystals aren’t cheap. If the prices seem to be too good to be true, they probably are. Look at Alibaba to see what I’m talking about. You may be able to buy a malachite necklace for $1.50 on there, but at that price, you can be sure it’s a fake!
#5. Look at their contact page as well as their customer service.
If you have to go through hurdles to get their contact information, I’m not sure I’d do business with them. You should be able to send them an email with queries and get a prompt response.
It’s frustrating to order crystals online and get a poor-quality product. But don’t be too hard on yourself if you were misled. Even the most experienced crystal collectors are susceptible to this. At the end of the day, you still have a lovely stone that, if you let it, may bring you pleasure!