This Nightmare comes to us from Kathy at Kasia’s Bridal Salon in Chicago. The culprit??? None other than infamous knockoff site lightinthebox.com. For a complete list of questionable sites check out our Known Knockoff Sites page.
Kathy had a group of girls come into her salon in tears, desperately looking for a miracle. They purchased 8 bridesmaid dresses from lightinthebox.com in what was supposed to be a turquoise color. When the dresses arrived the colors were inconsistent, and they were all at least 4 sizes too small.
Since the girls paid $80 apiece for the dresses, they decided to try their luck again. All of the girls bought a second dress from lightinthebox (in an attempt to replace their first disaster), only to now have 16 dresses, all every shade of blue in the rainbow EXCEPT turquoise (what the bride wanted) and still not having dresses that fit, because of size chart inconsistencies.
And guess what… the wedding was on Sunday! No wonder the girls came in praying for a miracle.
Fortunately, for most local bridal salons, miracles are their specialty! And Kasia’s is no exception! Kathy was able to give the girls 2 different options:
- They could purchase different dresses in all the same color out of their inventory at a 50% discount, plus alterations.
- They could cut up the jacked-up dresses and install panels and gussets in the dresses to fit. Mix and match, or multi-colored panels.
The girls opted for the off the rack dresses with the 50% discount, which is a great deal. Unfortunately, when you factor in the $160 spent on the lightinthebox dresses, they are out a lot more than if they had just tried their local salon first. Most local bridal salons have a great selection of affordable options for girls on a budget, you just need to give them a try. Even if you don’t find what you’re looking for locally, there are so many better options than buying from a overseas knockoff site.
In the end, we’re glad this story has a happy ending. There was indeed a light at the end of the tunnel, but no more “light” at the end of this nightmare. Thank you for sharing Kathy.