Online Guitar Shop
Is Deathones Fake or Real?
Why Is Deathones Fake?
Deathones is an ecommerce website that claims to sell guitars from top brands like Fender, Gibson, Ibanez and more at extremely low prices. The guitars that they have on sale are all less than $100. The interesting part is that these guitars retail everywhere else for more than $1,000.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 2nd October 2019 in Henan, China.
The website looks like it was slapped together in half a day. There is not a single mention of Deathones on the website. In fact, there is no mention of it even being an online guitar shop. The entire content is generic and looks like it was copied from other sites. In one instance on the Returns page, there is even a mention of an ‘online course’.
There are no contact details such as an address or phone number provided anywhere. There is not even an email ID and the only way to get in touch is through a contact form.
There is a banner on the top of the home page requesting shoppers to only buy one product. There is also a ‘flash sale’ countdown on the product pages. They’re trying to create the impression that they have a limited stock of products and can run out anytime.
So of course, I added 4 guitars to my cart and proceeded to checkout. Hilariously, not only did the checkout go through, but they applied additional discounts of $281 to my purchase. This made the grand total $99 for 4 guitars which have a combined retail price of $17,194. What a steal!
Upon checking out, I noticed that the PayPal payment was routed through the website ixyacb.ga. When I visited this site, it turned out to be a website selling knock-off Blackberries which looks like it hasn’t been updated since 2010.
It seems pretty obvious that Deathones is a scam. There is a false sense of urgency and scarcity being created to persuade shoppers to quickly proceed to checkout. The prices are so ridiculous that I doubt you will even get a fake guitar. They claim to have a 7-day return policy, but you’d likely have better luck getting in touch with God than these guys.
If you shop on this site, be prepared to say goodbye to your money. At best, you will get a cheap Chinese knock-off.
If you have been the victim of an ecommerce scam, you can take the following steps:
- Lodge a complaint at the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal
- File a complaint with the payment portal and ask whether the payment can be reversed.
- File a complaint with the Consumer Complaints Forum
- Leave a negative review on review portals such as ScamAdvisor, TrustPilot, OnlineThreatAlerts and SiteJabber
- Report the website to Google using the Suspicious Site Reporter extension for Chrome
- Give a low rating to the website on Web of Trust. You can also install their extension for the same.
Remember: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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