Online make-up brush store
Is KayceeBeauty Fake or Real?
Why Is KayceeBeauty Fake?
KayceeBeauty is an online store that claims to sell various sets of make-up brushes. There are two websites – kayceebeauty.com and kaycee-beauty.com – that are identical except for the domain name. As the website is only selling different types of the same product, it is likely to be a dropshipping operation. All the products on KayceeBeauty are on sale for $10, supposedly marked down from the original prices of $39.90 – $49.90. The website is quite well-designed and appealing.
Domain name lookups of kayceebeauty.com and kaycee-beauty.com show that the former was registered first on 2nd April 2020 and the latter was registered exactly a month later on 2nd May 2020. The registrant’s information such as name and location has not been provided in either case.
The original prices of $39.90 – $49.90 seem to be randomly set. The same products are available for lower prices than even KayceeBeauty on sites such as AliExpress and Amazon. In my opinion, this confirms that KayceeBeauty is a dropshipping store.
There is a Customer Reviews section on KayceeBeauty’s website. The website supposedly has a 5-star rating from 968 reviews. This is highly suspect as the website is barely five months old. Another reason to believe that the reviews aren’t real is that the text seems to be copied from reviews of unrelated products on a website called Eigshowbeauty.
KayceeBeauty does not seem to have a social media presence. The website does not have an About Us page and the only way to contact KayceeBeauty is by email. One of the email IDs a free Gmail ID, but both were found to be working when tested. However, the lack of transparency about the people managing the website is highly suspicious.
The actual reviews for both the websites available on sites like Trustpilot and Scamadviser are overwhelmingly negative. The customers all have a common complaint that their orders have not been delivered. They have also mentioned that the only responses they received when following-up on the status of their orders were automated emails assuring them that their orders will be delivered.
It seems highly likely that KayceeBeauty is a scam. Two identical websites have been created for no discernible reason. The original prices of the products have been listed between $39.90 to $40.90, but these seem to be fake as the same products are available for lower prices on Aliexpress and Amazon. The reviews on the website itself seem to be fake. Customers have complained on external review sites that their orders have remained undelivered for as long as three months. The only contact method given is email, but customers have only received automated responses when following up about their shipments.
KayceeBeauty seems to be a dropshipping operation that has suffered greatly due to the Coronavirus pandemic. While I would have given it the benefit of the doubt that it is simply a genuine business that has faced an unexpected roadblock, I am inclined to believe it might be a scam due to the shady practices mentioned above. It is advisable to avoid shopping KayceeBeauty, as they seem to be unable to deliver customers’ orders.
Tip: Dropshippers exist only as middlemen who create flashy e-stores and sell products of other sellers at a markup. When you shop with them, they simply place an order on your behalf and pocket the difference. You can save yourself quite a bit of money by checking whether the same products are available on trusted sites like Aliexpress and Amazon. Not only will it be cheaper, but you will also have a better experience with customer service if something goes wrong with the order.
Remember: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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.
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