Puffly Blankets (PufflyBlankets.com)
Online Bedding Store
Is Puffly Blankets Fake or Real?
Why Is Puffly Blankets Likely Fake?
Puffly Blankets is an online Shopify store that claims to be selling bedding sets in various colours and styles. All the items are marked as being ‘On Sale’ and cost $49.99. I found that these products are not original and the same can be found on sites like Amazon at higher prices. The prices on Puffly are significantly lower even after factoring in shipping, which is a sign that it may be a scam.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 18th November 2020. The registrant’s details such as name, location and contact details have been hidden for privacy. Therefore, it is a new website that is being operated anonymously.
It is not just the images that are copied from other websites. I found that the content used by Puffly is also being used by at least 10 other online stores selling beddings. In fact, some of these websites are identical to Puffly Blankets. The list is given at the end of the article.
It is also worth noting that Puffly claims to have a ‘USA Warehouse’, but no address has been provided anywhere. It is likely that Puffly is a dropshipping operation that orders products from China and does not have a warehouse at all.
The home page also has a video that supposedly shows this warehouse. However, it is very clear that the video is using stock footage with Puffly’s logo superimposed. These videos can be purchased for $10 on Fiverr. Therefore, it seems even more likely that Puffly does not have a warehouse. You can see a comparison of the videos below.
When I checked the Terms & Conditions page to see if there is a company name given, I found that there isn’t one.
Puffly Blankets does not seem to have a social media presence. The only contact information given is an email ID. No phone number or address has been provided. The email ID was found to be working when tested.
There are product reviews given on the website itself. However, these reviews seem to be fake due to multiple reasons. Firstly, all the reviews are for the same product.
Secondly, the reviews seem to be copied from genuine reviews of similar products on Amazon. Thirdly, some of the reviews have dates which show that they were written even before the domain was registered. It is impossible for a customer to write a review before the website was created.
No reviews could be found on third-party websites like Scamadviser and TrustPilot. This is not surprising as Puffly Blankets is less than a month old.
It seems quite likely that Puffly Blankets might be a scam. The same products can be found on sites like Amazon at significantly higher prices.
While I was initially inclined to believe that Puffly Blankets might be a dropshipping operation, this does not seem probable. The reason being that dropshipping stores generally have higher prices than competitors, not lower. Puffly Blankets has only been active for less than a month but has all its products ‘On Sale’. This is highly suspicious.
The content used on the website is copied as there are at least 10 other online stores using the same text. The claim about Puffly Blankets having a warehouse in USA is also suspect, as the video used to show this warehouse is a stock video purchased from Fiverr.
The only reviews available for Puffly are on the website itself. These reviews seem to be fake as they are all of the same product, contain text copied from actual reviews on Amazon and have dates that show they have been written even before the website was created.
The only contact method provided is email. It is advisable to avoid shopping on Puffly Blankets, as there is a fair chance that it might be a scam.
To read about other E-commerce Scams, click here.
List of websites using the same content as Puffly Blankets
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 Scamadviser, 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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