The popularity of handmade accessories is on the rise, reports Entity, and so is the popularity of Apple tech. The growth in the market for handmade Apple tech accessories is a result of these continuous trends. This is a great thing because all Apple users get a chance to make their gadgets look truly unique, however a highly competitive market also presents many risks for the buyer.
From being scammed to receiving a poor-quality product which falls apart within days, you need to know what exactly to look out for and how to ensure that the handmade accessories that you buy are top-notch.
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Top 4 Tips on How to Shop for Handmade Accessories
1. Research the seller
When shopping for handmade accessories online you will not have the opportunity to take a good look at the item in order to evaluate its quality. Therefore the best way to minimize risk is to establish that the seller is trustworthy and has a good track record.
To do this you should:
- Evaluate the seller’s website or online shop on a popular platform such as Etsy.
Does it look professional? How good is the quality of the images used? Is the item’s description helpful?
- Study testimonials.
You should always look for testimonials from people who have bought from this seller before. If possible, try to connect with them directly and ask them personally for their feedback on both the products and the seller.
- Pay attention during your interactions.
Is the seller honest and helpful when communicating with you? Are they open with their contact details and other pertinent information? Do they offer a money-back guarantee? Considering all these details will help you to assess whether this is a legitimate vendor selling their wares or a scammer trying to con you.
2. Go for items made from quality materials
The quality (and durability) of handmade goods is determined by the quality of workmanship and materials used. And whilst you might never be able to be 100% confident in the former, you can reduce the risks by choosing the latter wisely.
Leather is the most popular material for handmade Apple tech accessories. It looks good, it’s durable, and it offers a higher level of protection if you are buying an item such as an iPad cover. It is also a status-boosting choice for wearable accessories, which is evident from the appearance of an Apple Watch leather strap. This kind of accessory can be a fashion statement so the material will work perfectly for those who want to be bold yet elegant, or to go for a classic style.
Consider other materials from the standpoint of their durability and looks. This will help you to narrow down the list of suitable options and thus to limit the number of sellers to research.
3. Don’t buy if you can’t get your money back
The biggest problem with handmade products is that you can never be 100% sure that the item is unflawed. Therefore it is important to be aware of the seller’s returns policy before making a purchase.
If you pay before taking ownership of the product the seller must have a procedure in place to return your money promptly in the event that the item doesn’t meet your requirements. Discussing this procedure as well as defining exactly what ‘not meeting your requirements’ means will present a good opportunity to evaluate the seller’s professionalism and trustworthiness. If you buy from a seller who works using a platform like Etsy, be sure to study the Terms and Conditions of the platform so that you understand exactly how to file a complaint should anything go wrong.
4. Study pictures hard
If you are shopping online, you should only buy from sellers who can provide high-resolution pictures of the item. There should be photos not only of the item but also of the gadget ‘dressed’ in the accessory. This will enable you to assess the fit and to understand whether this kind of look is exactly what you want.