Buying online and most particularly from Instagram seems to be the new cool. And with good reason- it’s way easier. You don’t have to wake up, dress up, spend money on transport fare, get roasted in traffic all in a bid to transport yourself to a nice shop somewhere in the market so you can buy that Luis Vuiton bag you saw a neighbour post on her whatsapp status and which most times in the end don’t even go as planned because you probably left the house with not enough money to buy said item and all the haggling skills you were flexing were like pouring water on rock. With Instagram sellers all you have to do is swipe through their online gallery to make your choice and see the already attached prices are attached. Right there you can see whether or not the said bag is your mate sef.
Still, you have to be guided. For every real business out there on the gram there are equal amount of fake ones. How do you spot the fake ones and not fall prey to them? We made a list;
- They never go live
To go live you need an actual face, a voice and a body; all of which a fake account obviously lays no claim to. So if you after a really long stroll through their gallery you still did not happen on one single live video of them advertising a restock or maybe just giving a shout out to a loyal customer take this sign to be a red flag.
- No comments on the page from customers
Seriously how do you run a business page that caters to the needs and wants of customers without having any single comment from said customers? No, you don’t have to answer, that was rhetorical. The point is this- if there are no comments from customers either expressing the satisfaction they got from doing business with the said page or just ordering for an advertised product, that is a red flag. Na ghosts dey buy their market?
- Too much oyibo pictures
In case you haven’t taken the time to notice, we Nigerians are black, not white, black. So why would a Nigerian business page be flooded with pictures of white people? If this is the case with the page you are looking to buy from, better reconsider before your money enter voice mail.
- Unreasonably cheap prices
Who sells an original Gucci shoe for 12k? No one. If the page claims to have original stock at ridiculous and unrealistically cheap prices; prices that you know in your heart of hearts are way too low for the original version of product in question, brethren, look well and smart before you leap into that DM with your money.
- Don’t interact with other pages
No man is an island, same way no business is an island, most especially on a place like Instagram where famzing is the legally accepted and prescribed way of growing. If a business page does not have one single shout out from other pages or has never for once had reason to interact with other business pages that is a red flag.
So there you have it, all the red flags you need to point out if that the account is fake and that you shouldn’t be giving them you hard earned or borrowed money.