(WXYZ) - If anyone in your family is planning a wedding, you know how expensive dresses can be. One bride to be learned that some money saving options may indeed be too good to be true.
Courtney Brewer was hoping to save her bridesmaids some money by purchasing dresses she found at a website called TB Dress, rather than having to pay one hundred and fifty dollars more at a bridal shop.
"They had a whole lot of different dresses. Cute models, cute styles, the website looked very legitimate," said Brewer.
Dresses were fifty-five percent off, making some dresses well under one hundred dollars. Brewer ordered 6 bridesmaid dresses of a deep red color. What arrived by FedEx was something different.
"The color is not at all what I wanted," said Brewer. "It's tangy and cheap looking, if a color can look cheap."
Not only were they bright red, but they came with different colored sequins.
"There's beading on both of these dresses that didn't show on the website," said Brewer. She also claims the dresses fit like tents, "My sister and I tried it on, and the sleeves were falling off down her."
What Brewer didn't know – and what the website doesn't reveal – is that TB Dress is located in China, where U.S. regulations don't apply. TB is the subject of dozens of online complaints about dresses not matching the photos.
A member of the Don't Waste Your Money Team emailed the company, which responded with an email stating that if Courtney sends persuasive photos, it will consider refunding her money. In the midst of doing that, Brewer now scrambles to find new dresses.
There's a lesson in here for everyone, not just brides and bridesmaids. Anytime you order something online, research the seller. If you can't find where they are located or a mailing address, they may be outside of the country... and it may be a case of don't waste your money.