May 19, 2012 in Wedding Rings
A picture is worth a thousand words. When you’re shopping for a tungsten ring online, examine those ring photos very carefully — they hold important clues to the quality.
Some people are afraid to shop online because they fear not being able to actually see the ring in their hand before they buy. They feel a sense of security knowing exactly what they will get before they buy it. Believe it or not, you can tell just by looking at a website’s images if you will be getting a high-quality tungsten ring or a dud.
There are hundreds of websites, all boasting that they have high quality tungsten carbide wedding bands for the best prices. But which sites are trustworthy?
If a website uses lower quality pictures, it is usually a sign of a low budget, “fly by night” tungsten ring retailer who may not be around to honor the lifetime warranty they promise. Fuzzy images are the first sign that the rings might be low-quality.
You stare at the image for a few minutes and you still can’t make out the intricate details. You can’t see what the ring’s finish looks like up close. Pictures that are too small, blurry, too dark or too light indicate that the retailer may be hiding something.
Retailers that do not use professional, clean images of their rings are usually small time businesses run out of someone’s garage or basement. They do everything on a shoestring budget. You can still see it in their generic website design and poor quality photos. Often times they snap the pictures themselves to save money. Worse yet, many retailers of low-quality tungsten rings get their low-quality pictures from their overseas suppliers. American suppliers all use high-quality photos marked with their logos.
It is fine for retailers who carry their product line to use them, since the pictures are a true representation of the ring you will get.
One thing to be wary of is the retailer that takes images from other websites and uses it on their own site. This is especially dangerous because not only are they selling you low-quality imported tungsten rings, but they are misleading you into thinking you are getting a high quality tungsten ring based on the a image of a ring they don’t even sell. This is yet another sign that the retailer is not reputable. How would you know if a website is using other people’s images? You can usually tell because on their website the pictures do not look uniform. Some images are more clear, some are dark, etc. The reflections in the rings look different from picture to picture. Typically, photographers have their own style or technique, so the pictures look similar if they are from a single source.
Next time you’re ring shopping online, pay attention to these clues. The pictures not only show you what the ring looks like, but they will also show you what the retailer looks like.