With the release of the iPhone 5 just two days away, we thought we'd share a few tips on how to choose the perfect case online. Case manufacturers are a dime a dozen these days, as we know all too well. Bargains abound online, but they don't come without a little risk. You might think you're getting the real thing, you might be victim to a cheap knockoff. So here are some things to keep in mind to make sure you're protected: 

  1. Return policy.  Many of the reputable brands will have virtually no-questions-asked return policies (like this). Why take a chance these days on crappy product? Make sure you have the ability to return the product if you don't like it. 
  2. If it's too good to be true ... it probably is. See a Caudabe case for $5.95 somewhere online? Chances are, it's a knockoff. We're doing all we can to combat the counterfeiters, but there's just too many of them and not enough of us (and, in any event, we'd rather spend our time thinking up new products for you). Your best bet is to buy directly from the manufacturer on their website. Or, at least check the retail prices on their website. If it's a far cry from the price you're seeing elsewhere, maybe it's best to stay away.  
  3. Where ... are ... you?  Reputable retailers/manufacturers will be fairly transparent about how to reach them. After all, what's there to hide? Whether you're buying on a manufacturer's website or on Amazon, make sure you check exactly from whom you're buying. If you can't figure out how to reach them, who'll you contact if there's an issue with the product?  
  4. Pictures, pictures, pictures. Most websites these days are pretty good about loading up on product photography. But, can you see every angle of the product or are they trying to hide certain parts of the case? Does the product description itself give you a good idea of the case's functions and dimensions? You can also try emailing the manufacturer directly and see if they'll send you additional photos.
  5. Data security. There are two very important aspects of data security for shopping online: (1) knowing who you're sending your data to, and (2) how your data is transmitted. For (1), reputable websites will have a privacy policy (like this) that should state what they do (and, more importantly, will NOT do) with your info. Make sure you're buying from a website that isn't selling your info to third parties and, in general, isn't pledging to keep your data safe and sound. For (2), insist on buying only from websites that use 128-bit SSL encryption for your payment info. Otherwise, it's a little like inviting the world to steal your data. Reputable ecommerce these days will all use 128-bit SSL encryption. So if you don't see any mention of it, stay away!  
Buying a case online these days is super convenient. Just make sure you know what you're doing! 

And, of course, if you have any questions at all, free to get in touch with us at support@caudabe.com. Hope to hear from you soon!