7 facts you need to know about parallel import

By Simone Lehto, January 2020

From time to time, we experience many myths about parallel import in the aesthetic business. In the following article, we want to illuminate what are facts and myths. We strive to give you a better understanding of parallel import before you decide where to place your next order of fillers.

Who are we?

Direct Derma Supplies is a European online store based in Copenhagen, Denmark. We have many years of knowledge and experience within the aesthetic beauty industry and we offer aesthetic fillers and other medical devices at competitive prices to licensed clinics worldwide (B2B). The new trend among clinics is that they typically buy 70% from the local official distributor (to receive marketing support, courses, etc.) and 30% as parallel import – to maximize their profit and increase the bottom line. Read more at www.directdermasupplies.com.

What is parallel import?

Parallel import is a non-counterfeit product imported from another country. This simply means that we import products directly from other suppliers. Parallel imported goods are always authentic and genuine products. It is important not to confuse parallel imports with counterfeits because of a lower price. Thanks to the free market and the parallel import, you are able to buy authentic products at a very competitive price. To offer the best prices on the market is one of the key missions at Direct Derma Supplies.

How can the prices on dermal fillers be so low?

We have been in the business for several years and we have many clinics around the world as active customers. Due to our large volume business, we can obtain very competitive prices. We offera large discount on the products compared to the distributor’s indicative rates. However, all products are still 100% authentic from original manufactures. 

Furthermore, it is also important to note that we do not have any RTD facilities (research and technological development), which refers to the activities companies undertake to innovate and introduce new products. Research shows that corporations in the pharmaceutical business is the profession, which tend to spend most on RTD facilities. We are very conscious of our company’s costs, so we can maintain our low prices. Our greatest values are honesty, competitive prices, trustworthiness, loyalty, fast delivery and to give our customers the best possible personal service.

How can I know if the product is fake?

The global circulation of fake and counterfeit products is prevalent and causes a great deal of trouble for official manufacturers, distributors and customers. In a market with so many different products available, it can be difficult to spot a fake product. In the aesthetic market, counterfeit products are prevalent and pose great risks to the patients.

Please find below input on how to be aware of fake products:

> Brand name

The design of the package can tell a lot. A fake product normally has a different name and brand than the original product. An example could be if someone offers you to buy cheap Festylane (instead of Restylane), you will know it is fake. It is indeed more challenging to spot a counterfeit product, since it looks so close to the original product. 

> Holographic sticker

If the product has an official holographic sticker, you can compare this with the original package. Other things to look for on the outer packaging could be a misspelling or the use of a different font.

> Trustworthy Supplier 

Our best suggestion is therefore very clear; always buy dermal fillers from a trustworthy partner with reel people behind. At Direct Derma Supplies we sell original products like, Juvéderm, Restylane, and Sculptra produced by the original manufacturers.

How can I know if you have the products in stock?

We always buy very large quantities, but if we do not have a specific product in stock, we will notify you through either phone, email or online chat. One of our greatest visions is to offer our customers a completely new level of personal service.

How do you secure temperature-controlled delivery?

Most of our products have a temperature requirement of 2*C – 22*C and some up to 28*C. We ship with identical standards as the official manufacturers and distributors. We ship daily with world-known delivery services – DHL Express and EMS/USPS and our customers are always notified with a traceable tracking number once their order has been shipped.  

Are the products CE marked?

We always guarantee that our products are 100% authentic and CE marked. Most products are produced in- and coming from the European Community. Therefore, you can always feel safe if you choose to buy fillers at Direct Derma Supplies. 

We hope you found this article informative, and we are looking forward to assisting you on www.directdermasupplies.com