After an increased marketing push from 2023, the Temu app has started to build solid momentum that has led many shoppers to try it out. When new marketplaces make their way into the mainstream, however, there is usually a healthy skepticism about them.
While it’s always a good impulse to be cautious when it comes to putting sensitive information into an app, here’s everything you need to know about Temu — and if you really need to be careful.
What is Temu? Joe Maring/Digital Trends
Temu is an online shopping app similar to Amazon that claims to host the best deals you can find online. With more than 250 different categories to choose from, it acts as an all-inclusive shopping app as opposed to one for specific interests. However, Temu claims to be unique by having lower prices than other online sellers. While this isn’t always the case with non-discounted items, the items sold at full price are — at the very least — sold at similar, if not the same, prices as on sites like Amazon, Target, or Walmart.
Frequent sales and multi-week deals are common on the app, though, meaning it’s worth checking there first before buying anything online to see if you can get what you’re looking for a little cheaper. Note, however, that not all major brands are selling on Temu just yet as it is still an emerging marketplace. However, there are still many big brands already selling there.
Is the Temu app legit?
As mentioned above, there has been some skepticism about Temu, which is completely natural. Any time an app deals with sensitive information — like credit card numbers and home address — it’s good to be a little scared. Concerns about Temu’s legitimacy, however, are easily dismissed. Although new, the app is backed by PDD Holdings Inc., a multi-billion dollar company with many years of experience in global trading.
In terms of other forms of verified legitimacy, Temu supports multiple forms of secure payment methods, including Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, and most credit cards. Temu appears to be just as legit as all the other major online retailers.
Is Temu a scam? digital trends
In short, no, Temu is not a scam. It is a perfectly legit online shopping marketplace that has met with skepticism from people, as all new online retailers do.
There seems to be an additional unfounded fear about the company given that its parent company, PDD Holdings Inc., is based in China. However, there is ample evidence that PDD Holdings Inc. is a legitimate company and there is no reason to be suspicious.
How to download the Temu app Peter Szpytek/Digital Trends
Downloading the Temu app is easy whether you are using a phone running iOS or Android as it is offered on both. Go to the App Store on your phone and search for “Temu”. The app icon is orange with white text and four small icons. In the store, the app is listed as “Temu: Shop Like a Billionaire”. Select the prompt to download the app and you’ll have Temu on your phone whenever you want to make discounted purchases.
If you don’t want to download the app, Temu is also fully functional in the browser. Just go to Temu.com and you can access all the features you will find in the app.
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