Short Tips To Help You Avoid Selling Fakes;
- Research products and brands offline & online, preferably with the manufacturer’s website or physical store – Most brand manufacturers usually have detailed information on their websites to illustrate to customers on how the actual products appear vs how counterfeit products appear. For Example, Apple only manufacture their famous EarPods in White and in no other colour. (See Images 2A & 2B)
- Look out for deals that are too good to be true – Not all fakes sell at lower prices than their genuine counterparts, but an unreal bargain is one of the surest signs of an fake product. Ask yourself how someone can sell, For example, a $1,500 Hermes purse for $50…chances are it’s because it’s a fake. (See Images 12A, 12B &12C)
- Pay attention to the products you buy – The odds are you replenish your stock the same products or brands repeatedly. Pay a little more attention to them and you will be much better at spotting a counterfeit because you will have a basis for comparison. If you are purchasing a new brand or a product that you do not purchase frequently, compare it to the same product at other stores or on the brand manufacturer’s website. You can also compare brands against each other. For example, if you’re not sure about a sure of a Mobile Device, compare it to others that are for sale in the same aisle. All brands of Mobile Devices will have a lot of the same information and symbols printed on them or on their packaging, so if one particular brand does not, it may be a fake. (See Images 1A, 1B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B,14A, 14B & 14C)
- Beware of products that seem flimsy or are obviously poorly made – Quality Control is often absent in counterfeiting operations, so you may be able to spot a counterfeit simply based on its Workmanship. Of course, even if it is not a counterfeit, you really don’t want to buy a counterfeit product. (See Images 6A to 10C)
- Inspect the packaging very carefully – Reputable brands are meticulous and take great care in packaging their products. Beware Of Flimsy Packaging!!! Packaging with substandard printing or running colors, or packages that appear to have been opened. In addition, take a moment to actually read the content on the package. (See Images 8A – 9C)
- Spelling or grammatical errors are common on the packaging for counterfeit goods. (See Image 15B)
- Does the packaging exactly match the product? (See Images 8A, 8B, 8C, 9A, 9B & 9C)
- Look out for very plain boxes. Most product labels and boxes these days have a whole host of information printed on them, from bar codes to trademark and patent information to recycling symbols. (See Image 14C)
- Look for Manufacturer Contact Information.
- Look for a safety certification label – Just about any Electronic Device other products that could pose some sort of safety risk, will have one or more safety certifications on its label if it’s made by a legitimate manufacturer. The UL (Underwriters Laboratory) label is the most common, particularly in the U.S. (the competing ETL mark is also a major certification in the U.S.). In Europe, the CE (the abbreviation does not officially stand for anything) marking is required on electrical products, and in Canada the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) mark is common. Look for at least one of these marks on Electronic Device–there are often several, as well as other certifications. Bear in mind, however, that counterfeiters will often include fake marks on products so you need to look at them closely. Counterfeits that don’t claim to be brand-name may also simply use a counterfeit certification mark. (See Images 4A & 4B)
- Make sure everything that should be there is there – Counterfeit products often don’t include supplementary materials such an owner’s manual or a product registration card. Sometimes they don’t even include all the parts that should come with the product, or some parts will be from a different manufacturer. (See Images 8A, 8B & 8C)
- Be wary of Imposter Brands – Certain counterfeit products carry famous brand logo’s and trademark signatures and patterns but are not associated in anyway to those brands using them indiscriminately. For Example, certain bedspreads that carry famous trademarked logo’s and patterns (See Images 15A, 15C & 15D).
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