How to Avoid Counterfeit Products
APRIL 15, 2013 - by http://www.swapmadness.com
Steps to Avoid Buying Counterfeit Products
Step 1. To good to be true?? Not all fakes sell for cheaper then the real thing, But if someone is selling something that could sell easily for $200 and they are selling it for $50 be careful that could be a red flag.
Step 2. Low Quality? Sometimes you can spot a counterfeit item by the quality. Poorly made or cheaply made items sometimes are counterfeit products. Of course, if its poorly made you probably don't want it anyway.
Step 3. Pay attention to detail. Spelling or grammatical errors are common on the packaging for counterfeit goods. Look out for plain boxes. Most product labels and boxes have a whole bunch of information printed on them, like bar codes, trademarks, patent information and recycling symbols. Counterfeiters often don't spend the time to add every detail, so they will leave this stuff off.
Step 4. Look for contact information. Most reputable companies will provide a phone number or an address at which consumers can contact them.
Step 5. Make sure everything that should be there is there. Counterfeit products usually don't include materials like an owner's manual or a product registration card. Sometimes they don't even include all the parts that should come with the product, and some parts might be from a different manufacturer.
While these steps can help you spot most fakes, some counterfeiters pay a lot of attention to detail, and no set of guidelines can absolutely ensure that you won't purchase a counterfeit product. The quality of counterfeit products varies. Some people, however, enjoy shopping for bargains on high-quality counterfeits. Keep in mind that purchasing some counterfeits may be illegal.
Here are a list of the top 10 counterfeited items to look out for