The INTERNET is overflowing with luxury fakes in categories with everything from clothing, jewelry, perfume, handbags, and sunglasses, to just about everything else you can imagine. You could pay a lot for something that is supposed to be real, but is counterfeit. Counterfeit products are made and sold with the deliberate purpose of tricking consumers into thinking that the fake product is genuine. Counterfeiters go through great effort to make their product look as much like the genuine article as possible. You can identify a counterfeit by looking for signs of rushed workmanship. If you don’t want to get scammed check out The Blind Side List of 6 tips on how you can avoid buying fake products on the Internet.
6. Shop from reputable businesses
Whether you’re shopping in-person or online, you can safely avoid the risk of counterfeit goods by purchasing from well-known and established retailers. Suspicious businesses are more likely to sell counterfeit even if they display manufacturer logos on their storefront or website. If you’re not certain if a business is legitimate or not, search for the business name online.
Nearly all genuine businesses have a website. And also do not trust the URL address. Just because an address ends with “.be”, “.fr”, “nl” or any other European extension does not necessarily mean that the company is actually located within the EU.
5. Watch the price of the product
Not all fakes sell at lower prices than their genuine counterparts, but an unreal bargain is one of the surest signs of a counterfeit product. And there are many counterfeit products that are sold at a price considerably lower than the price quoted on an official retailer website. So you should always keep in mind one simple principle when buying something: If the price is too good to be true, it usually is a fake product.
4. Check out the packaging
Reputable businesses typically take great care in packaging their products. Beware of flimsy packaging with substandard printing or off colors. And be careful of packages that appear to have been opened. The genuine product labels and boxes have a whole host of information printed on them, from bar codes, trademarks, and patent information to recycling symbols.
They also provide a phone number or at least an address at which consumers can call. Counterfeiters, on the other hand, often don’t want to spend the time to reproduce every detail, so they’ll likely leave some of this stuff off. Spelling and grammatical errors are also common on the packaging for counterfeit goods.
3. Take a look at the consumers’ reviews
Search the Internet for comments that other consumers have left about the trader. But pay attention because there could be reviews left by the website or store itself which is illegal. So beware if you see excessively positive reviews and reviews left by the same person for the same product on several websites.
2. Check your consumer rights on the trader’s website
Online traders are obliged to provide you with clear and correct information about your consumer rights, such as the 14-day withdrawal right or the legal warranty of at least 2 years. If there is no information on your EU consumer law and no indication of the ODR platform for redress, then better buy somewhere else.
1. Look for a safety certification label on electrical products
Just about any product that could pose some sort of safety risk will have one or more safety certifications on its label. Some counterfeiter’s products may omit a safety certification label altogether, while others will often include fake marks on their products. The Underwriters Laboratory label is the most common safety certifications, particularly in the U.S.
The competing ETL mark is also a major certification in the U.S. In Europe, the CE marking is required on electrical products, and in Canada the CSA or Canadian Standards Association, mark is common. Look for at least one of these marks on electrical products.