The proliferation of fake products as part of scams has become part of modern society for many reasons, such as the easy availability of technologies for copying products and the demand for designer items at a fraction of their original prices.
Keep in mind, however, that fake products may be more affordable than their original counterparts but these have several disadvantages.
These include inferior quality, shoddy craftsmanship, and shorter lifespan, all of which mean that you have virtually wasted your money in the long run.
There is also the matter of violating laws on patronizing fake products and contributing to economic sabotage in the process.
Fortunately, you can stop buying fake products and start patronizing their original counterparts. Your first step is to know the ways in identifying fake products including scams.
When a product is sold for bargain basement prices – or at least, just a fraction of the price for the product as advertised in stores and websites – then your warning bells should be ringing by now.
When something is too good to be true, it usually is so buyer beware.
For example, when a male enhancement product is sold for $10 in a website but its price on the manufacturer’s website is $50, you should have second thoughts about buying it.
Of course, you will be unable to determine the quality of a product from the online product catalog alone. But you should be vigilant about the signs of inferior quality on any product especially when the price has been dropped significantly.
- Check the workmanship of the product
Even small mistakes can mean that the product is fake especially as reliable manufacturers take pride in the superior quality of their products.
- Inspect the packaging from the label to the cap
Reliable manufacturers are detail-oriented so much so that their packaging are of the highest possible quality, too. Beware of signs of flimsy packaging and opened packages.
Basically, if a product appears inferior in quality coupled with the price drop, then it probably is.
Check The Label And Packaging
Even the label can betray fake products so be vigilant about checking it with each purchase.
- Read the label for obvious and subtle mistakes
Again, reputable manufacturers take great care in ensuring that their labels are attractive and appropriate for the market.
Look for spelling errors, grammar errors, and lack of information expected of the product. Check the model number or serial number of the product before comparing it to the numbers on original products.
- Beware of very plain boxes or packages
Most, if not all, products nowadays have plenty of information on them, such as brand name, net weight, nutrition information, and name and contact information of the manufacturer.
Counterfeiters typically have less attention to details and, hence, can leave out many of these details, if not deliver the fake goods in almost-plain packaging.
- Look for the safety certification label
Keep in mind, however, that counterfeiters can add counterfeit safety certification labels on their products. You must then consider all the other ways to detect fake products into the equation.
If possible, you should familiarize yourself with the appearance of these labels and marks. For example, hologram marks are required for most products and the mark should be on both the packaging and the product itself.
Do Your Research
The best weapon against falling victim to counterfeiters and their fake products is to become an informed consumer. You must do your research about the products and their manufacturers and retailers.
- Check the official online product registries
For information about the product or control number for verification of certification.
- Check the manufacturers’ websites
Most large companies nowadays provide information about signs of counterfeits for their products, thus, alerting their consumers.
- Read the online reviews about the products
Let the experience of other buyers regarding the stores and websites where the products were sold work to your benefit.
Most important, buy your genuine products from reliable and reputable stores and websites only!