Sometimes when you go shopping and you don’t have a lot of money to spend, you may come across a product that looks name-brand and like all others of its kind. So you buy it, hoping to save a little cash. Then you bring it home, and the truth is finally known. It is not “the real McCoy,” so to speak. There are some discrepancies. This paper will help you, the consumer, know more about what to look for if you’re in doubt.
Why We Usually Fall for Fake Products
As consumers, we all want to save a bit of money, if we possibly can. After all, why pay $1,000 for a computer that looks the same as one of the same price, but for only half as much? Although, as the WikiHow website points out, not all fake products sell at lower prices than their genuine counterparts, the lower price is usually a hint. Counterfeiters know, indeed, that we are drawn to money-saving deals.
What We Can Do to Protect Ourselves
We most certainly can be watchful. Pay attention to the labeling, and to the parts in the package. Compare it to others of the same kind in the aisle. If some part of the label is missing on the box, it’s probably fake. Scammers don’t take the time to copy all U-L listings, directions, or whatever on the container. Sometimes, words are misspelled.
Second, look for products that are flimsily made or sloppily put together. For example, if a knob on the radio you’ve bought falls off a little more easily than you are used to, that should alert you that the product was not professionally made, but by someone wanting to counterfeit something in order to make a quick amount of money.
Third, look for safety labeling missing from the container. This means UL listings, and other important information, if it is an electronic product. This could mean directions missing from cold medicine, or other kind of medication.
Any phone numbers, email addresses or other information from the manufacturers should be on the container. If any of this material is missing, do not buy the product, no matter how real it looks. A reputable company will always have this information present.
What Else to Know About Counterfeiting
Counterfeiting products is a crime for a reason. It costs the real manufacturers who sells these products by mistake millions of dollars through lost customers, and because of decreased revenue, it could cost people their jobs. It could also result in the death of a customer or a loved one of that person–as would be the case if someone were to buy a “knock-off” brand of cold medicine that had a chemical in it that is toxic. Keep all receipts and be ready to return any product you may suspect is a counterfeit. Notify the store from which you bought it, and maybe they can file a complaint against the manufacturer.