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Published on: 19 Jun 2017 by lukacs
It is no longer news that in this era, all our lives rely on electronics and gadgets to get by. From our mobile phones, tablet computers, kitchen appliances to beauty tools – almost all aspects of our lives rely on electronics.However, it is sad that the confidence in the technology has deteriorated of late, due to poor quality and counterfit goods being sold to consumers online.
How can you be you sure that what you're buying is genuine and and safe? This guide will give you some quick tips to stay safe and make sure what you’re buying is genuine and won’t cause harm. You might think that if the product looks like a genuine product, and works like one then there is no issue. But counterfit products don’t go through any safety checks and are one of the largest causes of house fires and personal injury according to OneSure Insurance.
It is impossible for all of us to be an expert on everything. You'll realise that if you're looking for something in particular - whether it's a crystal ball, a vintage car, a beauty gadget... there's usually a distinct way to tell if it's the real thing.
1. Register the Product Warranty:
Counterfit products will often carry a non-valid serial number, which means that if you go to register the warranty on your new beauty tool and the serial is rejected you’ve likely bought a fake. This is the quickest and easiest way to detect whether your new purchase could be counterfit and poor quality.
2. Look for mis-spellings on packaging and manuals:
Often with counterfit products they look the part and perform (initially) like the genuine good. However, when you look in further detail there are often small mistakes which let the seller/producer down. As most products come from China, you can often find small misspellings or wording issues which is the giveaway for a fake. So don’t just skim over packaging, give it a proper read if you’re unsure.
3. Do your research online:
There are often small signs on the product itself which give away if it is not genuine. Go to Google and do a search ‘How to spot fake …’ inserting the name of your newly purchased product. Some items, such as Ray Ban sunglasses always have the same giveaway feature which lets buyers identify they’re not genuine.
4. Check the website you’re purchasing from
Ensure the website of the product you want to purchase your product from the address begins with 'https' at the payment stage, as this will indicate secure payment according to the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit.
Sites which accept payment over unsecured connections clearly do not have their user’s best interests at heart. If you find a product you like on a website which doesn’t have the padlock icon next to the URL in your browser move on.