HOW TO TELL IF AN ITEM IS A FAKE

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I WOULD SAY THAT THE BIGGEST PROBLEM EBAY HAS AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME ( AND IT HAS ALOT ) IS THE CONTINUED LISTING OF FAKE , COUNTERFEIT AND COPIED ITEMS . THIS IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY AWARE IS NOT ALLOWED ON EBAY. HOWEVER WITH THE MILLIONS OF LISTINGS ,THAT CHANGE ON A DAILY BASIS. EBAY STRUGGLES TO CONTROL , LET ALONE ERADICATE THIS PARTICULAR PROBLEM . I NOTE THAT EBAY HAS TAKEN CONSIDERABLE STEPS TO ERADICATE THE FAKE DESIGNER / LUXURY WATCH PROBLEM WITH SOME SUCCESS . YET UNFORTUNATELY, POSSIBLY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ITEMS REMAIN AT LARGE WITHIN EBAY LISTINGS . I HAVE TO BE HONEST I DONT FEEL PARTICULARLY SORRY FOR THE BRAND OWNERS AS THEY CRY INTO THEIR CHAMPAGNE AND CAVIAR WHILST MANIPULATING IMPOVERISHED THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES FOR THEIR CHEAP LABOUR AND RESOURCES .HOWEVER NEITHER DO I LIKE THE IDEA OF BEING RIPPED OFF AND HANDING OVER MY HARD EARNED CASH FOR SOMETHING THAT  IS  JUST NOT GENUINE NO MATTER HOW GOOD THE COPY IS . WHILE SOME LITTLE CHEAPSKATE LAUGHS INTO HIS OR HERS LAGER AS THE WHEELS CONTINUE TO GRIND IN A SWEAT SHOP IN SOME REMOTE PART OF CHINA. SAME EXPLOITATION JUST ON A SMALLER SCALE .THE LIST OF POTENTIAL FAKE ITEMS IS LONG , VERY VERY LONG AND INCLUDES ALL THE WELL KNOWN BRANDS , ADIDAS , PUMA , NIKE ,ELLESSE , LACOSTE , RALPH LAUREN , GUCCI ,VERSACE , ARMANI ,DKNY, CARTIER ,LOUIS VUITTON, PARKER AND JUST ABOUT EVERY DESIGNER LABEL OR LEISURE GOODS YOU HAVE EVER HEARD OF . MOST OF THE FAKES ARE AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME BEING IMPORTED FROM CHINA THIS IS BIG BIG BUSINESS I AM A SMALL SELLER ON EBAY AND I RECEIVE APPROXIMATELY 12-14 EMAILS A DAY THROUGH THE EBAY SYSTEM FROM CHINA OFFERING TO SELL ME FAKE GOODS OF WHICH NO DOUBT AT LEAST 50% ARE FRAUDSTERS ( WITH NOTHING TO SELL ) BUT I BELIEVE THE REMAINDER TO BE "GENUINE" SUPPLIERS OF FAKE ITEMS .SO HOW DO YOU SPOT THE FAKES, SORT THE GOOD FROM THE BAD ETC ETC.

FIRST OF ALL DONT TAKE A BLIND BIT OF NOTICE OF THE DESCRBITION 100% GENUINE / AUTHENTIC IN FACT THE MORE IT IS MENTIONED IN A LISTING THE LESS  LIKELY  I AM TO BELIEVE IT . SECONDLY DO NOT BE SWAYED BY MASSES OF GLOWING FEEDBACK 99% OF GENUINE PEOPLE COULD NOT SPOT A FAKE IF IT BIT THEM ON THE NOSE AND EVEN THOSE THAT SUSPECT INVARIABLY COULD NOT BACK UP THEIR ARGUMENT WITH HARD FACTS .THE ITEM BEING SUPPLIED IN A BRANDED BOX IS ABSOLUTELY NO GUARENTEE OF AUTHENTICITY EITHER .THE CLEVER CHINESE CAN COPY THESE TOO AND THERE ARE MANY MANY GENUINE ITEMS SOLD IN PLAIN BOXES ( YOU WILL KNOW WHAT I MEAN IF YOU HAVE EVER BOUGHT ANY BRANDED FOOTWEAR FROM A MAIL ORDER CATALOGUE ) . DONT BOTHER ASKING THE SELLER IF ITS GENUINE HE/ SHE IS NEVER GOING TO TELL YOU HE IS SELLING FAKES AND PLEASE REPORT HIM / HER TO EBAY ( SOUNDS LIKE COMMON SENSE I KNOW , BUT EVERYBODY DOES IT ). NEITHER WILL A SELLER TELL YOU WHERE HE/ SHE PURCHASES HIS/ HER ITEMS FROM. GENUINE SELLER OR NOT ,YOU MAY JUST BE THE COMPETITION AS FAR AS HE / SHE IS CONCERNED AND IF HE / SHE IS NOT GENUINE AGAIN THEY ARE HARDLY GOING TO ADMITT THERE DISHONESTY .

THE VAST MAJORITY OF BRANDED MANUFACTURERS ARE STARTING TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ON THEIR LABELS & TAGS. FACTORY NUMBERS ( WHICH FACTORY MADE THE ITEM ) , ARTICLE NUMBERS ( THE TYPE / DESIGN OF THE PRODUCT ) YEAR OF MANUFACTURER , CAN BE AFTER EITHER THE FACTORY NUMBER OR THE ARTICLE NO. ENDING IN 02 , 04 ETC , BAR CODES ( NOT PRICE CODES ) AND HOLOGRAMS .GENUINE SELLERS TEND TO LIST MANY DIFFERENT TYPES AND STYLE AND USUALY ONLY HAVE A SMALL NUMBER OF EACH ITEM IN A SMALL NUMBER OF DIFFERENT SIZES . FOR INSTANCE SOMEONE LISTING VAST QUANTITIES OF THE SAME TYPE OF  DESIGNER T-SHIRT AVAILABLE IN EVERY COLOUR AND SIZE WOULD BE HIGHLY SUSPECTABLE AS WOULD BE THE FACT THEY SELL NOTHING ELSE EXCEPT THIS TYPE OF T- SHIRT . A GENUINE SELLER WOULD BE RELUCTANT AND UNLIKELY TO SELL A GENUINE ITEM FOR £0.99 AND CHARGE YOU £5.99 FOR POSTAGE BECAUSE QUITE SIMPLY THEY WOULD BE LOOSING MONEY AND VIOLATING EBAY LISTING REGULATIONS , GENUINE ITEMS EVEN AT WHOLESALE PRICES COST GENUINE MONEY AND SOME  GENUINE DESIGNER WEAR CANNOT BE BOUGHT AND I REPEAT CANNOT BE BOUGHT OUTSIDE OF THE OFFICIALY LICENSED RETAILER .

YOU CANNOT TELL A FAKE FROM THE REAL THING FROM A LISTING PHOTO , BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO IS USE YOUR COMMON SENSE IF A SHIRT OR PAIR OF TRAINERS THAT RETAILS ON THE HIGH STREET FOR £100 IS BEING SOLD ON EBAY FOR  AROUND £20.00 STARTING FROM A £0.01 OR £0.99 OR FOR £24.99 BUY IT NOW ,YOU ARE ALMOST CERTAIN IT IS A COUNTERFEIT ITEM . IF YOU HAVE BEEN UNLUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE BOUGHT WHAT YOU SUSPECT TO BE A FAKE . LET THE SELLER KNOW IMMEDIATELY ASKING FOR A FULL REFUND . IF HE / SHE REFUSES.REPORT IT TO EBAY AND SEND OR TAKE THE ITEM TO TRADING STANDARDS AND LET THE SELLER KNOW THAT YOU INTEND TO DO THIS AND ALWAYS LEAVE FEEDBACK ACCORDINGLY NO MATTER THE THREAT OF RETALIATORY NEGATIVE FEEDBACK , BECAUSE IF YOU DONT LET EVERYONE ELSE KNOW THEN SOMEONE ELSE IS GOING TO GET RIPPED OFF AND WE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO ERADICATE THIS PROBLEM FROM EBAY .

 
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