What sorts of goods are counterfeited?
They cover a wide range of items from designer clothing to computer games and Perfumes.
Why is counterfeiting bad?
There are three main reasons why buying counterfeit goods is a bad idea:
They may be unsafe because they have not been made to the correct safety standards.
Here are some examples found on the internet of unsafe goods in the UK and across the world:-
Brake shoes and linings - One batch tested took ten times as long to stop a vehicle in an emergency as the genuine product. Another batch found in an African country was made of compressed grass and burst into flames when tested. Nuts and bolts used in building houses - Caused parts of a building to collapse during an earthquake.
Washing powder - Highly caustic ingredients caused skin burns.
Well known brands of children's clothing - not flameproof. A child would be engulfed in flames in seconds.
They may be of poor quality having been made from shoddy materials.
Here are some examples of poor quality goods:-
Designer label sweatshirts - colors run on washing and stitching on seams comes apart, perfumes not a real smell.
What to look out for
Genuine goods have letters or symbols on their logos individually - on fake items the letters or symbols have a marks or uneven on the packaging.
If goods cost less than half the normal price then they may well be fake. "Cheap" goods often means "cheap" quality. This one is difficult because at f1jc and other good e-bay sellers start selling the items at 99p well below the cost price so this can make it difficult on cheap goods that are not fakes
Poor quality packaging on perfumes and cosmetics often indicates counterfeit goods, this is a good indication of fake goods, but the counterfeiters are getting better.
Look carefully at watches, fakes will feel lighter and brand names and logos are often poorly fixed to the dial.
10 Point Perfume Authenticity Checklist:
1) Confirm Reputable Source of Supply. Verify the delivery has come from a reputable seller.
2) Cellophane Wrapping. Check for overall quality and look and feel the thickness and clarity.
3) Cellophane Sealing. Check for signs of excessive glue and especially use of any sticky tape.
4) Outer Box. Check for overall quality of material used - thickness – colour- fold marks and edges.
5) Printing. Check for correct information printed on box, the Size the, Country of Origin, misspellings, the logo and trademarks. Check the style of printing – embossing if applicable.
6) Batch Number – Check for a number this is a Quality Control mark which can be traced back to the manufacturer.
7) Inner Box. Check overall quality of material used - colour and size.
8) Bottle Shape. Check overall quality - height – width – basic shape and design.
9) Bottle Glass. Check overall quality, thickness, clarity, molding marks.
10) Cap. Check size, colour, shape, and moulding marks.