While the big brands are at war with illegal copies, customers still can’t resist the temptation to buy fake products — for less money than the originals, of course. However, the worst thing is when crooks sell a cheap item for a high price, convincing buyers that it’s original.
Here is a list of the 11 most faked brands.
The standard manufacturer sign of PANDORA products are the 3 letters ALE, which stand for Algot Enevoldsen, the founding father of PANDORA. All PANDORA jewelry has ALE engraved on it (except for the smallest items).
- The logo on genuine sneakers must be embossed. On fake ones, it’s either glued or just drawn. And examine the lace holes: on many classic models, there are no holes at all, and all fake ones have them. In this case, check the product on the official website.
- A clear sign of a fake product is a tiny triangle of leather on the back of the shoe. There should be no triangle on original models.
Original boxes have a serial number printed on the sticker, which is located on the bottom of every box. Fakes don’t have stickers, and the number is usually just printed on the box itself.
On the headphones, there should be the name of the brand: Beats. It must be on both the headphones and the wire, and it must be engraved and easily read. Fake products often have a cheap inscription or don’t have one at all.
The safest way to avoid buying a fake product is to check the serial number on the Apple website. In order to check it, you need to find the serial number in the settings. You need to make sure that it matches the number on the SIM card slot and the box. Then enter the code in the field on this website. If the product is genuine, the website will give you information about the model, how much warranty is left, and other important information.
All Louis Vuitton bags have a stamp on a leather tag. It has the country of the manufacturer (there are only 5 options: France, Italy, Spain, USA, and Germany). Every bag has a special code of 2 letters and 4 numbers. The letters are another indication of the manufacturing country, which often doesn’t match the country on the outside.
Check the name of the product. Fake products are often sold with other namesin contrast to original MAC products. In order to make sure that the product is original, go to the company’s website, and look for the name there. If it’s not there, it’s either a fake or a product that is not sold anymore.
Since 2015, the company has put a tag with a 10-digit number inside. It can tell you the model number and the shipment number. You can check this code on the official website. There is also a leather tag in an inside pocket that matches the bag’s color.
The manufacturer always attaches a nubuck leather tag to the right boot of a pair of Timberlands. On the original leather tag, there is a logo and the “Guaranteed Waterproof“ inscription. Fake models often have paper tags. It’s also very important to examine the logo itself, which is made by burning the outside part of the boot.
A sticker on the box with a QR code and a tag with a QR code are the most effective ways of protection against fakes. All you need to do is scan the QR code using a special app on your phone to make sure you are looking at an original product. If the shoes are original, you will be automatically redirected to the official page, which will say that you bought a genuine UGG product.
Examine the fuse: original Zippo fuses are made of polymer, and they always havea metal thread. Fake lighters have cheaper low-quality fuses.
- Check the sneakers. If you’ve had Nike sneakers before, compare your new pair to the old one. The style and position of the elements should be pretty much the same. If you notice that some key elements are missing or there is no name of the series, unfortunately, you have bought a fake pair.
- Real Nike sneakers are not as bright as fake ones. This is because Nike products are made with genuine materials. So if you spot some very bright colors, it’s a fake.