The current state of counterfeiting is considered a global epidemic. In the United States, the economic cost attributable to counterfeits is estimated to be about $200 billion annually with over 750,000 job losses.
With the stakes so high, spotting a fake from an authentic is not a straight forward exercise. However, few tell-tale signs as discussed below will enable you to get value for your money.
“If it’s Too Good to Be True, It Usually Is’’
Fake appliances such as television sets usually don’t meet the set standard of production. It’s a trade-off between quality product parts and the selling price. Always ask yourself if the price is reasonable, although second-hand TVs for sale are always sold for less; it's always the "brand-new" TVs but with a suspicious price tag that you have to look out for.
Packaging Speak Volumes
Contrary to the old adage that you should never judge a book by its cover, when it comes to spotting a counterfeit you are strongly advised by The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to judge the merchandise by its packaging and presentation. Giveaway clues in this regard include grammatical errors and typos, contradicting statements and a glaring omission of the brand name.
Renowned legitimate appliance manufacturers have employed anti-counterfeiting measures, which include security features in their trademarks by use of holograms, use of validation product unique codes and dedicating a page on their official website.
You actually get what you pay for. A counterfeit appliance will provide you with subpar performance compared to similar devices in its range. Counterfeit products have a history of sacrificing safety measures in their design, such as predisposing you to fire or electrical hazards. This partly explains the lightweight nature of most counterfeit appliances.
Point of Purchase
Where you order your merchandise from plays a great deal in the fight against counterfeiting. You are strongly advised to deal with established vendors who stock their products directly from the manufacturers and contracted distributors. If ordering from online stores, take time and go through customer reviews as well as the term and conditions of after sale. Statements such as "no returns" or "no refund" policies are red flags.
Purchasing counterfeit not only supports an illegitimate business but also puts your safety and your immediate surrounding at risk.