The best brands have lots of copycats, and sometimes fakes are done so well that they are barely recognizable. we’ve put together some tips to help you recognize fake gadgets before you buy them.
How To Identify A Fake Product?
1. Check The Packaging
Counterfeit product manufacturers often neglect packaging design. The official distributor will always take care of the smallest details of the design and packaging of their own products.
Look at the packaging carefully, paying attention to the quality of the print – the font must be legible and consistent throughout. Nothing should be loose inside.
Manufacturers always repair their products well so that nothing is damaged during transport. Even the seams and the corners of the packaging film should be impeccable.
2. Look Inside The User Manual
The user manual is the passport of any gadget. All important information about the device must be in the language of the country of purchase. If it was written in another language and you can’t read it, it’s either a smuggled device or a branded copycat.
3. Pay Attention To The Material
Any material, be it plastic, rubber or aluminum, can be of high or low quality. Famous brands don’t save on materials.
The plastic cover should be smooth, without seams or other imperfections. A closer look at a fake easily discovers cheap plastic with matte shades and uneven surfaces.
4. Take A Look At The Fonts
A logo is the face of any brand and deserves special attention. It’s always made so as not to be tampered with: even after years of use, the logo is easily recognizable.
All fonts and symbols on the device must be smooth, legible, and durable. Fake are generally not named by the manufacturer or they have it somehow wrong.
5. Check The Charger
The charger must be adapted for use in your country. If you live in Europe, there must be a special block for European outlets. If you are asked to buy an adapter or even a charger separately, this is a warning sign.
Brand chargers won’t have any seams between differently colored plastic pieces, which can’t be said of fakes.
Remember that brands are responsible for your safety when using your devices. That’s why originals always have sleek metal tips and quality insulation and finishes.
6. Take A Look At The Cables And Plugs
The quality of the wire is one of the most obvious signs of a fake product. In the original, a plugged-in cable will sit firmly and evenly, while in a fake you’ll see incorrect angles and loose parts. Sometimes the length of a plug does not match the depth of the socket.
Also, pay attention to the quality of the insulation and the symbols on it. The cable should be flexible and uniform in color, while the markings should not be erased.
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