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If the price is too good to be true, it is! Start by checking the price against the original manufacturer’s recommended retail price (rrp) on their website or that of the brand’s authorized dealer. If there’s a big difference in price then you can be 99% guaranteed to be purchasing a counterfeit.
Read the label or logo. Counterfeiters make spelling mistakes, believe it or not. They’ve been known to get the typeface wrong or some other detail. Spot the differences. If something looks wrong, call the brand’s store or customer service center and ask for advice.
If you’re buying online, figure out who the seller is. Where is the site located. Is it China? Brazil? India? Get the details of the seller. If you’re worried, try calling them by phone or check out their address on Google – if they don’t have contact details, how are you going to get your money back if something isn’t right? Simply, you won’t.,
Many reputable businesses operate online; known as etailers, they are often recognized by well established brands. These etailers are sometimes authorized resellers of authentic products.
Eighty-five percent of the world’s internet users have purchased something online, according to a study done by The Nielsen Company called “Global Online Survey on Internet Shopping Habits.” In fact, half of all internet users purchased something this month. As an online consumer, you should take certain guildelines into consideration.
In commerce both on and offline, nothing beats a positive reputation. Try to purchase items from vendors which have been recommended to you by reputable sources, like magazines specializing in that type of product, or experts. Also, speak with your friends before purchasing. What etailers do they use? Have they had any negative experiences with certain outlets? Using a search engine is also a quick way to see if an e-tailer has a bad online reputation. More tips on safe online spending can be found in MSN’s “8 Mistakes that Expose you to Online Fraud.”