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How to Avoid Buying Counterfeit Products

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Customers on Abanista.com enjoy total protection from counterfeit goods since all of our products are sourced from well established distributors in Europe and USA.

If you’re trying shopping out there, there’s a growing risk that the brand you buy online and in the store is actually a fake. This article will guide you on how to protect yourself from fakes from retailers and online shops which may have no capacity to offer the same level of consumer protection as Abanista.

With more and more Ugandans now ordering gifts on online shopping websites, where fast shipping, variety, and easy price comparisons offer lots of convenience. There is a chance that you may end up with a fake product.

The chance of encountering counterfeits can be especially high if you buy through a street vendor from downtown Kampala or a little known retailer or online shop besides the brand or the authorized retailer.

For consumers, the risks of fake goods aren’t just financial—they may also present a threat to your health and safety.

Where as some online marketplaces are bound by a strict anti-counterfeiting policy that prohibits the sale of inauthentic products, still the best protection is to stay vigilant yourself. Follow the steps below to reduce the risk of purchasing fake goods.

How to Avoid a Fake

  1. Check the identity of the seller.

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    It’s usually best practice to buy electronic items, appliances, gadgets and branded ware from authorised retailers, licensed sellers and genuine brand outlets to eliminate the risk of counterfeit products.

    Many manufacturers of original products will supply information on who is selling their original products. Is the store you are buying from on the list of authorized dealers?

  2. Be wary of discounts.

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    Ask yourself if there is a realistic price difference between the product you want to buy and the price of the product sold by the original manufacturer. If the price is too good to be true, it is most probably true. Even a small discount may be a red flag, since more counterfeiters are charging almost as much as the real thing in an effort to trick customers.

  3. Search other consumers’ reviews.

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    Use Internet search tools to check whether other consumers have left any good or bad comments about the trader. Read these comments carefully,
    and keep a critical eye. Also look for reviews on the product you are purchasing.

  4. Pay attention to the packaging.

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    Flimsy packaging, Grammatical & spelling mistakes, Flawed fonts, logos, Omissions & mismatch could indicate that the product is fake.

    Brands generally put their logos on packaging, not just the products. So if the wrapping looks anonymous, that could be red flag.

    Also look for certifications, use-by dates, and attached warranties, which should arrive with the product.

    If the product has been opened, is missing a certification or guarantee stamp, if there are no instructions included, there’s a chance it’s a counterfeit

  5. Know the hallmarks of the real product.

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    Before you make your purchase, get familiar with the product’s appearance, including the brand markings and any unique details.

    Many manufacturers of fake products will try to make sight changes in the design and labeling to make their products look as if genuine, forexampe I’ve seen shoes labeled “MIKE” to trick unsuspecting buyers into purchasing them as “NIKE”.

    In some cases, you can verify the serial number through the manufacturer’s website. This is common of many original brands today.

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