Do Not Buy Fakes!
Counterfeit and knockoff toys are more common than you think on the internet—and some can be dangerous.
But if you know what to look for, you can avoid buying these fake products that lurk on sites like Amazon or any other website.
Counterfeit products (exact imitations pretending to be a product) and knockoffs (resembling the merchandise but not identical) are growing in numbers every year. So why you should care?
You should care because these products pose a threat to your child's well-being. Because they aren't going through the same rigorous testing requirements that established brands are undergoing.
Fake products can contain hazardous chemicals, easily break, and be a choking hazard.
So now, what's the solution to this problem?
It's simple. You need to learn how to spot a fake toy.
Before completing an online purchase for your little one, here are a few things you can do to make sure that you are buying the right product.
- Watch out for unrealistic deals: If a deal seems to be too good to be true, it probably is. It doesn't mean good deals don't exist online, especially around the holiday season, but extreme discounts can hint at a fake product. For example, if you see a product being sold at $40 across the board, and suddenly find it for $15 somewhere else online.
- Check who's selling it: See the website design and layout. Check the product photos to see whether they are professional or not. Read the description to find any grammatical mistakes. If you find countdown timers and extreme discounts on every product page, then it is a red flag, stay away from that site.
- Spot the fake reviews: Sometimes, the telltale sign of a fake product is a fake review. Just because an item has five-star ratings doesn't mean it's authentic. On the contrary, a high number of positive reviews can be a red flag.
If you found any fraud website, Please report it immediately at your regional fraud reporting centers. For more information, please visit here.