Aside from the delicious food, dazzling decorations, beautiful clothes and gifts, the holidays also bring about numerous sales from stores that want to cash in on the consumers' fat wallets and generous spirits. Unfortunately, it is also during this time that a lot of counterfeit products are being sold alongside the real ones. To avoid getting duped into buying fake products, especially electronics, check out some tips on how to spot fake electronics including Apple and Amazon Kindle USB adapters and Xbox game consoles.
How to Spot Fake Electronics:
1. USB Adapters (Apple, Amazon Kindle etc.) -
According to the Business Insider, for Amazon Kindle USB adapters, be sure to check for the position of the UL Mark, which stands for Underwriters Laboratories, on the product. Underwriters Laboratories is a company that tests and verifies the safety of electronics. The real UL symbol is in the corner, that's why if it's located elsewhere, then it's a certified fake. Click HERE to see a photo of a fake Amazon Kindle USB adapter.
For Apple USB adapters, the genuine ones have the phrase "Designed by Apple in California" on the bottom part of the adapter. But, on the fake Apple USB power adapters, it might have a typo that says "Abble" or "Designed" will be spelled as "Designd." At times, there will be a phrase that says "Designed in China in California" instead of "Designed by Apple in California." Click HEREto see pictures of fake Apple USB adapters.
2. Xbox 360 -
To spot a fake Xbox 360 game console, scrutinize its packaging. If the box indicates "Created by X-box" and the brand name Microsoft is underneath it, then congratulations, you got the real Xbox 360. But, if "for X-360" is found on the box instead of Microsoft, then uh-oh, that's a fake product. Sometimes, there are also typos such as the word "Bafore" instead of "Before." To be sure you are getting the real deal, inspect the package and read it thoroughly. Click HEREto see a side-by-side comparison of the real versus fake Xbox 360 packaging.
The real Sony PlayStation controller costs $49 USD. If it's sold for such a low price of $11 or $10, then it could be a fake controller. And, if it comes in the color orange, then it really is a counterfeit Sony PlayStation Controller because Sony doesn't make an orange PlayStation controller. Click HEREto see a picture of a fake Sony PlayStation controller.
4. SanDisk Memory Cards -
Check the capacity of the memory cards on the label. For example, if a SanDisk MicroSD Memory Card indicates that it has a 64MB memory capacity, then it's a fake because SanDisk doesn't have memory cards like that. Instead, SanDisk makes 32GB Memory Cards. It does have memory cards with 64MB capacities, but the SanDisk logo comes in the color red. And, the SanDisk logo found on the bigger capacity memory cards come in different colors as well. Click HERE to see a fake SanDisk Memory Card and click HERE to see the real one.
The real Soul headphones cost $129 USD. If it costs as low as $71 or lower, then it probably is a fake. But, to find out for sure, check the quality of the stitching on the headphones. If it has wrinkles and looks sloppily done, then it is a counterfeit product. Click HERE to see a fake Soul SL300 High-def, Noise Cancelation Headphones.
According to the OpSec Security, there are a lot of counterfeit electronics in the market today and fake iPhones especially the 5C and 5S models are very popular.
Just beware of really low prices for popular and in-demand tech products. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Make sure to do a thorough research before shopping for the products that you are eyeing. It may seem like you are saving a lot of money by getting the fake products, but they are usually low quality goods that may even be dangerous because these didn't pass rigorous quality control standards that are normally required by reputable companies.
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