Counterfeit trade is not a victim-less occurrence. It benefits horrible things such as drug and human trafficking, child labor, and even terrorism. Not only do counterfeit sales benefit illicit activities, they also cause danger to the people who buy the counterfeit products. For example, counterfeit medicine could be sub-potent, super-potent, expired, or adulterated. Counterfeit auto parts such as breaks can cause crashes and bring danger not only to yourself, but to all around you on the road. Counterfeit appliances can lack required safety parts, causing electrocution. Below are tips to avoid counterfeit products.
- Deal with known legitimate retailers or service providers.
- Beware of prices that are well below the going rate.
- Avoid no-name products. A manufacturer’s name and address is no guarantee of safety, but at least it lets you contact the company to try to remedy problems.
- Don’t buy if the seller won’t provide a receipt or if warranty data is missing.
- Inspect labels and packaging. Missing or expired use-by dates, broken or missing safety seals, misspellings, or unfamiliar or flimsy packaging for big-name brands should send up a warning flag.
- When buying auto parts, use a mechanic who’s been reliable or a new one who comes highly recommended.
SRC: Read the whole article about counterfeiting at www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/08/deadly-counterfeits/index.htm