How to Spot a Knockoff Pair of Sunglasses
So, how do you spot a knockoff? Here are a few tips:
Quality/weight – You can tell a lot about a product just by handling it. Does it feel cheaply made? Or is it of heavier weight? Is the plastic flimsy?
Label – Carefully examine the logo and name. I thought my sunglasses were Oakleys. They were spelled slightly different though, which I didn’t notice right away. My memory has faded a bit, but I believe the “e” was omitted, or something to that effect. A slightly altered logo gives it away too.
Where it’s made – Find out where the designer manufactures its product. If it’s made in the U.S. and it says China – well there you go.
Visit the brand’s website – Familiarize yourself with a designer’s characteristics so you know what you’re looking for.
Warranty card – Check for a warranty. No card? Good chance it is a fake. Oakleys for instance, provide a warranty card with the serial number on it, which matches the serial number on the sunglasses.
Packaging – Most designers provide well-crafted cases. Knock offs usually come in a cheap looking pouch.
Do an online search – No doubt there will be other victims out there who’ve fallen prey to counterfeits. You’ll gain a lot of helpful tips from these people to avoid falling for similar scams.
Turns out, I paid for a couple other knock-off items on the same vacation. After awhile the names became a running joke among our travel party (Hilfinger instead of Hilfiger was another.) Since then, with the above knowledge now in mind, this savvy sunglass shopper finally owns a real pair of designer shades.
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