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4 Ways to Know a Product is a Fake Version of the Original

I have met people using smartwatches which they boasts are original from Apple, Samsung, Pixel or the recognized brands. With only one question that I ask them, I am able to identify whether they are original or fake. Let’s consider how to know an original product from a fake one.

1. Price Discrepancies:

  • Be Skeptical of Unrealistically Low Prices: If a product is significantly cheaper than its market value, exercise caution. Compare prices across verified stores or check the manufacturer’s official website.
  • Example: Suppose most stores sell a particular gadget for GHc3000, but one store offers it at GHc1000. This discrepancy could indicate a fake, refurbished, or used item.

2. Inspect Inscriptions and Branding:

  • Look for Misspellings or Altered Brand Names: Counterfeit products often have subtle differences in branding. They may intentionally misspell well-known brand names to deceive buyers.
  • Examples: Instead of “Adidas,” you might find “Abidas.” Similarly, “Lenovo” could be spelled as “Lenova,” “iPhone” as “iPhon,” and “Samsung” as “Samsun.”

3. Question Outlandish Features:

  • Evaluate Unrealistic Specifications: If a product boasts features that seem too good to be true, exercise skepticism. For instance, a Samsung smartphone claiming 16GB RAM, 512GB internal storage, and a massive 30,000mAh battery going for GHc700 is likely fake.
  • Consider Reality: A 30,000mAh power bank alone would cost around that amount.

4. Assess the Product’s Weight:

  • Compare Mass with the Original: Fake products often deviate from the weight of genuine items. Manufacturers may unintentionally make fakes too light or too heavy in their attempts to mimic authenticity.
  • Tip: If a product feels noticeably different from what you’d expect, investigate further.

Remember these tips to make informed purchasing decisions and avoid falling victim to counterfeit goods.

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