Here are few tips that will help you recognize fake gadgets before buying them.
- Have a careful look at packaging
Take a close look at the package, paying attention to the print quality: the font should be legible and consistent everywhere. Counterfeit or replica products often come with less finished or perfect packaging. Manufacturers of replica gadgets often neglect package design and quality. Manufacturers always fix their goods well so that nothing gets damaged during transportation. Even the seams and corners of the packaging film should be impeccable.
- Check user manual
The user manual is the originality check of any device. All important description about the gadget must be there in the language of the country you purchase from. If it’s written in some other language, then it’s either a smuggled device or a replica device.
- Material used
Any material, be it plastic, rubber, or aluminum, can be of high or low quality. Top brands donot compromise on materials. The plastic covering must be smooth, without seams or other imperfections. A closer look at a fake easily uncovers cheap plastic with matte shades and irregular surfaces.
- Appropriate Fonts
Device should have all fonts and symbols smooth, readable, and durable because a logo is the face of any brand. It’s often the case with fakes that they lack the name of the manufacturer or they have it somehow wrong.
- Charger Check
The charger should be adapted for use in your country. If you live in Europe, there should be a special block for European sockets. If you’re asked to buy seperate adapter or even a separate charger, that’s a warning sign.
Brand chargers won’t have seams between plastic parts of different colors, which can’t be said of fakes. Remember, brands are responsible for your safety when using their gadgets. That’s why originals always have neat metal tips and quality insulation and finishes.
- Wires and plugs should be closely observed
Wire quality is one of the most obvious signs of a counterfeit product. In the original, a plugged-in cable will sit firmly and evenly, while in a fake you’ll see incorrect angles and loose parts. Sometimes the length of a plug doesn’t coincide with the depth of the socket.
Also, pay attention to the quality of the insulation and the symbols on it. The wire should be flexible and even-colored, while the markings mustn’t be erasable.