It’s actually unbelievable how far some people go to trick people in order to make money. If making counterfeit products in the fashion and electronics industry was difficult, imagine the software industry.
The truth is that you can even buy pirated software for a much cheaper price nowadays. As I’ve said before, I love a bargain but I’m very cautious about buying things like this because of the dangers associated. If you have a brand new computer or a laptop and unknowingly install pirated software then in most of the cases, you should be fine. But, there is a small chance that your plan might backfire. What if something happens to your brand new laptop? You certainly won’t be able to return it.
All of this has spread to massive companies like Alibaba who have finally decided to team up with software giants Microsoft to crack down on pirated software. Generally, most people will easily be able to bypass even the tightest controls but at least something is being done now.
Not only will both of these companies adopt strict anti-counterfeit measures, they also aim to tell us how to avoid such fraud. Identifying pirated software can be quite a challenge so it will be interesting to see what kind of tips they have to offer us.
We all know how common counterfeit goods have been in the past but it really does seem like their demand is on the rise. Even though, in the past most of these fake items were common in the fashion industry where you could buy branded clothes, shoes and accessories for an affordable price, recently it can be easily noticed that this is spreading to the music industry as well.
A wide range of musical instruments and accessories can now be bought for an affordable price, which can be great for some of us. But just remember that while you might be delighted on the day you bought the item, you won’t be so pleased when the item breaks or stops functioning within as soon as a few weeks.
Regardless of this, some evidence of the spread of counterfeit virus to other industries is the fact that the US Customs and Border Protection Agency in New Jersey seized a huge range of musical instruments and replicas.
Some of the instruments seized included acoustic guitars, which can be very expensive. In comparison, some of the Chinese replicas can be bought for as low as a couple of hundred bucks. This can not only undermine the years of hard work carried out by the original brand but also lead to losses for American businesses, which I’m sure none of us want!
Either way, the fact that a massive shipment has just been seized suggests one thing. It suggests that our country is being riddled with fake items and we must be extra cautious when purchasing pretty much anything and everything!
With the popularity of counterfeit products higher than ever, pretty much anyone can unknowingly purchase fake stuff on marketplaces like eBay. To be honest, these places have slowly become riddled with such products so you need to be alert to avoid making a bad purchase!
But it’s so difficult to do this so how is it possible to check every aspect before buying anything on eBay? I’ll be giving you a few tips to help you to do this!
If you have any suspicions regarding a particular product, then eBay allows you to flag it, which will quickly remove that listing. Obviously you need to make sure that you are doing the right thing rather than getting a poor innocent seller on the road to a ban!
Generally, you shouldn’t buy anything that you have never seen before. For example, if you’re looking at a designer bag then go visit the store and check out the features, marks, color and the structure before comparing with the eBay listing. This would ensure that you identify any differences immediately. One thing I would like to mention regarding this is the price. When looking at the price of designer products, the entire transaction may seem too good to be true and it usually is. I mean think about it, why would anyone sell you a $1000 handbag for 600 bucks? So be careful when it comes to these types of circumstances!
Make sure you ask the seller lots of questions as well. For example, ask them for more pictures which are zoomed in to see more detail of the material. Ask them if they have a proof of purchase and examine how they react.
Check what the seller’s feedback looks like. Have they got any negative feedback and if so, do the comments mention the quality of the items being sold. Usually, when a seller has a huge quantity of the same expensive product that should have alarm bells ringing in your head!
If you notice anything that doesn’t seem right then make sure that you avoid that product!