Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Shocking Shopping: Spotting Fake Goods When Buying Online

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It’s no secret that some people don’t want to earn their way fairly or honestly. Instead, there are plenty of people in the world who are happy to lie, cheat, and scam their way to the top, ignoring the trail of victims left in their wake. With the world of online shopping booming, it’s only getting easier for tricks to be pulled when you’re buying goods, and a lot of people are getting burned. So, to help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the most commonly faked goods, giving you the chance to spot them before you complete your order.


Technology represents one of the most lucrative online markets, with countless people buying smartphones, computers, and other techy gadgets online. Taking advantage of this, there have been loads of cases of scammers selling fake tech products, with things like smartphones being one of the most prevalent. Items like this are often modeled to look like something people recognise, like an iPhone, but will contain components which are far less powerful. These are usually far cheaper than the real devices, making them relatively easy to spot.

Clothing & Accessories

People have long worn clothing to cover their bodies and protect them from the elements, though the fashion industry shows that people also use their garments to make themselves look good. Brands and designers play a heavy role in this, and this has caused items like counterfeit sunglasses to become very common online. Like tech products, these will often be a lot cheaper than the real thing, though they will often also come with the wrong accessories. This makes it easy to tell from the product photos alone that something isn’t real.


The cosmetics market sits alongside technology when it comes to the most lucrative industries in the world, and brand means everything in this field. Certain products cost a small fortune, though it is very hard to tell whether or not they are authentic, and this has caused a huge wave of fake makeup to hit the market. The easiest way to tell whether or not your makeup is real is based on the store you bought it from. If it’s a reputable business, it’s very unlikely that you’ve bought something fake.

Avoiding Fakes

While a lot of people don’t mind buying a fake product if it means saving some money, a lot of people will hate this idea. Learning to avoid these products is crucial if you don’t want to support criminals, though this can be harder than it sounds. Websites like eBay should be kept for minor purchases, and you should always go to stores which you recognise to buy your goods. Most importantly, though, you should put some time into reading reviews before you buy things, as this will uncover a lot of fakes without any real effort.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of spotting fake goods when you’re shopping online. A lot of people fall into the trap of buying things which aren’t real, and this can be very frustrating, especially when you’ve spent a lot of money.

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