Investigators: Tips for Avoiding Fake Goods

Don't get caught buying fake stuff

Experts at the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, and the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) have similar tips for spotting fake goods. 

They suggest using the Three P's -- which stand for Price, Product, and Place.

Price: If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. It helps to know what usually price ranges are for products, and buy within those price ranges.

Product: Check out the quality before buying -- including labels, details on the product (including words and designs) and the packaging it comes in. If there is damage, sloppy stitching or old packaging, the product could probably be fake.

Place: Know who an authorized dealer is and buy from them especially when buying spare or replacement parts. Legitimate products are not sold in places like street corners, flea markets, dark alleys or mall kiosks.

By following these three tips and doing research before purchasing goods, you can try to avoid counterfeit goods.

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