August 13, 2013
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Flea market vendors may find this guide helpful when shopping for merchandise from websites, wholesalers, importers and other sources. While we do not wish to point fingers, the reality is that countless online sites like ebay, alibaba.com and dhgate.com, as well as your locally owned independent store and "a guy you know" provide an unfortunate mixture of legitimate and counterfeit products at "too good to be true" prices. When obtaining your merchandise, please avoid the counterfeit and trademark infringing items pictured and described below.
These specific iPhone accessories have been chosen for this guide because of their popularity and prevalence online, in independently owned stores, at wholesalers and because of their eventual appearance at the flea market level. As always, realize that we are not legal or trademark experts, nor are we affiliated with Apple. We are a small business that conducts ongoing counterfeit research via retail stores, wholesalers, news stories, independently owned stores, online manufacturers' websites, expert advice, etc. Trademarks are used for purposes of education and discussion and belong to the individual companies.
You are not allowed to sell counterfeits at Wolff's Flea Market, and will consequently be out hard-earned money, stuck with unsellable stock and possible permanently ejected from our venues.
Remember that there can be a fine line between no-name generic compatible products and trademark infringing/counterfeit items. Problems arise in 2 different manners:
- DILUTED & CONFUSING: A no-name item is packaged or designed to look exactly or almost exactly like the authentic product (color, shape, similar packaging, etc.) Consumers are led to believe that they are buying the real thing at a cheap price
- OUTRIGHT COUNTERFEIT: A no-name item purports to be the authentic item and labels itself using the name and logo of the authentic item.
AND ARE CONSIDERED COUNTERFEIT BY US!
|FAKE FROM DHGATE.COM|
|FAKE $4.18 AT DHGATE.COM|
|REAL LIGHTNING TO USB|
Compare these 2 boxes and you will see that they look almost identical. The box on the left is missing the Apple logo and contains a counterfeit cable. It infringes upon the real packaging design and leads consumers the think they are purchasing the real deal.
LEFT: Counterfeit box-missing logo, but otherwise looks like the real one
MIDDLE: Counterfeit Lightning Cable in a "China Bag"
RIGHT: Authentic box with Apple logo
EXAMPLE #5-CHINA BAGS
With no offense intended to our overseas friends, the truth of the matter is that 80% of all counterfeit products are imported from China. Many of these items are not packaged in branded boxes, but come in clear, unlabeled bags. When we see allegedly branded items in these bags, we suspect the merchandise as being fake, since no licensing or authentic product information is present.
More on packaging and labeling in another guide.
|Box of counterfeit Apple chargers in China Bags|
|Box of counterfeit Lightning Cables in China Bags|
AS ALWAYS, PLEASE CALL 847-524-9590 WITH QUESTIONS