Thursday, December 17, 2015

FLEA MARKET CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY CRAFTS

A few of our 2015 Holiday Crafts at
Wolff's Flea Market Palatine

MATERIALS: Reclaimed wood, Modge Podge, glitter, glue-ons, printable images, pipe cleaners
Made with love by Wolff's Craft Kids
Tree made by Impatient Pallets from recycled fencing and pallets. Decorated by Wolff's Crafty Kids.

MATERIALS: Foam, hole punch, star stickers, pipe cleaners
Made with love by Wolff's Crafty Kids



Wednesday, December 16, 2015

FLEA MARKET GARDENING PROJECTS


Although it's December and we are in Chicago, we can still dream and plan for our future flea market garden. Check back as we continue to find awesome gardening ideas and links by the original creators!

Number 1: BARNWOOD BLOOMS
http://www.fleamarketgardening.org/2013/10/31/jeannes-barnwood-blooms/
    Spigot handles were thrift shop finds
  1. Choose a beautiful old barn wood board, give it a coat of Polyurethane …
  2. “We added some garden junk spigot handles that were thrift shop finds in my stash…I’m always lookin’!” Jeanne says
  3. Rusty barbed wire for the stems which is hammered on with fence post staples.
  4. Use screws for flower centers. Add a couple eyelet hooks on the back with wire, so they can stand alone or be hung up.




Number 2: FLEA MARKET FAIRY GARDEN
This adorable flea market fairy garden was made by Wolff's Crafty Kids at Wolff's Flea Market Palatine. About 12 vendor and customer children 11 years old and under added their own personal touches. They had so many ideas! I just put out miscellaneous found supplies and let them have at it. I spy. What do you see? On display HERE.

HOW CUTE IS THIS!

Number 3: TREE LOG PLANTER
For 2 weeks I noticed 3 partially carved log bowls. I thinks they were rejects from a wood carver. A vendor won the at an auction and sold me this one for $5. I shoulda bought the others.
This easy project involved just a few steps:

  1. Drill a couple holes for drainage
  2. Line with gardening cloth
  3. Fill with compost or your favorite soil blend
  4. Since this was towards the end of the season, I just transplanted a few sedum clippings and annuals
  5. It is on display in front of a recycled pallet with has glass insulators containing LED lights.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

RECYCLED FLEA MARKET SERVING CART

This old, tired "curbside" butcher block ended up at the flea market. A little TLC transformed it into this serving cart.
  1. First I removed the yucky loose and useless shelf 
  2. A good sanding removed most of the dark stain, but I left some to show through the final finish
  3. Bottom half of cart was painted with 2 coats of dilutes Barn Red paint. Dark blue, forest green and creamy beige were also blotted on and then wiped off to add a slight weathered look.
  4. Top and painted areas were covered in 2 coats of Varathane Golden Oak semi-gloss Stain & Poly (water based).
  5. Hardware: shut off valve knob (front left), bottle opener (front right), craft fair stone hook (side right), 4 caster wheels.
  6. Shelf: I added a sanded plank of recycled cedar fencing as a removable bottom shelf
  7. Accessories: Handmade wine caddy on top and wineglass box on bottom shelf are made from recycled fencing and pallets by me (Impatient Pallets)



Monday, November 30, 2015

A FLEA MARKET THANKSGIVING

These items were collected from vendors at
Wolff's Flea Market Palatine to create 

mix and match eclectic tablescapes.

2013 TABLE



2014 TABLE
2015 TABLE

RECYCLED ELEMENTS USED TO CREATE UNIQUE THANKSGIVING DECOR
KIDS CRAFT: RECLAIMED FENCING & DECOUPAGE

3 IDEAS IN ONE:
VINTAGE GLASS INSULATOR WITH LED CANDLE
SCARECROW WITH OLD BUTTONS
RECYCLED PALLET MAGAZINE HOLDER



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

HOW TO REMOVE PAINT FROM OLD HARDWARE - NO CHEMICALS!


BY SHARON WOLFF

You found your cool vintage drawer pull, but it's covered in nasty, chipping paint. Here is an easy, safe, chemical free way to remove the paint and bring out the beautiful patina of your old hardware.

I COLLECT RUSTY HARDWARE. DON'T ASK ME WHY. THIS $1 FLEA MARKET FIND HAD SEVERAL COATS OF PAINT RESIDUE. NOT THE MOST, BUT ENOUGH TO REQUIRE THIS  EASY PAINT REMOVAL METHOD.
YOU NEED: OLD POT, 1/4 C BAKING SODA, TONGS AND A 
SCREWDRIVER OR OLD TOOTHBRUSH

Place your item in boiling water & baking soda. Boil for 20-30 minutes,
depending upon how much paint is on the item. 





USE TONGS



IF PAINT PEELS OF EASILY, YOU ARE DONE, OTHERWISE RETURN TO POT



CAREFULLY USE A SMALL TOOL OR 
TOOTHBRUSH TO GENTLY REMOVE RESIDUE
BEAUTIFUL!
BOTTOM LEFT, ON THE RUSTY HARDWARE WALL

Monday, May 25, 2015

COUNTERFEIT DIGEST: MAY 2015

By Sharon Wolff

This is what we found via a one day search for counterfeits. We subscribe to google alerts to keep current on all topics. Arrests and existence of lawsuits do not indicate guilt. Outcomes and updates to cases may not be current.

We are not lawyers and trademarks, patents and copyrights belong to individual holders. Images and logos shown for purposes of discussion and education. Research is ongoing. We recognize that counterfeiting is an ongoing worldwide problem that is fueled by consumer demand and greed. 
Counterfeits not allowed at Wolff's Flea Market. 

BRANDS & CATEGORIES OF CONCERN
BRANDS: Beats By Dre, Coach, LG, Michael Kors, North Face, OtterBox,  Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Ugg
CATEGORIES: purses, jerseys, clothing, sun glasses, headphones/earbuds, phone cases, phone cables, chargers

20/20 "To Catch a Fake"
5/15/15-Year-long investigation on counterfeits:
http://abc.go.com/shows/2020/listing/2015-05/15-2020-051515-to-catch-a-fake

CONSUMER REPORTS
Article, "How to tell real from ripoff" http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/05/counterfeit-goods-how-to-tell-real-from-ripoff/index.htm

FLEA MARKETS
South Carolina (Noteworthy from March 2015)-Flea market vendors arrested 
Florida (Noteworthy from April 2015)-Swap Shop flea market owner settles with Louis Vuitton over counterfeits:
Massachusetts-Arrest for pirated DVD & CDs:

CUSTOMS
Texas-Airport bust:
Florida-Counterfeit auto parts:
Connecticut-Counterfeit tricks:

ALIBABA
Alibaba sued by Kering (Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent): http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/17/investing/alibaba-lawsuit-fakes/ 

Alibaba's growth affected by counterfeit allegations:

STORES
Louisiana-Store owners plead guilty to selling counterfeit merchandise:
Ohio-Store owner admits to selling counterfeits:

SOCCER JERSEYS
California-Man pleads guilty to selling counterfeit soccer jerseys:
http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/Chula-Vista-man-admits-to-selling--305050821.html?m=y&smobile=y

COSMETICS
The dangers of counterfeit makeup:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/05/21/counterfeit-makeup_n_7356884.html

ETSY
Stock plummets 8% amid counterfeit and trademark violations.
http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/11/investing/etsy-stock-fall-counterfeit-warning/ 

ETSY, ALIBABA, EBAY, AMAZON
How these Internet sites handle counterfeits:
http://www.thestreet.com/story/13161841/1/how-alibaba-etsy-ebay-and-amazon-deal-with-counterfeit-goods.html

WHOLESALERS
North Carolina-Man arrested at wholesaler for selling counterfeit purses (noteworthy from April 2015):
http://myfox8.com/2015/03/24/man-arrested-after-detectives-seize-counterfit-purses-at-his-lexington-business/

ARRESTS
Tennessee (noteworthy from March 2015)-Arrested for selling counterfeit purses, North Face, Ugg- http://www.wjhl.com/story/28354839/man-woman-arrested-for-selling-fake-high-end-goods-in-sullivan-county
TYPICAL COUNTERFEIT MICHAEL KORS PURSE. Removable emblem. (Photo WJHL)


COUNTERFEIT NORTH FACE (Photo WJHL)


COUNTERFEIT UGG BOOTS-we have not seen these (Photo WJHL)


COUNTERFEIT TORY BURCH  PURSE -we have not seen these (Photo WJHL)
COUNTERFEIT COACH PURSE (Photo WJHL)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CUTE COUNTERFEITS ARE STILL COUNTERFEIT

Our Bottom Line: 
Counterfeits are Illegal and 
Banned at our Markets. 
Even if they are cheap, used, cute, etc.

Over the years, I have had many discussions about counterfeit purses with both vendors and customers.

REAL QUOTES:

"I like the purse because it is cute"
"I would never buy the real thing"
"I can't afford the real thing"
"I don't care if it falls apart in a month"
"It was so cheap"
"It's not hurting anyone"
"I want to wear that brand, but won't buy a real one"
"Everyone knows it's not real, so it's ok"
"It might be real"
"No one will notice that it is fake"
"It looks really good for a fake"
"I know it is real and I got it at a great price"

I can argue each point, but for now will focus on the "Cute Factor".

Over the years I have amassed a large selection of new and used counterfeit items. Many were found at thrift shops (passively sold as fakes). Other sources include vendor gifts (they love to help the anti-counterfeit cause), dumpsters (true story), online sites, area wholesalers.

I am continually impressed and amused by varying degrees of effort that manufacturers put into a fake-then consistently neglect important details
DIDN'T WE LEARN HOW TO SPELL 
"WITH" IN FIRST GRADE?
THEY COULDN'T EVEN COPY 
THE LETTERS TO 
CORRECTLY SPELL "JERSEY"

Most of the fakes I have collected are stupid, ugly and obvious. A few required up to a couple of hours to figure out was was wrong.

It was not until today that I found what I consider to be an potential "Cute Counterfeit". I knew this bag was bad as soon as I spotted it from afar at the thrift shop. Upon closer inspection, it was even more obvious that the details and stitching were horrendous. But the problem was that it was just a little cute. Maybe I will never understand what people feel when they buy a cute counterfeit, but I may have almost felt a tiny stirring if not for the fact that the bag claimed to be Louis Vuitton and I hated it on the spot. 

I did buy the bag for my educational Haul of Shame and to keep it "off the streets".

DON'T LET THE POTENTIAL CUTENESS TRICK YOU!
THIS BAG IS A FAKE! 
CUTE COUNTERFEITS ARE STILL COUNTERFEIT!



WE SHOULD MAKE THESE!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LEARN TO IDENTIFY LOW LEVEL COUNTERFEIT PURSES

One of the cheapest ways to make a counterfeit purse is to simply take a no-name "blank" purse and add a designer sticker or metal emblem.

So obvious, so fake, so illegal.

We don't allow counterfeit purses of any level at Wolff's Flea Market, and this educational post should not be construed as instructions on how to make a counterfeit purse. Don't do it.

Images and links shown for purposes of discussion and education.

People are arrested and imprisoned for this crime!

This happened at flea markets and supports our policy of not allowing certain brands of merchandise at our markets

Below are a couple of examples.  If you see an alleged designer purse boasting an emblem, just pick on the label to see if it is a pull-off sticker or a loosely secured metal emblem.

Then. Walk. Away.

Or, if you are me, pull the fake tag off and add it to your sick collection.


Close-up of counterfeit PRADA clip-on emblem


The blank purse is sort of cute. Ridiculously ruined by a fake GUCCI clip-on emblem


Forgot to polish my nails

COMPARISON OF REAL VS. FAKE PACKAGING

When purchasing new name brand items, look for appropriate and proper packaging that indicate that the item is authentic.
Note the differences between authentic retail packaging and improper/counterfeit or blank packaging on the right of each section. 

Authentic packaging includes at least:
Licensing information
Company address/contact info
Company logo
Company font 
Product and model information
UPC Codes

Beware of items that are priced cheaply and come in generic cello or blank packaging. The contents of such packaging is usually counterfeit.

PROPER LABELS: WHY WE LOOK INSIDE

Why do we stroll by your booth, grab a few items, turn them inside out, nod and walk away?

We are inspecting certain name-brand and licensed merchandise to make sure it is legit. While we are not trademark attorneys, we study authentic products with proper labels and tags.  We can often (but not always-that would make our job too easy) discern legitimacy by merely looking at sewn labels.

Brands identify their products with their names, logos and other details on well-sewn or applied tags.
They do not use generic sewn tags.
Period.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
NEW ERA HAT, NORTH FACE DENALI JACKET, ADIDAS MEXICO HOME SOCCER JERSEY




Of course, some counterfeiters attempt to replicate the real labels, but they usually don't seem to get it right.




Thursday, April 2, 2015

THERE'S A BUST FOR THAT (COUNTERFEIT) PART 2

As a follow up to our 2013 blog post:

WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY: There's a Bust for That Counterfeit!

We share with you links to recent significant (in our own minds) busts that have assisted us in forming cementing our opinions and policy.  Remember ongoing research regarding counterfeits remains a crucial tool. Arrests do not necessarily mean that a person has been found guilty. Please read further on subjects listed below in order to obtain the most up to date information. We will add more links as we find them. How can you find out more? We recommend that you subscribe to Google Alerts for a variety of counterfeit and brand name related key words.

INDIVIDUAL ARRESTED:
http://fox13now.com/2015/03/16/strike-task-force-arrests-man-on-charges-of-selling-counterfeit-merchandise/

ONLINE SELLER ARRESTED FOR FAKE IPHONES:
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=33894606

OTHER: Article, "The Top 8 Biggest Counterfeit Busts and Seizures"
https://blog.stigmasearch.com/the-top-5-biggest-counterfeit-busts/


Brands involved in one or more of the above news stories:
Michael Kors
Chanel
Coach
Louis Vuitton
Beats by Dr. Dre
OtterBox
Nike
Air Jordan
Monster
Polo
Hello Kitty
North Face
Apple

*All of these brand and many more are on our "Brand Watch List".

BANNED MERCHANDISE COLLAGE
ONE OF MANY EDUCATIONAL COLLAGES

WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET APRIL FOOL'S 2015

BREAKING NEWS!



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

UNFORTUNATE REALITIES of MERCHANDISE PROCURMENT


Historically, flea markets offer antiques, buried treasure, unique items and discounted new and resale merchandise. 

An unfortunate reality: Illegal counterfeit merchandise is manufactured and obtained through an infinite number of worldwide sources and trickles down, not only to flea markets but also to wholesalers, websites, importers, corner stores and even retail stores on occasion. 

Every day, somewhere in the world, including the United States, a bust/seizure/arrest occurs regarding counterfeits. Individuals, independently owned stores, mall kiosks, websites, wholesalers, warehouses, importers, manufacturers and ports of entry all play a role in the counterfeit pipeline. 

Subscribe to google alerts for the term "Counterfeits" and you will be amazed at the volume of daily updates you will receive. 

Unsure about your product? Please call us at 847-524-9590. While we are not experts, conduct ongoing research in the attempt to keep up with current product news. We MAY be able to answer some of your questions, however YOU are ultimately responsible for authenticating your own merchandise and we cannot be held responsible.


Monday, February 23, 2015

COUNTERFEIT COACH PURSE COLLAGES

COUNTERFEIT EDUCATION:

Although we do not authenticate or allow Coach products at Wolff's Flea Market, we enjoy analyzing a never-ending supply of counterfeit samples that we and our vendors find at garage sales, thrift shops, storage lockers, purse parties, Location X (not us) and even the garbage. 

Many thanks to our wonderful, educated vendors who donate their finds to the counterfeit education cause. 

*COUNTERFEITING IS ILLEGAL. IMAGES SHOWN FOR PURPOSES OF EDUCATION AND DISCUSSION. TRADEMARKS BELONG TO INDIVIDUAL HOLDERS. COUNTERFEIT MERCHANDISE IS NOT ALLOWED AT WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET.
NOT SO PRETTY IN PINK

DID THE ORIGINAL MANUFACTURER OR SELLER REALLY THINK THEY COULD PASS THIS OFF AS REAL
"BECAUSE IT HAS A SEWN LABEL WITH SERIAL NUMBERS?" TOO BAD THEY FORGOT TO PUT SPACES BETWEEN THE WORDS...

Two Kinds of Counterfeit

We look for what is easiest explained as "2 types of counterfeit products". Although we are not lawyers or experts on everything, we share with you our ongoing research.

Further Reading:
Trademark Law
Trademark Dilution
Trademark Dilution Article

1. OUTRIGHT COUNTERFEIT ITEMS Are cheaply and mass produced and claim to be the authentic product. Logos, trademarks, words, patterns, labels and images are copied and represented as real. Counterfeit products are illegal and banned at Wolff's Flea Market.

*Even if you say "This is not a real_______", it is illegal to sell.
*Even if you sell it for cheap, it is illegal to sell.
*Even if it is ugly, gross, broken, it is illegal to sell.
*Even if your customer still wants to buy it, it is illegal to sell.
*Even if you didn't know, it is illegal to sell.
*New or used, if it's fake you cannot sell it.

Example: Pictured is a counterfeit Monster Fox Racing t-shirt found at a street kiosk while on vacation. The shirt label indicates that it was made using a generic brand of t-shirt blanks. The neck tag is generic but should instead be of the brand name.  It is not licensed by Fox or Monster. There are no authentic licensed manufacturer's tags.





2. TRADEMARK DILUTION: Items bearing a "look alike" or otherwise CONFUSINGLY SIMILAR logo, design, pattern, etc. that resembles but does not exactly match the authentic version. It makes you think on first or second glance that you are being presented with an authentic product. Diluted products can often be easily spotted. At times, the concept of "CONFUSINGLY SIMILAR" can be subject to non-measurable, subjective opinion. However many court cases have been won over "Trademark Dilution". We reserve the right to forbid items we deem to be trademark dilution. We apply this concept to merchandise in all categories: clothing, electronics, purses, etc.

Examples: Diluted logos found in other places during my secret shopper outings. You may think these diluted logos are humorous, but there is nothing funny about it to us!

Images are for discussion and educational purposes only.


THESE SOCKS ARE "QUICK-LOOK FAKES" AND DO NOT BEAR THE AUTHENTIC NIKE SWISH

ALTHOUGH THESE "G STYLE" PURSES DO NOT CLAIM TO BE THE GUESS BRAND,
THE G PATTERN IS CONFUSINGLY SIMILAR AND WE DO NOT ALLOW IT


ALTHOUGH THE MW PATTERN IS NOT CLAIMING TO BE MICHAEL KORS, THE OVERALL DESIGN, COLOR SCHEME AND REPRESENTATION IS INITIALLY CONFUSINGLY SIMILAR.
WE DO NOT ALLOW THIS TO BE SOLD.

LOOK CLOSELY, THESE ARE NOT ADIDAS SOCKS. 
MISSPELLING OR PURPOSEFUL MISREPRESENTATION?




Thursday, February 19, 2015

THE HAUL OF SHAME COUNTERFEIT MUSEUM

A ONE OF A KIND FLEA MARKET MUSEUM!

(now closed)

By Sharon Wolff

Images and counterfeit products shown for purposes of education and discussion. 
We are not lawyers and are not offering legal advice. 
Research and education is ongoing.
Location:
Inside Wolff's Flea Market
1775 N. Rand Rd.
Palatine, IL 60074
Phone: 847-524-9590
Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 8am-4pm
Check back for changing displays!
A SMALL, BUT MIGHTY USEFUL COUNTERFEIT DISPLAY



THESE COUNTERFEIT ITEMS WERE BROUGHT TO THE 2015 NATIONAL FLEA MARKET ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN LAS VEGAS  AT NEW YORK, NEW YORK HOTEL AS PART OF WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION


WATCH OUR "BE A COUNTERFIGHTER" MOVIE HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U_u7GLWYBw

BUY SAFELY, SELL SAFELY: AVOIDING COUNTERFEIT MERCHANDISE

First Published on fleamarketzone.com and Merchandiser Magazine


Buy Safely, Sell Safely: Avoiding Counterfeit Merchandise
January 26, 2015 by publisher
Filed under FeaturedHow-To ZoneShare on facebook
By Sharon Wolff, Media and Merchandise Consultant to Wolff’s Flea Market
CounterfeitNote: We recognize the Merchandiser Magazines commitment as a reliable source for wholesaler connections. Information in this article reflects experiences, conclusions, logic, hunches and opinions of Wolff’s Flea Market. It is not intended to be legal advice. We are not lawyers or trademark experts. Ongoing research is collected from a variety of sources. Trademarks and brand names mentioned in this article are depicted for purposes of education, example and discussion and belong to individual holders. The sale of counterfeit, copyright/trademark-infringing merchandise is illegal and banned at Wolff’s Flea Market. Flea markets owners have been held legally liable for the sales of counterfeit products at their venues.
Counterfeiting is a huge worldwide problem. Although fakes might end up on a flea market table, they did not originate there! They came from somewhere else—a source. We aim to educate and empower our clientele into making safe purchasing decisions. Here, I will introduce a few quick tips and tools for avoiding obtaining counterfeit products for resale. As a seller, you must do your own research and learn to ask your own questions. Hopefully, by the end of this article, my fellow vendors will acquire a few usable tips on how to analyze the sources of their products.
Counterfeits continually evolve into more authentic looking versions. Newly counterfeited brands and labels are regularly introduced to the online and wholesale marketplace. Unfortunately, consumer demand for low cost look-alike versions of high-end designer and name brand products remains high. One needs only to perform a Google search to find thousands of news articles and warnings related to the dangers and prevalence of counterfeits.
CounterfeitLocal, governmental, private and international authorities work with trademark holders to combat counterfeits at all levels along the supply chain. However only a small percentage is effectively found and seized as it enters our country at ports and borders. According to a CBS News report, only two percent of incoming cargo containers are inspected at ports. This leaves the rest of all types of illegal counterfeit merchandise to wind its way into the consumer supply chain-USA importers, distributors, mall kiosks, auctions, purse parties, wholesalers and unchecked/independently owned stores, etc. that might ultimately sell to flea market vendors.
I sometimes refer to flea markets as a “final buffet” in the economic chain of counterfeit sales. While raids, arrests and sentencing occur as related to counterfeits seized at customs, online sites or stores, flea market vendors are publicly vulnerable because they sell their wares out in the open at highly trafficked venues.
There are three components of analysis that we recommend using when figuring out if the merchandise is counterfeit or not. Applying one or more of these overlapping concepts may assist a reseller in analyzing his or her potential merchandise. Sometimes, just one component will tell the story and, “if it’s not one thing, then it’s another.”
Suspect Categories:
We recommend that everyone become aware of at least eight in-demand consumer categories.
• Electronics
• Purses
• CD’s/DVD’s
• Clothing
• Perfume and Cosmetics
• Jewelry and Sunglasses
• Toys
• Licensed sports apparel
Suspect Brands:
Successful vendors seek what their customers desire. However, a pitfall with seeking cheap prices on popular brands is that these same brands are at risk for being counterfeited.
• Logos: familiarize yourself with sports team and a variety of designer logos
• Brand names: know brand names so you can tell the difference between generic, compatible and designer graphics and trademarks
• Popular and Vulnerable Designers: sellers need to know the top designer brands that are counterfeited. Wolff’s keeps a database of over one hundred vulnerable brands. For example, we recommend sellers should at least recognize the logos and names of designers and brands like Coach, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Prada, The North Face, OtterBox, Apple, Samsung, Hello Kitty, Disney and sports teams. A seller should then be suspicious if offered a deal or quantity of one of these brands
• News: follow local and international news stories on busts, arrests, trademark lawsuits and sentencing as related to counterfeits
• Pay attention to region or market: products and brands may vary depending upon local customers, so learn your population and adjust your need for knowledge accordingly
Parameters:
These are a few specifics to look out for when looking at new merchandise that could be counterfeit.
• Price: be suspicious if the offered price it is too good to be true
• Packaging: is it cheap, blank or different from the authentic version?
• Spelling: misspellings on packaging and tags are a giveaway that the item is a fake
• Quality: poor quality on a supposed high-end item indicates that it is fake-bad stitching, broken seams.
• Quantity: be suspicious of a high quantity of a current, popular name brand item
• Source: a “guy” or an anonymous Internet wholesaler could be suspicious
• Comparison to real item: visit retail stores to study authentic products
• Realistic Availability: is it realistic for your source to legitimately offer this brand, type or quantity of item to you?
• Existence factor: the fact that the item exists in a nontraditional or unauthorized location
Now that you know a few ways to identify counterfeit sources and products, we wish you happy shopping and happy selling!