China is the capital of fake merchandise. The problem of counterfeit goods is rampant and the vast majority comes from China. You can go to any swap meet / flea market and see nothing but fake merchandise. It’s even easier online to find fake products. This issue is important for many reasons.
First, jobs are leaving America and heading to China since they can make things cheaper. Some items are made of high quality and still made in America, yet their knock-offs are made in China and sell for a fraction of the cost. Second, the money from these sales isn’t going to the companies who have spent millions of dollars to research, invest, create and then market their products. Finally, the consumer ends up with an inferior product. They then can write a review or otherwise spread the word of how bad the product was.
You’ve undoubtedly seen or at least heard of cheap knockoff Apple products coming from China. Well recently someone actually found a fake Apple Store in China. The employees were dressed as Apple employees and the store was all white with the products on display, just as you’d see on any other real Apple store. Additionally, even the employees believed they were Apple employees.
As it turned out, additional research found that the products sold inside were most likely authentic Apple items, but the store will most likely have to change the name and theme of their store, if it’s even allowed to stay open. This just goes to show you that you can’t believe everything you see.
So how can you tell if you’re buying an authentic Apple product like an iPad 2? Here are a few ways.
- Price. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. The cheapest iPad’s go for about 500 bucks. Add to that the tax and you’ve got about $540. If you see an iPad lower than that, it’s either used, broken or most likely a fake knockoff.
- Research. Who are you buying the item from? Are they an authorized Apple reseller? If it’s on eBay, does the person have a good amount of positive feedback? If it’s online, does the site have contact information (address & phone number) in the United States? Is the site well designed, does it have correct grammar and a reputable looking checkout system? Ask yourself these questions before making a purchase.
- Packaging. The boxes that the Apple iPad 2 come in have the iPad on display in a vibrant color. Knockoff iPads come in boxes where the iPad on the box is pale, since cheap ink is used. The real iPad 2 box is also sturdy, whereas the knockoff is a thin flimsy cardboard box.