Counterfeit UGGs and fake bags top the list of fraudulent goods reported by SiteJabber. These are the top 10 fakes and ways to protect yourself while shopping online.
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Top 10 list of Counterfeit Goods: Be extra cautious if you see a deal too good to be true on these 10 commonly pirated items.
UGGs: Counterfeit UGGs head the list. Personally, I think a shearling boot by any other name is usually a better deal. I’ll get bothered if they start pirating Love From Australia.
Coach: The handbags and other leather items are the main targets. I can spot most fake bags so my worst handbag story was the eBay seller who claimed she was auctioning a new Chloe bag. When I told her it looked very worn, she claimed that the blank piece of cardboard she tied with a string around the handle proved she just bought it at Nordstrom. Yeah, right.
Tiffany & Co. Jewelry: Don’t trust every little blue box.
Athletic Jerseys: I never knew how expensive they were until I saw co-workers shopping for them on eBay. Now I can really sneer if anyone complains about couture being marked up.
Perfume: Years before Internet shopping, I was surprised to see street vendors selling perfume. My favorites were the ones who didn’t bother to spell the names right on the boxes.
Nike Sneakers: Inspect those Air Jordans and Air Yeezy’s very carefully.
Ed Hardy and Juicy Couture: If I was much younger I might wear Juicy Couture, but the appeal of Ed Hardy eludes me.
Luxury Watches: Maybe the finest replica Rolexes are made by a better class of sweat shop. Maybe not.
The North Face: I don’t care what ski pants are called as long as they’re warm, but I suspect the cheap fakes never match the performance of expensive brands.
DVDs: Box sets of popular TV shows are the worst offenders.
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