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Everyone wants to buy the latest technology at the lowest price. Do you know that there are people who may make you fool by selling you dud devices like laptop, tablet smartphone, or any other gadget by saying that it is original and unused available at comparatively at lower price. There are people who counterfeit products and sell them in grey market.

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Counterfeiting is not new and it is a huge industry. The market for counterfeited products is all across the world and there are factories and manufacturing units all over the world that create look like things, but actually, they are not. Some of you may think that it is okay to have a good fake product, but if you think so, you would be wrong especially when it comes to purchasing tech devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets.

Buying a fake is not an ideal idea because you may not be aware of what you are about to purchase. You may not be sure about the product that it will be of the same standard that you want to buy.  Counterfeit products may not only be a bad investment, but can be dangerous also. This document is to guide you how you can spot a counterfeit product and avoid buying a fake technology. Here five points are given that you need to bear in mind to spot fake technology.

Price

Check the price before buying anything even if you are making an online purchase. Price is one of the most important things that you need to check, as there are all sorts of reasons to sell a gadget at staggeringly low price. Although you can of course find a bargain, but if you find that the product is being sold at less than half of its actual retail value, think twice why. It may be possible that it is a a grey-market import or stolen.

To minimize the risk of buying a fake technology, always make a purchase from a reputable vendor. Use your credit card, enquire about the deal that seems outstandingly good. Be warned because even the biggest resellers may sell you the fake products.

Product Code, Features and Details

You need to sure that you are buying what you expecting a product should be. Even if you can’t get hold of the device you are purchasing, verify the specifications and product code to avoid any fake deal. There are online retailers also who are not bothered about selling a fake product, rather they balk at lie that product is original. They specify the specifications on their websites as if it is not fake or counterfeited.

There is not only one or two retails who are likely to be the smartest on the block. There are number of such retailers so it is your job to check closely for anomalies. The same retailer is unlikely to be. Before buying anything online, compare the specification, details, and code published by the vendor with the product you are about to buy. If you are buying a phone, check the IMEI and explore the details on how it fits into the list of legitimate products.

By looking at the features list, checking its available colors and size, camera, and such other specifications, you may get to know if it is original and legitimate or not. Another thing that you should watch out for updates and accessories it includes.

Performance and Build Design

Get your hands on product if you are not sure about the device. With little awareness, you can easily spot the fake products even if they are manufactures at the same place where the genuine articles are being manufactured. If any product is available at lower price than the other articles of the same category, then material and components that the fake product contain may not be of good standard.

Check any fake product be it a laptop, phone, tablet, or gadget, it will be surprisingly lightweight. Check for any manufacturer badges, its edges and joins, substandard materials or for shoddy workmanship. If you feel something is not right with the product, don’t buy it. It you get a chance to use or check the device before buying it, go for it because it is always good to test.

Availability

It may surprise you, but it is also an effective test. If a product is not available in your region and still some vendors are selling it, product availability as well as legitimacy is questionable.  Vendors use the tricks to develop and divert your interest by creating the rumors that there is scarcity of a particular product that you have a chance to buy or you are getting. Hold on and give it a second thought to get to know is it true. It may be fake news, a fraud site that is selling a dodgy import. If you get a doubt in your mind that a product is not able to buy, there may be something wrong with the deal.

Warranty

Checking the terms of the manufacturer’s warranty is the final check always worth of carrying out while purchasing electrical goods and other products. A legitimate deal will always include the manufacturer’s warranty with it where it promise to provide you replacement or repair services for computing machines, support for printing devices, etc. (the product you are buying).

Although all the above test may not guarantee you that you certainly will be able of detecting fake deals, but if you consider all of them together, they will be very helpful to safeguard you against purchasing a fake or counterfeited device. Here the prime object is don’t allow others to make you fool. If any of the product doesn’t match any of the above discussed aspect, drop the idea of purchasing.