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The Savvy Online Consumer

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By Jeremy Gin on December 9th, 2010 • 3 comments

Counterfeits are shaping up to be one of the big online pitfalls for consumers to watch out for this holiday season. With the tough economy more and more consumers are looking for deals, but more and more of those deals are turning out to be counterfeits. The SiteJabber community has flagged the below items as being most likely to end up as counterfeit presents this holiday season.

  1. UGGs: while the UGG brand has elicited some controversy, there can be no doubt about the deluge of sites selling “authentic” UGGs that have been misleading consumers and selling bad boots.
  2. Coach: typically handbags and other leather items make their way into the counterfeit market
  3. Tiffany & Co. jewelery: think fake little blue box under the Christmas tree
  4. Athletic jerseys: high priced authorized jerseys have prompted sites selling counterfeit sports jerseys to come out of the woodwork
  5. Perfume: more information on this from SiteJabber and WalletPop
  6. Nike sneakers: highly sought after Air Yeezys  (Kanye West’s official shoe) and Air Jordans are common counterfeits
  7. Ed Hardy and Juicy Couture: Jersey Shore inspired counterfeits making the rounds.
  8. Luxury watches: Rolex, Omega, and Tag Heuer are a few of the high-end watch brands most often counterfeit
  9. The North Face: seasonly popular ski jackets, fleeces, and snow pants are a few common targets
  10. DVDs: counterfeit versions of expensive box sets of popular TV shows such as Glee are all the rage (among counterfeiters)

So what can consumers do to avoid counterfeits? The axiom, “if it looks too good to be true, it probably is” definitely applies here. Also, as always, be sure to check reviews on SiteJabber before making a purchase.

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3 Responses to “Counterfeits to watch out for this holiday season”
  1. Tim Nowlin says:

    www. uggsoutletonline.us. com

    This is a counterfeit UGGS website. After being had for $115.00 I have done research only to find this out. They are a person based in China. If you look at the bottom of their website you will see Chinese writing. They have no phone number to contact them and they do not reply to e-mails. They will take your money and never send out your order. I have talked to several people that have also used this website and all have had the same results.

    I have attached a copy of a e-mail from the real UGGS Corporate Office stating that they are a counterfeit website.

    Thank you for contacting UGG Australia. I researched the website you provided: www. uggsoutletonline.us . I can tell you that they are not an Authorized UGG Australia retailer, and may be a counterfeit site. I would recommend contacting your credit card company and putting in a stop payment request for the charge. If the company has already charged your card, I would recommend inquiring about a fraud internet claim to reverse the payment for the boots.

    If we can be of any further assistance please contact us at 888-432-8530 Monday through Friday 5 am until 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am until 5pm Arizona time. Thank you!

    Shannon

    UGG Australia

    Deckers Outdoor Corporation

    Customer Service Representative

    Phone 928.779.5938

  2. Kim Staley says:

    this fake counterfeit website is a total joke not only did they make me think I was getting a Michael Kors Bag for a good price but when I received it it was not only broken but truly the worst fake I have ever seen in my life. and now they won’t respond to my emails all of the sudden imagine that they stole about a hundred dollars from me and I am thinking I should cancel my card because of them??? This really pisses me off because I order from the internet all the time and it is websites like this that give the internet a bad name; however what is even more sad is I can not figure out who to tell about having this scam website shut down? Why is this so easy for them to do???

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