How To Keep Counterfeit Products out of Your Home

Are there benefits to keeping counterfeit products out of your home? There are numerous reasons not to buy counterfeit merchandise that is available everywhere you shop. When you buy a cheap knock-off you are affecting the economy. Knock-offs are predominately made overseas and therefore you are costing American jobs.

Many of these counterfeit products should be kept out of your home for your own safety, they do not meet our health and safety guidelines. Consumers buy electronics, car parts, prescription drugs, CDs, DVDs  without making a conscious thought as to whether they are counterfeit products. These can affect the American economy, your health and your lives. Here's how to make sure you don't buy these products.

Let's look at an example of a counterfeit product for flea and tick removal. Here's what you should look for in a package that is possibly counterfeit: missing leaflet instructions or incorrect application sizes for the size of the pet; no child proof packaging on a dangerous insecticide.

These products generally try to emulate the appearance of legitimate products in wording and pictures. In some instances they may be mixed in on the same shelf with genuine products that are not harmful. You need to read the brand name and instructions carefully.

What steps can you take to keep counterfeit products out of your home? As a consumer purchasing anything for consumption or use on a pet, you need to be extra cautious. To keep counterfeit products out of your home, check the appearance of the product or packaging first. Are there broken or missing safety seals? Is the warranty information missing?

Many counterfeit products do not include a sell by date or use by date. Medicine obtained from a new source should be checked carefully to see that the taste, color, size and shape are consistent with what you have purchased in the past.

Have you looked at the seals of approval or the product certification seals? To protect yourself you at least need to become familiar with what each of these labels should look like and that they are even listed on the package.

Legitimate manufacturers will provide you with their name and address and their packaging labels reflect high quality printing. Imitation or counterfeit, if provided will usually use poor quality print or contain misspelled words.

Another method of keeping counterfeit products out of your home is to pay careful attention to the deal. Is the product extremely cheap? Can they afford to put out a reputable product at that price? As they say "if it's too good to be true," pass it up!

Keeping counterfeit products out of your home is up to you to be on guard for any product packaging that looks suspicious, products with missing certification seals or any deal that just doesn't feel right.


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