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Q: How can I identify fake electronics?

9 years 21 weeks ago in  Shopping - China

 
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It depends what you mean by fake.

Cellphones - no original brand can have a dual sim and all fake cells have one content in it (they put everything in the phone that you wouldn't even understand).

Laptops, Tablet PC's etc.- you'll know if its not original because of the price ( an original can not be bought as a bargain especially if it is brand new) and you see the same interface. Also you can ask for the brand you like to place on your electronic.

Tip to avoid fake electronics -- never buy electronics you can just find on the streets and through vendors that sneaks around and say you want a cell or other stuff because you will definitely be buying a fake one.

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There's no shortage of electronics markets in China, no matter what city you're living in. Finding legitimate goods can be somewhat of a problem, though. Once you've decided to buy an electronic, do your homework online. Go to the product's website, find the exact name and model number. The better fakes will have this down pat, though, so once you find one that has the name spelt correctly, a good model number, and doesn't feel like cardboard, ask the price. You've done your homework, so you will already know about how much the product should cost. If they're offering something less than 80% less, chances are it's not worth the box you'll carry it home in. If you're buying a computer, you can also check the serial number. The number on the bottom of the machine, warranty card, and box should all match. Finally, you can ask the vendor about taking the machine to a service center. If he isn't okay with this, you know you've definitely found a fake. A legitimate vendor will should let you take the product to the service center (of YOUR choice) in or near the market to authenticate it.

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Just buy it in China and you have an 80% chance of buying fake.

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Step 1: examine your surroundings. Do you see simplified Chinese writing? It's fake or has fake software or govt installed spyware or all three.
Step 2: Flee.

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First if all, you pay the price.

 

Then, I'll tell ya.

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