Parents the world over are once again being warned not to fall foul of cheap counterfeit merchandise, when picking up toys and accessories for babies. As is the case across pretty much every consumer market these days, the market for baby goods is being flooded with knock-offs that are both substandard and dangerous. From premium-brand bouncers to booster seats to every imaginable gadget and gizmo out there, counterfeit baby products both fuel criminal activity and put the health and safety of babies at risk.
In terms of spotting the fakes, buying online makes it extremely difficult to know what you are in for until the item arrives at your door. Which is precisely why the number-one rule to follow according to experts is that of only every purchasing from retailers, approved sellers and service providers you can trust. Online auction sites in particular are coming to be blighted with counterfeit merchandise – much of which is shipped in from the Far East but may already have been stockpiled in the US.
There are a few proactive guidelines to follow when it comes to ensuring your steer clear of fakes. First of all, it’s a good idea to perform a checkup on the seller, in order to see what kind of reputation they’ve earned to date. When it comes to price, any deal that seems too good to be true probably is. If a high-end baby monitor has a general price of around $150 and you come across a random seller with a $30 deal on the same product, alarm bells should start ringing. Check warranties, customer recommendations and returns policies before buying, while always inspecting the purchase in full when it arrives, to note for any possible discrepancies.
Experts are calling for renewed vigilance among parents worldwide. After all, the only way to put an end to the counterfeit baby products trade is to stop purchasing them.