By Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor for BBB serving Mainland BC
We all want our kids to have what they want as they head back to school, well, within reason. The latest threads, kicks, and school supplies must meet the scrutiny of the playground. However, while many knock-off luxury items, such as fake Chanel purses, can be found all around the world, it doesn’t mean parents won’t encounter fraudulent items when online shopping for simple back-to-school items for their children.
Counterfeit goods are no small concern. Fake goods cost society hundreds of billions of dollars a year and almost anything that is produced in the market is ripped off. From children’s toys to prescription medication, if it can be copied it will be. While it may seem somewhat harmless to get your child that special item as they head back to school, keep in mind, knock offs can present a health hazard as they can contain chemicals or small parts not listed on the packaging. Not to mention purchasing fake goods supports organized crime around the globe. While fake items will often show up in a too-good-to-be-true kind of way, they certainly won’t have the quality we would associate with the real deal. There are even stories of fake textbooks in the marketplace with poor quality links and missing pages and sections.
BBB offers these tips to make sure you’re buying the real deal: