Is that good deal the real deal?

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 2/26/2020

How do you know the product you're looking at from online sources is legitimate? 

In many industries, counterfeit products are a serious problem. Audio is not immune to these products as well. Cables, accessories and various electronic products can be fake. Some audio manufacturers are even warning consumers on their websites about the presence in the market of these counterfeit products. At best, you're using a product that is not the real deal. At worst, you're using a product that could be hazardous.

Check out this article from CBC:

The first line says a lot:
"We bought dozens of products from AliExpress, Amazon, eBay, Walmart and Wish. Over half were suspected fakes"

Everest Audio ensures the products we use come from reputable sources such as national or international distributors or directly from the manufacturer. You'll have the confidence that what you're buying is indeed the "real deal".



David Milo
Date: 2/26/2020
I watched the program and the US Border Services official said that they have followed the money on some of the fake products and to goes to either criminals or to terrorist organisations. It was a real eye opener for me. I certainly don't want to fund these types of organisations!
Estes M.
Date: 2/26/2020
Fakes are nothing new. Watches, jeans, running shoes have all been faked. Buying a Rolex online is asking for trouble, as does buying electronics or accessories. Fake "Mobile Fidelity" record sleeves are just one example. Try getting a refund from the internet! Yes, there are places you can buy the real product online. But these are authorized dealers and the manufacturer will state that "so & so" is an authorized online dealer. Criminals know people want something for nothing and that's what you get: nothing for a bunch of money!
Mark H
Date: 2/26/2020
Even some low volume high end audio components are being counterfeited. Recently a friend bought a used Brinkman TT fitted with Brinkmans $5000 arm. He had an issue with the tonearm wire and after he talked to the factory he learned his arm was a counterfeit. Brinkman even knew the phone number of the counterfeit tonearm manufacturer in China. Brinkman manufacturing is in Germany. My friend was very lucky that it was a local sale and he got all his money back. The seller had bought it used and seemed unaware it was counterfeit. It's sobering that even an item like this tonearm that is produced in very small numbers is being counterfeited. Since billions of dollars are being made in making fakes I guess I should be less naive. I’m going to have to rethink my buying practices. Also as David noted what kind of criminals are profiting from this? Good honest people’s lives and livelihoods are being impacted by this.
Date: 2/27/2020 6:52:01 AM
Wow Mark, I had no idea that something small and boutique like a Brinkman tonearm would be faked! Very interesting as well that they knew exactly where the fake was being made.

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