Holiday shopping: How to spot a fake - FOX 35 News Orlando

Holiday shopping: How to spot a fake

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

Every year, there are hot items that your kids say they just have to have for Christmas.  But moms and dads who are trying to save some cash and fit those must-haves into their budget might not be happy if what they end up with is a fake.  

While parents might not be able to spot a fake, your teenager will.  So, here are some tips to make sure you get what you're looking for.  

Any Apple accessory is a hot item on many wish lists, and that includes the LifeProof iPhone case.  YOu can actually put it under water, and it's great for the beach or taking underwater photos or video.  All of that comes with a hefty $80 price tag.  

Shannon Van Buskirk, who runs an e-commerce company, says while it's tempting to look for a better price, on an item like this, there are no deals.  At least there aren't this year anyway, but the fakes are already out there.

Name brand sunglasses, she says, are big with kids this year.  But know that if you get a great deal on a look-alike brand, the UV protection may not be included in the bargain price.  Kids also love watches-- the bigger the better.  

But how do you know if you're getting a real brand-name product?  Buskirk says you should go to the manufacturer's Web site and look at what they're offering.  Then, compare it then to the product you're looking at.  Does the manufacturer even make the color or style you're about to pay for?  And while you're on it, check out the list of authorized dealers.  If your vendor's name is on that list, they're probably authorized to sell the product.

Buskirk also recommends you take a look at the logo to make sure it's authentic.  A fake will mimic the original by pretending to have the same logo, but there are knock-offs out there which are less expensive that are made to look like the real thing, but still maintain its own identity.

  • I-Team Story ArchiveMore>>

  • Attorney General reopens investigation into DeKalb travel agent

    Attorney General reopens investigation into DeKalb travel agent

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-08-01 14:31:25 GMT
    FOX 5 I-Team InvestigatesFOX 5 I-Team Investigates
    A local travel agency owner, who's been ordered by the Attorney General's office to clean up his act, is facing the same complaints again. First, there were Girl Scouts then church ladies and now a family planning a cruise says its out $21,000.
    A local travel agency owner, who's been ordered by the Attorney General's office to clean up his act, is facing the same complaints again. First, there were Girl Scouts then church ladies and now a family planning a cruise says its out $21,000.
  • Ray McBerry ex-employee speaks

    Ray McBerry ex-employee speaks

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:02:51 GMT
    A second young woman filed a Henry County police complaint accusing former gubernatorial candidate Ray McBerry of some bizarre behavior.
    A second young woman filed a Henry County police complaint accusing former gubernatorial candidate Ray McBerry of some bizarre behavior.
  • Mom confronts Ray McBerry over modeling request

    Mom confronts Ray McBerry over modeling request

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:04:32 GMT
    A twice-failed candidate for Georgia governor found himself face-to-face with a mother furious over what he was trying to do this month with her teenage daughter.
    A twice-failed candidate for Georgia governor found himself face-to-face with a mother furious over what he was trying to do this month with her teenage daughter.
  • Contact the FOX 5 I-Team

    * denotes required fields

    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thanks for contacting FOX 5.  To reach our newsroom by phone, please call (404) 898-0100.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

  • Good Day Atlanta

    Pike Nurseries: Keeping beautiful Hydrangeas

    Pike Nurseries: Keeping beautiful Hydrangeas

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-08-01 14:40:27 GMT
    Looking for plants that add fresh color to the garden? Here are some easy ideas that use new varieties of old favorites--the hydrangea and azalea—that bloom from now until fall!
    Looking for plants that add fresh color to the garden? Here are some easy ideas that use new varieties of old favorites--the hydrangea and azalea—that bloom from now until fall!
  • Local Companies Partner To Make "Green" Beer

    Local Companies Partner To Make "Green" Beer

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:39:03 GMT
    Since it seems like there's a day for everything, get this -- today is "International Beer Day!"  And one local brewing company is celebrating
    Since it seems like there's a day for everything, get this -- today is "International Beer Day!"
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices