At StartBuyingInChina we haven’t discussed real stores that sell fake products. At this point it is hard to tell. You need to know the original product, otherwise you cannot determine a fake product from a genuine product. Today we give it a shot!
What’s the difference between a fake or fraudulent store and a real store with fake products.
I think this is obvious, so I keep it short:
- A fraudulent site: will never send you your products. They simply try to steal your money, and even more money and even more money. I discussed this in several articles and see this one on how Scammers Think.
- A site with fake products: will send you the products, but you will get a clone, a remake or counterfeit as it is called.
Buying cheap NBA Allstars in China
This week I got the question whether nba-allstars.com is a reliable shop or not.
This stores looks great. All kind of sport shoes from the best brands like Nike, Lebron and a lot of names I’ve never heard of. At first I thought this was a real store. The images are professional. The site looks like it is not even situated in China. There is nothing that could wrong tell me at first sight.
Just a few minor things, to raise my suspicion.
– They advertise their products in US dollars and the shipping costs in UK pounds.
– At the very bottom there is a small gif image from CNZZ Data Expert and some flashing bars. This is a Chinese webpage counter or tracking service.
– There is no contact information. Only a Gmail email account.
These three minor things tell me this is site that is not fully professional, situated in China and doesn’t want to be found by official organizations.
If you contact them for your payment with Western Union, they will send you their Chinese contact information. So. It is a Chinese store. Pretty well hidden. And… you know, we don’t like Western Union payments to unknown people…
And for the final conclusion, I needed the help from the internet. Checking for this site online, I found it is listed as a NB Allstar counterfeit store sneakersshoebox.com.
Back to the future, Nike Air MAG
Well, with modern electronics and phones I have a pretty good idea what the general prices must be. Also when you buy them from China (which is often higher).
With shoes… I don’t know. So Google must do the work again.
Let’s start with the all time favorite: Nike Air MAG Back To The Future.
YES this is the shoe Marty McFly wore in Back To The Future II.
In 2011 Nike produced 1500 models and auctioned them to fund the Michael J Fox foundation. This video is great for all the BTTF Fans (I’m sorry this is off topic…)
At NBA-Allstars you can buy them for just $299, from $749, just enter your mens size. They have 299 units in stock.
To be frank… This is totally fake… The original shoes are no longer for sale… But what the hack. I just want to have them, fake or not! (btw automated laces are not included).
Let’s check out a more common shoe.
Let’s check the: Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max Mens Shoes Light Gray Red for US 82.99, from US 207.00.
A image reversed search (see last weeks blog), showed me you can buy this shoe in my country for 36 euro. Thats less than half what NBA-Allstars asks. In the USA you can buy this pair of shoes for just 25 bucks…
Hmmmm strange! The same happend with some other shoes I tried. I’m sure this will not be the same situation with all shoes. But it is rather strange that for the shoes I tried, the prices are pretty high.
The conclusion is a big question mark.
- The site is real and you will probably get your products
- The site is Chinese.
- The products are probably fake. (disclaimer, I didn’t buy any product and didn’t check it myself.)
- The products are even higher priced than in other online stores. So why bother?
Note that counterfeit is prohibited in most countries If you import counterfeit and your customs open the package, your product will be confiscated and you will probably get a fine.
In this case I see no reason why I should buy at this store. Higher prices with the risk of confiscated goods and bills… But if you do…. Be careful!
But I do like the Back to the Future Nikes!! Maybe……
I got many questions where to buy cheap NBA shoes. So people are interested. And where there is demand, there is supply…
Have you even bought shoes online from China? Were they genuine?
Let us know in the comment box below!
Till next time!