Fake e-cigs, guide about how to avoid them.
Things like fake electronic cigarettes are everywhere. There is no backup if you have already been rip offed by some clone of a vapor product. Do you see that coming or not? No matter how you look at it, there is no sweet dream for you in that case. You best will be guarded by caution and suspicion. If you are looking at something too good to be true, be sure it will be like that. Please don’t allow that con artist from our vape scene to infiltrate our vape industry even more by making you their next victim.
Buyer beware, or like our ancestors said more than five hundred years ago – caveat emptor! Better be safe than sorry anyway! You are responsible for what you buy if you are guarded with some knowledge about that. And that is especially true for the electronic cigarettes industry regardless. Honestly, there are tons of them already on the market. Be it an offline vape shop, online store, online auction discount, and so on always! Everywhere.
What is a counterfeit e-cig?
It’s a fake e-cig. It’s a clone of a brand name of some vape product. Many well-known, established brands in vaping, like e-cig or something like Aspire, iJoy, and Smok, are targets of clone artists. It all looks like a real deal, but in the harsh reality, it’s damn not. They are made from the cheapest possible materials and with broken roms to boot them up.
Do you want to hear how bad is that in reality anyway? Let me introduce you to some numbers there. In China (for sure, where else), there are 50 or so top manufacturers of electronic cigarettes in the world anyway. And I do not joke there; fabrics where all that is done are top-notch quality anyway for many reasons. They use the best materials and great software always. But if you look at the more significant picture, there are like 600 brands done in China alone. So, ask yourself, please, if like fifty are doing great things, what is everyone else who is left doing? They do the worst cigarettes in the world for many reasons, like price and quantity.
They also use not-that-great materials to make vape-related products. It creates collaboration. Brands are brands for a reason, probably. And everything related to that costs money; they do their good job anyway for many things. And that’s why you want to stick with them for many reasons. And to add, exactly proven brands could be faked right in China by other brands that are not in their range, for example. Buyer, beware!
What did that fake vape things look like?
They look almost identical to the real thing anyway for many parameters. Their base is to look like that qualities anyway on many other items, and be sure that’s probably the main idea of everything else. They for sure are not for safety and quality and some standards. All in all, why would they do it anyway? They are destroying someone else's brand by simply copying the package and copying serial numbers to that level consistently. Regardless, it’s tough to track back that vape pens and electronic cigarettes; they probably have no fear of accounting at all anyway on many levels.
You should be aware that we mean essential things there. Your package will look like a real one – one to one. In some cases, you may see a bit lighter or darker colors or some different small things, but all in all, they will be identical 100%, and they are good at that. So, if we talk only about packages – there is no chance how to tell if the thing inside is real or it’s simply wrong fake here.
If you are talking about faking some unique codes which need to be verified somewhere – they also have all the knowledge to do that.
So, once again, 1) the counterfeiter looks like a natural thing anyway, 2) the box is simply identical 3) the unique authenticity codes are also the same.
E-cig unique codes
Be sure that all big manufacturers know their production is being compromised anyway. To fight back, they put some unique code for every product they try to sell you. It may be anything like tanks, coils, vapes, and mods. You read it correctly; yes, even curls are being faked, and they are being affected even more often than e-cigs.
You usually need to scratch something on the pack in some unique place to reveal that secret unique code. Then you need to check if it’s confirmed on the manufacturer's website, and they will show you if your product is genuine anyway. If you have a fake of any sort, one of two things will happen to you when you check it.
The first thing is obvious; it will show that you've entered an invalid code. The second thing which may happen to you is that you will see that somebody has already entered that code, maybe even not the first time. For sure, it’s the wrong thing. If your code has already been checked before that, it means your fake producer already used known code, and I am sure there are cases where the same principle was in input thousands and tens of thousands of times.