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Spotting Fake Sunglasses
Sunglasses were designed to protect our eyes, from dust and harsh sunlight, but they have become more than just an eye protective gear. They are also considered as a style statement. Some people are very passionate about the sunglasses, and are ready to pay hefty amounts of money. Sometimes we get conned into buying fake sunglasses and end up paying the amount of the original, and it is very upsetting to find an item that is not genuine, and of poor build quality. But we can put this malarkey behind us, with the help of our infographic, you will be able to spot the details that differentiate fake from original, and save your hard earned money, and you can also help your friends from getting conned.
The reason why this infographic is important is because it is very difficult to differentiate between fake and genuine. There are various factors that we need to consider like stickers, the warranty cards, cleansing cases, lens stickers, the authentication card, and lens fitting. Our infographic contains step by step guide that is easy to understand and to apply. The infographic focuses on few well-known brands like, Ray-Ban, Oakley, and Gucci sunglasses.
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FAKE RAY-BAN, OAKLEY & GUCCI SUNGLASSES
PROTECTING YOUR STYLE & YOUR EYES
KNOW THE RISKS
Wearing sunglasses may make you feel like you’re protecting your eyes, but the truth is that poor quality fakes could mean you’re in more danger than going outside with nothing at all.
- Beyond the visible rays we can all see, invisible ultraviolet light has the potential to cause serious damage to the eye in the short term and also later in life.
- UV light can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration or in rare cases even cancers.
- In brightly lit conditions, it’s normal for us to squint to protect our eyes whilst our pupils will become constricted.
- Sunglasses with UVA & UVB protection block these harmful wavelengths, but cheap lenses without this may just block the glare. As a result the pupil will dilate, actually letting in more damaging UV light.
- Children are at particular risk as they have larger pupils, which let 70% more UV light in than adults. As children spend disproportionate amount of time outdoors the cumulative effect of the sun during childhood can have serious long term effects.
SPOTTING A FAKE
RAY-BAN OUT OF THE BOX
- Deliver/Retail Box
Should have a gloss finish with good print quality
- Delivery Box Label
Does the bar code & model number match the glasses inside?
- Glasses Case
With the exception of special editions Ray-Bans come in a black, red, or tan case, lined in red or black, with the logo on the front
- Lens Sticker
Where present, this should be gold, not yellow, perfectly centered and attached by static, not glue
- Cleaning Cloth
All Ray-Bans come with this, if it’s missing or made of a poor quality material the glasses may be fake
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- Temple Screws
Should be cross head screws, glue or plastic hinge parts should not be used
- Nose Bridge Logo
On Aviators, the model number and “RAY-BAN” should be etched on the underside of the bridge
- Nose Pads
Metal models have the letters “RB” engraved in the center
- Model Number
Found on the inner side, this will match the number on your box’s label
- Lens Etching
“RB” or in pre-2000 models “BL” is etched onto the lens
OUT OF THE BOX
Polarized lenses will have a “P” sticker placed on them, other models should be clear of stickers
- Warranty Card
Comes with a warranty sheet, which has a serial number that matches the glasses
- Cleaning Cases
This should be cloth, not nylon. Check the quality of the stitched logo on the label
All genuine glasses will come with a hard case or soft pouch
- ‘Made in’ Details
Marked as “Made in the USA” or Assembled in the USA. Newer models may have this on the box instead
- Nose Pieces
Rubber should be soft and slightly sticky to the touch, not hard plastic, and will always be elliptical in shape
- Serial Number
The serial number should match the company’s model information
- Frame Logo
The logo should be raised and then printed rather than flush
- Frame Weight
Quality, durable metal & plastic weighs more than cheap components used in fakes
OUT OF THE BOX
- Dust Cloth
The logo should be embossed so you can feel each letter
- Retail Box
Check the font used actually matches the official Gucci logo
- Plastic Glasses Bag
Inside the retail box the glasses will come with a clear plastic bag marked with CE logo and manufacturer’s details
- Authentication Card
Packaging on new glasses should always contain an envelope containing a certificate of authenticity
- Right Temple
Should have a Gucci logo and often also the CE mark and the words “Made in Italy”
- Left Temple
Should include a model number, colour code, and size starting with GG
- Nose Pads
Most models will have a Gucci Logo, this is missing on many of the fakes
- Polarized Lenses
On all polarized models, when held at certain angles in front of a TV, the lenses should appear darker
- Lens Fitting
Messy signs of glue around the edges of the lends are a sure sign of a fake
- Always buy from a reputable retailer
- Make sure your glasses carry the CE standard mark
- Check the price – is it in the same range as other sellers?
- Check independent reviews for the seller on trusted sites
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