Are these Nike shoes real or fake?
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25 October 2007
The majority of fakes don't come with the original box. If there is no photo of the box on the page, ask the seller to send you one (again, with the reference). Usually there is a sticker on the side of the box that says what type of shoe, what colours, and what size. If these things don't match the shoe, they're fakes.
A lot of the Nike listings on eBay say 'shipped from Hong Kong' or 'shipped from China'. Steer clear of these. Although that is where most Nike, Adidas and most shoes and clothes are made, it's not where the companies are based. Countries like China have a very cheap workforce, which is why most major American, Australian and European companies outsource textile manufacturing. Unfortunately, these countries are also the main producers of fake products. When Nike, for example, gets a few thousand shoes manufactured in China, they are all shipped to regional centres in other countries. They are then distributed to retailers, who sell them to you. When a dodgy merchant sews together some fakes, they can't leave the country in large amounts because they will be seized by customs. This is why they sell them on eBay. So when you see a listing on Australian eBay that says 'shipped from (random Asian country)' there is a good chance of that product being fake.
If the seller doesn't show photos of the actual shoes you are bidding on, or the box, ask for these photos. Sellers of fakes will probably refuse. If the shoes are listed on Australian eBay but shipped from Asia, be wary. And it always pays to ask the seller whether they offer a refund if items turn out to be fakes.
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