In particular it becomes more important than ever when purchasing sunglasses online.
Why So Many Fake Sunglasses?
You hear it on the news all of the time - jobs are moving to China because wages are lower and the quality is just as good as Made in America
, right? There is no question that there are a lot of really good Chinese manufacturers in China; however, with a population of over 1 billion people it is hard for the government to monitor everything. If you search on a website like Alibaba you will find all kinds of knockoff sunglasses that closely resemble some of your favorite brands like AO and Randolph. For example go to this link: Alibaba
and take a look at the images there. All someone needs to do is paint the AO or Randolph logo on the left lens and - presto! - you have fake AO or Randolph sunglasses! And that is exactly what some Chinese manufacturers do!
Rush For Profits
Today many companies manufacture their sunglasses in China. Luxottica Group S.p.A. is an Italian company and is the world's largest eyewear company. They manufacture a lot of well known sunglass brands like Ray-Ban, Persol, Oakley, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, and Tory Burch. Smaller companies like AO Eyewear moved manufacturing overseas to China in order to lower costs and make their products more competitive. But over time a lot of American companies are learning that two things happen the were unexpected:
If you visit the AO Eyewear website
you will see this warning on the bottom of the page:
Important Message: Beware of unauthorized sellers of AO Eyewear, Inc. sunglasses. This is the only official site of the manufacturer, AO Eyewear, Inc. AO sunglasses are sold here and at many authorized dealers worldwide, but there are also imitators and unauthorized sellers around the world who try to claim to sell our product. Please be careful not to purchase product from dealers who are not authorized by AO Eyewear, Inc., as we cannot honor warranty claims and you are not ensured the same high quality product that is made in our factory in Southbridge, Massachusetts. We invite you to call our customer service department at 800-777-1173 if you have any doubts about the authenticity of a seller.
Dangers Of Fake Sunglasses
An article published on July 4th, 2013 in the GR Reporter notes that fake sunglasses cause irreversible eye injury - you can find the article here:"GR Report
". A quick search on Google using the phrase "problem of fake sunglasses" will give you a lot of information regarding fake sunglasses and you will quickly learn that they can be a problem for you. Not only can they cause problems, but many times the quality isn't even close to the quality of the real thing. For example, AO Eyewear
last year spent the money to purchase the equipment to bring manufacturing back from China and in-house in Southbridge, MA. As a result quality control has improved considerably and the company can now respond more quickly to warranty issues should they occur.
What To Do
When you are shopping online for sunglasses the best way to avoid fake sunglasses is to make sure that the seller is a Factory Authorized dealer or re-seller. If you are not sure ask the manufacturer so that you can be sure you are purchasing the genuine article and not fake sunglasses. Everything we sell on this website and our eBay store at JetAviator7
are absolutely genuine and we stand behind each and every one of them - no questions asked! Keep your eyes cool and protected today my friend!