From Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong to poker pro Phil Hellmuth, everyone who's someone, or so it seems, wears Oakley sunglasses. Of course, you can be a perfectly average anybody and still enjoy the quality, comfort and cool factor of Oakleys. Just make sure the Oakley glasses you're considering buying are the real deal. There are many unsavory dealers out there trying to capitalise on the high demand for Oakleys by selling counterfeit glasses. To be fair, there are also some wholesalers that are selling legal replicas of Oakley glasses. If they are legitimate, the wholesaler will clearly make it known that its glasses are replicas. If you are unsure whether or not the sunglasses you are considering buying (or maybe have already bought) are genuine Oakleys, these tips might clear up any confusion.
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Look for the distinctive "O" on the arms of the glasses. Genuine Oakleys always have this.
Make sure the glasses have metal, not plastic, frames.
Consider the price. If it's too good to be true, it's probably not a real pair of Oakley sunglasses. Oakleys typically start at around £65 and go up from there.
Look for your glasses in an Oakley catalogue or on the official Oakley website. Compare the glasses in question to the picture of the official model and read the description carefully. If you can't find a matching model at all, steer clear.
Make sure your glasses come in a box with a microfiber cleaning bag and warranty card. The box itself should have a barcode on it and a description of the sunglasses.
Tips and warnings
- Read the fine print of any sales agreement you enter into. It may very well state that the glasses are replicas and that there's no intention of deceit. If they are legal replicas, they should not have the Oakley logo on them or look identical to an Oakley pair. Illegal fakes will have the logo on them and will try to look identical to their authentic Oakley counterpart.
- Take the glasses to an authorised Oakley reseller in your area (such as a Sunglass Hut at your local mall) if you're unsure about their authenticity. A qualified dealer will be able to tell you right away if the glasses are fake or not.
- Use caution when bidding on Oakleys at an auction site like eBay. Read the description carefully, and equally important, read the seller's feedback. Look to see if the seller has sold on eBay before and/or has a store. If the seller has low feedback, it could mean he has just set up an account to quickly get rid of a load of fakes.
- Don't think they're genuine just because the seller offers a money-back guarantee. The cost of counterfeits is so cheap to the seller, he can easily afford to give refunds to the small percentage of customers who return them.
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