How to Tell Fake Ray-Bans

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How to Tell Fake Ray-Bans
A fake pair of Ray-Bans will not provide the same level of sun protection. (sunglasses image by Oliver Lehermaier from

With designer sunglasses becoming more expensive and increasingly popular, concern about fake pairs being sold in shopping malls across the country and online is growing. Make sure you know how to check if you're purchasing genuine Ray-Bans.

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    Consider who's selling the glasses and the price. Large department stores and trusted retailers buy their stocks from reliable suppliers and are keen to avoid negative press and prosecution from selling fake products. Ray-Bans are high-end sunglasses, so if you see them for sale for a very cheap price that seems too good, they might be fake.

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    Examine a genuine pair of Ray-Bans. By seeing and feeling the quality of a real pair, you can make a comparison with a suspected fake pair.

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    Feel the quality of the material and workmanship. Fake products will often have a poor, sticky finish, with joints that don't lock together properly. Good fake products can be difficult to tell.

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    Check out the Authenticity Card and Warranty paperwork. Ray-Bans come with an authenticity card. However, makers of fake glasses will often try to trick the buyer by replicating this small piece of paperwork. In the same way you looked at the glasses, assess the quality of the card. Look for the correct use of fonts and any grammatical errors. Make sure the glasses come with a warranty card, and look for the same high-quality features on it.

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    Look for the RB logo. Ray-Ban sunglasses have an RB logo etched into the side of the glasses' frame. You can often pick out a fake pair because the logo will instead be printed, or the etching will look clumsy.

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    Feel the rubber quality. Fake products will often skimp on the quality of rubber used. Unlike the rubber in genuine Ray-Bans, it may be slimy, stiff and feel cheap to the touch.

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    Run your fingers along the inside of the soft case and the cleaning cloth. Both should feel strong and soft.

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    Look for the distribution sticker. Genuine glasses will have a sticker identifying the distributor's name, model number, frame number, dimension and lens type. If this sticker doesn't exist, chances are the glasses are fake.

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