Filipinos love Korean Products. From skin care to makeup items, we love using them! On the downside, there are now items that misleads Filipino consumers. There are beauty products imitating the packaging, but they are made in other countries like China. So the question is, How to spot fake Korean Products?
Just recently, I attended a round table discussion on the promotion and protection of Genuine Korean Products. I learned a lot about the Copyright Infringement on Korean Products, How IP Rights are protected in the Philippines, and the Various Infringement cases in Southeast Asia.
For me, the best way to stop the manufacturing of imitated products is to inform consumers of the potential harm these products pose to the Filipinos and its economy.
How to Spot Fake Korean Products?
Check the Packaging
Some products imitate the style of the original products.
Others use the famous Korean Characters.
Read and Watch Product Reviews
There are tons of product reviews on YouTube and other beauty blogs. Check the reviews first before buying a product.
Research about the Manufacturer of the Brand
Always check the names of the manufacturer of the products. Trust the known Korean Brands only. Nature Republic, Innisfree, Etude House, TonyMoly, and Club Clio are some of the legit Korean shops you can see at the malls in the Philippines.
The packaging below is from Ilahui. If you can read Korean, you’ll know that these words doesn’t make sense at all.
Drawbacks of patronizing fake korean products
There are many reasons why you must not patronize fake Korean Products.
First, it’s bad for your skin. Wearing counterfeit clothes won’t really affect your body but using counterfeit beauty products will! The mere fact that these products are really cheap means that the unknown ingredients used there are not of high quality. You’ll just end up spending more money going to dermatologist when you get allergies.
Second, it’s a crime. Companies who make imitations violates the law of intellectual property rights. People who patronizes fake products are supporting criminals. Using fake Korean products promotes illegal trade and copyright infringement.
Lastly, it’s not good for the economy. Whenever people buy fake products, the Korean companies lose a great amount of revenues. This means that there will be less taxes remitted to the Philippines. This might also result to increase in unemployment rate.
List of Shops which sells fake Korean products
Can you add some more?