by Kaz Andrew
So you finally found a deal on some cheap NHL jerseys that you’ve had your eye on for awhile. Even for those who are well off, the thought of buying an authentic hockey sweater for close to $ 350 is somewhat numbing. This leaves most of us doing one of three things:
Never getting one at all
Buying a cheap replica
Waiting to find a great deal on the “real thing”
This is where those with an untrained eye fall victim to the ever growing industry that is counterfit sports merchandise. As an avid fan, you wouldn’t be caught dead by your pals while wearing a iron-on replica, authentic or not. So you are either going to bite the $ 350 bullet, or hop on the web and search for some type of a deal. It is here that you will find a wide range of “authentic” jerseys priced anywhere from the normal $ 350, down to as low as $ 30.
The problem today is that counterfeiters are getting closer and closer to producing near-perfect knock-offs, making it nearly impossible to spot a fake unless it is side-by-side with a real one. The days of mis-shaped logo’s, incorrect colors, improper tags and missing fight straps that made fake’s easy to detect are long gone. To tell the difference in today’s world buying from respected dealers is the only sure-fire way to know that you will get what you pay for.
So what if you already went to eBay, found your favorite player’s authentic sweater brand new for $ 50 and proceeded to send your cash?
Well, if you don’t mind knowing that your jersey is not an authentic, and your friends aren’t jersey guru’s, then good job on finding a deal! If you are not this guy, then you probably want to know if you were ripped off or not, and how to know.
As mentioned earlier, the best way to know is to compare the jersey in question with a authentic sweater. Here are a few common areas where discrepancies are found:
NHL Hologram Tag
NHL Shield Logo
Overall Quality of Stitching
Reebok Tags – Is there a barcode sticker?
These are all things that are very hard to spot when purchasing online. What makes it harder is that most sellers will use a photo of an actual authentic jersey to fool you. They get around this trickery by carefully wording their product descriptions. They will never quite claim an item to be “authentic”, but will use just about every other synonym out there, which will lead you to believe just that.
This brings me to the conclusive answer of yes. There is a good chance that your cheap NL jersey is a fake. The best way to tell is to compare to the real thing. The best way to prevent getting ripped-off is to buy from reputable dealers such as the NHL website itself, or Reebok(current makers of the official NHL jerseys). If however, your friends aren’t up to snuff on what an authentic jersey should look like, and/or you could care less about what they think, go get yourself a really good deal on a near identical jersey.
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All the Best,