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How To Know If An Item is Fake or Counterfeit (Lazada & Shoppee)

Shopping online? here are some guidelines to know if it’s a counterfeit or legit. Take these tips to save yourself the hassle that comes with fake products.

Shopee is another online store platform that is similar to LAZADA, AliExpress, and Amazon. You can buy stuff from other sellers that sell an item on the Shopee platform. In fact, Shopee is gaining popularity and can be considered as the rival of LAZADA in Asian countries. Just this last November 11, 2018, there were almost 11 million items sold by Shopee.

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Considering all of that, this also makes Shopee a store prone to counterfeit listings. For this section, here are a few tips on spotting counterfeit items.

Shopee Mall Means 100% Authentic

Similar to LazMall, Shopee also has a section where big companies, brands, and manufacturers are given a flagship store and are verified by Shopee. So anyone can expect 100% authenticity of the items bought from Shopee Mall.

Here’s an example of what an item looks like and what to look when an item is listed in Shopee Mall.

First is, look at the seller information below the item listing. Under the seller name, there should be a Shopee Mall badge. Next is, there should be the word “Mall” attached before the product name.

If all of the criteria that dictate an item are listed in the Shopee Mall platform, then rest assure that the item is 100% authentic.

Comparison Check

Rule of the thumb, if there’s an item that you want and is listed on Shopee Mall then it is best to buy it. This is to simply prevent any counterfeit purchases. But that’s not always followed. We tend to risk on those sellers that sell the same item at a lower price.

So in the image below, we will show you a comparison of 4 different sellers selling the same item. A flagship store, a preferred seller, a normal seller, and a seller that sells a counterfeit item.

As you can see, there are a few things that share the same common criteria dictating an item to be original. Those are the ratings, the price, and the badges from the platform.



If you noticed, the flagship store, the preferred seller, and the normal seller have a similar selling price of the Samsung MicroSD. They also received good ratings from numerous buyers but if you check the counterfeit one, you’ll see that the item is being sold for a very low price.

Most of the time, people who bought the counterfeit one gives the seller a negative comment. So it’s always best to read comments before purchasing.

Preferred Badge

Now if you’re wondering, a preferred badge is earned and not bought. According to Shopee, “Shopee sellers become Preferred Sellers by invitation only. A shop should have high seller ratings, quality listings with competitive prices, and excellent sales and customer service record.

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  1. fyi

    April 11, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Why does Lazada and Shopee allow these fake products to be sold on their site ? Buyers who complain and return items they believe are counterfeit are informing these Online portals that the product is fake. Why don’t they remove the sellers after checking it out for themselves ?
    Answer, They allow the selling of counterfeit items.

    For example. There is no such thing as a 18650 battery with a capacity more than 3000 mah. The makers of 18650 batteries warn of fakes on their web sites and state that any battery larger than 3000mah is fake. Lazada allows the selling of hundreds of fake 18650 batteries usually labeled Ultrafire claiming to be 4800,5400 or 7800mah. There is no such thing. What you are really buying are used near dead laptop batteries that have been wrapped in new labels. It would be a simple thing for these online portals to shut down some of these sellers but they don’t lift a finger to protect their customers.

  2. fyi

    April 18, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Ya it’s that obvious Shopee and Lazada allow the sellers to rip off the buyers.? Selling items that do not even exist. Would be interested in reading why they allow their customers to be cheated with obvious fake products.

  3. Jarkko

    November 15, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Its not just that they allow selling counterfeit products, but I got excited to buy something from an official shopee add cause I couldnt believe the price was so cheap. Then I checked the seller and it was all negative ratings. Yet they use this in their own adds? Below reprehensible.

  4. Tonet

    December 30, 2019 at 9:58 am

    During 12.12 event i bought an ares10 from romoss official store (take note:lazmall) in lazada…upon receiving i immediately checked if its authentic or not, but the code is INVALID,meaning the item they sent me is not authentic…i messaged the store about the problem, of course they insist that the item is authentic but they could not send me a proof when i asked them to, in the end they just resorted to blaming the counterfeit checking site for having a technical problem…what happened is so disappointing, and may i emphasize i bought the item in ROMOSS OFFICIAL STORE

  5. bondedjames

    July 27, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    its supposedly a good read but the link you gave above as an example of fake does not seem to be fake (maybe). there is already posts made by buyers and rating is already above 80%. the seller could be at risk when you use him/her as example but he/she sells authentic products. check the link again. im just saying two sides of the coin…

  6. Uncle George

    August 29, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Selling price is not guaranted, I bought a supplement for men from lazada which I thought to be original from canada because of its price of 4k, the packaging was good but the item was already opened and the label was not good with wrong spelling from China

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