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.
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.
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.
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.“