How to spot fake merchandise?
For FOX 31's our Facebook story of the day people wanted to know what counterfeit products should they be on the lookout for.
Officials with the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office say with Atlanta only a few hours away, many counterfeit products end up right here in southwest Georgia.
Some of the most popular items for sale include fake designer purses, jeans, shoes, and DVDs.
Officials say many times people can tell whether or not an item is fake by the quality.
Counterfeit jeans are thick and stiff, while shoes and purses that are meant to be sewn are often glued together.
They say if the price seems too good to be true, it's probably a fake item.
"If someone tries to sell you a Coach bag that you know you have seen a very similar real Coach bag for $200 or $300 and they are trying to sale it to you for $39.95, it's going to be counterfeit," said Cpt. Craig Dodd, Dougherty County Sheriff's Office.
Captain Dodd says while people are known to sell fake products at flea markets and out the back of their cars, there are many stores that also sale counterfeit merchandise.
He says many of the counterfeit items are made in sweat shops overseas by children who work for minimal wages in poor conditions and then brought into the United States through underground crime rings.
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