You've heard of "counterfeit," but have you heard of counterFitbits? If you haven't heard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials recently seized around $35,000 worth of fake Fitbits that were shipped in from Hong Kong.
The fake merchandise was seized due to its infringement of Fitbit's intellectual property rights. They were packaged to look exactly like legitimate Fitbits, and it's presumed that the fakes were intended for illegal sale.
How can you tell if you received or purchased one of the fake Fitbits? Well, if you purchased your Fitbit from a legitimate retailer, you should be OK. But, if you purchased your Fitbit from a private seller on Craigslist or eBay, or even from a street vendor, it's difficult to say.
As you can see, the items that were seized are nearly identical to their legitimate counterparts. To see if your new Fitbit might be a fake, you'll need to monitor the performance of the product. If anything seems subpar, then it could be a fake.
Full details about where these products originated from have not yet been released. Because of this, it's difficult to say whether or not these products were manufactured using similar (but lower-quality) parts, or if they are actual Fitbits that were tossed out by the manufacturer (aka the "duds") and were never intended for sale. Either way, if you bought one, you wound up with a subpar product.
Fitbits aren't the only products officials have recently seized. Public Affairs has also reported that fake hoverboards and Beats headphones have also been confiscated. It just goes to show that when any product becomes extremely popular, you have to be wary of fakes and scams.