The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) warned the public of buying fake or counterfeit products, even if they are cheaper than the original ones.
According to Josephine Santiago, Director General of IPOPHL, buying counterfeits dos not help you save money, since the quality of the product is not assured.
The official further explained that original products tend to last longer compared to their fake versions.
“Hindi tayo nakakatipid sa pag-bibili ng mga peke.” Santiago said during DZRH’s Makabagong Bayanihan. “Unang-una hindi tayo sigurado sa kalidad, hindi tayo sigurado kung ito ay tatakbo, aandar, at gaano katagal.”
In line with this, Santiago advised the public to save their money and original products rather than taking a risk with the effectivity of counterfeits.
” Sa katotohonan, baka mas maganda kunting pag-iipunan pa doon talaga sa sigurado.” Santiago added.
The IPOPHL director added that an effective method to ensure that the product is original is by buying it from the company’s outlets and not through third party sellers.
Santiago said that expensive brands are only sold in popular malls due to their image and will not be found in bazaars and in the market-place.
“Unang-una. saan iyon outlet? saan mo bibilhin? Kapag original at mamahalin, sa mga mall na kilala. Ang mga manufactfurer niyan hindi nag-bebenta outside of those mall.” Santiago explained. “Hindi sila matatagpuan sa mga bazaar, tiyange, o sa mga bangketa.”
While on buying products through the internet, Santiago recommended that the public check the offical website of the manufacturer and to also avoid third party sites since they could be selling counterfeits.
The official also claimed that known brands rarely have sales, and that an un-announced discount could be a sign that the product being sold is a counterfeit.
“Kung website ng third party, hindi siya original, maaring hindi siya original, maaring nakuha ko lang kung saan-saan.” Santiago claimed.
Based on the IPOPHL, most of the products being faked are whitening products, slimming products, medicines, soaps, fabric conditioners, and cellphone charges, which tend to explode and cause fires.