How to Identify Counterfeit Toys


In this article we will discuss a topic of utmost importance, which concerns what there probably are closest to his heart: the safety of our children.
In particular, we will address the issue of counterfeit toys, and give advice of on how to buy safe products, which do not entail any risk to children for which they are intended. The toy sector expects a long series of rigid controls necessary to ensure safety and avoid any type of danger; This concerns not only the aspects more easily identifiable, but also those less immediate, like construction materials, paints or solidity; It is also taken into consideration the hypothesis that the child use the toy with modes other than those for which it was designed, and that could make possibly dangerous. Comply with all regulations, often leads to an inevitable rise in the price of the products, which favours the vile toy manufacturing counterfeit, sold at prices significantly lower, but made with no regard for the regulations from a manufacturer that doesn’t gain much more attentive to the health and safety of children.

Check the presence of the CE mark

CE mark (European conformity) warrants that the product complies with all safety requirements laid down by the European Union, which are the strictest in the world. The presence of that mark is therefore an absolute guarantee; Unfortunately, the same two letters making up the mark CE also fit to other acronyms, particularly “China Export”; so, in a completely legal, however, is often shrewdly placed a mark similar to that of the European Community, suggesting to consumers that you are purchasing a product guaranteed but are simply buying a product exported from China.

Make sure that the pack carry all mandatory information

In addition to the CE mark, it is useful to know that in every box of toys must be placed very specific information: instructions must be present, and must be reflected in Italian; the toy also must show the age of the children for whom it is appropriate; on toys with electric components, ensure that you have the IMQ mark that guarantees security.

Beware of low prices

In any case, for the reasons already mentioned in the introduction to the article, alarm bells should sound in the presence of an unjustifiably low area and price: in this case it is legitimate to suspect that the toy could be of dubious origin, or that may conceal some malfunctions.

Buy from trusted sellers

Buy only from serious traders and trust me, distrusting instead from sellers. Obviously for the stalls of the markets is subject to the same obligations established for sale in shop. The beach toys sold by street vendors, for example, appear quite harmless and this could lead us to lower our guard; in fact we don’t know of what materials are composed, nor conceal sharp or dangerously may be swallowed by young children.

On the internet do not buy outside the EU or from lesser-known sites

The same rules, of course, apply to e-commerce: buy on the Internet can be a great idea, and often results in a charge less than at comparable product. However, the search for the lowest price, and often made easy by various services of comparison, has such potential side effect that we most frequently in contact with sites or sellers of poor reliability; insider buying from sites or Italian vendors, and avoid buying toys outside the European Union. The major sites of online sales meet certainly the requirement of seriousness, but in most cases they simply bring together dealers and buyers, without being able to apply any kind of control over the goods proposed. The web more than ever so we always keep our eyes open, and use our best weapon: common sense.