Countefeit (and Dangerous) Items Being Sold Online

Photo from Thou Shalt Not Covet

Photo from Thou Shalt Not Covet

Amanda Mourelatos, Reporter

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Third party sellers have been caught red-handed selling products that can be harmful, such as wall adapters for your devices, jewelry, and makeup. In the wall adapters, there is a certain part that keeps your device from charging too much and possibly exploding. Fake makeup is made from the cheapest materials and can lead to bad reactions which are not good for your skin. Despite the professional-looking logos, not everything is what it seems.

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The credibility of these products has been tested multiple times. 11 out of the 12 adapters bought on Amazon by NBC Nightly News lacked that circuitry. Therefore, they were dangerous and when tested, the phone caught on fire (click on the hyperlink above to see).

On CBS, a makeup guru tested the cheaper makeup compared to the real makeup bought from official stores. Her result with the fake eyeshadow was an eye infection within 45 minutes of wearing the applied makeup. Also, they sent in fake and real lipstick and eyeshadow palettes to a lab and there was 4 times more lead in the fake eyeshadow and 15 times more lead in the fake lipstick. Some of this fake makeup has been known to have arsenic, mercury, and aluminum inside. To protect yourself from buying counterfeit items, look on the website for something along the lines of “shipped and sold by (insert company here)”.

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