Flea Market Fakes: 'GMA' Goes Undercover at N.C. Sting of Counterfeit Merchandise


Spotting a Fake Purse

Experts tell "GMA" that the best way to spot a fake purse is to look at the price. If you're paying way below what you think you should be paying, then it's probably a fake.

Retailers will only sell their products at their own stores, department stores, and official websites. A designer purse sold at any other location is most likely counterfeit.

Spotting a Fake DVD or CD

Below are tips -- provided by the Motion Picture Association of America-- for how you can spot a fake consumer DVD or CD:

Remember the adage "You Get What You Pay For": Even if you are hoping to get your favorite movies or albums at a discount, new or used, extremely low prices might indicate illegal product.

Watch for Titles that are "Too New to be True": Movies that have yet to be released in theatres, or which are still out in theatres, should/will not be available in the DVD format. If very recent titles are being sold on the streets or through an auction or other online retail sites, they are most likely illegal.

Watch for Compilations that are "Too Good to Be True": Many counterfeiters make "dream compilation" CDs, comprised of songs by numerous artists on different record labels who would not likely appear on the same legitimate album together.

Read the Label: If the true name and address of the manufacturer is not shown, it is most likely not legitimate product. These products often do not contain a bar code. In addition, if anywhere on the package it reads that the disc is an "All-Region," "0-Region," or "No Region" product, it's highly likely that the CD or DVD is illegal. Furthermore, if the record label or movie studio listed is a company you've never heard of, that should be another warning sign.

Look for Suspicious Packaging: Carefully look over the packaging and beware of products that do not look genuine. Packages with misspelled words, blurry graphics, weak or bad color should all raise red flags. Inferior quality print work on the disc surface or slip sleeve cover, as well as the lack of original artwork and/or missing studio or label, publisher, and distributor logos on discs and packaging, are usually clear indicators that the product is pirated. CDs and DVDs with loose or no shrink wrap or cheaply made insert cards, often without liner notes or multiple folds, are probably not legitimate product.

Watch for Product Being Sold in Unusual Places: CDs and DVDs sold in non-traditional venues, like flea markets or on the street are probably not legitimate. In addition to tips to avoid being duped by counterfeit product, the RIAA and MPAA offer a wide array of legal, hassle-free services where fans can purchase their favorite movies and music at affordable prices.

For a list of these services, please visit www.mpaa.org or www.riaa.com.

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