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Asked by Anonymous

Updated 3w ago

I was looking for sport shoes online and came across the latest Nike trainers selling at much lower prices than those at Queenstown mall. Why is that?

Are the shoes at Queenstown authentic as well? Online shop sellers had given me word on the shoes' authenticity too.

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Junus Eu
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Answered on 12 May 2019

If the price for the latest Nike trainers are too good to be true, I would question the authenticity as well.

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Gabriel Lee
Gabriel Lee,
Level 6. Master
Updated 3w ago

Which online website were you shopping for the sport shoes? Online sites like Zalora & ASOS should be authentic, but others like Qoo10 or Lazada might not be. Did you do a "background check" on the seller - Checking out reviews of all the seller's product listings (Any bad comments, reading other people's Q&A Irresponsive, no after-sales service if there are defects/need to exchange size).

As for the shoes sold at Queenstown, it should be authentic since it is illegal to sell counterfeits/replicas of trademarked goods in Singapore, pursuant to Section 49 of the Trade Marks Act.

As a rule of thumb, if the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Meaning to say, if it claims to be authentic at a much cheaper price, then it probably is fake.

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Jueyi Goh
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28 Oct 2018

I often use Shopee. I also got a reply from a Carousell seller: Its factory overruns so basically they are straight from the factory and the quality is similar to factory outlet kinds just that there's minor differences and they aren't officially sanctioned by the shoe brand. What does it actually mean? Are they rejected goods?
Gabriel Lee
Gabriel Lee

28 Oct 2018

For Shopee, it's best to purchase from sellers under Shopee Mall to ensure it's authenticity. Check it out here - https://help.shopee.sg/hc/en-us/articles/115010119687-What-is-Shopee-Mall- . As for the reply from the Carouseller, personally I would interpret it as an OEM/AAA (Overrun) product which is basically a nicer way of saying it's fake. I feel that so long as the product didn't come out from the official factory, it's fake. It's actually pretty surprising that nowadays, the fake/replica products look almost or exactly the same as the original ones.
Lok Yang Teng
Lok Yang Teng,
Level 6. Master
Updated on 28 Oct 2018

Going by econs reasoning: Entire of Queenstown mall sells sports related goods including sports shoes, so in a sense there's many substitutes available (PED1). Sellers will want to lower price to attract buyers since an increase in price will lead to a more than proportionate decrease in quantity demanded.

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