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How to spot a Fake Football Shirt

2022/23 Kits

How to spot a Fake Football Shirt

Whether you’re an avid fan of a Premier League giant or you prefer retro kits from back in the day,  there is a strong chance that your desired shirt will be available for purchase, but it could be fake. Sadly, given the rise of fake products being sold online, football is also encountering a similar issue from individuals and businesses purporting to be legitimate shirt sellers.

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This is an issue that hasn’t just impacted the football shirt landscape either, with online products through sites like eBay regularly being counterfeit. For fans keen on football fashion, purchasing the perfect shirt is just as important as following their beloved club home and away or nailing any Champions League betting predictions ahead of the mouth-watering clashes in the competition. After all, if you feel good in what you’re wearing, you’ll be able to support your beloved team with some extra vigour and passion. Turning up to Old Trafford in a fake Manchester United shirt is hardly going to provide you with a boost, is it? Likewise, if you’re playing five-a-side football with some friends during the week, that horrifically bad Juventus shirt you’ve just snapped up from a random seller online will result in a verbal battering coming your way, too.

In order to avoid any future embarrassment and to make sure that your hard-earned cash isn’t being wasted on a fake product, below is a look at some key things to look out for in order to avoid purchasing a fake football shirt. Sadly, it can happen to anyone.

Cheaper isn’t always a good thing

One of the main reasons people shop online is not only because of the extensive selection of products available in one place, but also due to the potential of finding a bargain. When it comes to purchasing football shirts, a bargain price probably means a fake product. It’s worth keeping in mind that the latest kits on the market will rarely be marked down and are not reduced by most sellers until the season ends. Therefore, if you’re finding massively reduced shirts halfway through a competitive season, then chances are they’re fake. It’s always worth waiting for an official launch and purchasing shirts from reputable sellers.

Assess the quality of a shirt

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Although it can be hard to tell if the display image isn’t too clear, always assess the quality of a shirt and look for any errors in production. Of course, if an image isn’t clear enough, then it’s probably best to avoid buying from the seller anyway, but if you can spot any poor stitching or a different quality of fabric then chances are it’s a fake. The neckline and the badge areas of a shirt should be of particular interest, with many fake products being poorly made in that regard. Most fake products generally cut corners in terms of production. With football shirts, it can be easy to spot at times.

Counterfeiters do make mistakes 

In terms of fake shirts, most of them are clearly counterfeit due to a number of mistakes when it comes to the final product. Common mistakes include the wrong manufacturer’s logo being added to a shirt, the wrong club badge being featured on a specific design, and even the wrong name of a player on the back of a specific jersey. Always look at reputable websites and their images of a desired shirt before making any sort of purchase elsewhere.

Don’t be fooled by a swing tag

Just because a shirt has a swing tag, it doesn’t mean that you’re about to purchase the real deal. In fact, unscrupulous sellers will add swing tags with missing details, perhaps featuring no barcode, by printing the tag on the shirt instead of having a sticker, or by misspelling some crucial details on the swing tag.

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