Oakley sunglasses are a high quality American product that started out as BMX bike grips in the late 70’s to mid 80’s, before Oakley made their first pair or sunglasses. And then they exploded. And with their immense popularity came the wave of counterfeits, flooding the market, trying to meet the demands of the public and capitalizing on the popularity of the sunglasses. So knowing that there is an ocean of phony glasses out there, how can you tell the real from the fake?
Oakley manufactures good quality sunglasses that tend to be pricey. Since they are so popular, many people will attempt to sell knock off sunglasses. Since everybody likes a good deal, they tend to sell well, and the customer often thinks that he just got a good deal on authentic Oakleys. If you are in the market to shop for some new Oakley sunglasses, you should learn about how to tell the real from the fake, or you could easily wind up with a pair of knockoffs.
The first thing carefully inspect the “O” on the side of the frame. This is one of the easiest ways to tell fake Oakleys from real ones. On authentic Oakleys, the “O” is different than the other letters. It is slightly raised and is a different material than the rest of the print. Knockoffs cannot counterfeit this, so they will attempt to make an “O” that either looks like an oval or has an “X” through it.
Feel the rubber around the frames. The rubber should feel soft on a real pair of Oakleys. On a fake pair it will be rough and hard. You can also feel the difference by wearing it for just a few minutes. It should feel smooth and comfortable on your nose and around the ears.
Finding out where the sunglasses were made is another sure way of telling real from Replica. Real Oakleys are always made in America and will say, “Made in the United States” on the inside of the frame. Fake Oakleys will either say they were made in some other country, or will have nothing at all.
If the sunglasses have any stickers or advertisements on them saying anything like, “Authentic Oakley,” or “100% Oakley,” then they are most likely fake. Real Oakley sunglasses does not put stickers on their frames. This is a good thing to keep in mind when shopping for any authentic Oakley sunglasses. Whether it’s Gucci, Armani or Calvin Klein, they will not put stickers or labels on their frames trying to advertise that they are real.
You want to do is look at the Oakley name on the lenses. Authentic Oakley shades have the name engraved into the lenses. If you look closely, you can usually tell pretty easily if they are fake or not. A fake pair will have the name printed on the lenses and it may even be crooked. Bring a magnifying glass with you if you need to!
Another quick test is the lens sticker test. Authentic Oakley sunglasses do not put stickers on their lenses. If you see a pair of sunglasses with a lens sticker-most likely they are fake. However, Oakley does put out glasses with an H sticker on the lens, these are sometimes found at retail chains like Sunglass Hut.
Utilize these tips when spotting replica Oakley sunglasses, they will quickly weed out many of the fakes on the market. Good luck and safe shopping!
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