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Your Child's Safety is the Most Serious Risk with Fake Merchandise.
Going into the holiday season, we're seeing tons of fake Rainbow Looms going around, even on the most popular, reputable major shopping sites! It's a serious matter - Rainbow Loom and other toymakers comply with strict safety regulations before selling toys to children, but counterfeits almost never meet the same quality & safety standards as the original toys
Of course there are other very serious issues with counterfeit merchandise. You can read more about criminal counterfeit fraud here
But here's one big way to spot a very common counterfeit Rainbow Loom seller before you buy: There are no authorized Rainbow Loom distributors in China!
If a seller is offering to ship a genuine Rainbow Loom from China, especially at a low cost, it is definitely fake. 
We put together a guide to help you spot the differences and some information to help if you've been scammed & your child has been put at risk of harm.

How to Spot Common Counterfeits:

These two boxes look alike at a glance, but it's easy to spot the fake when you know what to look for. On the front cover, the counterfeiters removed Choon's LLC information on the lower right. But scroll down - we found more big differences!

Official Rainbow Loom starter kits have the company information embossed in the plastic on the connectors. This counterfeiter covered the area with a sticker instead.

On the side of the box, Rainbow Loom includes their website URL so that people can watch videos, but the counterfeiter Photoshopped that out when copying the package.

Look for the bar code on the package too - real Rainbow Looms always have one.

The real mini loom much sturdier, and has "Mini Rainbow Loom" embossed on the side.

Patented C-Clips from Rainbow Loom are clear and shiny, and slightly smaller than the counterfeit ones.

The hook tool is important - it takes a lot of stress and has a point that isn't suitable for smaller kids. An authentic Rainbow Loom kit has a loom that is larger and of higher quality, and it is embossed with the Rainbow Loom name. 
How could a fake plastic loom be a hazard? The counterfeit we found is troubling! The plastic is thin, brittle and sharp enough to cut skin. The stress of pulling rubber bands could cause pieces to snap off under pressure like a slingshot! 


Rainbow Loom Rubber Bands

Rainbow Loom Rubberbands

What should you do if you've found or even accidentally purchased a fake Rainbow Loom?

  1. If you purchased through a mass online retailer or auction site, let them know about the fraudulent seller immediately!
  2. Ask for a full refund and request that the counterfeit seller be removed from their listings so that others won't be taken in.
  3. Report the product to the brand owner and to the authorities. In the US, unsafe products should be reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission by calling 800-638-2772 or by visiting their website. Counterfeit product crime can be reported to US Authorities at IPRcenter.gov.


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