Better Business Bureau warns Blackhawks fans of counterfeit gear
ROCKFORD (WREX) -
A warning for Chicago Blackhawks fans looking to buy Stanley Cup championship gear.
The Better Business Bureau is cautioning buyers to keep a look out for counterfeit championship hats, jerseys and t-shirts.
To avoid getting scammed, the BBB says you should look for the following clues:
Look for the NHL Hologram - A hologram should appear on all NHL licensed merchandise. On a jersey or sweater you should find it on a hand tag on. On smaller items like a hat expect to find a hologram sticker.
Look at the Stitching - Counterfeit jerseys and hats often have inferior stitching there could even be typos.
Look for discoloration or Fuzzy Logos - The logos should be crisp and clean. The screen printing on fake t-shirts will be blurry and have some color bleed and sometimes the colors in the logo are incorrect.
Look for snipped tags - Counterfeiters will buy cheap garments on the secondary market and print the logos on these. The snipped tag indicates the garments are seconds.
Avoid Unlicensed sites - Fans should be leery of purchases on sites such as Craigslist, online auctions sites or sites not licensed by the NHL.