It is one of the hottest toys of the Christmas season and it appears counterfeiters are taking notice.
We told you about the Fingerlings craze last month. Now, some sellers are trying to pass fake one’s off as real.
If you try to buy a Fingerlings online, it's nearly impossible to find a real one at the retail price, which is why counterfeiters are trying to take advantage of their popularity.
Louis Roethel bought some on Walmart.com for her kids. “There was miswording on the package, the product inside wasn’t secured. The color was leaching off the product onto their hands.”
The toys turned out to be fake and had been sold through a third party on Walmart's website. Roethel got a full refund. Walmart said, "We take these issues very seriously and have zero tolerance for sellers who list items in violation of our terms of service."
WowWee is the only company that makes authentic Fingerlings. It says some of the signs of counterfeits are errors in spelling and improper use of the Fingerlings brand name like "Happy Monkey, Fun Monkey, Finger Monkey, and Baby Monkey.
When buying Fingerlings, shoppers should make sure that the packaging matches the packaging on WowWee's site. Also, they retail for $14.99. If you find one for a lower price, chances are, it's a fake.
For more help finding authorized Fingerlings sellers, visit WowWee's support page.
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