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Don't Waste Your Money: Watch out for fake North Face jackets

By John Matarese - bio |email

(WTOL) - The hottest boots these days are Australian UGG boots, which average around $140 a pair. The hottest jackets are made by North Face and average around $200 apiece.

In fact, both are now heavily counterfeited and that awesome discount you found online could be a fake.

As we reported a few weeks ago, Kerry Dalton got burned by an online UGG store.

She said "I found a site, they looked legitimate, they said 100% Australian made."

So she paid $80 plus shipping. But a few weeks later, Kerri received a plain brown box from China. Inside, two of the thinnest, most poorly made boots she had ever seen. The logos were crooked, the soles, thin and missing the familiar indentations.

The instruction sheet even contained several misspellings.

Now, another viewer, who asked not to appear on TV, tells me she fell victim to a website called Jackets It looked exactly like the real North Face (two words) website.

But after paying $211 for two jackets, she says she received two horrible fakes, with poor workmanship, poor materials, a zipper that did not work properly, and even a bad odor.

The website is now gone, a Google search turning up only a list of complaints about it.

So don't let this happen to you: Be suspicious of all deeply discounted North Face jackets and UGG boots on ebay and other websites.

A discount is worthless, if what you get is unwearable.

Watch John Matarese's Don't Waste Your Money reports Monday, Wednesday and Friday on WTOL 11 News at 5.

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