Below we’ve listed a few pro-tips of what are the sure signs of counterfeit or cheap cable:
- Look for the UL number. If there is no UL umber, that’s an instant tip-off. Even if there is a UL number, look it up to see if it’s legit.
- Look for the ETL logo. Ask the seller for the ETL test results and check the ETL website.
- How is the printing? Is it poorly done on the box and cable?
- Check for product manuals. Legitimate products will always include brochures or manuals.
- Does the color match previous bought cable?
- Compare the weight to cable you know performs up to standard.
Use these tips when you shop around for your next batch of cable. The last thing we want is for you to get burned on counterfeit cable. For more information and tips on how to avoid unsafe cable, listen to our “Complete Cabling Solutions” podcast, coming soon. [UPDATE: Podcast is now available. Click on the "Podcasts" section of the blog.]
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