Xiaomi with the help of Delhi Police conducted raids in Gaffar Market, Karol Bagh and seized over 2000+ fake Xiaomi products from four shop owners who were arrested for allegedly selling counterfeit Xiaomi products. The value of seized products is Rs. 13 lakhs and include a range of mobile accessories including a few which weren’t even launched officially in India. Some of the counterfeits seized include Mi Powerbanks, Mi Neckbands, Mi Travel Adaptor with Cable, Mi Earphone Basic with Mic, Mi Wireless Headsets, Redmi Air Dots, Mi 2-in-1 USB Cable etc.
Gaffar Market in Central Delhi is notorious for fake products and it was found out by Police upon interrogation that the four suppliers have been managing this business for years now. These counterfeit products were allegedly sold in retail and wholesale to the customers from their retail shops.
To avoid cheating and for getting genuine products, the customers should purchase authorized products from authorized Stores of the brand and partner outlets. Xiaomi has listed following checks to identify counterfeit products of Xiaomi:
- Some products carry security codes that can be checked on mi.com to identify the authenticity of the product- eg. Mi Powerbanks
- Packaging and quality of retail box are very different. You can visit any Mi Home/ Mi Store to validate the original packaging.
- Check for the original Mi Logo on the product and you will know if that is authorized. Original logo of packaging can be seen on mi.com
- All authorized fitness products such as Mi Band(s) will have Mi Fit app compatibility.
- Original batteries will carry a sign stating it to be Li-Poly batteries – while signs like Li-ion mean that they are not Xiaomi’s
- One can identify original USB cables by Xiaomi as well from the fake ones, as the unauthorized ones are quite flimsy and break easily.