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2014/COPYCATS VS. THE REAL THING

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10/24/2014

There are a lot of copycat, fake, and knockoff products out there.  It might seem like a bargain -- the idea that you're getting the same product for a lower price.  Unfortunately, it's not true.  While the copycat may look the same, it's often a very different and inferior product underneath.  And sometimes, the fake can be dangerous to your health.  (That's true even for products, like combs, which are not eaten or ingested). 

One difference is material.  Chicago Combs are made of very high quality stainless steel which is manufactured in Kentucky, USA.  But when you buy a copycat, you don't know what you're really getting.  They may call it stainless steel, or even titanium, but you have no idea what it's really made of.  There are many grades of stainless steel -- and some have such a low chromium and nickel content that they can actually rust or corrode.  Or the cheap metal they use can leach dangerous chemicals or other metals onto your hair or skin.  

Another difference is quality.  With a fake, you're getting something which is not finished with anywhere near the level of care as a Chicago Comb.  Metal polishing is an art form, and it takes years of expertise to know how to properly polish each comb so that it's comfortable, smooth, and gentle on the scalp.  The knockoff combs are made as quickly and cheaply as possible, without regard for whether the comb actually works as it should.  

Unfortunately, even if you buy a fake comb that doesn't rust - or injure your scalp - you're still not out of the woods.  Believe it or not, there's a major issue in certain countries with radioactive metals being recycled and sold on to consumers.  The Seattle Times reported on a recent incident involving radioactive metal tissue boxes which ended up on the shelves of a major retailer, Bed Bath and Beyond.  Undoubtedly there are many other such cases which haven't made the news.

Obviously not all products from overseas carry the same risks.  If you buy an iPhone, for example, even though it's assembled abroad, there are thousands of people throughout the world whose job it is to ensure that it's a safe product.  That's not the case with copycat products.  When you buy knockoff, you're buying from someone who is already breaking the law.  These fly-by-night operators are unlikely to have much concern about your safety or well-being.  And the last thing you want is to end up with an unsafe or even radioactive piece of metal in your pocket or in your bathroom.  


When you buy a Chicago Comb, you can be assured you're getting the real deal:   a safe, carefully made product, backed by the reputation of a company whose combs are sold by 100+ leading retailers throughout the world.  Please check out our products, and drop us a line - we'd love to hear from you!

-John

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