I was cruising with my mate, Ash, through a large shopping centre here in Thailand and we went past any number of mobile phone booths. Tourists were checking out the gear on sale. Ash was telling me he was chatting with one of the salesman recently and the sales guy admitted that many of the Android phones, including Samsung models, were what are called genuine fakes.
Conversation with a tourist:
Tourist: Is this genuine?
Sales Guy: Yes. It is a genuine “fake” (said in rapid mumbled tones) model.
Tourist: Excellent, here’s the money.
So it got me thinking. How do you know if you have just bought a genuine Samsung product? Are there any tell-tale clues that will reveal the genuine from the fakes? After all, Samsung is one of, if not the, biggest manufacturer of smart phones in the world. Its use of the open Android platform makes it easier and cheaper for the cloning manufacturers to produce fakes – and much harder for consumers to distinguish between a genuine and a fake.
And so it is with online marketing. You have probably read of the scams that proliferate on the Internet; well you may have read of a few since keeping up with all of them would consume every waking moment. I won’t bore you with stories of people who have lost their hard earned on a network scheme that turned into a scam.
So why are so many joining up with Wealthy Affiliate, arguably the world’s best affiliate network? How do I know I am not buying a fake? Will I become the next statistic of scheme turning into scam?
Research, Research, Research!
Research is the key! Doing our research on anything new is vital. Knowledge is KING! As you will note in this article, whether you are buying a new smartphone or tablet, a new car, or considering a new online income stream, doing the research first will reassure you and help you make an informed decision. We live in the age in information – what you need to know is at your fingertips. So let’s spend a few minutes considering the ways to test Samsung and Wealthy Affiliate and protect ourselves from buying a fake!
Preventing your money going down the drain – Samsung
What tips can I give you to prevent that phone you want to buy being a fake? I will look at three areas, Physical Appearance, Operating Codes, Software.
Many fake phone models are built so cheaply the material and craftsmanship reflect the amount of money invested on them. Check the following physical features:
- The screen is made of cheap glass material.
- The screen is too far from the edge.
- The screen is not as bright and vibrant as the original
- The Home button is not on the exact same spot as that of the genuine item.
- The Samsung logos have raised lettering and / or badly miss-spelt.
- Different proportions than that of the genuine product.
- Gaps between parts like the home, power, and volume buttons are obvious.
- When the battery cover is opened, some of the small components do not match with the original one.
- The battery specifications are not the same.
For yet another way to test if your Samsung is genuine, Samsung provide codes that can be used. Samsung codes are a combination of numbers and symbols that after they are entered, will allow you to test your phone. You can also use these codes to perform a device check that will specifically identify your device as being genuine or fake. Dial these codes in and press the “Call” button. A genuine device will respond to the code and reassure you that you have thrown your money away.
Here are some examples of Samsung codes:
*#06# Displays IMEI number
*#1234# View SW Version PDA, CSC, Modem
Google “Samsung codes genuine” and you will find a mountain of information to help you check whether you have bought a fake.
Samsung Kies is genuine software that can be downloaded onto your computer to detect the authenticity of your device. Kies is not only for checking fakes but is ideal for uploading pictures and videos from your phone to your desktop. If the physical checks aren’t yet convincing you of the genuineness of the device, connecting in to Kies via your USB cable will help out. A genuine model will be recognized and seamlessly connect you to Kies as the software recognizes the device.
Preventing your money going down the drain – Wealthy Affiliate
The first thing I noticed when doing my research on online marketing was the excellent reviews I found about Wealthy Affiliate (WA). I had just moved to Asia and was researching top 10 online jobs or business opportunities. WA ranked in that top 10. Further research led me to their website. The physical appearance and layout was immediately attractive. This is an organization that presents well. You know the saying, First Impressions..
WA promote themselves as a network or people who are like minded – developing an online income stream from the niche market of your choice. I found that members of this network were from all walks of life, young and old, the Mums and Dads of our worldwide society. It was fascinating to browse the site and read comments from people who were feeling at home in this new endeavor.
Code of Ethics
Wealthy Affiliate prides themselves on their code of ethics. To become part of this network, certain rules of engagement are in place that protects any member from unscrupulous people. Vilification of others on the basis of race, religion or gender is strictly prohibited. Unsavory content such as violence or pornography is strictly banned. If any member strays into any of those paths, peer correction is quickly implemented.
WA do not claim to make you rich, quickly. Their goal is to educate you, mentor you and encourage you in your goal on having your own online income stream. They remind all members that success isn’t overnight; it will take work and patience to reach your goals.
Wealthy Affiliate has the cutting edge marketing tools in place. They provide all you need in building a beautiful and marketable website. What do I mean?
Firstly, they use Site Rubix as the development platform along with WordPress themes. WordPress is the world’s leading website developing platform used by leading edge website creation agencies.
In addition, keyword search tool Jaaxy has established itself as the go-to software to assist in keyword search, vital if you are to rank your site high in Google, Yahoo! or Bing.
Along with that, Namecheap.com is the best domain name purchasing tool to help get you started.
These are just a few of what is available when you sign up to Wealthy Affiliate Premium membership. I joined the network in March 2015. It only took a day of WA activity to convince me that the Premium membership is the key to success. Note the benefits in the chart below:
What is the link between Samsung phones and Wealthy Affiliate? I have loved Samsung phones for years. Wealthy Affiliate taught me how to develop a website so that I could build and online income stream promoting one of my favourite products. Neither of these brands are fakes.
So, as with anything, do your research. Get out of the gloomy world of misinformation and counterfeit. Step into the world of information, of knowing the product before you buy and making a decision before you part with the hard-earned cash. Remember, it will obviously be more expensive than the fake, but, in the long run, you will have a service satisfaction that is second to none.
Buy from a reputable dealer or online store. Amazon.com has great deals on genuine products. Referrals from friends can also be reassuring that you have bought the genuine Samsung article. Check for yourself why Wealthy Affiliate can be the stepping stone to your own online marketing journey. Don’t buy a fake! Get the genuine article! Study the facts and the pleasure you receive from your decision will be great.
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