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Counterfeiting and the Refills Industry

Refills are the basis of many industries, such as Ink-Jet Printers, Soda Machines and more. Faking these refills is on the rise, hurting profitability and frustrating consumers

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Fake Refills Hurt Business and Frustrate Customers

Low-cost devices such as printers and coffee machines are distributed on the basis of continuous revenue from refills. Counterfeiters have long identified this segment as a lucrative business and constantly produce useless or low quality fakes.

  • Fake refills not just fail to function, but also cause damage to the device
  • In case of drinks and pollution refills, fakes may cause health problems
  • Certain brads such as HP have started protecting their goods, yet it is not effective as it is based on special equipment which is scalable
  • Refills as the basis of new products will continue to proliferate, solution is needed ASAP.

Marking refills with end-user readable marks, serialised and encrypted is the best solution as some of the manufacturers acknowledge and plan to implement.

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