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Canon has started a new campaign to raise awareness about counterfit products.  The ones that affect most photographers are batteries and chargers. Unfortunately, they only give vague hints of things to check for when you suspect that you have a counnterfit product.  The main point is that you should buy from a established dealer.


There is a hotline setup to report issues with counterfit batteries.


In the USA, you can report any questionable sources or purchases to

1-855-46-CANON.


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 15, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has rolled out a consumer-safety initiative that will promote awareness of a consumer electronics industry-wide issue: the risks of using counterfeit accessories for digital cameras and camcorders, especially batteries and chargers. Counterfeit products are fake replicas of the real products, designed to take advantage of the superior value of the real product. These fake accessories are produced in a manner that is increasingly more difficult for average consumers to identify. Purchase of these products can lead to potentially dangerous results. Unlike genuine Canon products, counterfeit accessories may not meet government and industry safety standards and may overheat, smoke, melt, ignite and may cause bodily injury and property damage.


In support of this initiative, a digital campaign, with the tagline, “Play it safe. Power your Canon with Canon Power” was launched on January 8, advising consumers to avoid counterfeits by purchasing products through established retail channels. In addition, the Canon USA Website has been enlisted to educate consumers on the Canon batteries and chargers most frequently counterfeited and to provide helpful tips to spot them.


“Canon takes safety seriously and, as good corporate citizens, we want to inform and educate so that consumers are aware of the risks counterfeit products pose,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “We will be rolling out an initiative over the next few months, encouraging consumers to help play it safe with genuine Canon power when making an investment in a camera or camcorder and its accessories, so that they may continue to enjoy the quality experience they expect from us.”


For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com/aboutcounterfeits.



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good.. i nearly bought a 200-400mm F4 IS TC1.4 yesterday.....
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That slogan sounds like it should be a condom advertisement. ::)
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If they lowered battery prices, that would make the counterfitting business unprofitable, and they might actually make a larger profit by selling a lot more batteries. 
 
Somewhere there is a price point that would achieve this, apparently, Canon thinks they have the price point now, but I see it as being more like overpriced music and videos, many more would purchase them rather than illegally copying them if the prices were reasonable. 

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If they lowered battery prices, that would make the counterfitting business unprofitable, and they might actually make a larger profit by selling a lot more batteries. 
 
Somewhere there is a price point that would achieve this, apparently, Canon thinks they have the price point now, but I see it as being more like overpriced music and videos, many more would purchase them rather than illegally copying them if the prices were reasonable.

OT: $12-14 for an album is way more than reasonable.

But yes, sometimes I feel like their batteries are overpriced, it's not like they're revolutionizing the battery world either.

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I bought 5DMKiii, it's battery made in China. I bought 2 decoded batteries from Ebay which were made in China as well with half of the price of 1 Canon's battery. The Canon's one can take about 5 - 10% more pics than the other 2. After about 2 months being stored (out of the camera) with full charge and without using (Im not a pro), the Canon's had 88% power left; the other 2 had...100% power left. Which one should I buy next?Of course buy Canon's ......... not!

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If they lowered battery prices, that would make the counterfitting business unprofitable, and they might actually make a larger profit by selling a lot more batteries. 

I doubt it because circumventing safety and producing crappy batteries with 1/2 the nominal max. charge will always be cheaper.

Canon's problem is that at least I don't see any mandatory connection between their prices and quality, for example I just ordered some Canon lens caps from Asia for $1 per piece, great value :-> ... maybe Canon should raise consumer's awareness why their pieces of plastic cost 10x the price of, well, unusually good offers.

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I don't mind buying third party batteries, as long as that's what I'm looking for, and paying for.  If I'm paying $50+ for a "genuine" Canon battery, it damn well better be real. (I'm talking to you Amazon)

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Oh, and while I'm on the subject (still speaking to you Amazon)...  If I'm paying for a SanDisk Extreme you better not send me an Extreme HD Video.  Especially infuriating is the fact you covered up the UPC with a sticker with the part number and UPC for the Extreme.  I'M NOT THAT STUPID!

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The main point is that you should buy from a established dealer.

So is the initiative just dealer-driven?

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If they'd ever sell their batteries for an even remotely reasonable price, I might buy one someday.  As it is, I've had no trouble with any of the 6 third-party batteries I've bought for a total cost less than the cost of just 1 Canon.

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If they'd ever sell their batteries for an even remotely reasonable price, I might buy one someday.  As it is, I've had no trouble with any of the 6 third-party batteries I've bought for a total cost less than the cost of just 1 Canon.

It's not the 3rd party batteries that are problem, it's the counterfeit batteries being marketed as authentic Canon batteries.

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