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Re: Is Amazon selling fake LP-E6 batteries or did Canon change design?
« Reply #30 on: March 21, 2012, 11:33:35 AM »
Sorry OP if the battery is fake, I got burned a few years back with a very convincing CF card.

A word of advice to everyone: Don't use Amazon or Ebay to buy any type of memory card/battery/filter.

Just assume that anything from a third party seller is fake. Assume anything from Hong Kong is fake. Even when your order is directly from Amazon, their system will sometimes use may different warehouses and distribution centers. These locations aren't guaranteed to have legit stock.

Ebay is just asking for counterfeit stock, don't even try.

Pretty much the only option for these type of items is either Adorama or BH.

Bought 8 CF transcend cards from Amazon and have never had a problem with the cards. I would never trust EBay just to buy a CF card. The only time I've gone there is to purchase items that can't be bought anywhere else such as anamorphic lenses.

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Re: Is Amazon selling fake LP-E6 batteries or did Canon change design?
« Reply #30 on: March 21, 2012, 11:33:35 AM »

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« Reply #31 on: March 23, 2012, 10:45:14 AM »
Got my 5d Mark III today.  The battery that came with the camera looks identical as the battery that I bought from Amazon.

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Re: Is Amazon selling fake LP-E6 batteries or did Canon change design?
« Reply #32 on: March 23, 2012, 11:19:33 AM »
I was going to say the same thing, I was going to take a photo but it's charging  ;)
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Re: Is Amazon selling fake LP-E6 batteries or did Canon change design?
« Reply #33 on: March 25, 2012, 03:09:11 AM »
Unkbob - After looking at your photos there was one thing that peaked my curiosity and that was the Made In and Assembled.  Strangely enough your "old" battery shows "Made In China" but the new states "Cell Made In Japan pack Assembled in China".  I grabbed my 7D bought through an authorized Canon Reseller and mine says the latter "Cell Made In Japan pack Assembled in China".  Perhaps this may assist you further.
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Re: Is Amazon selling fake LP-E6 batteries or did Canon change design?
« Reply #34 on: March 25, 2012, 03:51:28 AM »
 I just ordered another LP-E6 from B&H and still have it new in packaging. The battery enclosed, looks like the the others I have had from my 5DmkII (semi-gloss black battery with the lighter yellow-orange cover). It seems that Canon should not have changed the design at all in recently manufactured LP-E6 batteries because the battery that came with my 5DmkIII also looks the same as the original design.  After looking at the packaging, I noticed that there is a foil holographic sticker with "Canon" printed on it placed near the top left corner of the blister pack. Did the battery from Amazon have this sticker? It's used to indicate that it is an authentic Canon product.  In any case, there must be some type of distinguishable variation in design of any product for a third party manufacturer to legally produce and market the product.  If there is no difference in design between the original LP-E6 and the battery in question, then it is likely that it is authentic. Most manufacturers would not go to the extreme of forging an exact replica of an authentic copyrighted product because they would be an easy target for legal action by the copyright owner.

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« Reply #35 on: August 04, 2012, 12:41:40 PM »
Hi,
I'm new to the forum but felt compelled to reply to this post after finding it, having also received 'fake' LP-E6 batteries for my 7D. I ordered them from a third party, 'Tech_traders1' through Amazon but like with unkbob the battery covers were a different colour to the genuine Canon one I received with my 7D and the texture on the battery was different too.

I contacted Canon directly to see if they could advise but my the iPhone photos I sent them meant they couldn't conclusively say whether they were counterfeit or not. I was told however...

"From the images that you have provided, it is not clear if these are counterfeit. If these are counterfeits, they do appear to be good replicas - unfortunately the slight softness of the image prevents me from confirming 100%. The battery cover does definitely raise concerns, as the colour is incorrect.

Perhaps one of the best ways to tell is from the hologram. The hologram should change as you tilt it, I have attached two photographs to confirm how the hologram should appear. From the images you provided, this did not appear to be the case, and also the actual design of the hologram does not seem right.

Comparing a genuine with a suspect battery is simply the best way to determine if it is counterfeit, as genuine Canon batteries should mostly be identical aside from occasional slight design changes. Slight differences in typefaces or logos, printing or labels that are situated at a slight angle, or the quality of printing and materials used for the packaging, are generally the best indicators."

Having contrasted the holograms on the suspected fake packaging to that of a genuine packet (that I have subsequently bought) leaves me in no doubt that the third party batteries from Tech-traders1 are fake.

I have requested a refund from the seller and Amazon have confirmed that a refund request has been made. Having only recently acquired my 7D (I use the Canon C300 video camera more) I wanted to use genuine Canon parts.

The moral of my story is that if prices for so called genuine products seem too good to be true then they usually are. Attached is a photo of the genuine hologram that I received from Canon in my correspondence:

Hope this helps someone down the line.

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Re: Is Amazon selling fake LP-E6 batteries or did Canon change design?
« Reply #36 on: August 18, 2012, 12:10:16 PM »
Thats nice of them but a bit too much bokehlicious :()

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Re: Is Amazon selling fake LP-E6 batteries or did Canon change design?
« Reply #36 on: August 18, 2012, 12:10:16 PM »

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Re: Is Amazon selling fake LP-E6 batteries or did Canon change design?
« Reply #37 on: August 18, 2012, 02:14:42 PM »
"genuine Canon batteries should mostly be identical aside from occasional slight design changes."

LOL that's really helpful. So if it looks different, it's counterfeit, unless it isn't.

Mine was most definitely fake. If buying from Amazon, don't use a marketplace seller, even if Amazon fulfils the order. Same goes for brand name memory cards.

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Re: Is Amazon selling fake LP-E6 batteries or did Canon change design?
« Reply #38 on: August 19, 2012, 10:22:48 AM »
Well then I got mixed battery from Canon if those pictures are true ::) Got new finish style on top and old style sticker.
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« Reply #39 on: December 03, 2012, 10:56:18 AM »
My new 60D body arrived via Amazon with a very dodgy battery charger and the supplied battery took 16 hours to charge.  The instruction manual speaks of orange flashing lights - well it didn't have any of those....just red to warn you the thing gets red-hot.   It's gone to Canon for their word on whether it's a counterfeit but I'm convinced, and not a happy bunny. Designer Gadgets / Star Trading Solutions are better avoided. >:(

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Re: Is Amazon selling fake LP-E6 batteries or did Canon change design?
« Reply #40 on: December 03, 2012, 01:38:57 PM »
Sorry OP if the battery is fake, I got burned a few years back with a very convincing CF card.

A word of advice to everyone: Don't use Amazon or Ebay to buy any type of memory card/battery/filter.

Just assume that anything from a third party seller is fake. Assume anything from Hong Kong is fake. Even when your order is directly from Amazon, their system will sometimes use may different warehouses and distribution centers. These locations aren't guaranteed to have legit stock.

Ebay is just asking for counterfeit stock, don't even try.

Pretty much the only option for these type of items is either Adorama or BH.

AFAIK, some Canon authorized dealers are selling on the Ebay sometimes. So, ebay is not all the times EvilBay.

And I cannot agree with your assumption that "anything from Hong Kong is fake".  Yes, I made my purchases at the Hong Kong Canon dealer. They are selling 100% genuine products and I am happy with them.

There are always risks purchasing on line. Quite a number of North American dishonest on-line stores sell counterfeited merchandises and grey market items without proper disclosure. Their operators and suppliers are from all over the world.

So, my suggestion is to buy from the authorized dealers direct and you don't have to waste your time and energy finding ways to recover your loss subsequently. 


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Re: Is Amazon selling fake LP-E6 batteries or did Canon change design?
« Reply #41 on: December 03, 2012, 08:12:38 PM »
Got my 5d Mark III today.  The battery that came with the camera looks identical as the battery that I bought from Amazon.

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« Reply #42 on: December 03, 2012, 11:53:41 PM »
Canon has changed packaging as well as whats printed on the batteryabout once a year.  Three of my four are slightly different, each is a different age.  The new batteries I bought form Adorama and Amazon (not a third party) have the correct hologram.  The other two came with my 5D MK II and later 7D.
 
The original 5D Battery says made in Japan, then I have a made in China, and one that is part Japanese and part Chinese.  One has a date on it, but the others are older and do not.

Do they all have the same colour plastic covers?
I have Canon batteries going back to the D30 that are 12 years old.  I have not saved the covers from all those dozens of batteries I've owned, but the recent ones from the last 4 years are all the same yellow color.  The older batteries might have had a different color cover, I know that the shell color of the BP-511 batteries changed several years ago.

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« Reply #42 on: December 03, 2012, 11:53:41 PM »

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« Reply #43 on: December 04, 2012, 07:18:53 AM »
...I have not saved the covers from all those dozens of batteries I've owned...
Curious, why do you not keep the battery covers?  Don't you use them to indicate charged or discharged and of course for protection?

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« Reply #44 on: December 04, 2012, 01:22:47 PM »
...I have not saved the covers from all those dozens of batteries I've owned...
Curious, why do you not keep the battery covers?  Don't you use them to indicate charged or discharged and of course for protection?
You have battery covers for 12 year old batteries that are long gone?

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« Reply #44 on: December 04, 2012, 01:22:47 PM »