What Look For And Noticing Fake Oakleys - Guide
Foakley or Fakley, Fokley or Fokley are all fake Oakleys. Fake Oakleys are all over the black market, from street stalls in Mazatlan to shops in Shanghai metro stations, to cars trunks on Canal Street, and everywhere in between. You probably know what you are getting into if you buy off the street or bargain on the price.
What if you want the real deal?
These counterfeits can be very good, and are all over the internet. Here are some warning signs you should be looking for before you spend your hard-earned cash on new Oakleys or replacement lenses you expect to fit in your Oakleys.
1. Check out the price
It may seem too good to be true. . . You know where this leads.
Oakleys are usually $50.00 for an authentic pair. This is if the Oakleys are used and worn. Any brand-new item, right out of the box, is more likely to cost at least $80-$100+. This will depend on the model and whether the seller bought the sunglasses legitimately. It is always a good idea to verify the retail price as well as the condition of any other frames in the same frame.
Here are some other indicators to keep in mind if you do decide to pursue it.
2. Take a look at the Finish
Oakley's plastic frames often have pre-dyed plastic. This means that the plastic pellets used in the production of the sunglasses are dyed. The plastic remains the same throughout. If you cut your frames in half, the inside color of the plastic should match the outside. This is not true for all Oakleys, particularly those with designs or metal frames. The painted Oakleys have a high-quality finish which should last for quite some time.
Many forgeries have the color already painted on, but lack a strong-duty topcoat to protect it. You'll probably see color differences if you fold the stems in half and examine the hinge area. Paint can also easily chip, scratch, or flake.
3. Watch out for an "O" in the Lens
Oakley lenses can have more than just "Polarized" and "Prizm" in limited editions like the Tour de France, MLB or Ferrari models. Oakley can also provide custom etching. Oakley will etch "Oakley" into some shield lenses, such as lenses for M Frames, just above the nose bridge.
Oakley does not put an icon on non-prescription standard lenses. It also doesn't print any markings on its lenses. Run the opposite direction if you see paint on the lens.
This applies to nonprescription lenses. Oakley prescription lenses that are authentic may have an Oakley "O", in the lower corner. The lens will also include a small "O", which is common for Industrial and Ballistic lenses.
4. Bogus SKU
SKU is pronounced "sk-yew" and is an alphanumeric identification. The SKU is typically a sequence of two numbers, followed by a dash and then three numbers in older Oakleys. A pair of Half Jackets would have a SKU of 03-609.
The most recent editions are more extensive and begin with a double O--the letter, rather than a zero. 4 numbers, followed by a dash and 2 more numbers. Tron Legacy Gascans are an example of this. They have the SKU OO9143-3.
However, there are exceptions. Some Asian Fit models will use the same 5 number sequence (i.e. 03-609), but add a "J" at their end.
You may have spotted counterfeit SKUs if you see random letters or a longer number sequence than the one identified above. You can try putting your SKU in a search engine to see what results come up. Although some forgers may put real Oakley SKUs onto knock-offs of their products, these authentic SKUs often don't match the model on which they were printed. If you buy a pair Holbrooks and the SKU results show Straight Jackets, it's most likely that you have fake Oakleys.
The SKU might have been rubbed off on used models. If there isn’t, it’s best to not be alarmed. However, unless the seller claims they’re new, then you may want to reconsider your purchase. New Oakleys should still have a SKU. Sometimes the SKU can be found underneath an ear sock on wire models.
5. Logo Placement
Many counterfeiters will put "Oakley" on frames and call it good, not paying attention to whether or not the Oakley logo is in the same location. This is particularly common at the nose bridge. Oakley's website doesn't show Oakley over the nose bridge. Yours does. Popular knockoffs include Holbrooks and Frogskins life style frames. The fakes often have a wrongly placed logo.
6. Frame Material
Sunglasses come in a variety of frame materials. The Jupiter line includes Jupiter Carbon, which is made of metal, and Jupiter Squared which is made from plastic. Each frame is the same shape, so even if you find a metal Jupiter it doesn't necessarily mean that it's fake. Learn more about how to identify Oakley Jupiters .
There are styles that come only in one material. A pair of metal Oil Rigs is a 100% fake Oakleys. You will also find fake Oakleys if you see a pair of plastic Juliets.
7. Raised Seams
Counterfeit Oakleys may not have the best finishing and have raised lines from molding. This seam is almost invisible on Genuine Oakleys. It's easy to see, but it shouldn't be obvious if your finger is running along it.
Oakleys with polarized lenses will have a static cling stylized as "P" but they won't come with an adhesive sticker that leaves residue.
9. Oakley Never Made
Although this may seem simple, not everyone is familiar with the entire Oakley product line. A pair of sunglasses that they like, with the Oakley logo on it, is assumed to be real. Oakley enthusiasts who frequent forums often call one particular style the "Fandango." Oakley offers many interesting styles. However, if the style appeals to you, do a search for images and check out what else is available. They are fakes if they don't appear on any official sites.
These tips should help you identify whether your sunglasses belong to Oakleys, or Foakleys. Remember, scratched lenses don't necessarily mean that you are out $100 if your sunglasses are genuine Oakleys.