Quick Tips for Identifying CAPS Members' Counterfeit Product


It is important to keep in mind that the CAPS Members do not produce their own product, but they license the rights to various third- party manufacturers.  These companies are known as licensees.  A few examples of licensees are: Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Coliseum, American Needle, etc.  There are hundreds of licensees at any given time. It is not necessary to identify the country of origin, as this has no bearing on the authentication process.

These licensees manufacture a wide variety of products, ranging from jerseys and hats to jewelry and stickers.  Due to the wide range of products produced, there is also a wide range of price points for products from anywhere between $5.00-$500.00. 

Here are a few quick tips on how to identify counterfeit product bearing the CAPS Members’ trademarks.  For more detailed instructions, please visit the Members’ individual “Labeling and Product Identification” page.

Keep an eye out for:

  1. Counterfeit hangtag (poor quality, misspellings, etc.)
  2. Counterfeit hologram (poor quality, lack of a holographic image, etc.)
  3. Counterfeit label (poor quality, misspellings, etc.)
  4. Repeating serial numbers on holograms
  5. Overall inferior quality
  6. Poor quality graphics
  7. Ripped or torn sewn-in labels
  8. Misspellings
  9. Uneven embroidery
  10. Derogatory, lewd or offensive designs

Products marked “irregular”

If you suspect some of manufacturing and/or selling counterfeit merchandise bearing the CAPS Members' trademarks, please contact us at (800) TEL-CAPS or click here.