The Ergo is the baby carrier that all the cool moms and dads have. Many think it's the best one out there. I personally love my Mei Tai wrap. But most of these baby carriers are over $100. Which is a heck of a lot of money. If you're a mom who wants a great carrier so you can baby wear your kid comfortably and safely, you'll find the cash. Or if you spot one for cheap, you'll scoop it up fast.
What's terrible though, is that some people have tried to capitalize on that. They know the Ergo is a hot item. Know people would want to snatch it up at a discount price. And know how to knock it off so it passes as an authentic Ergo. People are making knock-offs of these brand carriers, specifically Ergos, slapping an Ergo logo on it, selling them illegally, and no one knows if they are safe.
These counterfeits have come in authentic Ergo packaging, had an Ergo DVD, but they weren't real Ergos. Some have found typos on the warning labels sewn in. I'm sort of new to parenting (2 1/2 years cred), but this is the first time I heard about the counterfeit baby carrier situation. And yes, it is a situation. They were recently sold on one of those discount baby gear sites. Unknowingly. All has been made right, but it's such an issue that even Ergo has pages dedicated to the dangers of counterfeit items and info on where the fakes are known to be sold.
Attachment parents should be upset. Of course all parents should be. I'm aware that not all of those who are attachment parents babywear. If you have a bad back, it's just not going to happen. I also know that there are people who aren't AP who do carry their child around in a sling or carrier. Then there are the people who need to google 'attachment parenting' or search what the heck an Ergo is. I sure didn't know before I had little ones. Which is why we should all be checking our Ergos, Mei Tais, anything particularly if it was a gift purchased by someone who doesn't know the details of the counterfeit situation, to make sure we have the authentic product.
Maybe you're thinking what's the big deal? or I want an Ergo but can't afford one so the counterfeit one allows me to get one at a cheaper price. There are some really good reasons not to shop counterfeit:
- Often counterfeit dealers are connected to gangs and terrorism and all sorts of criminal activity. Counterfeiting is a crime.
- Who knows what kind of conditions the counterfeiters produce their goods in. Do they treat their workers well? Adhere to child labor laws? Have sweat shops? Who knows?
- You don't want to put your baby in a product that cannot back-up its safety.
Have you heard about counterfeit Ergos or other counterfeit baby items? Does it concern you?
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