There has recently been a surge in fake Clarisonic Mia 2's on the Internet which are very authentic looking. The new generation of fakes have “Clarisonic” embossed on the brush head caps, embossed patent numbers and electrical symbols in the inner white ring and metal pins to hold the brush head in place. They look so similar to the original that many sellers don't even know that they are selling knockoffs. The safety of these fakes is questionable, and this is extremely important since your Mia 2 will come in contact with water.
So how do you know if that attractive eBay deal on the Clarisonic Mia 2 is the real deal?
Here are some tips to help prevent you from spending your hard earned money on a fake Clarisonic Mia 2.
Ask the seller to show you close up photos of 3 areas:
1. The back of the handle where “Clarisonic Mia 2” is printed.
Genuine Mia 2
There is a small space between “Mia” and “2”.
“Mia” and “2” are aligned. The bottom of the “2” is level with the letter “a”, while the top of the “2” is level with the highest point of the “M”.
Fake Mia 2
“Mia” and “2” are closer together and are not level with each other. (Sorry for the poor resolution, all images of fakes are taken from the internet)
2. The base of the handle where the Lot Code is printed
Every genuine Clarisonic brush handle has a lot code at its base. There is a logic to these codes, they are not random alphabets and numbers. Register your Clarisonic Mia 2 online to check if the lot code is valid.
Genuine Mia 2 Lot Code
Fake Mia 2 Lot Code
3. The base of the cardboard box
A genuine Mia 2 has a sticker label at the base of the box. This label is either the same as, or very close to the numeric portion of the lot code on the Mia 2 handle.
Fake Mia 2's don't have this sticker label. (I don't have photos of the fake to show for this one, sellers generally don't photograph the box base!)
Genuine Mia 2
Genuine Mia 2
Is the Price too good to be True?
If the price is too good to be true, it probably is! In the US, the Mia 2 has a retail price of $149 USD. Some authorized US resellers offer slight discounts, making up for their smaller profit margin with sales volume. However, this shouldn’t be confused with sellers who purchase stock lots of counterfeit items from wholesale websites and resell at attractive prices. (More on this in the next point).
Outside of the US, a genuine Mia 2 definitely costs more than $149 USD, to cover the seller’s product and shipping costs.
“Factory Stock Lots”
There are a number of popular wholesale websites claiming to offer “direct from factory / OEM” Clarisonics. In reality, these are all imitations. While individual parts may be manufactured in low cost locations, the final product is only assembled at Clarisonic’s US office. Factories in other locations do not have the finished product. Many unsuspecting buyers, including those in the US, purchase bulk lots of these imitations from these wholesale websites to resell.
There are 3 gold pins on the handle which hold the brush head in place. A fake Mia 2’s gold pins are slightly longer and have larger diameter. This may not be obvious to the eye, but you will have trouble fitting a genuine brush head to the fake handle. Even if you manage to fit it in, the genuine brush head doesn’t oscillate effectively. Moreover, the fake Mia 2’s pins rust easily, while the genuine one won’t even after daily use.