Custom PopSockets – How to Determine Counterfeit Products

If you’ve never used a PopSockets phone grip before, chances are you’ve at least heard of them. These popular little phone grips/stands are everywhere, and are a craze amongst teens and adults alike, making custom PopSockets one of the most popular promotional products on the market.

Like with any product that everyone wants to get their hands on, there are bound to be counterfeits, and unfortunately, when it comes to custom PopSockets, there are many…

While you can easily and safely purchase individual PopSockets from their website and from authorized retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy, when it comes to purchasing custom PopSockets, things get a bit trickier. There are dozens of companies out there claiming that their PopSockets are authentic, when in reality, they aren’t at all. Instead, they’re cheaply made counterfeits that people quickly buy because of their unbeatable price. Don’t forget though, if it seems to be too good to be true, it probably is…


What PopSockets themselves (the company that is) has to say about the issue:

Please only purchase PopSockets products from us or from an authorized retailer.

Unfortunately, PopSockets products have become popular enough that some unscrupulous companies and individuals are selling counterfeit products. This is bad for us, but also bad for the consumer: these counterfeit PopSockets and PopSockets Mounts are vastly inferior in quality to our genuine products. These inferior knockoffs, while not always easy to detect, are not produced by or for PopSockets LLC, and are not under our control. These products do not meet our quality standards and are not covered by our warranty.

Also unfortunately, genuine PopSockets products are sometimes sold by companies not authorized to do so. These products are acquired from a host of questionable sources: they may have been damaged, defective, used, or stolen. Due to the nature of the goods sold by unauthorized resellers and their business practices, products sold by unauthorized resellers are not entitled to PopSockets warranty coverage. We are using our best efforts (including this warning) to prohibit these companies from taking advantage of consumers, but these practices still exist.”


At PrintGlobe, we pride ourselves in only selling the official, patented, PopSockets brand:

Our supplier has the exclusive rights to supply PopSockets to the promotional industry, so when you’re ordering custom PopSockets from PrintGlobe,  you can rest easy knowing you’re working with an official PopSockets distributor.

With that said, we think it’s important to tell you a little bit more, and let you know how you can spot counterfeit PopSockets yourself, so that you never end up with a PopSockets product that is anything less than 100% satisfying (because trust us, once you use an official PopSockets grip on your phone, you’ll never want to go back. Many of our staff report that they don’t even know how to function on a phone without one. No joke, they’re a game changer!).


How to tell the difference between real PopSockets and counterfeit products:

When trying to determine whether the custom PopSockets you’re ordering are fake or real, there are a few major factors to look out for:

  1. To start, real PopSockets are packaged with official PopSockets packaging which features the PopSockets logo as well as application instructions. Another big thing to look at is whether or not there’s PopSockets branding debossed into the base plate of the grip. Authentic PopSockets feature “” and a patent number at the base of the grip to prove that you’re working with the real deal.custom popsockets
  2. The next thing to look at is the adhesive covering on the back of the grip. Many counterfeit PopSockets feature a 3M branded backing. Authentic PopSockets will always have a transparent cover protecting the rinse-able, re-positionable gel adhesive – a signature trait of PopSockets. The adhesive on counterfeit PopSockets is nowhere near as durable and long-lasting as the adhesive on authentic PopSockets. Authentic PopSockets use rinse-able, re-positional gel so you can reapply your PopSockets as many times as you want. Counterfeit versions use double-sided tape, or a thin double sided sticker that loses its stickiness after just one use.
  3. Another thing to pay attention to is the sound your PopSockets make. True PopSockets literally make a “pop” sound when extended. They also maintain their shape well once extended, providing a sturdy stand. A fake will be flimsy and will likely collapse in when being used as a stand. 
  4. And last but not least, as we mentioned above, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Custom PopSockets are already pretty affordable, but these days, everyone wants cheap, but be warned, if you go with knock-off PopSockets, cheap is exactly what you’ll get. Don’t risk your brand and your reputation on a defective device!

If you have any doubts in your mind that the custom PopSockets you’re considering ordering are counterfeits, we recommend that you order a sample and test them out yourself. Any trustworthy distributor should be happy to provide you with a sample so you can 1) see just how great PopSockets are, and 2) put your mind at ease. We’d be happy to send you a sample and help you get your custom PopSockets order started today!

Ordering custom PopSockets from PrintGlobe:

We’ve been a leader in the promotional printing industry for over 20 years, so PrintGlobe is a name you can love and trust! Our happy customers count on our commitment to outstanding customer service, affordable pricing, and the best selection of printed and promotional products the industry has to offer. These perks and the added bonus of express service and reliable, timely delivery keeps our customers coming back from more. Order your custom PopSockets online, or give us a call for questions, assistance, or to get your PopSockets sample in the mail today!

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