If advertised as "refurbished", is there a reason for a return? Were they actually said to be refurbished by Canon?
What did they cost, and from which country? What would it cost you to return them?
Answer these questions, and decide if it is worth it...
Yes, they were advertised as "refurbished". It says "genuine Canon" from Canon Japan.
I'm thinking of returning them, because if they're good fakes then there might potentially be issues. There is no mention of refurbished on the packaging, unless "SL" means something like "Second Life" - but I can't find that through a search.
How would I know if they weren't good fakes?
The only thing fishy is that the "19" in BP-819 is lower than the "8".
Oh no. I wouldn't buy any refurbish batteries. First, there're lots of fake products with packaging looks just like the original manufacturer's product. Then refurbished batteries usually won't hold charge after a few months.
I was solicited by some companies reselling their batteries that made with refurbished cells. Those price a dirty cheap. I refused them all.
Yup... this brings back (horrific) memories! Those are the IDENTICAL fakes I received, which melted down in the charger and nearly started a house fire while I slept... Canon confirmed them as counterfeit, and after I sent them to Canon's headquarters they were gracious to send me new genuine batteries... they in turn went after the counterfeiter (to my knowledge)... my advice, DON'T put your safety and gear at risk with those batteries! I've been using several decoded 3rd party aftermarket batteries and no issues, however the ones you have that pretend to be from Canon are very DANGEROUS!
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If what you're saying is true I don't know how these big online retailers, that allow these people to sell them, don't crack down on them.
Simple... they don't care, they make money either way... there is no accountability at all with online retailers, including Amazon, eBay, etc.
The percentages of fraudulent items increases, but so do their profits, it's the consumer who pays for it all in the end, so why should they care? There is no such thing as ethics within the scope of online sales policies, regardless of what they may try to claim.