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Fakes and Knockoffs:
Cheap imitations of the Unbreakable® Umbrella
Fakes and Knockoffs of the Unbreakable® Umbrella
in the U.S.A

Now and then some poor sap who bought a cheap imitation of our Unbreakable® Umbrella comes crying that the cheap imitation has broken. Below are videos and pictures of one such imitation, called the Indestructible Umbrella™ or the Security Umbrella. If you bought one of those, thinking you got yourself the Unbreakable® Umbrella, you have been fooled.
The Indestructible Umbrella™ Carbon Fiber vs. boxing bag
The Security Umbrella a.k.a. Self-Defense Umbrella vs. boxing bag
Warning: Fakes and Knockoffs of the Unbreakable® Umbrella on Amazon
More and more often we are contacted by people who were cheated, mostly on Amazon. They wanted to buy the Unbreakable® Umbrella but were sold a cheap and weak fake. When the fake breaks, they contact us and learn they have been had–they are not likely to get a refund from the Amazon's Marketplace seller nor from Amazon. Below are videos showing how one such brand, the Indestructible Umbrella™, compares to the authentic Unbreakable® Umbrella.
Indestructible Umbrella™ vs. Unbreakable® Umbrella — Chair Test
Indestructible Umbrella™ Folding Defense vs. Unbreakable® Telescopic Umbrella — Strike Test
So, if you absolutely must buy on Amazon, here is how to protect yourself against this fraud:
Before you buy, COMPARE the advertised item to the genuine Unbreakable® Umbrella at Duh!
After you buy and receive the item, COMPARE the delivered item to the genuine Unbreakable® Umbrella at Duh!
In case you get a fake and Amazon refuses to refund your money, we suggest requesting your credit card to make a chargeback–but you must do it within 90 days of the purchase. But, even if you were too late to do the chargeback, there may be a way for you to get your money's worth (and get back at the cheats). To find out more send us a message with subject "fakes on amazon" through our Contact page. Error or Fraud?
Does your "Unbreakable Umbrella" bought on look like the one below?
Well, if its details look like in the above picture, then it is not the Unbreakable® Umbrella. It is a cheap and weak generic umbrella, the dollar-store quality.

If you paid for the Unbreakable® Umbrella but got the above piece of trash, contact us and we will let you know how you may try to get your money back.

For more info on Amazon selling counterfeit merchandise read following articles:

Why It's Way Too Easy to Sell Counterfeit Goods on Amazon

How Chinese Counterfeiters Continue Beating Amazon

Amazon is shipping expired food, from baby formula to old beef jerky, scaring consumers and putting big brands at risk

Amazon is selling expired food
Fakes and Knockoffs of the Unbreakable® Umbrella
in the European Union
In the European Union many were sold a crude, poorly designed imitation of our Unbreakable® Walking-Stick Umbrella. The imitation made by E.I. Limited/Gerhard Spannbauer is called either Security Umbrella, or Selbstverteidigungsschirm, or Sicherheitsschirm. Here is what one reviewer wrote about this imitation:

"One Gerhard Spannbauer is selling a self-defense umbrella, called Selbstverteidigungsschirm [also called Security Umbrella and Self-Defense Umbrella], but he makes it look like yours! His company also uses your video for marketing his cheap knockoff umbrellas on Amazon.

"I tested Spannbauers umbrella and it not worth 40 USD–three strikes, three breaks (see photos below)! This will not be good for your excellent umbrellas–they are looking similar and Spannbauer uses the same marketing as before with your umbrella."

Hendrik-Röber, Albstadt, Germany
Authorized instructor of Irish Stick Fighting Doyle Style takes advantage of its customers who look for Unbreakable® Umbrellas and sells them weak fakes by E.I. Limited. One such customer describes receiving the E.I. Limited's fake already broken (see the photo below).
The knockoff manufacturer, E.I. Limited/Gerhard Spannbauer, tried to match the performance of Unbreakable® Umbrellas but failed–even though he made his umbrellas more massive. He just didn't have NTOI's expertise. See photo below.
Sellers of the Security Umbrella, or Selbstverteidigungsschirm, or Sicherheitsschirm (in France deceptively advertised as "Parapluie Incassable," French for "unbreakable umbrella") are using fake video demos–doing weak slaps against a soft punching bag, with frequent cuts to hide breaking of the umbrella's ribs and locking mechanism and to substitute a new umbrella for the next take. Take a look at one such demo and judge for yourself.
Watch closely bag strikes on the video from and and you will see this: 5 strikes–cut–1 strike–cut–2 strikes–cut–1 strike–cut–1 strike–cut–2 strikes and the final umbrella is opened. Why these cuts? Why not show the uncut test, from the first strike to the opening of the umbrella?
Here you can see why:
Tests of Unbreakable® Umbrellas are shown without any cuts–because they are not faked. Here is an example:
Fakes and Knockoffs of the Unbreakable® Umbrella
in Australia
In Australia the imitation called Security Umbrella a.k.a. or Selbstverteidigungsschirm was deceptively advertised as "Unbreakable Umbrella" and sold by Extac Australia Pty Ltd. You may see how the imitation compares to the authentic Unbreakable® Umbrella.
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