Dateline just did an investigation on counterfeit Live Strong bands and found that fake bands are being sold anywhere, from eBay to grocery stores, and even in gas stations. People are so desperate to get the bands as a fashion accessory that they are buying fake ones that don’t have anything to do with raising money for cancer research. I don’t mind the original ones being sold for a profit since the Lance Armstrong Foundation still makes $1 off them. But selling fake ones seems pretty screwed, what do you think?

75 Comments »

  1. i need live strong!!!

    #1 by emma — March 15, 2005 @ 3:09 am

  2. Live Strong yellow rubberbands are FAR from fashionable. Please don’t ever use those terms toghether again.

    #2 by christian — March 17, 2005 @ 10:52 am

  3. i have a livestrong band and i love it but really gets to me when people rip them off and sell FAKE ones because no money goes to charity!!! also people who think ther’re wristbands are real!!!

    #3 by hayley pearce — March 18, 2005 @ 11:45 am

  4. you can tell when they are fake because they can strech more than the real ones can strech. thats how you can tell from the fake ones!!! everybody hates it when people rip them off with live strong bands thats just mean

    #4 by shorty68 — March 26, 2005 @ 1:57 pm

  5. my friend bought a fake band and it cost her more than it does to get a real band it was 2.50 i think that is awful

    #5 by krsty — March 30, 2005 @ 6:10 am

  6. there are two ways 2 tell FAKE ones 2 real ones the strong from liveSTRONG in not in capitals and they dont bare the nike logo. Also with stand-up speak-up they say made in CHINA insted of made in TAIWAN

    #6 by Jess — March 30, 2005 @ 7:12 am

  7. i bought a band but it said be strong and it was fake

    #7 by jake — March 30, 2005 @ 9:51 am

  8. o my god all of u need to get a life u nerds

    #8 by britney spears — April 3, 2005 @ 8:02 am

  9. help i need one now

    #9 by sam — April 4, 2005 @ 12:22 am

  10. i would just like to know which bands are real and is there a leukemia awareness band or is it just live strong bands??

    #10 by confussed — April 4, 2005 @ 6:33 am

  11. i bought 3 and they are all fake a black red and a yellow the red and yellow says BE STRONG! black snaped its arip off.

    #11 by Barbie — April 6, 2005 @ 2:01 pm

  12. I bught a CORAGE band online & they were a rip off if u want a proper bnd go on a proper wbsite and if dey rip u off sy ull sew.

    #12 by puppy — April 8, 2005 @ 7:30 am

  13. my m8 bught a fk bnd for more than a real 1 it cst 2.99 my bt bulling ws free & live stong ws 1$=1.50

    #13 by lippy — April 8, 2005 @ 7:34 am

  14. i am sellin live strong but i dont no if they or facke coz i dont wont to sell fack ones coz it will put me out of bissned so what sould i do

    #14 by lee — April 8, 2005 @ 3:16 pm

  15. lee,if its fk it will stretch alot, reel bands stretch a tiny bit

    #15 by lenny — April 9, 2005 @ 8:35 am

  16. i got a live strong band from manchester it say’s made in china inside it. is it fake?

    #16 by karlston — April 10, 2005 @ 7:12 am

  17. hi. i av a livestrong band but it says made in china and kno nike sign but on the packet it says lance armstrong foundation is it real ????

    #17 by nathan — April 12, 2005 @ 5:52 am

  18. hi i av a beat bullying band it has the bbc radio website and its blue is it real

    #18 by nathan — April 12, 2005 @ 5:59 am

  19. i av got a know and love band is that 1 real i need some help i payed 1.50 for my yellow livestrong band is that a reasonable price

    #19 by nathan — April 12, 2005 @ 6:00 am

  20. i have recently brought a BE-STRONG, red band… i am unsure of what it is for and i would apprecate your help.
    many thanx
    daisy

    #20 by daisy — April 16, 2005 @ 10:06 am

  21. aiiiiiight

    #21 by bob — April 16, 2005 @ 10:09 am

  22. Heloooooooo ppl
    i got a livestrong band from ebay it hasnt got the nike logo on it but it doesnt strech much either… is it fake?

    #22 by Rachy_2005 — April 16, 2005 @ 12:29 pm

  23. heyy i just got a liveSTRONG band and its great i got it form nike or one of the stores for a dollar …..is that all they are ?htye say live strong and evry thing but it says made in twaiwan so is it real? umm it probly is but how can u tell a real one to a fake one ….can u ??

    #23 by Sarah — April 16, 2005 @ 8:40 pm

  24. i think if you buy a band it should be from a charity shop

    #24 by kessa — April 17, 2005 @ 3:26 am

  25. hello i have just got a livestrong band from school it ses made in china on the back but it dosnot strech that much ever i have resarched on the internet and some sights say its reel if its made in china is this true

    #25 by jamie crutcher — April 18, 2005 @ 10:46 am

  26. hi……..how do you know if the band is fake or not….i got one and it says made in china inside….does that mean its fake/???? plz help!!!!!!!!!! :S

    #26 by sarah a. — April 18, 2005 @ 11:28 am

  27. Please help i have just purchased 4 bands which are supposed to be charity bands however i,m not convinced 1 of them is supposed to be a breast cancer band it has the ribbon sign but says hope faith, courage and stregnth as does the one that is supposed to be Tsunami none of these 2 where in a bag, i also bought 2 black and white double bands meant to support racism they came in bags and say stand up and speak also with made in china on bag but not on bands are these fake? and is there a way of getting back your money this has happened twice to me only this time i purchased them on line please help i dont want to line the pockets of cheats.

    #27 by Leann — April 20, 2005 @ 4:37 am

  28. well i wat one lol but i wat da race on black n white one lol n sports on dat all man

    #28 by Abda — April 21, 2005 @ 12:38 pm

  29. sut da f up brity spear as if u r u lil bitch u get a life u mite not lyk den but we so keep ur fuckin shity coments 2 ur self bitch lol! an i got a balck n white n yello on but i fink kit kul bcasue u wat 2 do it not lyk dat gyal britey wateva da hell here name is lol n britey i think u r a big sad old gity bitch so plx sort ur life out den say stuff lyk dat

    #29 by Abda — April 21, 2005 @ 12:42 pm

  30. hi i was wondering if u could send me 1 of those bands 4 free becouse they dont have any left in any shops but i would be willing to pay 2.00
    thanxs

    #30 by natalie — April 21, 2005 @ 12:59 pm

  31. hay do u think that u could send me 1 of those bands b-couse i cant find any of them either just lk Natalie xxxthankyouxxx

    #31 by rachel — April 21, 2005 @ 1:01 pm

  32. i have a livestrong band and a stand up speak up band and n england band also a beat bulling band and a breast cancer band but i dont now if my beat bulling band is fake is does strech alot and does say the web site on da bac and my live strong band does not have nike sign but on da packet it does and i no my black n white 1 is real it has the nike sign on it but i bought a black n white 1 and it was really fake it did not have nikesign on it so i boygth a real one and now i am popular with loads of the bands………….. help plz help i wanna no if my beat bulling ban is fk

    #32 by laura — April 25, 2005 @ 12:10 pm

  33. iya i gt 8 real bands and i hate it when peoplae are saying there fake ones are real when u can tell there not

    #33 by nicole — April 27, 2005 @ 8:41 am

  34. what is red BE-STRONG, i haven’t heard of it any 1 no wat it means? lotsa ppl wearing dem in mi area
    thanx peeps

    #34 by bob — April 27, 2005 @ 11:23 am

  35. if you have a bully band and you would sell it for 1.50 please send a eamail message to lucaswilson@hotmail.co.uk

    #35 by lucas — April 29, 2005 @ 1:16 pm

  36. hi

    #36 by bob — May 1, 2005 @ 2:17 am

  37. i’ve got pretty close to all these bands so here are some points u can look to distinguish fake and real from my experience

    LIVESTRONG – plastic bag for real one has one tiny hole on it also on StandupSpeakup. The fake one can stretch further since it used lower quality rubber instead of silicone

    STANDUPSPEAKUP – like i said the bag has tiny hole. also the real one, both outter and inner band surface are not shiny as livestrong, basically inner surface and outer surface has the same texture, on the fake one inner surface is shiny.

    Beat Bully – fake one looks so real that all the details are exactly the same. but here are one spot that i found so take a look at “a” on the on the “radio1” the real one has “a” letter as the font verdana but fake one has “a” letter as the font Century Gothic. go type it and u’ll see the different

    p.s. i’ve got all those things both fake and real that’s why i can give u some points. if u wanna get’em i can sell you for cheap. lol :P

    #37 by Hawk — May 1, 2005 @ 9:25 am

  38. email me bands for sale

    #38 by luke — May 2, 2005 @ 12:21 pm

  39. i have got stand up speak up not fake says made in taiwan

    #39 by daniel — May 3, 2005 @ 4:33 am

  40. i hava a tsunami band it is blue and white it does say made in china in. But has no nike sign in and it does not strech much. i think no bands r fake realy there bands wot u were they r now fashion item no bands r fake. they r nike bands what r made bands and bands dat nike do not make u cant rely on nike for everthin can u hay u may tink d england band is fake it looks it but its not all football 1s r made different 2 the other bands ive also got d england 1,manu arsenal 1,livestrong,beat bulling ,stand up speak up,stand up stay up,liver juve,liver chelsea ,lincoln city 1,rooney 1,support troops and d breast canser 1

    #40 by Michael — May 3, 2005 @ 9:59 am

  41. come on liver u can win 2night do it im a manu supporter i wan a see chelsea out but i want ac milan 2 win final show down

    #41 by Michael — May 3, 2005 @ 10:02 am

  42. i think live strong bands are fake because
    my freind called robert bought a fake
    yellow one so did my other freind
    jamie he had normal ones with
    out made in china on and it had
    no writing on

    #42 by daniel — May 6, 2005 @ 4:27 am

  43. FAKE LIVESTRONG BANDS!!!!
    O.K. here is how you can tell if your’s is a fake.

    FAKE
    1-If it is any color other than yellow…fake
    2-If it has a nike swish…fake
    3-If it has a made in taiwan mark…fake
    4-If you break it putting it on for the first time…fake

    REAL
    1-If it won’t shoot like a rubberband…real
    2-If it is yellow…real
    3-If the liveSTRONG is one word…real
    4-If the “strong” in liveSTRONG is slightly bigger than the “live”…real
    5-If it says, “MADE IN CHINA”…real
    6-If you get it from http://www.wearyellow.com …real
    7-If you get it from “The Great Divide” in pueblo,co…real

    I got my first livestrong band in June 2004 and just got a new one yesterday (5-5-05) because I was WORRIED the old one would break. It was still in good condition more than 11 months later!!!

    I put this thing through hell to…I showered with it, slept with it, camped with it, and even chewed on it when I couldn’t get my daily fix of chocolate.

    My point is, if it is real it will last!

    #43 by Kit — May 6, 2005 @ 3:06 pm

  44. Hey,r u sure tt made in taiwan livestrong band is fake?i had one fron NIKEtown and san franscisco,although the quality is bad lousier from tt made in china,also may i ask whether yr STAND UP SPEAK UP bands r made in taiwan the the quality is like,,,BAD?

    #44 by LS — May 7, 2005 @ 9:31 am

  45. i have a peace band but i dont know if its fake! its red-white-blue—red…
    it says PEACE on it and it streaches more than my bro’s REAL live strong band
    Is it fake?

    #45 by Nikki — May 10, 2005 @ 11:08 am

  46. HOW CAN U TELL IF THE BEATBULLYING BAND IS REAL COZ I HAVE GOT ONE BUT IT DOSENT HAVE THE RADIO WRITING OR MADE IN CHINA CAN SOME 1 HELP ME OUT

    #46 by mista t — May 11, 2005 @ 10:05 am

  47. Hey,so r MADE IN TAIWAN LIVESTRONG fake?

    #47 by LS — May 15, 2005 @ 9:55 pm

  48. any band NOT made in china are fakes if it does NOT say liveSTRONG fake beat bully nor radio 1 website in fake stand up speak up if speak up os not in a box fake and must be in lower case and nike badge in side

    #48 by luke — May 21, 2005 @ 8:17 am

  49. if you are not sure if it is real do not buy it any bands aprart from stand up speak up liveSTRONG beat bullying or a army glow in the dark ones you make on intenet any more fake if any i said are wrong email me lukejones@getreadytorock.me.uk

    #49 by luke — May 21, 2005 @ 8:22 am

  50. i bough a beat bullying band for 2 pounds fifty but then i realiosed it was fake

    #50 by rahul — May 24, 2005 @ 9:21 am

  51. so what raul

    #51 by luke — May 24, 2005 @ 11:49 pm

  52. i need a beat bullying band where can i get a REAL one

    #52 by hy — May 26, 2005 @ 10:02 am

  53. i have a stand up speak up band and its real cas it is in boxs and they are connected but this boy says its fake cos it don’t have the nike tick or made in china but it does have a website and charity no. do you think its fake?

    i have a beat bulling band and its real cos it has the writing in that weird text and it has a website to go on to and a charity no. i’m not sure if its real?

    #53 by emma — May 28, 2005 @ 4:05 am

  54. I hav a Support our troops band which has the writting in big letters but it says made in china

    #54 by Steve — May 28, 2005 @ 4:13 am

  55. my daughter needs a stand up speak up band

    #55 by Tina — May 31, 2005 @ 5:40 am

  56. i want a made in taiwan stand up speak up for free

    #56 by nipun — June 13, 2005 @ 6:59 am

  57. i want a racism band for free and bulling band plz email me if youve got one at adamfazza@hotmail.co.uk

    #57 by adam farrell — June 14, 2005 @ 1:09 pm

  58. ur all sad get a life there old now i ve still got mine coz i suport live strong and u shouldnt be botherd if it is fake as long as ur soporting the cahrity.

    #58 by rob — June 15, 2005 @ 12:33 pm

  59. Kit.. your comment on livestrong is wrong!
    i check the Lance Armstrong offical website that sells this, and the LIVESTRONG is all in capital, but the word ‘STRONG’ is in bold.

    i have one that says made in taiwan but it seems to last.

    http://www.livestrong.org/site/c.jvKZLbMRIsG/b.594849/k.CC7C/Home.htm

    #59 by jason — June 16, 2005 @ 8:00 am

  60. wtf is up with all these people wanting free hand-outs? that is sad and pathetic. You should buy the livestrong bands & other awareness wristbands for the importance of the organization selling them, not just so you can have a rubber band around your wrist. Those of you that are asking for free hand-outs need to think twice because pretty soon the bands won’t even be “trendy” anymore, then what are you gonna do? I don’t even want to know.

    #60 by LG — June 16, 2005 @ 4:16 pm

  61. I think fakes are horrible the only time they can be useful is when you desperately want one.

    #61 by Max Pountney — June 20, 2005 @ 10:00 pm

  62. I bought a LIVESTRONG band from a cycling store and it doesn’t stretch that much and has the skinny live in capitals and the bold strong in capitals. It is yellow but my friends say it is fake cuz it’s made in china. Their livetrong bands are a slightly different yellow it’s a bit lighter and are made in tiawan.

    who’s is real? and does it really matter as long as the money is going to the livestrong charity?

    #62 by boots — July 20, 2005 @ 9:01 am

  63. Do any of you ppl. no where to get a FREE livestrong band? thanks

    #63 by Christina — July 20, 2005 @ 5:48 pm

  64. i got mine on the internet at wearyellow.com. but like are they suppose to be hard to get on cuz mine is really hard to get on

    #64 by Rachelle — August 5, 2005 @ 7:09 pm

  65. i bought my livestron wristband in a nike store and it says that the liveStrong wristband is made in taiwan and so…LIVESTRONG wristband made in taiwan are real ‘couse i’ve bought my one in a nike store and all the signs that we can do an analises that is perfectly real…probably it means that the production on china is so little and then they need to do more wristband and the location choice was taiwan!!! so,LIVESTRONG wristbands made in taiwan are real too!

    #65 by rafaello — August 6, 2005 @ 3:40 pm

  66. I SELL BEAT BULLYING BANDS FOR £1.00 AND £1.00 P&P TOTAL =£2.00 BUT I DONATE 50P FROM EACH SALE TO THE CHARITY. EMAIL ME AT gill_h2k4@hotmail.com

    #66 by Gill — August 9, 2005 @ 1:33 am

  67. I have Beat Bullying,Livestrong,Makepovertyhistory and Breast cancer awearness. I got them all from London. But it’s a real pity that we don;t have such campaigns here in Bulgaria

    #67 by George — August 18, 2005 @ 11:04 am

  68. I got a white livestrong with the characteristics of the real one(made in china,big strong ang good quality)
    so is it fake?

    #68 by Sreeram — September 5, 2005 @ 11:51 am

  69. hi sellin wristband email me at nopoo@hotmail.co.uk. i have glow in the dark ones too.

    #69 by luke — September 5, 2005 @ 1:51 pm

  70. selling whrist bands loads glow in the dark support our troops liveSTRONG stand up speak up cheap. no cridet card needed send money in post.

    #70 by luke — October 5, 2005 @ 12:22 pm

  71. go on runescape.com awsome selling account on it nopoo@hotmail.com

    #71 by luke — October 5, 2005 @ 12:23 pm

  72. I have 1 liveSTRONG and it says MADE IN TAIWAN, i’m sure it’s real ‘cos a friend bought me the last month in a NIKE TOWN of NY, so it’s real!

    #72 by John — November 23, 2005 @ 6:56 am

  73. I have 1 LiveStrong and it says made in taiwan, it’s real because i bought me in a nike town of orlando…

    #73 by john star — December 18, 2005 @ 3:04 pm

  74. the real live strong bands have made in china on the back. i bought it from the discovery store and the package has lances logo on it. the real bands cost $1.00 all the others are fake!!!

    #74 by justin — February 17, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

  75. Copied from the FAQs at the LAF Store…

    =======================================
    Where can I find LIVESTRONG™ apparel and accessories?
    Currently, the only place to find LIVESTRONG™ apparel and accessories is on http://www.store-laf.org. Authentic wristbands can be found in select Discovery Channel stores, Niketown stores, the online Trek Store, and of course, on our website.
    =======================================

    Saying a band can be identified as a fake by pliability alone is somewhat true, but only with cheaply manufactured bands. We are a create custom bands for our customers using our factory in china (not the LIVESTRONG bands). Our bands are the same quality in terms of material, pliability, texture and size. Though we do not make counterfeit bands, you would not be able to tell the difference if we did.

    The best was to know you buying authentic gear, is to purchase ONLY from the locations listed in the copied FAQ. Anybody seling them for more than a buck is most likely fake, but not always. We know of people that bought them in bulk from legitimate sources and have just marked them up to make a profit.

    To address some of the other comments, check the offical website for organizations supporting people afflicted with the condition of interest. If they do not offer wristbands from their site, there most likely is no “official” wristband for the cause.

    We have made literally millions of bracelets for many clients of the past few years and have seen nearly every cause imagineable for awareness. Most of them do not have official silicone bracelets because they don’t realize that the silicone bracelet is here to stay, at least for a few more years.

    If you are looking for a bracelet for your cause and cannot find one, let us know and we’ll help you find it. If there simply is no bracelet for the condition or awareness campaign, we can create them for you.

    We will not entertain any requests to use copyrighted or trademarked images or phrases unless you have explicit written permission from the person or organization that has protected such elements, so don’t bother asking.

    #75 by Robert M. — August 9, 2007 @ 8:18 am

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a comment

If you Connect with Facebook your email address will not be published.


Enter the anti-spam code displayed above (required)