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pkw
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Fake face mask?

I've just bought a mask that claims to be genuine KN95 but am suspicious. There's no certificate number or anything on it. Only says KN95. Cost me £5. Have I been sold a fake?

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Steve
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Re: Fake face mask?

Depends on whether you bought it from a reputable seller. But, if it's covering your mouth and nose then I  wouldn't be too concerned. 

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pkw
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It's a corner shop that normally sells phones and electronics. But I saw them advertised on posters in several places. I was under the impression that if it claims to be KN95 it should have certification/number on it. £5 is a lot to me. I can get disposable ones at work for free. But I wanted something for travel and expected it to be of a high standard. He said it's also washable which I doubt. I still have the receipt and it's in a sealed bag.

Alex
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Yep I need to get a better one. The cheapo 1 paaand one felt like I couldn't breathe. I get buses mainly, and yes that did freak me out.

I will walk up the village in a moment and see if I can find a better one. I would be sarcastic and say "I am not holding my breath". The one I have literally does do that to you. Not a nice experience.

Steve
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If it's any consolation I bought a face covering for over a tenner online, just a face covering, I wore it once and it's broken already, big split down the nose. So if you get more than one use out of it you're not doing too badly 😃

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pkw
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I'll try to return it. I saw a bag of 2 fabric ones in Poundland for £2 the other day. I'd trust them more than this one.

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I bought a pack of 10x facemasks from tesco this morning for £6.50 just to have on hand (and incase my "terrorist-look" with my snood is offensive to some!!!), no claim of being KN95 rated (states "Non-medical use" on the certificate in the pack), but I'd be wary of cheap N95-type masks from a mobile phone shop any way, they tend to buy cheap tat from online sources like aliexpress, which isn't always the best source for genuine goods...

Alex
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Yep mine should last until tomorrow, when I have to use the bus.

I have to go to a bigger high street near me, and I have to pick an item up. No problem. I will see what they have there.

There are a few other masks I can think of, one will mean you look like you're comitting an armed robbery. The other would look like you're sexually perverse. Imagine wearing those on public transport.

Sorry my sense of humour so I'd better shut up. Anyway being serious, if I can find one that lets me breathe I'll be quite happy. As The Bee Gess said "Ha Ha Ha Staying Alive".

 

pkw
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Well, I managed to get my money back. The seller showed me a certificate from a Chinese company, but there was no way to tell that it actually related to the mask as it had no label etc. The cert can be verified online but you have to register first. I left it at that.

twocvbloke
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Yeah, sounds like a dodgy deal if they're showing a separate certificate with no connection to the mask, the pack I got this morning has the certificate (though not really confidence-inspiring) sealed inside the pack, so they're I guess what they say they are:

 

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billnotben
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I expect a lot of shops won't want to turn non mask wearing customers away. So I wouldn't be surprised to see a pile of free masks appearing next to shops hand gel stations at their entrances.

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You can pick them up 5 for £20 in your local chemist, even cheaper if you buy more.

I reckon the shop just boght a load of them and selling them for a small profit.

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@Mustrum wrote:

You can pick them up 5 for £20 in your local chemist, even cheaper if you buy more.


 

Is that 5 masks or 5 packs?

billnotben
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They're pennies in some supermarkets unless we are talking about masks with fancy graphics on them.

pkw
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@twocvbloke Yeah, these are the kind we use at work (social care). I was looking for something re-usable with good filtering (hence KN95) which also allows you to breathe for extended periods. The disposable ones are fine for going into a shop but not great for sitting for hours on a train or plane.