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Black Friday 2014 UGG Australia Boot Sales: Find Out How to Avoid Counterfeits While Holiday Shopping

First Posted: Nov 25, 2014 04:35 PM EST
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UGG Australia Boots Amber Montana(Photo : Michael Kovac/Getty Images for UGG Australia)

UGG fans young and old have a pair of the luxurious sheepskin boots on their holiday gift list. With an average price tag upwards of $200, holiday shoppers are hoping for a bargain.

UGG Australia boots rarely go on sale, but we managed to find three great deals available now through Black Friday weekend:

1. The UGG Pre-Black Friday Sale is going on now and will continue through Black Friday Weekend, according to the UGG Australia website, which is offering boots on sale with free shipping, including:

  •  Women's Classic Short Crystal Bow, regular price $220, on sale for $150
  •  Women's Classic Mini Crystal Bow, regular price $175, on sale for $120
  •  Women's Shiny Bailey Bow (pink bow for cancer), regular price $205, on sale for $140
  •  I Heart Kisses Short Boot, regular price $119, on sale for $79.99
  •  I Heart Kisses Mini Boots, 3 solid colors, regular price $109, on sale for $69.99

2. Nordstrom is offering a 20 percent discount on UGG boots for Black Friday, and free shipping if boots are purchased online.

3. Overstock.com has a wide selection of UGG boots discounted for men, women and kids. Discounts range from 17 to 28 percent.

How to Avoid Counterfeits

If you find UGG Australia boots on sale this holiday season for a deep discount, think twice before buying, because they could be counterfeit.

ABC News reporter Becky Worley searched "discounted UGGs" online and found hundreds of websites offering deals on what they claimed were authentic UGG boots. She ordered several pairs of the boots from discount websites offering discounts of 20 to 50 percent off the regular price.

Three of the online retailers were from China, including AliExpress. One Chinese website discounted the boots 50 percent. The fourth purchase came from an eBay seller in California, who discounted the boots 20 percent. The boots ranged in price from $100 - $190, including shipping.

While the boots looked like UGGs, some pairs had a strange smell, according to Worley. She took the boots to UGG headquarters in Santa Barbara, California where Leah Evert-Burks, the company's director of Brand Protection, inspected them. Evert-Burks concluded the three pairs of UGG boots from China were counterfeit.

According to Evert-Burks, the UGG boots purchased from the ebay seller, on the other hand, were genuine.

The strange smell Worley experienced from the China shipped boots was due to the inferior or faux leather, synthetic lining and adhesive chemicals used to make the counterfeit boots, according to UGG Australia.

UGG Australia makes their boots using the finest Twinface sheepskin. Each pair of boots has a fine-grained texture with no visible defects. The wool is authentic and has an even thickness and thus the boots are very comfortable to wear.

The best advice is to buy UGG boots from trusted websites or retailers that offer a money-back guarantee if the product is not as described.

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