Con artists try to rip people off by selling counterfeit products. This applies for Zippo lighters, like most popular products, because certain people/companies produce unauthentic lighters and try to pass them off as the "real thing". If you are looking to purchase a Zippo lighter, you will want to avoid these counterfeits sometimes known as "rippos". Counterfeiting is an illegal practice which makes Zippos that are not genuine in violation of trademark laws in the United States and most countries.
In the next page you'll learn about the most common occurrences of fake Zippos and who produces them.