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counterfeit fridge water filters. #4644399
01/23/18 08:57 PM
01/23/18 08:57 PM
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JustinH Offline OP
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Bought an Amana branded fridge from Lowes about 6 years back. Whirlpool has a pretty good $$$ game going for owners of these and other fridges.

It takes a sealed cartridge filter that needs to be replaced every six months. Said cartridge filter costs $49 from all local retailers.

Water dispenser and ice maker will not work without a filter installed in the fridge (it will leak on the floor).

Anyways, I have had terrible luck with aftermarket filters for this thing. They sometimes clog and never work, or they spit black charcoal all over the place.

I found a vendor on ebay who is selling the "whirlpool every drop 1" filters for $13 each.

I purchased one, and installed it today. Sure enough it clogged instantly and would not flow any water, then a bunch of black charcoal shot through my system.

Got a refund from the seller, no questions asked.

Went up to Home Depot and spent $54 including tax for a genuine filter.

There are some differences. The genuine filter now has a hologram on it. Also the wording on the filter and packaging is different. The counterfeit filter is sealed in shrink wrap, the genuine one is in a plastic clam shell package.

Link to the item I purchased on ebay.

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Re: counterfeit fridge water filters. [Re: JustinH] #4644407
01/23/18 09:07 PM
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They're all like that. I just buy the genuine one (Frigidaire) every 6 mos, $50 isn't going to break the bank. Bottled water is a bigger scam! I know GE makes a bypass you can install, but why would you? The filter does make the water taste better.


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Re: counterfeit fridge water filters. [Re: JustinH] #4644424
01/23/18 09:18 PM
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I have a GE which takes a GE MWF filter . It's $44.99 from Meijer for one. I decided to take a leap of faith and bought a 3-pack of Waterdrop MWF filters for $26 (they're $33 now) and it's worked great. I'm still on the first filter but the water doesn't taste any different, flow rate is good and I'm not having any additional sediment or junk floating around in the water, to be honest I think these may filter BETTER than the GE branded filter. With the GE filters the water would hazy every so often, haven't seen that happen with this one.


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Re: counterfeit fridge water filters. [Re: dishdude] #4644426
01/23/18 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted By: dishdude
I know GE makes a bypass you can install, but why would you?


We have a whole house water filter, so having a filter on the fridge is kind of redundant.

Re: counterfeit fridge water filters. [Re: JustinH] #4644450
01/23/18 09:37 PM
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I have the same set-up...

but I use really nice filters inline before the water ever makes it to the fridge....

So I never ever change the expensive cartridge in the bottom.
Just flick the lever a few times to turn the filter light green again for another 6 months or so.


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Re: counterfeit fridge water filters. [Re: JustinH] #4644489
01/23/18 10:17 PM
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I've had good luck buying refrigerator filters on Amazon. You just need to read all the reviews and make a decision on user's comments. Typically they are about 25%~30% of the OEM brand filters. Of course, all probably made in China.

Paying $50 a pop every 6 months for a refrigerator filter is a bit expensive for what you get.

Re: counterfeit fridge water filters. [Re: JustinH] #4644493
01/23/18 10:21 PM
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EBay is full of fakes and counterfeit products.


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Re: counterfeit fridge water filters. [Re: JustinH] #4644521
01/23/18 11:00 PM
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Many of those refrigerators also tell you to replace the filter with so many hours on it verses how many gallons of water that has been filtered.

Just a heads up.

Re: counterfeit fridge water filters. [Re: JustinH] #4644564
01/24/18 01:46 AM
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I change mine once a year if that. After a year is when i notice the taste changes.


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Re: counterfeit fridge water filters. [Re: ZeeOSix] #4644578
01/24/18 03:35 AM
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Originally Posted By: ZeeOSix
I've had good luck buying refrigerator filters on Amazon. You just need to read all the reviews and make a decision on user's comments. Typically they are about 25%~30% of the OEM brand filters. Of course, all probably made in China.

Paying $50 a pop every 6 months for a refrigerator filter is a bit expensive for what you get.


We got some that were counterfeit from amazon... and the purchase was fulfilled by amazon, not shipped from some third party...

Re: counterfeit fridge water filters. [Re: JHZR2] #4644588
01/24/18 04:07 AM
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Originally Posted By: ZeeOSix
I've had good luck buying refrigerator filters on Amazon. You just need to read all the reviews and make a decision on user's comments. Typically they are about 25%~30% of the OEM brand filters. Of course, all probably made in China.

Paying $50 a pop every 6 months for a refrigerator filter is a bit expensive for what you get.

We got some that were counterfeit from amazon... and the purchase was fulfilled by amazon, not shipped from some third party...


What are you considering "counterfeit" ... ones that have the OEM name and look like OEM?

I'm talking about aftermarket filters that are not OEM brand name - so therefore not really "counterfeit". There are some out there that work fine. You have to read all the Amazon comments to make a decision if they are worth a try or not.

Re: counterfeit fridge water filters. [Re: JustinH] #4644605
01/24/18 05:17 AM
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This is not a counterfeit filter. Just an after market brand.

When buying on eBay, you need to visually compare the item being sold to the original item. The listings' wording can be misleading at times.

And I agree, you have to buy original refrigerator water filters, regardless of the refrigerator brand. After market filters are worthless, regardless of where you buy them.


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Re: counterfeit fridge water filters. [Re: ZeeOSix] #4644616
01/24/18 06:03 AM
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Originally Posted By: ZeeOSix
You have to read all the Amazon comments to make a decision if they are worth a try or not.


Agree about reading all of the comments. Sometimes an item gets reasonably good ratings, and yet the negative comments can expose critical product flaws.

Last edited by knerml; 01/24/18 06:03 AM.

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Re: counterfeit fridge water filters. [Re: JustinH] #4644640
01/24/18 07:30 AM
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I can only imagine how dirty and dangerous the "filter" material is.

Fridge filters are a dangerous thing to fake.

I just buy the real ones.

Re: counterfeit fridge water filters. [Re: JustinH] #4644647
01/24/18 07:37 AM
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I change mine about once a year. Which is twice as long as the Fridge tells me to. I hit the buttons that tell it I have put in a new filter when I have not. Zero complaints.
I bought a 6 pack of replacement filters from Amazon.


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