You consider yourself a smart shopper. Always on the lookout for the best possible price on everything you buy, you know a good deal when you spot one. But did you also know you might not be getting what you are paying for?
Experts say even some of the most legitimate sales outlets are awash in what are known as diverted products. In retail parlance, it's called the gray market — goods that are sold outside their normal channels. It could be a distributor unloading excess product through a discount chain, online, or through a traditional retailer. Generally, that part of the gray market is legal.