The Mestar Iron Pro provides a budget alternative to your day-to-day hairstyling needs. It is a 2-in-1 hair straightener and curler which costs around 50 USD. The style is unique with four adjustable temperatures and a single button that helps to power and operate the device. The package is incredible, but too unbelievable when you consider the additional items and offer that you get. So, a bit of digging and we ended up with this.
See what we found about Mestar!
At first look, it is hard to tell, but both are different products. The one on the right is the Mestar Iron Pro. The one on the left is the TYME Iron Pro which has similar everything to that of the Mestar and comes around 200 USD, i.e., four times the cost of Mestar Iron Pro.
It was quite revealing and made us resume our Internet digging further. What we have inferred from our research is, the Mestar is a knock-off product. It is a duplicate of the TYME Iron Pro.
For those of you who don’t know, a knock-off is a product that is similar to looks and design of the original product but is marketed under a different name. Because of the difference in names, knock-offs are easier to differentiate than counterfeits.
The tale of Mestar Iron Pro
The Mestar Iron Pro has a similar body design to that of the TYME Iron Pro. Mistaking one for the other is easy.
The key differences are:
- The plastic extrudes at the plate ends.
- The LED setup (the original has five temperature settings; it has four).
- Also, the iron plates are made from ceramic (not titanium, as in the TYME Iron Pro).
Apart from this, there's the inferior quality of material used in the manufacturing of the product. Once you get the product, you will surely understand the difference in quality, R & D related to the knock-offs and the original thing.
Other knock-off links
Here are some links to these knock-offs:
- Hair Straightener Iron by Healthy Care
- JackieHoang Mestar Iron Pro
- Mestar 2-in-1 Pro | eBay
- Mestar 2-in-1 Pro | Leavesshopp
We consulted TYME regarding this.
Original vs. Knock-off
Hence, it is vital that you as a customer understand the differences between a knock-off and an original product (refer How to spot a fake TYME Iron). Once you can distinguish between fake and authentic, it is easier for you to avoid scams and hence, prevent losing money.
All that said, there are numerous fake alternatives to the TYME Iron Pro available in the market. But, we are focusing on a single product, i.e., the Mestar Iron Pro.
The bigger picture of creating products
The thing is, the price of a product reflects the effort put into the quality and development of the product along with some intended profit. Every element of the original thing justifies its existence. Whereas, if you look over a knock-off, the same feature might be for aesthetic pleasure without serving a similar purpose. Take the example of the plates in both the cases. TYME uses gold-coated titanium ones while the Mestar has a pair of ceramics. It is obvious; both are going to function differently.
Then, you come to the question of reliability. You buy a product because you get some value from it. There's also the question of satisfaction. Later down the line, you might convince yourself about the lack of satisfaction by reasoning it with low price, but what about reliability? What if you are not able to do the thing that you purchased it for? That is when it hits you. Like everyone, you earn money through hard work. Don't think you are saving money by going for a clone of an original. You do not get a warranty for such products. So good luck, getting that refund or replacement for the product if it dies on you within the ‘claimed' warranty period.
My point is not to avoid low-cost products; it is to avoid knock-offs. Every sector in the market has products that will suit your budget. So every time you are in the market for a new product, make an informed decision. Educate yourself about the options available and also know your needs. Match your needs with the available options when buying a product.
Now coming back to the fake TYME scenario, the knock-offs are riding on the curiosity and willingness wave of customers’ mind for TYME products. Being uninformed about the product hurts both the customer and TYME.
So, if you want something that looks like the TYME Iron Pro, then why not go for the original (refer to our TYME Iron Pro review to help yourself make a decision). Alternatively, you might want something that demands a little less premium. If that's the case, have a look at the alternatives in the market belonging to the lower price bracket, but, do ensure their originality. If you are skeptical about any aspect of the product, do some research. If you do not find anything useful, it is better if you steer away from that product.