Buyers Beware!

Unknown Antenna Manufacturers

While being an unknown company is not a bad thing, sometimes it is a tell-tale sign of a knock-off brand or an untrustworthy seller. Do your homework on the brands you plan to buy from and make sure they are a legitimate company and not a fly-by-night operation just looking to make a quick buck from people who don't know any better.

What established brands should I trust?

It is hard to put together a comprehensive list because there are always new brands coming into the mix that have the best intentions. Some brands can be trusted because they've been around for decades. Others have a large internet presence which would be cost prohibitive if they were expected to be a one-hit wonder. Below is a list of brands we know for a fact are respectable and will always conduct business the right way.

Trusted Brands:

  • Mohu
  • Winegard
  • ChannelMaster
  • NoCable
  • RCA
  • Antop
  • ClearStream
  • AmazonBasics
  • Antennas Direct
  • LAVA
However, Don't Trust Everyone

A perfect example of this is SkyLink. Skylink brand that made a huge marketing push and bought a ton of ads offering too-hard-to-beleive deals and claiming almost impossible results. Well, as it turned out the Skylink TV Antenna was scam at worst and a supremely inferior product at best. Even the BBB took notice.

The brands we listed above all have websites, contact forms, phone numbers and/or support documentation. You can tell they have legitimate businesses based on those attributes.

However, look at some of the brands below. I did a quick search online and didn't find one thing about their company online. No Facebook page, no website. Its almost like they don't exist except for on Amazon.

Here are some brands to be very skeptical of:

  • Wsky
  • 1byone
  • PremWing
  • HotCat
  • Vansky
  • Binmer
  • Orionstar
  • Sensky
  • SkyTV
  • Tree New Bee
  • AliTEK
  • BuKee
  • PowerBear
  • TERK
  • Liger
New Legitimate Business vs. Chinese Knock-off

Honestly, sometimes it will be hard to tell the difference between a new business that should be trusted and a brand that has no intention of being around next year. Your best bet is to do research outside of Amazon to ensure the company has a presence elsewhere. A website, a Facebook page, something... anything.