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Fake Goods – What are fake goods?

Sales of fake goods (or counterfeit goods) are widespread and virtually any product can be faked, causing loss to industry and jeopardising your safety.

Examples include:

These goods are made to look like the real article using protected brand logos and trade marks from reputable manufacturers to trick you into buying them. The reason they do this is simply to make money. These fake goods are often sold at a low price often less than half you would pay for the genuine article. They are not only damaging to the UK industry and brand reputations, but people’s livelihoods are affected by them.

Some people may know that what they are buying is fake and it doesn’t matter to them when they are getting a designer coat for £20 or the latest film release for £3. Thankfully this group is in the minority and usually once you’ve bought a fake you don’t buy one again!

Where do you buy these fake goods?

Counterfeit goods are available from various sources but are you foolish enough to part with your cash?

It is important to remember that you are not really getting a bargain. Why help line the pockets of criminals? That’s what they want and you’re helping fund their criminality.

What are the risks to you?

Not only are you throwing your hard earned money away but, potentially, you are risking your own safety and that of others. Many fake goods will not comply with British and European Safety legislation.

Across the UK, including Wrexham, Trading Standards have come across an array of fake products which have been found to be unsafe and harmful to you. One of our roles is to make sure that goods meet safety standards. Those which do not are quickly removed from the market place. Those selling illegitimate items may be punished and can face imprisonment and a large fine.

Examples include:

The people responsible for making and selling these goods don’t care what happens to you or the person your buying for.

What should you do?

Our consumer help section offers information on buying goods and additional information is available on https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ (external link).

Disclaimer: Wrexham County Borough Council is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

Be cautious when buying from someone you don’t know and use common sense. If you know the price is far too low then that should set alarm bells ringing. Buy from reputable businesses or follow recommendations from other buyers.

Check that when you’re dealing with a website that you know how to contact them should something go wrong. Look for their contact address.

For items over £100 use a credit card. This gives extra protection through your credit card provider if you have a problem later on.

If you know someone who is selling fake goods report them. You can do this anonymously through us or other anti-piracy groups.

Help us to help protect you.