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Record Number Of Fake Designer Goods Seized

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City of London Police have broken up a multi international crime syndicate specialising in fake designer goods.

The multi-million pound haul included  highly sought after brands such as Nike, Ugg, Gucci, Coach,Cartier, Ralph Lauren and GHD.A record haul of more than 50,000 counterfeit designer goods, including clothing,trainers, handbags and hair straighteners, was confiscated during raids on 30 premises in London

About £350,000 in cash was also discovered and six people were arrested for conspiracy to defraud.

Police believe that the goods were imported from manufacturers in the Far East before being imported and stored in commercial storage facilities and exported as far abroad as America.

Brodie Clark, of the UK Border Agency, said fake goods rip off the public.

He said: ”People who make the mistake of buying cheap copies might think they are getting a bargain, but they don’t realise these goods are often dangerous and that the proceeds are often used to fuel serious organised crime.”

City of London Police said counterfeit crime cost legitimate British businesses £3.5 billion

Fake goods often try to imitate a popular brand(with varying levels of success) by copying styles cheaply at the cost of quality. E.g clothes that will only last one wash or those Ugg boots that make the wearer walk like a newly born duck.

I myself came close to buying some fake GHD’s over eBay not too long ago, I was all set to click ‘pay’ until I checked the seller’s feedback profile and found some very unflattering comments from ripped off buyers. “THESE ARE FAKE FAKE FAKE DO NOT BUY FROM THIS SELLER HE WILL RIP U OFF AND NOT REPLY TO UR EMAILS” being one of the more printable remarks.

So what is your opinion of fake goods? Do you see them as a harmless and cheap way to stay in fashion or do you think it damages brand credibility and just looks a bit trashy?

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Written by amylisam

March 20, 2010 at 9:10 PM

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  1. Well I have to admit I have bought fake designer purses, handbags, watches and sunglasses! I got them all in hong Kong and my only regret was buying the watches which stopped working within hours so I wouldn’t recommend them but with everything I say go ahead. Designer items are always so expensive and I will probably never be able to afford them. I know I’m ripping someone of somewhere but then maybe it will make designers reconsider the prices they charge. More should make stuff for high street shops or something?

    beckylucas

    March 20, 2010 at 9:23 PM

  2. Ha Becky I all think we’re guilty of buying fake stuff at some point in our lives.
    Fake Chanel sunglasses anyone? Cos I know I have!

    amy

    March 20, 2010 at 9:42 PM

  3. wow i never knew fake designer goods could be linked to organised crime scary stuff. Maybe ill think twice next time i purchase myself another knock off chanel man pouch.

    tommy s

    March 21, 2010 at 5:21 PM

  4. I have actually never bought fake goods simply because I think the market for fake merchandise sits firmly aimed at women and younger kids. When I was younger, everyone wanted the new pair of nike trainers or addidas but I was always vary of the products because I actually didn’t think they looked good. Those were days that the random Dagenham Market would sell fake goods. Since however, I’ve never even had the opportunity to, I don’t shop online because of fears that I will be in far more debt already, and I don’t go out shopping enough to see.

    I do however think that Primark, though obviously not ‘fuelling organised crime’ is a refuge for similar ‘wash once’ and ‘duck like shoes’ sceneries. Everything I’ve ever bought of there is either wrongly sized or merely just crap. I do understand though, that girls love Primark, so I can’t disregard its appeal. But for me, I’ll stick to socks from a place like that. Very interesting blog Amy, best of luck.

    jaysensi

    March 21, 2010 at 5:36 PM

  5. Wow those Uggs are desperate! I remember when I was younger (won’t admit my real age!) everyone was after lacoste and stone island stuff and it didn’t take long for copies to be made. You get a lot of people in the pub asking if you want to buy fake stuff, i’ve been offered everything from Gucci loafers to suits to gap jumpers and you do wonder where it all comes from.

    terry

    March 22, 2010 at 7:57 PM

  6. My dad insists time and time again that trainers sold in discount sports shops are fakes. He’s of that age where he likes what he likes and therefore buys the same trainers over and over again and on an occasion he got them from one such shop they fell apart within weeks of buying them. Perhaps this is where these fake goods were heading?

    Also i’d like to hear what other people think about stores doing replicas of designer items? For example Primark being sued for ripping off a French Connection dress or Peacocks selling a copy of a Chloe bag?

    Amylisam

    March 22, 2010 at 8:01 PM

  7. I think that sometimes high street stores are just as bad as these ppl above, there are supposed to be 12 noticeable differences between a designer item and a replica to go on sale and sometimes you struggle to find any difference apart from the quality!

    Rachel

    March 23, 2010 at 5:10 PM

  8. I read fake uggs are really bad for your feet because they don’t give them the proper support!

    shittiestcelebs

    March 24, 2010 at 1:08 PM

  9. I don’t think I’ve ever knowingly bought anything fake before. Partly because most of the fakes I’ve seen don’t really look like the real deal and partly because when I was younger my dad would always tell me not buy from the fake merchandise people outside gigs because it all funded crime. I just assumed fake designer stuff was the same.

    michellecwright

    March 24, 2010 at 8:40 PM

  10. A little off topic maybe, and a slightly strange query, but I’m just looking for some extra information on the manufacture of UGG footwear. Do you know what type of sheep they are manufactured from? And are real UGG boots made from the same type as the copies?

    Cream Long

    April 18, 2010 at 8:13 AM


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