Information about counterfeit goods and how to avoid buying fakes.
A counterfeit product is:
- Any product (including packaging) which has an unauthorised trademark which is identical, or cannot be distinguished from a valid registered UK or EC trade mark for the same type of product.
- Any unauthorised use of any trademarks such as logos, labels, or stickers.
Most common fakes
- designer bags
- designer clothes
- designer shoes or boots
- electrical devices
- toys and other goods for children, such as wheelie suitcases
- watches, jewellery
- purfume, cosmetics
- alcohol and tobacco
- CDs, DVDs, films, music
- computer software and games
- vehicle parts
- pharmaceutical goods
How to avoid buying fakes
Top tips to avoid buying fakes include:
- be suspicious about bargains - if something seems too good to be true, it probably is
- find out if you have any guarantees or after-sales service
- examine the quality of the goods, check labels and packaging for misspellings and poor logos
- take extra care at street markets, car boot sales or in situations where it may be difficult to get in touch with the trader after the purchase
- be aware of fakes sold on internet auction websites, do your research - for example check online reviews