Counterfeit goods tempt credit crunched Brits

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Credit crunched Brits tempted to save cash by buying counterfeit goods could end up being “ripped off”, an industry expert warned this week.

Susie Winter, director of the Alliance Against IP Theft, raised concern that a desire to save money could push Brits into opting for illegal vendors.

Winter said its “quite understandable” for people to look for bargains during the current economic climate.

However, she cautioned against buying counterfeit goods from illegal traders.

“This is a cause of great concern given the potential harm these goods cause, both in terms of consumers being financially ripped off and their potentially dangerous nature,” she said.

“A major problem is the unregulated nature of a lot of markets and car boot sales where these things are being sold.

“It’s why we are continually pressing the government to issue a long awaited consultation into whether better regulation of these markets is actually needed.”

The Trading Standards Institute recently reported a 51% rise in the number of counterfeit medicines seized at UK borders during 2008 compared to 2006 figures.

The number of counterfeit toys seized increased 98%, whilst personal care products seized rose 264%.

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