Irshadgul News report,
A consignment of over 100 fake Newcastle United football strips have been seized by the authorities.
Officers searched during a random cargo inspection at Newcastle International Airport and found that the items were bound for an address west of the city.
It is believed that in the Far East counterfeit bars were manufactured for just a few pounds and then sold on social media at inflated prices, making a good profit for their buyer. Selling counterfeit goods is illegal under the Trade Marks Act 1994.
When trading standards officials were called home, they found 140 more strips totaling to over 250 including the Newcastle, Rangers, Liverpool and Real Madrid strips.
Goods are confiscated, while trading standards are thoroughly checked.
On social media, phony strips were being sold for £25 each, giving them a street price of £7,500, but the equivalent retail price has been placed at over £20,000, three times that amount.
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Clerk Irim Ali, Newcastle City Council’s cabinet member for regulation including trade standards, said: “I would like to congratulate our trade standards team for finding and seizing this plethora of illegal trade.
“Fake goods can be attractive because they cost less than the real thing, but they are often inferior in quality and can be unsafe and dangerous. Of course, they also don’t come with any after-sales service or guarantees.” Huh.
“The counterfeit goods industry victim is not a crime. Organized crime gangs monopolize the trade in counterfeit goods. In other words, if you buy counterfeit goods, it may be the last link in a chain that benefits criminals involved in various crimes.
“And criminals are going to make the product with low quality and potentially dangerous ingredients and ingredients as quickly and cheaply as they can. They are only interested in maximizing their profits.”
Ultimately, the strips will be recycled, re-purified or destroyed if they cannot be put to good use.
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