Half of tourists buy coun­ter­feit goods

The Herald - - NEWS -

AL­MOST half of hol­i­day­mak­ers buy coun­ter­feit goods when abroad, of­ten af­ter be­ing duped into be­liev­ing they were sav­ing money on branded items, ac­cord­ing to a re­port.

Re­search by on­line shop­ping com­par­i­son web­site Kelkoo showed that Spain, Tur­key, Thai­land, Greece and China were the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for trav­ellers to buy fakes.

A study of al­most 4000 adults re­vealed that hand­bags were the most pop­u­lar coun­ter­feit item bought, fol­lowed by de­signer cloth­ing, sun­glasses, watches and jew­ellery.

UK re­tail­ers were miss­ing out on bil­lions of pounds worth of sales be­cause of the trend, said Kelkoo.

The Scot­tish Crime and Drug En­force­ment Agency has warned the trade in coun­ter­feit goods is “not a vic­tim­less crime” and has links to drug deal­ing and the sex trade.

Two-thirds of those ques­tioned knew they were buy­ing fake goods, but a third thought they were buy­ing a gen­uine prod­uct at a frac­tion of the price.

A third of those polled said buy­ing fake goods abroad was “harm­less”, even though the prac­tice is il­le­gal, lead­ing to pros­e­cu­tion in the UK and con­fis­ca­tion of coun­ter­feit items.

Chris Nixon, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Kelkoo, said: “You get what you pay for and more of­ten than not, the qual­ity of these prod­ucts is poor. There are se­ri­ous i mpl i c a t i o n s of re­turn­ing with coun­ter­feit goods.”

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