Half of tourists buy counterfeit goods
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.”