70 Counterfeit Olaf Christmas Jumpers Seized from Ipswich Trader

This week we seized 70 counterfeit Olaf jumpers from a trader in Ipswich.

A test purchase was made of one of the jumpers earlier in the week and sent to Disney to confirm that it was counterfeit. Suffolk Trading Standards then returned to the trader to seize the remaining stock.

All the jumpers display the character Olaf from the Disney blockbuster film Frozen.

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Why should you avoid counterfeit goods?
· Buying fake goods contributes to job losses because genuine manufacturers are unable to match prices charged by rogue traders. You’re also depriving the genuine manufacturers of any profit.
· Some counterfeit goods may be substandard, possibly dangerous and may even contain hazardous substances.

Protect yourself against counterfeit goods fraud
· If something seems too good to be true, don’t be fooled into thinking you’re getting a great deal.
· Always examine the quality of any goods you’re thinking of buying and check the labels to see if they are genuine. It’s often very easy to spot a fake as their labels may have spelling mistakes or other distinguishing marks.
· Always ask the trader you’re buying from whether they offer an after-sales service, or a guarantee. Most rogue traders won’t.

If you suspect anyone of selling counterfeit goods, or want advice on goods you have bought, please get in touch through the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506.

Traders should bear the following in mind in order to reduce the risk of buying and selling counterfeit products:

· Outer packaging – Is this what you would expect from the brand or high market designer?
· Quality of manufacture – does it look like an expensive designer item? Does the stitching fray easily?
· Care labels – Are they present?
· Place of manufacture – Does this correspond with the suppliers box or paperwork (if relevant)?
· Compare the product with that which is displayed in other retail shops or on reputable online sites.

Following the seizure Suffolk County Councillor Colin Spence, cabinet member for public protection, said:

“I am urging residents to be cautious and ensure they only buy goods from reputable or accredited sellers. People have worked hard all year and it is unfair they could be at risk of spending their hard-earned money on an item that is not the genuine article.”

“It is also unfair on the legitimate traders who work hard to ensure they operate within the law.”

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Suffolk Trading Standards is working towards creating and fair and safe trading environment. By creating empowered consumers, that are armed with the knowledge to stop 'rogue traders'.

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