Counterfeiters take advantage of trusted alcohol packaging, and refill recognisable bottles with illegally-made or lower quality drinks to trick consumers.
Counterfeit products are low-quality imitations of original items. Shoes that should last over a year look worn out in months, headphones with awful sound quality. While the quality of counterfeit items can sometimes come close to the authentic products they aim to mimic, the money that customers save on products sometimes comes at a tremendous cost. Here are some products Red Points advises consumers to be extra careful that they’re getting the real deal. You can find the first five products here.
Would you risk it? We've come up with some examples of products that highlight the dangers of unregulated counterfeit products. It's safe to say no one would knowingly buy these cheap alternatives.
From Loom Bands to Frozen figurines, sales of bootleg toys are stacking up faster than Lego bricks. Besides yielding horrifying character hybrids that should never have been possible, they also pose a major health risk to children. Regardless, counterfeit toys continue to sell successfully, surely prompting reaction within the industry.
As Canada Goose take Chinese counterfeit sellers to court, Red Points takes a look at the trade in fake outdoor apparel.
The FDA have recently issued a warning about fake Botox and fillers on the market, which are entirely unregulated and potentially fatal.
The adult entertainment industry has not been immune to the impacts of piracy and counterfeits. The porn industry has suffered as a result of illegal peer-to-peer sharing and now legitimate sex toy manufacturers are troubled by cheap knock-off goods which pose serious health and safety risks to consumers.
From fine Spanish wines to prestigious French Champagnes and world-famous Scotch labels, alcoholic beverages contribute massively to the European economy. But the market for fake wine and whiskey is also a lucrative business, causing legitimate manufacturers to lose both revenue and jobs, as well as producing counterfeit products which could seriously harm consumers.