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Counterfeit Goods: Impacts on Consumers and the Economy

 We all like to feel like we are getting value-for-money on anything we purchase, but sometimes a bargain can leave us feeling cheaper than expected when it turns out to be a counterfeit, sub-standard imitation of the real thing. Questions are raised about the multiple perspectives involved in the operation of the movement of these …

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Counterfeit Cosmetics – Keeping this Halloween as Scare-Free as Possible

  As consumers, the access we have to makeup and tips from beauty experts on how to apply it is growing every day. You only have to go onto YouTube, Instagram or any other social media platform to see the reach that beauty influencers have, and the brand engagement that endorsed products can have. At …

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Cyber Monday: Avoiding Counterfeit Electronics and Issues with Games Consoles

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are set to be more popular than ever this year, with many retailers offering early and extended sales on the must-have items for Christmas. Cyber Monday presents an opportunity to pick up the latest gadgets and electrical equipment, including the newest releases of games consoles. With the genuine retailers out …

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Counterfeit Goods: Impacts on Consumers and the Economy

We all like to feel like we are getting value-for-money in anything we purchase, but sometimes a bargain can leave us feeling cheaper than expected when it turns out to be a counterfeit, sub-standard imitation of the real thing. Questions are raised about the multiple perspectives involved in the operation of the movement of these …

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COVID-19 & Faulty Goods: Know Your Rights

Throughout the public health crisis and resulting lockdown restrictions, consumeradvice.scot has received a significant increase in the number of cases relating to faulty goods and safety concerns. Between April and July this year, we have seen faulty goods cases increase by nearly 110%. Since March, Scottish consumers have witnessed a seismic change in how they interact with, and …

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Counterfeit PPE & Testing Kits

Throughout the entirety of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been individuals exploiting fear and uncertainty in order to make profit. This has been evident through advertisements of counterfeit personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 testing kits online. Just last week, a British man was sentenced for pocketing approximately £12,000 selling bogus coronavirus treatment kits online …

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Counting the Cost of the Illegal Puppy Trade

The illegal trading of puppies is a practice which not only proves incredibly damaging to the animals involved, but can also severely impact consumers, carrying a significant financial and emotional toll. Scottish Government figures estimate that almost half (45%) of people who bought a puppy in 2019 purchased the animal online, an increase of 25% …

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A Counterfeit Toy Story: Choking Hazards, Age Restrictions and Safety

In our article covering counterfeit goods back in June (Available HERE), we looked at the impact of fake goods on the UK economy and the detrimental effect that such products can have upon consumers. Recent research from the Anti-Counterfeiting Forum estimates that the proliferation of counterfeit goods has resulted in a cost of £30bn (or the equivalent …

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“Doing It for the Kids” – The Impact of Consumerism on Teenagers and Young Adults

As an adult, I cringe when I think about the (questionable) decisions made in my youth to dress in baggy jeans, with stainless steel chains looped from belt to pocket. My hair was black with an ‘electric-blue’ tint and I could often be found clad in a hooded sweatshirt with my favourite band plastered on …

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“Christmas Time, Mistletoe and Counterfeit Goods” – Avoiding the Purchase of Substandard Gifts

Christmas is an expensive time of year for everyone. Gifts for friends and family, food on the big day, as well as the parties and nights out surrounding the festive period can be a big ask on our finances. Checking the authenticity of the products that we buy is vital in not only ensuring that …

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