Fake goods seized in Double Bay raid

 

More than 400 counterfeit designer goods were seized today at a retail shop in Sydney’s Double Bay, the fifth successful raid so far this year,NSW Fair Trading Minister Matthew Mason-Cox said.

Fair Trading officers had been monitoring the retailer’s activities with brand protection officers for the past few months and conducted covert purchases at the store last week, Mr Mason-Cox said.

“The list of designer goods seized includes handbags, wallets, cosmetic jewellery, scarves, sunglasses, adult and children’s clothing, cufflinks, ties, belts and caps,” he said.

“Knock-off brands seized include Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Tiffany & Co, Burberry, Dior, Prada, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermes, YSL and more.”

Mr Mason-Cox said Fair Trading was becoming more active in the counterfeit space and this raid was part of an ongoing commitment to protect consumers and businesses by removing counterfeit goods from the marketplace.

“The Double Bay raid closely follows a search of a Hurlstone Park home that netted more than 500 counterfeit sporting goods including fake Nike and Asics brand footwear,” he said.

“These raids should serve as a stern warning to anyone selling fake goods in the marketplace. “NSW Fair Trading is regularly surveying the market and if you are doing the wrong thing, it’s only a matter of time before we catch you.’’

Earlier this year, NSW Fair Trading successfully prosecuted Michael Lam, a Paddy’s Markets trader, for selling counterfeit football clothing.

Mr Mason-Cox encouraged consumers to buy from reputable retailers. “While consumer protections exist under the Australian Consumer Law, you are more likely to have your consumer rights enforced if you buy from a well-recognised and established trader,” he said.

NSW Fair Trading is considering legal action against the Double Bay retailer.

“Businesses that make false and misleading statements about the price, value or quality of the consumer goods they sell face fines of up to $22,000 for an individual and $1.1million for a company,” he said

 

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