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China-made fake products worm into Chennai
Chennai is fast emerging as a major market for duplicate products. Replicas of branded mobile phones, cosmetics and even baby products are flooding the market and many people are purchasing them without realising that they are fake.
The Anti-piracy cell of CB-CID registered 278 cases in Chennai alone in 2015 for selling fake products. They seized and destroyed several cartons of such products from the Chennai outlets. Sources at the Anti-Piracy cell told DtNext that many who purchase fake mobiles and other electronic goods from places like Burma Bazaar know that they are buying fake ones. Many others believe that what they are getting is genuine and are even ready to pay a higher price.
But a greater cause for concern is the influx of duplicate cosmetics and baby products in the market. “These products are sold through cosmetic stores and through stationery shops in the city. Only a company expert can differentiate between the original and the fake product and the public has no way of checking them. Many of these products use substandard material that can cause serious health issues to those who use them,” a senior police official attached to the Anti-Piracy Cell said. The video piracy cell gets to know about these violations only when the company representatives prefer a complaint.
Officials said there are several agents and groups in Chennai who specialise in the sale of fake products. They buy fake products from Mumbai and take them to Chennai by train. However, the investigators have found out that these products are actually made in China and then imported to Mumbai. Hence Mumbai works as the wholesale hub of fake products to the rest of the country.
Hazard from fake cosmetics, baby products
- In 2015, anti-piracy cell of CB-CID register 278 cases. More than 300 people arrested in these cases.
- Products worth around Rs. 4 crore seized and destroyed. Fakes of reputed baby products also in the market.
- People pay the price of the original and get fake ones.
- No mechanism is available with the police to check the genuineness of the products sold.
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