Gifts Today magazine

If it sounds too good to be true... probably is! Trading Standards warns consumers not to get sucked into ‘crazy deals’

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute has warned consumers about the dangers of counterfeit goods, which cost the UK economy around £1.3 billion a year in lost profits and taxes.

These deals can also mean that products haven’t met essential safety standards, have poor workmanship and are harmful. Trading Standards pointed to the recent example of shortages of one of this Christmas’ must-have toys – Fingerlings – with desperate parents being tempted to buy items from counterfeit traders.

It reiterated its message that unofficial children’s merchandise such as toys and dressing-up clothes could pose numerous hazards with small loose parts, long cords and materials that are toxic or not conforming to fire retardant standards.

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