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Pakistan: Fake products’ sale with mega deals on social websites becomes breeding ground

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Islamabad: As the internet has gained popularity as a means for online shopping, retailers are continuously attracting customers through discounts and deals by selling counterfeit products through different social media websites.

A report aired by a private news channel said that platforms such as Instagram have become a hub of bogus profiles peddling counterfeit luxury items.

Around 60-80 per cent of people in Pakistan have a social media profile, and platforms have become another method for consumers to look for and purchase products.

Fake products also have company logos and branding. The fakes could be anything from toys, clothing and shoes to pharmaceuticals and software, said IT expert Wasiq Shah.

He said with the launch of 3G/4G services in the country, along with many other sectors, the e-commerce industry has witnessed a huge boom within a short period of time, but complaints about the sale of knock-off goods have soared.

Fake products are often tempting since they cost much less than the original price.

Trading Standards e-commerce expert Hamid Shaikh warned: ‘Consumers are playing with fire purchasing electrical products from unknown sellers in an effort to bag a bargain.”

Experts say that the luxury goods counterfeit market has always been a matter of concern for retailers and consumers. Copies of luxury products such as bags, apparels, watches, shoes, belts, pens, perfumes and jewellery are found in abundance.

With online shopping, the fake goods market has got a boost due to the anonymity it offers, the ever-increasing greed for discounts and the consumer fixation with ‘brands’, the experts highlighted.

They suggested that when a consumer is buying a high-end brand, video tutorials on YouTube should be checked to distinguish the authentic from the fake. There are many videos by manufacturers or fashion and tech bloggers to educate the public.

Also, verify product features, look, packaging, labels, and logo placement by going to the brand website to ensure a safe choice, experts added.

Seller information should also be checked for shipping method, hidden charges and the product description, said, adding, many a times, words such as ‘vintage’, ‘refurbished’ or ‘second hand’ may be misleading to the customer getting a used product.

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9 Factories Sealed For Packing Fake Mobil Oil In Peshawar

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PESHAWAR, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 07th Mar, 2018 ) :District Administration and Industries Department Wednesday sealed nine factories for packing fake Mobil oil in renowned branded mobil oil packing in joint raids in Shuba Bazaar.

The two accused were also arrested. On the directives of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Peshawar, the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Shahid Ali along with Assistant Director, Consumers’ Protection, Mujahid Khan, Additional Assistant Commissioners (AACs), Irfan Ali Khan and Tariq Hussain conducted raids on 9 mini-factories.

During raids they found the packing of fake mobil oil in the packing of renowned and branded companies on which they arrested two persons while the packing machinery, empty packets, stickers and other packing materials was taken into possession.

Hundreds litres of fake mobil oil was also taken into possession. The accused were packing the fake mobil oil of the renowned companies. The people present on the occasion appreciated the performance of the district administration and industries department.

According to the DC Peshawar, the mobil oil was injurious for the engines of the vehicles and was creating faults in the vehicles. He said that similar raids will also be conducted in other areas of the district. He directed the officials of the district administration to pinpoint such factories in their respective areas. So action would be initiated against them.

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