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33 held for thousands of Phillips fake goods

A TOTAL of 33 suspects have been detained accused of manufacturing and selling fake Phillips products, Shanghai police said yesterday.

Since 2018, the suspects have made over 30 million yuan (US$4.4 million) from producing and selling over 300,000 fake electric shavers and toothbrushes, police in Qingpu District said.

The investigation began in February when an online shop was found selling two products at prices obviously of lower standard. The shop was selling over 100 fake items a day.

The seller purchased the fake products from Chen, a woman living in Beijing who ran at least 10 similar Internet shops herself. The products were made in northern Hebei Province, assembled with cheap parts purchased from Zhejiang, Guangdong and Fujian provinces. The fakes were sold to wholesalers at 40 to 200 yuan, and the prices consumers paid were about half the market price of the real products.

Suspects were rounded up in Beijing and Hebei and Jiangsu provinces on June 28 with over 300,000 fake products and parts seized, together with a great number of plastic packaging machines, police said.

Cai Haifeng, the officer who led a raid in Hebei Province, said the fakes were produced in a small town. “Hygienic standards were very low, and the underground factories met no standards for manufacturing goods at all,” he said.

Phillips said that the fakes were a different quality to the authentic ones in many regards. The fake shavers are lighter and have a sharper sound, and the fake toothbrush heads, unlike the authentic ones, never fade, a feature to remind customers to change the head.


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