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False doors reveal fake goods haul

XUHUI Police seized more than 3,800 counterfeit goods from two stores hidden in residential areas near Shaanxi Road S. on Thursday.

But they did not detain any suspects for selling fake goods, police said yesterday.

They said the goods, if they had been genuine, would have been worth over 20 million yuan (US$2.93 million).

When police raided a house at 252 Shaanxi Road S., they found the room empty.

"We solved the mystery after breaking through two false doors and a ceiling," said Huang Li of the Xuhui Police. "They hid the counterfeits well."

Behind the false ceiling were thousands of counterfeit bags, watches, glasses and wallets purporting to be by luxury goods makers such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci.

Many fake goods sellers rented residential houses near business circles and converted them into stores, selling counterfeits.

The other store on Lane 585, Nanchang Road, was also full of counterfeit goods, police said. The owners of the stores were not present.

The issue of intellectual pro-perty rights was brought to the public eye again after two owners of a Shanghai store selling counterfeits were ordered to pay 500,000 yuan compensation to LV on Thursday.

That store was also on Shaanxi Road S.

Cheap goods

Police said most vendors selling counterfeits moved into residential communities near busy roads like Shaanxi Road after the Xiangyang Road Fashion and Gift Market, once famous for fake goods, was shut in 2006.

Police and the local market watchdog have increasingly cracked down on sellers of fake goods in recent years.

However, underground stores are still popular with both locals and tourists.

Karen Yu, a student, recently bought three fake bags for less than 1,000 yuan. Real ones cost tens of thousands of yuan, she said.

"They are so cheap that I just can't resist," she said.


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