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Police raid store selling fake luxury products, detain man

A MAN has been detained after he allegedly sold thousands of counterfeit luxury goods near the popular tourist site Yuyuan Garden, Huangpu District police said yesterday.

Police said the fake items sold from 100 yuan (US$14.6) to thousands of yuan only cost dozens of yuan.

A Hebei Province native surnamed Liu, 31, sold the counterfeit handbags, watches, glasses and wallets of famous brands such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci in a residential area, according to police.

Officers raided Liu's store, hidden on the third floor of a restaurant on Sanpailou Road on June 3. Heavy curtains covered the windows.

Liu rented the room in March and converted it into a store, police said.

To improve business he worked with some tourist guides.

Police said he commissioned half of the profits to tourist guides who brought in more customers. They didn't disclose whether any tour guides had been detained.

Tourists were eager to buy as the items were cheap compared to authentic ones and Liu took full advantage as Yuyuan Garden attracts millions of tourists each year, police said.

Liu opened the store only when customers knocked at his door. The store was near a parking lot for tourist buses, police said.

Police said Liu, once a vendor at Xiangyang Road Fashion and Gift Market, had sold counterfeits before without being caught. The market, which was known to carry fake products, was demolished in 2006 to make way for an upscale real estate project.

The selling of counterfeit products has been a problem for years.

On July 23, Xuhui District police seized more than 3,800 counterfeit goods from two stores on Shaanxi Road S. No one was detained.

In another case, two owners of a Shanghai store selling counterfeit goods were ordered by a court to pay 500,000 yuan compensation to Louis Vuitton on July 23.


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