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Illegal vendors sell counterfeit consumer goods

ILLEGAL vendors are selling counterfeit consumer products outside of supermarkets and convenient stores that either recently shut down or are being renovated, a Shanghai Daily investigation found yesterday.

The vendors falsely claim the products, such as brand name shampoos and toothpastes, are surplus items from stores.

Four men and a woman carrying bags and small stools approached a convenient store being renovated on Maoming Road N. yesterday about 5pm. They set up a stall in front of the Alldays convenience store and started selling shampoo, cosmetics and toothpaste.

"Almost all of the goods are fake, even the ones with brand names," said an urban management official surnamed Xu, who supervises the area.

Urban management officials drive around in trucks looking for closed stores as they know such vendors will likely try to set up illegal stalls in these locations.

A person doing some renovation work inside the convenience store told Shanghai Daily that these vendors were not Alldays employees.

The same group was spotted months ago outside a Family Mart store on Weihai Road.

Xu said illegal vendors only pay small fines when caught and then go back and open up more stalls.


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