Staffordshire Trading Standards: “Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this bank holiday”

Ashwood Car Boot Fair launches the Real Deal Charter May 2016

PEOPLE are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods if they’re heading to one of Staffordshire’s Easter bank holiday markets or car boot sales.

The first bank holiday of the year also marks the beginning of the car boot sale and markets season.

Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards manager Brandon Cook said: “Bank holiday markets are great family events and we support the organisers running them. We’re part of the national Real Deal markets campaign which encourages market event organisers to help us in tackling counterfeit goods sales.

“We want people to avoid the pitfalls of counterfeit goods this holiday weekend and throughout the year – protecting themselves and legitimate businesses.

“Counterfeit goods are increasingly hard to detect just to look at, so when something is being sold at a knock-down price, people should be extremely wary. We always say that if a price of an item is too good to be true, it usually is.

“Anyone who buys counterfeit goods will land themselves with shoddy goods which may be dangerous and at the same time line criminals’ pockets.”

Anyone wanting to report counterfeit goods sales can call the anonymous Staffordshire Fight the Fakes line on 01785 330356.

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Picture above shows the launch of the Real Deal Charter at Ashwood Car Boot Fair last year, one of several in the county with more to follow.