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Get international brands at throwaway prices on Facebook!

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All your Wishlist, from a Gucci bag to a Mont Blanc glares to an Omega watch, all at minimum 80 percent discount or Rs 5000 whichever is higher. Yes it is true and that too in India.

Shishir Kumar

Ranchi: All your Wishlist, from a Gucci bag to a Mont Blanc glares to an Omega watch, all at minimum 80 percent discount or Rs 5000 whichever is higher. Yes it is true and that too in India. There are hundreds of sellers, on Facebook market place, who claim so. The cherry on cake is that if you make an online payment you may fetch some more discounts.

Happy?

Don’t be! The flashy advertisements that you see on Facebook are actually counterfeit products. They are generally called first copy or 99. These products have exactly same packaging and looks as the real ones. To create a long lasting impression on the buyers fake barcodes with fake informations are printed on the boxes. A general buyer would never know the reality unless he visits the brand stores, thats seldom found in majority districts in India.

News Wing contacted one of the sellers pretending to be a buyer for a Mont Blanc pen of Rs.18000 that was being sold for Rs. 4000. The website of the seller resembled that of the original company. When asked about the huge discount offered the executive on phone claimed that the project is genuine. “These products were either used for advertisements or were kept in display. They are hundred percent genuine,” claimed the executive.

NW then contacted Mont Blanc, verified Facebook account, who refused of any such product being sold by them or their counter parts in India.

Similar, products were then examined on Facebook. From Jimmy Choo shoes to Rolex watches were being sold at unbelievable prices. However, with time buyers have started giving feedbacks that might be an eyeopener for those who are not over excited seeing the advertisement with a price tag unbelievable.

Facebook has also launched counter measures to check such fake products. It has its counterfeit form that can be submitted if a buyer wants to complain. However, this does not seems to be working. Facebook has been criticised by Trading Standards over its failure to stop counterfeit designer goods being sold online.

An undercover investigation by BBC South East discovered that even after they had received fake goods ordered off the forum and reported it to Facebook the sellers were still continuing to operate.

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