Counterfeit products: Why buying fakes can be bad for your health (and more)

13 July 2011

Fake goods are often tempting as they cost less than the real thing, but they are inferior in quality and may be unsafe and dangerous. Of course they also don’t come with any after-sales service or guarantees.

Many consumers are unaware that counterfeit goods don’t undergo the same rigorous testing that legitimate manufacturers apply to their products to ensure they are safe. The fake products are often poorly made, do not comply with European safety standards and could be potentially lethal.