Fake versions of this year’s “must-have” Christmas toys have been seized from local businesses in greater Belfast by Trading Standards.
Among the counterfeit items removed from premises were fakes of the ‘must-have’ Christmas toy for 2017, L.O.L Surprise Dolls, as well as Lego Mini figures.
The Department for the Economy has warned that these toys are not subject to the same tests as genuine ones which are tested in accordance with legal safety requirements and may pose a risk to children.
Chief Inspector at the TSS, Damien Doherty said: “The seizure of these counterfeit goods in the run-up to Christmas will help ensure that both consumer and legitimate businesses alike will not suffer at the hands of unscrupulous individuals.
“Fake goods are not only poorly made, but in some cases can be dangerous. In order to minimise the risk of purchasing fake products, consumers should always ensure they buy from a reputable trader. Although a website may have a ‘co.uk’ address, this does not mean the trader is based in the UK and the goods may be sent from the Far East.
"Many consumers think that they are getting a bargain by purchasing cut-price, counterfeit goods. In reality, they are increasingly putting themselves or, in this case, their children at risk.”
TSS are warning consumers, including any last-minute shoppers, to keep an eye out for fake L.O.L dolls.
Genuine products should say ‘MGA Entertainment Inc.’ or MGA’ on the outside packaging.
Legitimate products are called ‘L.O.L Surprise’ and not L.Q.L or any other variation. Shoppers should also be cautious of unfamiliar sellers based outside the UK and to only purchase locally from trusted retailers.