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Thursday, May 19, 2016

City hub for fake electronic goods

Apart from being the information technology (IT) hub, Hyderabad is fast emerging as a centre for counterfeit products, especially electronic goods! According to conservative estimates, 3035% products in the city market are imitations of original products of major brands.

A week ago, during a raid by the Hyderabad police at Chenoy Trade Centre, Parklane, HP ink cartridges were seized from a shop and officials found it difficult to differentiate between the original and the fake product as even the packing was same. Similarly , one can get memory chips, laptop batteries of Intel, Dell and Sony . Also, during the recent raids on shops at the Jagadish Market, Samsung phones were seized and they were found to be counterfeits.

However, there has been no check on these illegal pro ducts, which has now extended to even fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and automobile sector too. “As a result, unless a person purchases a product from an authorised dealer, one cannot be 100% sure whether the product is original or not. Many consumers are getting fooled due to low price at which vendors are selling the products. Hyderabad has become a hub for counterfeits,'' Gulfaraz Makani, director of Enforcers of Intellectual Property Rights (EIPR), a Mumbai-based private agency which alerts police across the country about locations where counterfeit products were being sold.

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