Police seize counterfeit brand-name products in southern Taiwan

Kaohsiung--More than 6,000 pieces of counterfeit brand-name clothing and footwear were seized in Tainan and Kaohsiung in police raids targeted at markets in those two cities in southern Taiwan, police said Friday.

The brands include Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Nike, Addidas, Under Armour, New Balance, Hello Kitty and Doraemon.

Some of seized counterfeit articles, including sneakers and T-shirts, were put on display at an office of the Second Special Police Corps in Kaohsiung. They would have a total value of NT$5 million (US$164,100) at retails stores if they were genuine, an officer told reporters.

The counterfeits were seized from six vendors in Tainan and Kaohsiung who had been selling them at traditional markets and night markets, which often attract large numbers of tourists, said Tai Chao-tung, a captain of the Special Police Corps' Criminal Investigation Brigade.

The task force that conducted the raids was formed following a tip-off, the police said.

The police ask the public to not purchase presumably brand-name products at prices that are far lower than those they find at specialty or department stores.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel