Fake toys

ARE YOU WILLING TO RISK THE LIFE OF YOUR CHILD?

BUYING FAKE TOYS CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY.

 

Number of suspected fake toys in European customs seized in 2018:

3795000

WHAT ARE FAKE TOYS?

You may have heard of fake luxury goods such as watches, sunglasses, bags and clothes but did you know that toys are also copied illegally? Unlike the manufacturers of genuine toys, the makers of fakes usually do not comply with safety regulations. Therefore, fake toys may be a threat to the health and safety of your child.

WHY YOU SHOULD AVOID BUYING FAKE TOYS

You may be after a bargain when shopping for a toy but the price that you end up paying for a fake version – both physically and financially – may be much higher than the price of an original.

Fake toys can quickly become defective or even unusable

as they are not produced with any regard to health and safety standards. They are simply not safe to use.

Fake toy components may not be assembled properly and small parts may fall off, which a small child can choke on.

In addition, fake toys can be coated with paint containing high levels of poisons such as lead and chemicals that can cause cancer or reduced fertility.

HOW CAN YOU SPOT A FAKE TOY?

You can identify a fake toy by using your common sense and applying four indicators:

PLACE

If the toy is sold from an outlet such as a street vendor, open marketplace, online marketplace

or social media site there is an increased chance the product is fake. In order to make sure you buy original products, only use reputable stockiest or shops.

PRICE

If the price of the toy is below the normal market price, there is an increased chance that the product is fake. In other words, if the bargain seems too good to be true it probably is.

If you do not know the price of the toy that you wish to buy, you can always check the recommended retail price online at the genuine manufacturer’s website before you make your purchase.

PRODUCT QUALITY

The quality of a fake toy is often low compared to an original. The different components of fake toys may be poorly connected or stitched, paint may easily wear off or fabrics may be unsafe.

PACKAGING

In order to keep costs down, the makers of fake toys often cutcorners when it comes to packaging.

They try to imitate the packaging of the original product they are copying but the quality is often very poor.

Take a close look at the quality of the printed images on the packaging and consider checking websites of reputable stockiest to see if you can find an identical product packed in a specific way. If you cannot, there is a good chance that the product isfake.

 

Fake toys are often produced by non-Serbian speakers and, therefore, spelling mistakes on the labels and packaging are very common. Always look closely for spelling mistakes on the labels and packaging, including the small print.

You can also check the safety warnings, which may be incorrectly spelt or non-existent on the package.

Finally, you should take a closer look at the quality of the package itself. The construction of boxes and packages with fake toys is often weak and, as the packages are sometimes assembled by hand, the adhesive is often substandard.

WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I NEED HELP?

If you have any questions about fake products, you are welcome to contact

Ministry of Trade,Tourism and Telecommunications Sector of Market Inspection
E-mail: stopfalsifikati@mtt.gov.rs
Website: www.mtt.gov.rs

If you have any question about non-compliant or unsafe toys, please contact:

Ministry of Health
Sector for Inspection Affairs
Website: www.zdravlje.gov.rs

If you have considered all the Indicators but are still not certain whether the toy

you would like to buy is fake, you can contact the original manufacturer or look for information on their website.

Above all, don’t take the chance!

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