Warning as 114 fake Justin Bieber merchandise is seized by Trading Standards
Wednesday 12 July 2017
A warning has been issued to rogue traders, as more than 114 fake Justin Bieber t-shirts and hoodies were seized during the popstar’s live concert in Cardiff.
In a joint operation between Trading Standards and South Wales Police, officers found clothing which infringed the registered trademarks, as the singer performed at the Principality Stadium on Friday 30 June 2017.
If the 114 items had been sold through the official merchandise outlets, the cost would total almost £5,000.
“This is just one example of how well the teams at Trading Standards and South Wales Police are working together.
The sale of fake goods is a callous exploitation of young fans. The counterfeit t-shirts seized were being sold for £10 and jumpers and hoodies were selling for £25. The official Justin Bieber merchandise website meanwhile, sells similar clothing for less and there is a noticeable difference in quality.
Our teams will be out in force again for the upcoming Coldplay and John Legend concerts in Cardiff city centre, and we are reminding gig-goers and other members of the public to be vigilant during these times.”
- Councillor Dhanisha Patel, Chair of the joint committee for Shared Regulatory Services
The Vale of Glamorgan Council work with South Wales Police officers, to strive to tackle these problems.
Their aim is to prevent legitimate business from losing money and stop any profits made from ending up in the hands of organised criminals.
As part of similar work when the city hosted the recent Champions League finals in early June, more than 170,000 football fans arrived in Cardiff, and over four days, police arrested three people for ticket touting.