Guess what? All is not what it seems in our new display!

17 July 2018 by Alayna

Metal 'Guess' belt buckles

Counterfeit ‘Guess’ belt buckles.

Some of the most well known fashion brands are on display in the Seized! gallery at Merseyside Maritime Museum. At first glance, the fashion items may appear like the genuine article but they are in fact all fakes. Our new display, which opens on Wednesday 18 July, features counterfeit versions of brands such as Gucci, Chanel, Philipp Plein, Hermes and many more.

No sooner has a new fashion product hit the market, and the counterfeiters are fast to follow with a cheaper and more inferior copy. Border Force monitors the UK ports, airports and postal hubs for fake items. These new exhibits were seized at Heathrow airport as part of a large consignment from Turkey.

Although it’s tempting to fall for the cheaper counterfeit version, corners are cut in the production, resulting in poor quality and often dangerous products. Electrical items such as the imitation iPhone are not properly safety checked. Electrocution from the phone charger is a real risk. The money generated through the sale of these items is often used to fund other serious organised crime.

Fake iPhone7 with packaging

Counterfeit iPhone7 with detailed packaging and invoice.

Quite often it is easy to spot the obvious flaws with counterfeit products, like the poor quality of the materials and spelling mistakes on packaging. However these new items are surprisingly accurate with fine attention to detail. We hope that featuring them in the gallery will warn visitors of the issues around buying fake goods. With the summer holidays fast approaching we should all think twice before buying fake goods whilst abroad.

This new display opens on Wednesday 18 July 2018 and is a permanent feature of the Seized! gallery. Please keep checking the Seized! event listings on our website for new counterfeit activities from our Education team.

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