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Football tops 2The Guardia Civil have seized counterfeit sports goods with a street value of over €30,000 from four shops in Benidorm. 664 football shirts from Barcelona and Real Madrid as well as branded Nike and Adidas tops were confiscated and four people of Indian origin were arrested – in previous raids it has predominantly been Chinese nationals.

football tps 3Club football shirts from Premier teams can easily be found in many shops around Benidorm – you really don't have to look too hard. The fact that genuine ones can cost in the region of £80 from an official online shop obviously means that there is certainly a demand for them, especially children's ones.

 

Gucci bagsFake gods are widespread here in Benidorm, especially at the weekly market, where you can easily purchase ‘designer’ handbags, sunglasses and watches. I really don’t think that anyone is under the illusion that these are genuine goods – primarily from the price and quality but technically it is a criminal offence to purchase them, knowing that they are fakes.

Many are also offered by African nationals, who walk around the restaurants and commonly referred to as the ‘Looky Looky men’ but are always on the lookout for police and do a runner when they are in sight. Years ago you could only purchase such goods in the Far East but now they are available everywhere. But then that is why many go to the weekly markets here - to take one back with them!

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0 #1 June 2017-01-06 00:14
It is not just the market that sells these fakes and yes even though I have two grandsons, i'm aware at 5 euro they are fake but when offered 1 of each team @ 30 euros each from the precinct at the end of Mediterraneano ave summer 2015, the shop/stall holder convinced me they were genuine. Maybe it was the midday sun etc but I purchased them. I'd only gone a couple of yards when I thought maybe I have been ripped off, so i asked the shop owner of a genuine camera shop what he thought. He looked at the labels and said They Are Fake, within one minute I was back to the smarmy sweet talking Spanish guy asking for a refund. He made all kinds of excuses, then even pretended to phone HIS manager. Now he was really annoying me along with about 5 other stall holders who had gathered round. So here I was, a woman on her own shopping being intimidated by 6 Spanish men.To hell with this, as in Rome as the saying goes, picked up my mobile and said, Let the police sort it.is got refund
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