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Dangerous Christmas gifts of 2008

Counterfeit goods

A host of potential Christmas gifts were collected under a tree by the Trading Standards Institute. All were either counterfeit, dangerous, or both.

Dangerous chocolate fountain

Things went sour for the buyer of this chocolate fountain after the melted chocolate seeped through onto the electrics.

Contaminated toys

The biggest concerns are with children's toys. These bears are contaminated with lead and chromium.

Dangerous scooter

This scooter had a series of design faults, leaving sharp edges. The handlebars also came off.

Counterfeit toy

Doctor Who has made short work of many enemies but even he struggles to shake off the counterfeiters. This toy is a fake.

Counterfeit guitar

This Gibson guitar is also counterfeit, leaving even the best musician unable to create a decent sound on it.

Counterfeit jacket

This fake biker's jacket was stuffed with flimsy foam, offering less protection to riders.

Counterfeit straighteners

There is nothing on the level with these hair straighteners that singed users' hair. They were not made by GHD as claimed.

Counterfeit shoes

They might look like the real thing but these "Jimmy Choo" shoes are counterfeit, and were sold cheap on the internet.

Counterfeit golf club

A bad golfer always blames his tools, but the complaint by the buyer of this club was justified - it was not a genuine Taylor Made product.



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