Consumption. Black Friday: beware of counterfeits

As Black Friday approaches, the Union of Manufacturers (Unifab) is sounding the alarm: “Attractive offers and extraordinary promotions are a godsend for unscrupulous sellers who do not hesitate to mislead consumers by selling them counterfeits”.

However, these counterfeit items are “synonymous with dangers to health and safety, the environment, as well as the economy”, warns the association.

In general non-recyclable, counterfeits present in particular a “disastrous” carbon footprint linked to their transport from the countries of production – in particular China – and to the “multiplication of journeys to cover their tracks”.

“Their manufacture is the source of massive spills of toxic products in nature”, also explains Unifab.

“At a time when 80% of young Europeans feel concerned about the preservation of the planet (according to a study carried out by the ObSoCo institute for Greenpeace France in February 2022, editor’s note), buying counterfeit products amounts to endorsing what the ‘we condemn and jeopardize the common efforts that we must make to protect the environment,” declared Christian Peugeot, the president of Unifab.

The trade in counterfeits benefits “organized crime and mafia networks” and, according to the association, leads to the loss of 6.7 billion euros per year in direct sales in France. This represents “1.34 billion euros in lost taxes and 38,000 jobs lost each year”.


In France, in 2020, 37% of consumers bought counterfeits thinking of acquiring authentic products, according to Unifab. This proportion reaches 43% among 15-24 year olds.

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by

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