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*Watch out for fake ghd hair straighteners being promoted on Ebay & Google.
These fake products are being sold for around £60 to £80 and the websites often boast of large discounts.
The scammers behind these illegal websites will often use genuine looking domain names and official ghd graphics and logos to try and trick you. However, if the price is too good to be true then you are almost certainly buying a counterfeit product that is not made by ghd, not safety tested, and may pose a significant risk to you and your home. We would strongly recommend that you only buy from genuine retailers.
Article taken from Compareghd.online
*23/12/2008 Hair straightener warning
Liverpool City Council consumer watchdogs are warning last minute shoppers not to get their fingers burnt by buying dangerous fake designer hair straightening irons.
The look-alike irons being sold in the city are counterfeit versions of the top-rated GHD brand's Hot Pink irons, a limited edition product sold in October this year to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Week. Traditional black GHDs are also known to have been counterfeited. The genuine articles are on sale for £100 to £140, but the counterfeit ones are being offered from anywhere between £60 and £100.
Cllr Berni Turner, Executive Member for the Environment said, "Trading Standards Officers in Liverpool have seized a lot of these hair straighteners but our concern is that there are more of them being sold in the run up to Christmas.
"They have turned up at hair salons as well as markets and we believe that whoever is supplying these items may be approaching unsuspecting hairdressers as well. These unsafe and fake items are being passed off to the unsuspecting buyer as genuine GHD stylers that are meant to support research on breast cancer." The fake stylers look just like the real thing including holograms and packaging, and experienced Trading Standards Officers need to check with GHD to confirm if these are genuine or not. Although they look like the real thing on the outside, tests have shown that these fakes are made from poor quality materials and with little or no thought to consumers' safety.
Those buying counterfeit GHD stylers could risk electrocution due to poor quality construction and lack of safety checks on the products.
Article taken from Liverpool.gov.uk
*Beware Counterfeit Hair Straighteners
Archived news: published on Friday 19 Dec 2008 by Fife Council
Fife Council's Trading Standards Officers are warning consumers to be very cautious when making purchases of electrical goods on internet sites. Counterfeit and potentially unsafe GHD hair straighteners have been supplied via the internet.
Team leader for Fair Trading, John Geddes explains, "The straighteners come in packaging that looks genuine and there is no reason to believe that the goods are not authentic when looked over by a consumer.
"Consumers are advised if they are purchasing GHD straighteners to look for the hologram around the plug. This contains the number that you should quote when calling GHD to register the product. The initial response given when calling the company is a good indication as to the authenticity of the item."
John continued, "The official GHD straightening irons are manufactured in Korea whilst the majority of counterfeit ones state 'made in China'. Also the cable should be flexible at the point where it meets the irons. On most of the counterfeit straighteners this is not the case."
Article taken from Fifefire.gov.uk
*Counterfeit GHD hair straighteners
Plymouth Trading Standards Officers are warning residents to beware of dangerous counterfeit hair straighteners being offered for sale.
Several people have complained to Plymouth City Council's Trading Standards office about fake GHD hair-styling products which have been bought through internet auction sites or newspaper advertisements. Residents have reported straighteners which burned their hair, melted, smoked and made noises. The most recent complaint came from a Plymouth resident who responded to a newspaper advert for GHD Pink Stylers as a boxed set.
Authentic GHD hair straighteners are only available to purchase from approved stockists and retail at approximately £130. They are much sought after because of their rapid heating capability. The counterfeit straighteners are sold for around £80, sometimes less, and can appear genuine.
Article taken from Plymouth.gov.uk
*South Ayrshire Council News
Watch Out For Bent Straighteners Counterfeit Hair Straighteners
South Ayrshire Trading Standards are warning consumers to be very cautious when making purchases of electrical goods on Internet auction sites. The warning comes after counterfeit GHD hair straighteners were found being sold on the auction site eBay with potential serious safety issues to the user.
Article taken from south-Ayrshire.gov.uk
*Superdrug Discovered Selling Fake Pink GHDs
October 20, 2008 by
The BBC has reported that high street retailers Superdrug, has had to recall a batch of Fake Pink GHD Hair Straighteners following fears they may not meet minimum electrical safety standards.
Customers who bought Pink GHD IV Stylers with the barcode 5060034524236 between 3 August and 17 September 2008 should return them to their nearest Superdrug store. Using the Fake GHD’s, they risked serious injury and damage to property, the retailer’s spokeswoman said.
Superdrug has apologised to customers and GHD for any inconvenience caused. The hair straighteners had been supplied by a company with no direct relationship to GHD, a Superdrug spokesman said. The retailer had been alerted to the counterfeit batch through a call to customer services, he added. “A customer called in to register her ghds, and the computer wouldn’t recognise her code,” he said.
Superdrug has been selling GHD hair straighteners from the “grey market” for some time and they had no customer complaints, he added. A spokeswoman for ghd said it did not supply the products in question and did not supply unapproved high street retailers. This is a lesson to be learnt, even well kown highstreet retailer can get caught out and just for the record GHD do not supply to the highstreet. So if you see a highstreet retailer selling GHD’s, they did’nt get them directly from GHD. They may not be fake, but you cannot gaurantee they are genuine as this case has proved.
Article taken from ghdstylerstockists.online
*Havering Council's Trading Standards officers are advising shoppers to be wary of buying counterfeit goods.
The warning comes after 30 fake GHD hair straighteners found on sale at the Bonzer Boot Sale in Romford were seized by Trading
The officers arranged for the straighteners to be tested and results found that they pose a risk of fire and could give users an electric shock. The straighteners also had counterfeit plugs and fuses, increasing the risk.
The fake GHD hair straighteners look almost the same as the genuine product as they feature the same holograms and packaging - so the Council is urging shoppers to only purchase goods from a reputable supplier.
Article taken from Havering.gov.uk
*22 December 2008: Don't have a bad hair day - Warning over counterfeit straighteners.
Council consumer watchdogs are warning residents across the North West not to get their fingers burnt on dangerous fake designer hair straightening irons.
The look-alike irons being sold in the region are counterfeit versions of the top-rated ghd brand's Hot Pink irons, a limited edition product sold in October this year to promote Breast Cancer Awareness month. Traditional black GHDs are also known to have been counterfeited.
Peter Astley, who leads on Intellectual Property Crime for Trading Standards North West says: "We have had a number of reports from Trading Standards Officers across the region that fake straightening irons are being sold across the North West.
They have cropped up at markets as well as hair salons and we believe that whoever is supplying these items may be approaching unsuspecting hair salons as well. These fake items are being passed off to the unsuspecting buyer as genuine GHD stylers that are meant to support research into breast cancer"
The fake stylers look just like the real thing, including holograms and packaging, and experienced Trading Standards Officers need to check with GHD to confirm if these are genuine or not. Tests have shown that these fakes are made from poor quality materials and with little or no thought to consumer safety. Those buying counterfeit ghd stylers risk electrocution due to poor quality construction and lack of safety checks on the products.
Article taken from Bury.gov.uk
*Trading standards - Counterfeits too hot to handle! Date: 05-03-2008
A raid by Trading Standards and Thames Valley Police in High Wycombe found counterfeit GHD hair stylers.
We received numerous complaints about non-delivery of hair stylers from a well-known Internet auction site. If the products did arrive they were found to be counterfeit and usually faulty.
Our tests proved the hair stylers we seized were counterfeit and unsafe. The hair stylers heated to over 100 degrees. This poses a serious risk to peoples health and property.
Genuine GHD hair straightners retail for approximately £135. GHD produce a special pink edition, where the special edition is sold GHD donate £1 to the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Charity.
Councillor Margaret Dewar, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said, safety is of paramount importance; if people have concerns about dangerous electrical goods they should stop using them immediately. This incident is particularly sad, when the public think they are making a contribution to a very worthwhile charity.
Article taken from Buckscc.gov.uk
*Counterfeit Hair Straighteners Wednesday, 17th December, 2008
STIRLING and Clackmannanshire Joint Trading Standards Service are warning consumers that there are large numbers of counterfeit GHD hair straighteners being sold this Christmas over the internet, in workplaces, in small ads and at markets.
The counterfeit products have been produced in China and are a poor copy of the original. Some of the products do not work at all while others work for a few weeks and then fail.
Because of the lack of quality control in these factories there may be electrical safety issues with these products.
Rosemary McLellan, Trading Standards Officer with Stirling & Clackmannanshire Joint Trading Standards Service said: "These products are being offered cheaply on web sites and in work places.
Article taken from stirling.gov.uk
*ghd Warns about Counterfeit and Diverted Irons
LOS ANGELES -- ghd North America warns consumers that a number of fake/counterfeit irons bearing the ghd brand name have been circulating the market. The discovery was made after a number of consumers called ghd's customer service line stating they had a faulty iron and were unclear whether the iron was a genuine ghd styler. The consumers also noted that their irons were purchased from the online auction site eBay. Shortly after, a Canadian news publication revealed that several thousands of counterfeit items were discovered and seized at a business near Quebec City mid-January. Among the items were hair irons falsely labelled as ghd stylers.
ghd also cautions consumers about the diverted irons that have recently been found at unauthorized locations online and in-store. ghd prohibits this illegal method of obtaining brand irons and selling them, usually at a discounted rate, at unauthorized locations. Low pricing is an indication that the iron may be a counterfeit or a diverted iron and the company advises consumers not to purchase these items as they do not meet the ghd standards, are illegal, and the irons could potentially be harmful as they have not gone through the company's strict safety measures. Additionally, ghd does not offer any warranties on irons that have been purchased through unauthorized ghd retailers and does not replace counterfeit or diverted irons.
ghd is taking action against the counterfeiters and diverters, working with its attorneys to shut down counterfeit operations. Dana Story, President of ghd North America, states, "ghd will stop at nothing to protect the ghd brand, the professional beauty industry and the consumers from counterfeiters and diverters, and we will bring them to justice."
ghd has assembled an extensive checklist so customers are able to identify whether their iron is counterfeit or not. The company
is implementing a Track and Trace system that will allow it to identify the source of diversion.