Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Carrefour China Kicks Out Fake Adidas World Cup Balls

The Chinese stores of French supermarket chain Carrefour have bounced fake Adidas Teamgeist balls, the official FIFA 2006 World Cup ball. They allegedly were provided by Sudiman Industrial and Trade Co. Ltd, a company in the nearby city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

Carrefour recalled the 42 balls that it sold across China.
"Carrefour was allowing purchasers to return them at double the initial purchase price of about 60 yuan (US$6;euro5), the report said. Authentic Adidas World Cup balls retail in China from 200-990 yuan (US$25-US$123;euro20-euro98)."

Carrefour seems to let the counterfeiter off the hook pretty easy. What is Adidas going to do about it?

Read more here on IPR.gov.cn and the article 'Counterfeit balls pulled' of Yuan Qi for Shanghai Daily here.

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