Japan Royal Family Preferred Diapers.
From cigarettes to fine antiques to condoms, China’s counterfeit market has a little something for all walks of life looking for shoddily made items at half the price, the newest trend being luxury diapers. A Japanese firm called Daio Paper sells a line of diapers hugely popular in China, and because of their superiority to most Chinese brands they are considered a luxury item. Therefore, they must be copied.
Diao Paper contacted trade authorities in China after customers had complained about their Goo.n brand diapers that appeared to mere imitations, SCMP reports:
The quality of the copies – the diaper looks like the genuine article and the packaging is indistinguishable – means that the counterfeiters can charge almost the same price as the real thing, between 155 and 185 yuan (HK$234). That figure is double the price in Japan, underlining the importance of the Chinese market to Japanese firms.
It is only when the diapers are put to the test that the differences become clear. The copies are made of a rougher material and absorb less liquid.
“These fake products damage our customers’ trust in our name, so we cannot overlook this problem,” a spokesman for the company said.
Earlier this month, Chinese authorities confiscated thousands of fake products, but there’s no say if the counterfeit luxury diaper market has yet been infiltrated. Either way, it’s certainly got to be stopped before the company—and an unsuspecting customer’s—reputation is completely soiled.
Japanese firms have an excellent reputation for quality diapers and are expanding their production to meet global demand.
For the domestic market, there is also surging demand for adult diapers, a product range that is also expected to find new markets overseas.
Think of the public dishevel!