More than 35.7 tons of knockoff products that were piled up and ready to be destroyed by authorities in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province were quickly snatched up by residents who ran off with boxes of goods before they were set ablaze on Tuesday.
The items to be destroyed included food, healthcare products, cosmetics and computer parts, and all together amounted to around 2.85 million yuan.
It’s not uncommon for authorities in China to set fire to masses of counterfeit goods in a lavish display aimed at proving that they’re dealing with the fake trade. It’s also not uncommon for sticky-fingered individuals who might be passing by to take advantage of a pile of goods up for grabs (even if they’re not really up for grabs).
The State Administration for Industry of Commerce recently vowed to intensify crackdowns on fake products sold online in the country by increasing penalties and “making traders who sell such goods unable to continue operations, or go bankrupt”.