How it works:
- Version 1: also known as manteros, you will likely encounter these illegal street hawkers of counterfeit products (e.g. soccer memorabilia, designer sunglasses, designer handbags, etc) at touristy areas in the major cities. In Barcelona alone, it is estimated that there are 500-1,000 such manteros. They are mainly illegal migrants from Senegal, Pakistan and Afghanistan who are forced to do so as they cannot get legal employment due to their status.
- Version 2: the standard counterfeit products sold at markets, e.g. the night market in Torrevieja, where you may encounter stall owners who claim to sell authentic gold and sterling silver jewelry. However, these are actually made of nickel and other cheap metals, just painted in silver or gold.
- Version 3: the standard counterfeit products sold at shops.
Places to beware:
- Please refer to the location tags above
What to do:
- Learn how to differentiate between real and fake if you want to buy.