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Online products found wanting
11.10.2017

    More than 40 percent of products, including clothing, shoes and bags involving international brands, sold on 29 online shopping sites have failed quality tests.

    The city’s market watchdog said yesterday the brands involved included Rimowa, Etam, Adidas and Guess.

    The test results were announced ahead of tomorrow’s Singles Day shopping spree, when big discounts are offered on shopping websites.

    In total, 26.5 percent of 83 batches of clothing sold on 24 online shopping sites were found to be substandard for items such as carcinogenic aromatic amine dyes, pH index, color fastness, fiber content and label information, according to Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau.

    Jeans made by Guangzhou Hongxiang Clothing Co and sold on feiniu.com failed for containing amine dyes, which are carcinogenic and are banned in textiles.

    Etam knitted sweaters sold on Etam’s website failed for fluff resistance, while another batch of female clothing sold by Shanghai Meters/bonwe on banggo.com was found to have a high pH index, which can lead to skin allergies.

    Seven batches of clothing including a batch labeled Hanri’s and sold on YHD.com failed for poor color fastness.

    A batch of skirts labeled New Look and sold on Tmall failed for fiber content. They were marked as 100 percent cotton — while the actual contents were polyester fiber, viscose and spandex, the bureau said.

    Among the 50 batches of shoes sold on seven websites, 32 percent failed for bending resistance, peeling strength, color fastness and wearability.

    Half the 50 batches of bags and suitcases sold on nine shopping sites checked by the bureau were substandard. The major substandard items were vibration and shock resistance performance and seam strength.

    ULE.com, feiniu.com, YHD.com and bl.com had much higher rates of substandard bags and suitcases than other websites, while the substandard rate of suitcases was higher than bags, according to the bureau.

    It has ordered the businesses involved to stop selling substandard products and to disconnect the online pages selling these products.