To think that Poundland might have sold me fake Colgate?

(33 Posts)
VulvaVoom Sat 09-Nov-13 13:41:37

Just that really. Purchased the other day, same brand I normally use, so I thought great.

Got home and it tastes a bit different and has a Thailand address on the back (it does say Colgate/Palmolive at the top of the address though).

Really don't want to put fake toothpaste in my mouth. Doubt Poundland would purchase fake goods but if they didn't know maybe?

Am I just being paranoid?!

chrome100 Thu 22-May-14 06:29:45

I buy all my toiletries from pound land and have never had any problems with anything - and my teeth are perfect with no fillings smile

Misstree10 Thu 22-May-14 06:23:44

Hi I'm new, sorry to reignite this thread.. But I bought Colgate toothpaste from poundland for the first time last week. It leaves a horrible lingering taste in my mouth. This is not genuine Colgate, I have Colgate for years. I realised this morning the the 'R' Genuine mark is missing. If this was not fake would it not have the mark?.

bootsycollins Mon 11-Nov-13 09:56:03

OMG Punk I had no idea about palm oil until I read your link. I'm gonna have to boycot Colgate and Palmolive now for the orangatans. Does anyone have any recommendations for ethically sourced products?

Retropear Mon 11-Nov-13 09:35:18

I won't be shopping there again after my candy cane experience.The fact they can sell stuff with content that is banned in the UK is worrying.Don't trust them at all now.My own fault really as I normally avoid edibles made in China as much as possible,forget to check country of origin this time but even so the fact they sold them in the first place I find concerning.

MaidOfStars Mon 11-Nov-13 09:12:12

I would NEVER buy toothpaste from Poundland/Savers/etc. My understanding is that many of the products are intended for non-UK or non-Europe markets, where recipes and product safety/testing can be different (in a way that would not be allowed in the UK/Europe). Mercury in toothpaste anyone?

That's before you consider the possibility of counterfeiting, which is acknowledged as an issue.

I'm even wary about other toiletries - isn't it still compulsory to animal test shampoo/etc for sale in China?

Perhaps I'm paranoid? smile

GhostsInSnow Sun 10-Nov-13 20:49:09

I currently have 99p store Pearl drops for "koffie & thee". Dutch apparently. Tastes fine. I did buy coco pops once from b&m and they had some kind of Arabic writing on them. The recipe must be different because they were utterly vile.

sleepdodger Sun 10-Nov-13 20:48:53

I once had interview there abs asked about that kind if thing
Made for local markets so Colgate standard but not necessarily Sane as UK recipie

Tiredsparrow Sun 10-Nov-13 20:47:15

My son pressed send there....

No I don't think you are being paranoid. I also bought Colgate toothpaste from poundland and both my mother and I agreed it tasted completely different! Nothing like toothpaste at all.

I haven't used it since.

Tiredsparrow Sun 10-Nov-13 20:45:31


notapizzaeater Sun 10-Nov-13 20:14:41

Different markets have different recipes - it's probably the right recipe for Thailand. Once had a KFC in Dubai, 'twas horrid, nothing like the 11 herbs and spices we have in England, manager of shop was English and he agreed not the same recipe as we have at home ....

Alwayscheerful Sun 10-Nov-13 20:10:32

Many of the grey market branded goods have Arabic writing/ingredients, produced by the big brands for export to other countries.

Clawdy Sun 10-Nov-13 20:06:59

But that's Poundland. Lots of the pound shops have slightly different names - are they to be trusted? Not sure - hope so.

Mylovelyboy Sun 10-Nov-13 15:35:51

Blankie thats interesting what you say. You have taught me something today. Thank you smile

Blankiefan Sun 10-Nov-13 15:33:44

It's called "Grey Market" stock. Colgate will want to sell direct to them in the UK but a third party supplier will have access to cheaper foreign products.

Because currencies and costs differ in different geographies, products will be able to be sourced more cheaply (even with transport costs).

So, it's not illegal ("Black market") but the products may not be what's advertised in uk ("White Market"). Poundland are responsible for not selling anything illegal from their stores so it should conform to UK legislation. Pound land are big enough to care bout this so I'd be fairly confident using the product. Worst case scenario should be that if Colgate had a whizz bang new formula, it mightn't be the one you buy in Poundland...

southeastastra Sun 10-Nov-13 15:23:35

i have some savers colgate, it's address is brazil! tastes okay

you'd have to me mad to buy toothpaste in chemists and supermarkets, it's triple the price of the poundland/savers type places

Retropear Sun 10-Nov-13 15:20:58

They were made in China.

Retropear Sun 10-Nov-13 15:20:26

I bought some mini candy canes from there with a warning re an additive.After checking it seems it is banned in Europe.


Mylovelyboy Sun 10-Nov-13 15:18:45

Alot of their stuff has foreign writing on it (branded goods). I can see your concern. But do not think they would sell fake. I buy lots of branded goods from there and have not had a problem. Might be a bad batch

SPsDoesntLikeChaffingFishnets Sun 10-Nov-13 15:16:54

That's probably why its in Poundland grin

I have some Poundland colgate unopened, I will go have a look

VulvaVoom Sun 10-Nov-13 15:14:16

I thought it could be imported stuff, just a bit disappointed it tastes different, I guess you get what you pay for!

Sleepyhoglet Sat 09-Nov-13 16:46:09

Could be fake. Think of the horse meat scandal. That was unexpected.

Strumpetron Sat 09-Nov-13 16:34:34

They get stuff cheap because they source it from different countries etc. I used to like getting the hair removal cream from there because it was stronger than the UK version of the brand.

NotMeNotYouNotAnyone Sat 09-Nov-13 15:23:54

A major chain like pound land can't risk selling illegal fake products under the brand name. They could sell "fake" similar products with a different name, I saw an advert once that said a lot of companies copy the branding of the big names because customers trust the m. ( colouring, shape of bottle, font etc). But if it says Colgate then it has to be Colgate

Clawdy Sat 09-Nov-13 15:23:16

I bought Arm and Hammer toothpaste from our local Pound Shop. It had a slightly different name from the other varieties, (Ultra White, Super White,etc) so I went on the Arm and Hammer website which listed all the varieties and there didn't appear to be one of the name I bought. Felt uneasy so emailed their website to see what they said. Unfortunately they never replied! So a bit unsure about some of the Pound Shop stuff now.

ScarerStratton Sat 09-Nov-13 15:22:15

I think it's a bit simplistic to say that it absolutely isn't a fake. It's highly unlikely, given that you bought it in Poundland, but you'd be surprised what is faked these days.

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