A Rainbow Loom kit worth HK$120 (US$15.48) can be bought in a shop in Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, for only HK$45, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.
The cheaper product is probably a low-quality imitation of the toy, a gadget for making colorful rubber bracelets, dolls and clothes that is becoming popular with both adults and children in Hong Kong.
Many of the so-called Rainbow Loom products sold in Sham Shui Po shops are pirated and experts warn such fake products carry potential risks, including cuts and possible damage to the brain owing to the heavy metal content, the report said.
Cases have been reported of children suffering cuts on fingers and desquamation — peeling of the skin — after playing with pirated versions of the toy.
Rainbow Loom’s licensed import agent has warned parents to be careful when purchasing its products for children, the report said.
Most colorful toys contain heavy metals such as lead and their paints come off easily. If children carelessly put paint into their mouths, their brain development might be affected, a pediatrician said.
Also, the counterfeit products are less durable and children might get hurt by overstretched rubber bands snapping.
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