buying counterfeits are a bad idea
to the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) about
18% of the $98 million of counterfeit products seized by U.S.
Customs in '02 were made up of fashion-related items: apparel,
sunglasses, watches, handbags and headwear.
it's not a crime to buy counterfeit merchandise (only to sell
it), there are legitimate reasons why you should rethink your
buying tactics according to the IACC:
Counterfeiting robs the U.S.
alone of more than $200 billion a year. It's a cash, tax-free
business; legitimate citizens like yourself will still get
stuck paying taxes, while counterfeiters line their pockets
at your expense.
Terrorists, gangs and organized crime
syndicates all profit from selling counterfeit merchandise.
Sometimes designer handbag knockoffs are lined with
drugs and used for smuggling things like heroin, too. There
is also evidence that the bombing of the World Trade Center
in '93 was funded by the sale of counterfeit apparel.
You might realize that things like knockoff
toys or electronics are an unsafe idea, but did you know that
even items such as fake sunglasses can hurt you. According
to IACC counterfeit sunglasses can shatter easily; they may
fail to provide UV protection as advertised.
spot a fake
designer goods are readily available on the street in such
areas such as Los Angeles' Santee Street and New York's Canal
the internet is full of online auctions and cybersellers offering
"Inspired by" copies and outright fakes.
old method of spotting fakes was simple: flimsy hardware,
cheap leather and misspelled logos were a giveaway.
fakes are so good (and expensive) that you simply can't tell
how do you know what's real and what's not?
The price. A new Chanel handbag for $100 is not authentic.
The real thing often sells for $500 to well over $1000.
Same thing for Prada and Gucci.
it's being sold. Authorized dealers for Chanel, LV, etc.
do not sell handbags out of the trunk of a car. Nor do they
sell them at online auctions or at home parties.
of origin tag. Designer apparel or leather goods with a
"Made in Taiwan" tag are not authentic.