Top Selling Counterfeit Products / Fakes
A Sweeping Universal Problem
Selling counterfeit products has become common practice where people flock in person at flea markets, college campuses, salons, libraries, swap meets, and at "private homes parties" where the dealer shows you their products. Amongst the counterfeit products you may suspect would be handbags, clothes, watches, and colognes which have been amusingly renamed such as Essey Miyami instead of Issey Miyake. Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said that it was rare for counterfeit products to be sold in well-known walk-in stores.
Vendors, of course, are still peddling counterfeit products on our city streets. When a reporter was sent to see what he could find in New York, he found himself in an old decrepit building with makeshift doors and walls where a bunch of women sat sewing clothes. In and around that area and on the nearby streets is where the reporter bought some of the fake merchandise that is pictured below.
Selling Counterfeit Products is Booming
The internet has allowed counterfeiters to find partners who can make, market and distribute counterfeit products to an ever broad audience. In January of 2008 the Department of Homeland Security said that 81 percent of all conterfeits in the U.S. came from mainland China.
It is very easy to fool people. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent do not know the difference between the original and a counterfeit product. The fake products in the long run do not wear as well and lack the technology that contributes to comfort. But if the maker is to blame, so is the buyer. One in five Americans knowingly bought a counterfeit product last year mostly because the fake products were easy to find and the price of the original product was seen as unaffordable.
In some instances, the counterfeit products are easily spotted. The printing may be blurred, the embroidery is of low quality and the labels are often missing. But to the casual consumer who has been misled by the marked down prices, the fake products look just fine.
According to consumer reports, China has been pressed by other countries to crack down on counterfeiting. China has a long way to go to deter its counterfeiters judging by the penalties it imposes. For instance local law-enforcement agencies can seize counterfeit products and levy fines. But the fines are so modest that a counterfeiter would not think to raise an eyebrow.
The real Gucci tote is leather trimmed with a nice fit and finish. Quality assurance numbers and ID tags are legible. It came in a cloth sack inside an ornate box. The fake’s “leather” looks to be plastic glued and flimsily sewn onto hardware. The stitching is imperfect, there are loose threads, and you can’t make out “Italy” on the label. It has decorative piping that resembles a shoelace and it came without packaging.
The fake 6GB player bears an uncanny resemblance to an Apple Nano. It is slightly thicker, its screen is not quite as bright, it doesn’t work with iTunes, and it has an On/Off button where the Nano’s Hold button is located. It also uses a generic operating system with a cartoonlike display. Its “click wheel” is a crude jog dial; its headphones are inferior in sound quality. But the fake has a voice recorder and an FM radio which no iPod has.
Jeans are a favorite target of counterfeiters. Clues to the fake Baby Phat jeans can include stitching that lacks details, an atypical finish, and may be missing nameplates or leather accents. The hangtags could be flimsier with words that are printed and not embossed like the original jeans. Other jeans could have loose threads and may be missing logos.
John Drengenberg, consumer affairs manager at Underwriters Laboratories says of the 21 billion UL marks placed on products every year, very few are fakes. Most fake labels are on high-volume, low-cost items such as night-lights, extension cords, and power strips. The real strip bears a holographic label and the fake one has a printed “UL” label that the Chamber of Commerce identified as fake.
Ed Haddad, a vice president at New Balance said that this is one of the best counterfeits he has seen. There are more marks on the real sneaker that identifies it as New Balance which also includes embedded data decipherable only with a special reader. It has a vented insole and the bottom of the sneaker is more intricate. The “N” on the fake looks like it had been sewn on as an afterthought.
Counterfeiters added a finger and changed its typeface and made “One Touch” two words. There were incorrect results in counterfeit kits in 2006 found by Lifescan and these results could possibly lead to serious complications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration saw counterfeit-drug investigations rise to 54 at the end of September 2006.
Counterfeits like these Oakleys may not provide the proper protection against ultraviolet rays and also may not be impact resistant which could expose the wearer to eye injuries.
Useful Links to Help Avoid Fake Brands
- Counterfeit Electronics - Shopping tips to avoid fake brands and replicas | Dealgiant.co.uk
With Christmas approaching fast shoppers need to be aware of the fake electronic products which are flooding the market. Sellers of these fakes are targeting shoppers who are looking for a bargain around this time of year, but you can still shop safe
- FACT SHEET - Retailers and Counterfeit Pet Products
How to Pick a Purse - Tips on Fake Designer Handbags
Avoid Counterfeit Products
Tips From The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)
~ WorldWide Counterfeiting of Electrical Products is Estimated to Range Anywhere Between $11 Billion to $20 Billion Annually!
~ North American Electrical Product Counterfeiting is Estimated to be in the $300 to $400 Million Range!
~ Counterfeit Electrical Products May Look Just Like Other Products We Buy!
~ Counterfeits Are Not Made to the Same High Standards!
~Do Not Offer The Protection From Fire and Shock That Certified Products Do!
~ Buyers Should Be Aware of Bargains That Seem Too Good To Be True!
~ Avoid No-Name Products and Purchase From Reputable Retailers!
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Where to Report Counterfeit Products
Counterfeit.com.au is asking for your help by reporting any person or business that you know or even suspect selling counterfeit products.
UPDATES (last update - July 18, 2011)
- EBay May Be Liable for Counterfeit Goods - WSJ.com
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- Police Confiscate Counterfeit Goods from Beach Store - Hampton-North Hampton, NH Patch
- Let customs officials seize counterfeit goods, Ottawa told - The Globe and Mail
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- Selling fake products online criminalized in amendment - The China Post
TAIPEI, Taiwan --The Legislative Yuan approved a bill yesterday that will outlaw the sale of counterfeit products online.
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- 600 arrested in South America during counterfeit raids This Just In - CNN.com Blogs
Police across South America have arrested more than 600 people and confiscated goods worth more than $50 million as part of a six-month effort to crack down on trade in counterfeit products, the international police organization Interpol said Friday.
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The Health Risk of Counterfeit Perfume
There are many counterfeit products that are harmless in themselves but consumers must be very careful with the health risks of fake perfume. They have not been tested for safety and many have caused skin burning and rashes as well as respiratory problems. According to an article I found from spectroscopynow (dot com) dated Nov. 1, 2008 (entitled - Smelling a rat) an objectionable ingredient regularly found is urine, added as a stabilizer which has given a whole new meaning to the words eau de toilette.