No More Fakes in New York City

Well only for a short while, till the next consignment from commieland lands up on US shores.

More than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit Nike sneakers, as well as fake batteries, baseball caps and Louis Vuitton handbags, were among $25 million in goods seized in raids in New York City, on Long Island and in New Jersey, the authorities said on Wednesday. Two men, called “midlevel warehouse runners,” were arrested this month on federal counterfeiting charges. [link]

What I have always wondered is…does suppressing the counterfeit market really bolster the sales of the originals. 99% of people who buy the 20$ knock-offs at Canal Street, will never buy a 1500$ original. So its not really affecting the sales of Vuitton. In the same way, a fake is easily identifiable. It fools no one. So why spend all the time and effort going after them. I know my arguement is not wholesome. Comments welcome.

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  1. kamla bhatt April 25, 2008

    Hey! Don’t they sell some of those knock-offs right outside your office? I remember seeing some guys selling in that block or on one of those side streets.

    Why do people buy them? Desire. If you can’t possess the original go for the faux!

    Have you seen a faux iPod from China? If you do flip and read what is written on the back. It is simply h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s!

    Kamla

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