2017: A Record Year for Counterfeit Goods

2017: A Record Year for Counterfeit Goods

Counterfeiting conjures up the Canal Street handbags being peddled at innocent passersby. Or, of the infamous fake Louis Vuitton or Gucci bags that high schoolers wore on their arms like a prize. But, counterfeit goods are a much larger problem.  In fact, 2017 showed a record high for seizures of goods that violated intellectual property rights. According to Sourcing Journal Online, customs seized 34,143 shipments of counterfeit goods.

So, what exactly constitutes a violation worthy of confiscation by border patrol? It is making or offering twin products bearing phony trademarks. For instance, a business purposely copying the Adidas trademark on shoes is liable of falsifying. The standard of trademark infringement– probability that buyers will be confused– is plainly obvious in falsifying. The forger’s basic role is to confound (or hoodwink) buyers.

Do it For the ‘Gram

The market is swarming with fakes bearing labels like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Dolce and Gabbana, but this is not just an issue with apparel goods. The Zippo lighter has been the objective of monstrous forging. Contingent upon where you are on the planet, the level of phony Zippos can be in the vicinity of 5% and all the way to 50%. The shams in the end cut into deals, by and large making incomes drop by 25% and constraining the organization to lay off 15% of its workers. The major issue with counterfeits is that because of the price tag, people are readily willing to pay for a fake Nike, Adidas or any other famous brand. This due to the status symbol associated with such products and being able to tote it on social media.

The Underground Market

From counterfeit purses to fake meds, this is one of the biggest underground enterprises on the planet. And, its only getting worse. With low amounts of overhead, high benefits, and shroud and-blade business style, these worldwide underground market ventures are gearing up for the long haul. Authorities and experts battle to control the exercises of the criminal associations that are creating and promoting fake products. Halting these ventures appears to be dubious in view of the undeniably forceful practices of deceitful merchants. The most ideal approach to stop the assembling of imitated items is to illuminate customers of the potential damage these items stance to the United States and its economy. On the off chance that individuals decline to buy knock-off items, these businesses will hopefully vanish.

Each year, Customs and Border Patrol have their work cut out for them with new “must-have” products hitting the market. Forgers hope to make benefits by making counterfeit renditions of the sultriest items as soon they are accessible available. Each time you purchase a counterfeit item, a true blue organization loses income. This means lost benefits and U.S. employments after some time. In the same SJO article, CBP acting commissioner Kevin McAleenan said,

“The theft of intellectual property and trade in counterfeit and pirated goods causes harm to an innovation-based economy by threatening the competitiveness of businesses and the livelihoods of workers.”

Everything considered, it is vital that customers comprehend the multi-faceted complexities of fake markets. With the information at hand, American authorities working on crackdowns and consumers being conscious buyers it could be possible to end, or at least put a dent into, this lucrative business.


Author:  Christine Duff

Christine wants to live in a world filled with cutting edge fashion, beautiful words and and an endless supply of leather jackets and boots. A product development grad of FIDM, she was the Editor-in-Chief of MODE Magazine where she reignited her love of storytelling. She has diverse experience within the industry with trend research, art direction and styling editorial spreads. She gained her most notable experience working in Los Angeles at the satellite operation for GQ and Vogue Thailand. Christine is passionate about social science and the role it plays in the consumer goods industry and apparel in particular.


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