Knockoff: The Deadly Trade in Counterfeit Goods by Tim Phillips

By Tim Phillips

Knockoff exposes the reality in the back of the fakes and uncovers the stunning results of dealing in counterfeit items. touring around the globe, Tim Phillips indicates that counterfeiting isn't really a victimless crime; it really is an unlawful international undermining the world's economies. in accordance with interviews with sufferers, investigators, and the folk who promote counterfeits, Knockoff unearths the hyperlink among what we see as "innocent" fakes and arranged crime. Phillips describes intimately how the counterfeiters' felony community expenses jobs, cripples constructing international locations, breeds corruption and violence, and kills hundreds of thousands of individuals each year. He exhibits that through turning a blind eye to the matter, we turn into accomplices to robbery, extortion, and homicide.

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And if you buy the knockoff, you’re lessening the demand for the real product, and it’s the demand for the real product that gives the factory, and other factories like it, the contract in the first place. Even if you don’t care about other people on the far side of the world, you should care about your health, and the health of your family. The list of dangerous faked consumer products that inspectors see every year goes on and on. You might not drink raki or smoke cigarettes, and you might think that some mobile phone users deserve exploding handsets, but dangerous infant formula and birth control pills – both of which are real cases – would be a different matter.

I have anywhere from 40 to 100 active investigations on my desk at any time,’ he says. I have seen knockoffs being sold openly on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. When I started, Hermès had a counterfeiting problem but it was steady and predictable. The quality of the counterfeits was poor and their quantity was manageable. In the last 18 months, the problem has exploded. I track the reports from customs and I get to the point where I come in every day and there is a stack on my desk. It used to be one a month, then one a week.

BBC News, 10 March 2005. BBC News, 15 December 2004. Brand bandits 29 9. Government’s fake cigarettes warning, HM Customs press release, 15 December 2004. 10. Research carried out by Dr Ed Stephens, quoted in Government’s fake cigarettes warning, HM Customs press release, 15 December 2004. 11. IDG News Service, 28 October 2004. 12. IDG News Service, 14 November 2003. 13. Guardian, 18 March 2005. 14. Newsday, 27 August 1995. 15. The illicit market in stolen fast-moving consumer goods: a global impact study, 2004.

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