Caveat Emptor! We all know the nasty business that goes on in the murky world of counterfeits - slave labour, drug trafficking, terrorism, and let’s not forget the jackets made with animal faeces - yet the industry continues to thrive. The past decade has seen an explosion in the counterfeit goods industry and it is now estimated that 20% of clothing and shoes are counterfeit. A city council woman in New York wants to hold consumers responsible. Margaret Chin plans to introduce a bill that could see consumers face a $1,000 fine if caught purchasing counterfeit goods. And that’s not all; violators could also face a year in jail!
“It’s always illegal for people to sell, but it’s not illegal for the people who buy this stuff,” Chin explained. “Hopefully, this law will cut down on the demand.”
Opponents of the law have rasied concerns that it will unduly punish consumers that unwittingly purchase a counterfeit handbag but Chin isn’t listening to that argument!
“People are worried that some innocent middle-aged woman might unwittingly purchase a counterfeit bag,” she said. “If you go into a back room, basement or van, you probably know what you’re doing is not legal.”
What do you think – too extreme or the next necessary step in the war on fakes?