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04/26/2011

Counterfeit Crackdown

Buying a counterfeit bag could get you a year in jail and a $1,000 fine if a Chinatown councilwoman gets her way. Eyewitness News wants to know what you think. Is it fair for the buyer to be fined for buying counterfeit goods?  Post your comments (below) and they could end up on Eyewitness News.  Tune in for complete coverage of this story today on Eyewitness News at Noon and 5 p.m. 

Comments

Ernest

I think our NYPD has more important issues to worry about, rather than arresting people with fake bags.

SHARO CONNER

AFTER LISTENING TO THE BROADCAST MAY FIRST REACTION TO THE CITY'S LOSS OF TAX REVENUE IS REDICULOUS. PEOPLE BUY THE KNOCK OFFS BECAUSE THEY CANNOT AFFORD DESIGNER PRODUCTS. THEY LIKE TO FEEL LIKE THEY CAN FIT IN WITH THE ELITE. THE CITY IS NOT MISSING OUT ON TAX REVENUE BECAUSE THE TYPICAL BUYER WILL NOT BUY EXPENSIVE--SO THE CITY WILL LOOSE WITH THE KNOCK OFFS INSTEAD. PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE REAL THING KNOW IT - SO DO THE BUYERS OF KNOCKOFFS.

Chocolateluvr

If they really want to stop people from selling counterfeit products they should go for the ones WHO ARE SELLING THEM!!! Don't beat up the buyers for only trying to find something cheaper!

marci

most redicules wast of time and money. if I want to buy a fake, why shouldnt I? I dont want to buy the real thing and I know when I buy a fake,s o who am I harming? PLEASE!!!!!!!!

Connor

YES! The ONLY way to stop the sellers is to remove the demand; no buyers = no sellers.

Eve Smith

Another ridiculous measure to stump on the little guy and burden him with another expense. The mayor should arrest the sellers and fine them not the buyers. A lot of tourist spend their money on the so call counterfeit bags and goods not knowing they are knock offs. If the sellers and buyers paid taxes would it then be ok. I thought you needed a license to sell goods in New York.
It's usually about the lack of taxes being paid that causes politicians to want to shut something down. The poor can't afford designer bags so we buy the fakes which are still "real" pocketbooks.lol

Gladys Virella

I can see what she means when she wants to get rid of counderfeit goods that can ruin the economy even more because people won't spend money to buy the real items but that's because people don't HAVE that kind of money to spend. I don't believe this bill should pass because it's not fair to arrest people and fine them $1,000 for buying counterfeit goods. I find it too extreme. Most of us don't have alot of money. We probably won't buy anything at all if it comes to that.

Mary K

This is a publicity issue for the council woman This is ridiculous and outrageous. The man power and money needed to enforce this law if it is passed is a waste of resources better spent on violent crime or fraud--identity theft or medicare fraud which is costing our economy millions and billions of dollars. The person buying the bag for $100 is not going to buy the real thing for $1000 or $2000 dollars. not the same demographic. It is not taking sales away from the manufacturers of the real thing. Knock offs have been part of the fashion business for generations For example the budget fashion business is based on knock offs of designer clothing One of a kind runway dresses for the stars are publicized and then knock off the next day To go after the customer is absurd Shut down the businesses if that is the goal I strongly feel our resources are better spent on many more issues that are more serious As far as where and how the goods are manufactured I do not have the stats but I know there are many products manufacturer overseas in conditions that are not par with the standards in the US--that is a global economy and marketplace The consumer votes with what they want and buy

Erica

I think buyers should not be fined for counterfeit items it should be the seller of the items.

Marlene

I do not think it is fare for the buys to get fine. the only reason people buy those Bag is cause they can not afford the real thing. what is the problem New York get business and tourist so what if they want these bags. there is brand and no frills when we buy toothpaste or bathroom tissue. what is the difference's same thing it is just a bag.

Cara Marie

It is unfair to fine or imprison people who buy counterfeit items like the handbags in Canal St because people only wanted to spend on what they can afford while feeling great at the same time. Who can resist these cheap knock-offs when they are being plied on the streets? In this economy, who can afford the high end goodies anymore? Instead, they should do a crackdown on the vendors themselves.

Andrea

This is a ridiculous decree. The police needs to focus on the real bad guys who steal and kill and really hurt the city of New York.

Erica

I think consumers should not be fined. I think we should charge the seller if anybody.

Sarah Macyshyn

Impossible to enforce. How can consumers be held responsible for verifying the origin of goods they are buying. I hate to see law enforcement resources wasted on this. This is just a small time politician trying to get her name in the headlines.

William Holahan

Arresting the buyers will not end the practice of manufacturing and selling counterfeit merchandise. If one must be directly observed buying the goods, it makes more sense to immediately arrrest the seller. Why pick on the small person when the giant criminal is right at hand?

William Holahan

Arresting the buyers will not end the practice of manufacturing and selling counterfeit merchandise. If one must be directly observed buying the goods, it makes more sense to immediately arrrest the seller. Why pick on the small person when the giant criminal is right at hand?

William Holahan

Arresting the buyers will not end the practice of manufacturing and selling counterfeit merchandise. If one must be directly observed buying the goods, it makes more sense to immediately arrrest the seller. Why pick on the small person when the giant criminal is right at hand?

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You mean they aren't REAL? They are counterfeit??? I thought I was just buying "seconds" that weren't perfect... or overstock. I'm in SHOCK!

Back to reality... Is Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council trying to just KILL NYC's tourism business completely? ANYTHING that brings people to the city to spend their money should be encouraged!!

Chris S.

Yes yes yes!
I have lived in this area for several years, and I cannot begin to explain how annoying it is when I leave my house and see a bunch of tourists huddling on the street corner trying to buy counterfeit goods. I don't go to their town and hang out on the street corner. The tourists are the one's buying the goods so if they are ticketed, then it will make them more aware that they are purchasing illegal goods and thus breaking the law. If you cannot afford the real thing, then you don't need it.

SAL

PUT YOUR TIME INTO HELPING GET THE COMPANY'S FROM RIPPING US OFF ,WHY WOULD A BAG MADE OVER SEAS FOR $10 -$20 SELL FOR $1400 HERE?????????

SOUNDS LIKE THE OIL COMPANY'S!!!!!!

Millie Hernandez

I don't think buyers should be fined because, for instance, the only knock-off I recognize is Coach. Coach is clearly written on the product. However, I am not familiar with any other high end brand. I buy what I like and don't pay attention to brands. I wouldn't know what's what anyway.

Gina

I think shoppers should be held accountable. It's no different than knowingly using counterfeit money. It's a cop-out to say "well, I'm not the one who made the counterfeit merchandise". How about some accountability people!

janet valenti

people who can afford the real thing will not buy knockoffs. people who cant afford the real thing want to just look nice. leave them alone these companies are not losing money from the ones who cant afford their products in the first place

Lillianne

Since it will be almost impossible to enforce this law, I think it is just more political bull to make the lawmakers look like they are actually working. Better to crack down on terrorists than customers who are helping the economy.

Kathy

I'm sure a lot of tourists would not know what is considered counterfeit so would be afraid to buy anything if they even hear of the law at all.

Karen Bernstein

I dont think its fair to fine the people buying the counterfit things, I think they should fine the people selling the theing. If its out there people are going to buy it!!!

craig c

you must be kidding me, this is our tax dollars at work,our Representatives proposing bills to screw people who pay there salaries first of all what if you dont know its counterfeit? i think they should go after the seller not the buyer.our reps should focus on bigger issues like the economy unemployment to name a few

sara

Worry about drugs and the dealers .... drugs kill...

Brad

This is insanity. What if the person buying the counterfeit item has no clue that it's a fake? Arresting people on suspicion alone would subject many people to unfair hardship and emotional damage.

Rather than making purchases illegal, how about some meaningful enforcement and increased penalties for those who sell the fakes? Seizure of assets, etc.

Mikki

Seriously? With all the really bad things going on to worry about, she's going to rant about tourists coming to Chinatown looking for designer imposters? Obviously she doesn't have enough REAL work to do to worry about something like that. There are enough REAL CRIMINALS in jail; you want to put people, especially people that may be from another country possibly, in jail? That would hurt the already overcrowded jail system, in addition to hurting the tourism market period. She really needs to rethink her actions and find something more worthy to pursue! Or maybe Chinatown needs to elect another councilperson that will find just and worthy causes to focus their attention on!

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