The 5 most counterfeited products

Find out what fake merchandise federal authorities seize most often and how much the U.S. traffic in these illicit goods is really worth.

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Feb 28, 2013 9:50AM
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Let me see if I've got this straight. 1) These big fancy "chic" companies design a product. 2) Said companies find a Chinese company to make that product for next to nothing so the "chic" company can rake in the money. 3) "Chic" company then sends all needed design information to Chinese company so they can make the products to exact specifications. 4) "Chic" companies are now upset because Chinese companies are making "knockoffs" of their outrageously priced and absurd profit products and want the goverment (which they avoided paying taxes, etc. to by sending the manufacturing to China in the first place) to "stop the theives". WOW! And guess what? The "chic" companies aren't stupid. They are smarter than foxes. They still make millions off of the sheeple. They get untold amounts of publicity when busts occur. All the while, the goverment that they stiffed pays for all the investigations and confiscations and they smile all the way to the bank! Keep on keeping on SHEEPLE! 

Feb 28, 2013 10:24AM
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If the companies selling the "real" product priced their products reasonably, there would be no market for the "fakes"
Feb 28, 2013 11:49AM
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Well, maybe if these companies didn't contract their work out to China, the Chinese would have a more difficult time bootlegging them. As it stands, most bootlegs come from the same places making the real stuff, they just get put into a different truck.
Feb 27, 2013 11:07PM
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A big "HA HA!" to people who buy brand-name products.  You'll never be rich!  You'll just be a billboard for the designers and counterfeiters who are laughing their way to the bank.  Designers LOVE trendy people because they're a steady stream of income.  Profits down?  No problem, just declare last week's trend "out" and unpack the next horrific, expensive trend that just arrived from the pier.  Get somebody on tv to make a joke about the aforementioned style, and voila! a mad rush to the boutique.
And I'm really wondering about those ugly brown bags that people think are so chic.  They look like turds.  Turds with straps.
Feb 28, 2013 9:14AM
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Anyone besides me see any thread of commonality here?? Like china...China...CHina...CHIna...CHINa...CHINA!!!!
Feb 28, 2013 11:58AM
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When you build in China, you give the keys to the kingdom to a different moral culture. US corporations are poorly run by exorbitantly overpaid nincompoops. The evidence is in this story. Don't buy plastic or "Made in China" goods. 
Mar 2, 2013 8:10AM
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You mean to tell me that the Rolex I bought in Mexico for $15 may not be real?
Feb 28, 2013 4:26PM
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Thousands of U.S. Companies were lured to manufacture in China with the promise of cheap labor and huge profits...

 

Now there are discovering they have been burned by massive Chinese hacking espionage and now have to compete with counterfeit goods from China.

Feb 28, 2013 7:42AM
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The American people are responsible for this, they voted for politicians on both sides of the aisle going all the way back to the 90s who allowed the current market conditions and the manufacturers, suppliers and retailers to cheat the customers with cheap crap imported clothing, or no selection at all, it's just one or two brands;  and the American people let them get away with it.  I no longer shop at certain stores because they market themselves as old world American or European quality when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. Joe Chin wants his promotion so they look for ways to cheapen the manufacturing process to remove a penney here and there in the manufacturing process and they produce crap. Do I blame China, No. The American consumer is responsible for this and allows all the above to get away with it. Here's an idea, get on your retailers, manufacturers and politicians.
Feb 28, 2013 12:36AM
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why aren't we doing more about China??? or do they own us already. China now is supposed to be the main people breaking into our secure internet sites and stealing information. When are we going to stop it??? anyone remember when they told us 128 bit encryption sites were nearly impossible to compromise? LOL didn't last long. just like the supposed secure sites of today . How long are we as a nation going to put up with this???  Is this why businesses moved out of the us??? HA HA the joke is on you!! and sadly on us
Feb 28, 2013 10:46AM
Feb 28, 2013 9:57AM
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TAXATION IS WHAT RUINED MADE IN AMERICA ALL THE GREAT BRANDS USED TO BE PROUD TO SAY MADE IN AMERICA . I BET YOU WILL NEVER SEE A LEVIS COMERCIAL

THAT SAYS PROUDLY MADE IN INDONESIA

Feb 28, 2013 2:13PM
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From Fla Fred's post earlier - Pretty much nailed what's going on here...

Let me see if I've got this straight. 1) These big fancy "chic" companies design a product. 2) Said companies find a Chinese company to make that product for next to nothing so the "chic" company can rake in the money. 3) "Chic" company then sends all needed design information to Chinese company so they can make the products to exact specifications. 4) "Chic" companies are now upset because Chinese companies are making "knockoffs" of their outrageously priced and absurd profit products and want the goverment (which they avoided paying taxes, etc. to by sending the manufacturing to China in the first place) to "stop the theives". WOW! And guess what? The "chic" companies aren't stupid. They are smarter than foxes. They still make millions off of the sheeple. They get untold amounts of publicity when busts occur. All the while, the goverment that they stiffed pays for all the investigations and confiscations and they smile all the way to the bank! Keep on keeping on SHEEPLE!
Feb 28, 2013 4:53PM
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The common problem here is China, so we need to stop allowing all goods from China. No wait we can't do that because our government allowed companies to leave.
Feb 28, 2013 4:43PM
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We need to fight back...let's start producing cheap counterfeit wontons, Shih Tzus and Jackie Chan movies (yuk) and dump them on the Chinese market...

Feb 28, 2013 3:53PM
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It's only wrong if you pay the over inflated price and THEN get a knock off.  If I'm at a flea market and buy a Coach handbag, I'm pretty damn sure it's a knock off.  Sometimes I feel  these rich companies are saying, "hey if you can't afford 1500.00 for our product, I'm going to make it impossible to look as if you can!
Feb 28, 2013 12:02PM
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Maybe China can create a new President for us?

Feb 28, 2013 3:07PM
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In respond to the comment of Private Seashore...you ere very right sir, but you forgot one very important thing; I am a 66 year old retired man and this year didn't buy any thing from any retailer know why? because every thing you see on the racks is made else where but the US. that only tells me, we all be naked and go back to the CAVE MAN ERA 
Feb 28, 2013 3:30PM
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Idea, send all of the US governments work to china..wala..no sequester...In fact, next time i post a comment, it will come from china. I'll save time and become more productive at my company. Sweet!
Feb 28, 2013 11:41AM
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They found bogus parts in the space shuddle about 15 years ago...thats when I stopped flying.
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