Help Protect Against the $700 Billion Counterfeit Industry

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Sales from counterfeit products support criminal activity, not to mention tax avoidance costing U.S. businesses over $250 billion annually and destroying an estimated 750,000 U.S. jobs. Illegal counterfeiting activity is reportedly more profitable than the international illicit drug trade, difficult to track and widely unpunished says the recent United Nations Report.

The Counterfeit Report is here to help people distinguish what is real and what is not.

Internet sites and online auction sites including Amazon Marketplace and eBay are swamped with real-looking counterfeit or “knock-off” merchandise. Meanwhile, Chinese websites openly and freely advertise bulk counterfeited national brands for sale. These Chinese products often make their way to secondary retailers, swap meets and websites whose sellers often promote them as “genuine” or “100% authentic,” then disappear after the sale.

Juicy Bags, real and fakeThe Counterfeit Report lets consumers search by product category (say, Fashion Accessories), then look at examples of authentic items side by side fakes. Each gives identifying marks and ways to spot a fake. Consumers are also encouraged to report fakes, and forward information to their friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine

As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories Magazine for the past 12 years, Lauren Parker has covered accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.