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Counterfeit Clothing

There have been a long list on conversations on the Kitmeout forum concerning counterfeit clothing. Here’s one, take a butchers:

“what’s your view on counterfeiting. i have read some posts here that say you were the owner of ed hardy so you must hate fakes with a passion.”

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Parallel Imports – a controversial discussion…

Parallel Imports – a protracted discussion.

One of the most extensive threads on the Kitmeout forum is surrounding the controversial topic of parallel imports. It starts with:

“anyone got any tips on how to parallel import? is there a list of companies in europe that offer parallel imports? do they deliver or do you have to collect? any tips will help?

Yeh there are loads of wholesalers that parallel import. Most offer collection or delivery.”

“You have to purchase in size runs e.g. s, m, l , xl, xxl. If you see things in quantities e.g. 25, 50, 200 they most proabably fake (see it on ebay all the time!). What they do do, is offer a cheaper price for say 20 of the same items which would be 4 of each size. Occasionally you may be able to break a size run – but this tends to ruin the whole process for them.

 You HAVE to provide proof that you are trading or intend to trade (no ebay sellers, market stall sellers, party planners etc).

If your wanting to do it yourself then you need to do alot of travelling to make contacts & source the best deals! Then you got to get into import tax, customs etc, paying countries to export it. Also getting it over here – which I imagine would take along time if not by Air (season would have gone by the time it comes over) so would therefore be expensive. All these costs have to be added on the price, plus you need to make a profit! Would be hard to set it up as a wholesaler (most have been importing since the 80’s) so could do it on a smaller scale – just for your shop.

Forgot one thing when this was being discussed last week – reason it’s done is to offer cheaper products than what is officially offered here in the UK.

So do parallel imports exist in other countries? E.g. do other countries import our brands? I know someone says Aquascutum is very expensive US & Italy. So are there people who import clothes from Britain to their own countries. There can’t be that many are we some of the highest prices in Europe & most proabably the world! “

The whole thread goes on for nearly 500 comments. Worth a butchers if parallel imports are a topic of interest. View here

Counterfeit Clothing = Terrorism

Counterfeit Clothing = TerrorismFollowing Kitmeout’s report that fake clothing is supporting terrorism in 2006:, Reuters have issued the following update:

“NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City, long a place where counterfeit watches and fake designer handbags are sold on street corners, is unveiling an ad campaign warning consumers of the human cost of indulging in knockoffs.
The city will display 50 black, yellow and red posters in tourist spots like Times Square and Chinatown over the next two months with the message, “The Real Price of Counterfeit Goods.”

“When you buy counterfeit goods, you support child labor, drug trafficking, organized crime and even worse,” one version reads. Another says that buyers have cost the city $1 billion per year in lost tax revenue.

The money could have funded “10,000 new cops, 10,000 new firefighters, 10,000 new teachers,” Deputy New York City Mayor Edward Skyler said.

The United States says China is the No. 1 offender when it comes to counterfeit goods. Others include South Korea, Pakistan and India.

The campaign, which starts on Monday, estimates the global trade in counterfeit goods at $650 billion per year including $80 billion in New York City alone.

U.S. authorities have said one group sells counterfeit goods including fake Viagra to support the Lebanese group Hezbollah, which Washington lists as a terrorist organization.

The group behind the 2004 train bombings in Madrid that killed 191 people was partly funded by the sale of illegal compact discs, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

“Do American consumers want their hard-earned money to support terrorism? Or child labor? Or drug trafficking?” Harper’s Bazaar magazine, a co-sponsor of the campaign, said in a statement.

“As frightening as it may seem, that is exactly what is happening whenever a counterfeit DVD, handbag or any other product is knowingly purchased,” the fashion publication said.”