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View on The Damage of Counterfeit Goods – Santee Alley “Incident”

Posted by mikenopolis on April 7, 2008

Since I’ve moved my blog over to wordpress last week, I’ve been curious to know how quickly my entries would be pulled up by google. I was able to find myself after about 2 days! GOOD JOB indexing Mr. Google.

So as I was browsing the keywords “Santee Alley” under http://blogsearch.google.com , I came across a few entries and found one blog with this:

“According to the New York Times, consumers can score a Prada handbag for $40; a Patek Philippe watch and a Rolex for $80, and two pairs of Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses for $18. Sales such as these have cost the city $1 billion in sales tax a year and led to money laundering and bloody turf wars, says Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.”

I know that selling and buying counterfeits are wrong in many ways but this makes me think…Do these corporations really deserve all the money they are making on their products? I say this because they said the counterfeit problem have cost New York City $1 Billion in sales, that’s $1,000,000,000 which calculates to what I would have earned in 16,026 years if I make what I make at this point in my life forever, and that’s considered doing pretty ok in a normal day life. BTW, that’s 16,026 years WITHOUT spending a single penny! I find it hard to believe that all these people buying fake products were going to buy the real thing anyway so how is it a $1 Billion lost? If anything, counterfeit goods are free advertisement… if and when these “consumers” become successful by whatever route, they will purchase the authentic products.

*side note*

My girlfriend’s sister carries a $2,000 Louis Vuitton purse, I wonder if she would notice if I swapped it with a $40 fake for a week or two….that would be funny to watch!

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