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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MERCHANDISE RULES WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET: PINK SLIP UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2014


THIS IS THE UPDATED VERSION OF THE "PINK SLIP" THAT IS GIVEN TO VENDORS WHO HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING MERCHANDISE. OUR AIM IS TO EDUCATE. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!


Revised 9/24/14 STAFF: Please circle relevant merchandise.
USED/NEW/COUNTERFEIT/BANNED ITEM NOTIFICATION 847-524-9590
You are receiving this notice because you have banned merchandise. Wolff’s Flea Market follows local & federal laws & regulations & strives to maintain a safe, family friendly environment. Please read rules on your permit & check wolffs.com for updates as we conduct ongoing research. Vendors not following rules or those who do not follow directions from staff to immediately & permanently remove banned merchandise run the risk of ejection from our market. Items must be placed out of sight (in trunk & not outside vehicle or under table), must not be sold, visible or accessible to the public. Latecomer merchandise will be inspected before sales are allowed. Your information has been recorded & this warning slip issued. We appreciate cooperation & self-monitoring of merchandise.
BANNED: Alcohol, tobacco, concession food (including drinks), fireworks, ammunition, weapons, parts of weapons (guns, knives, air guns, pellet/BB guns, toy guns without orange tips, pellets, pocket knives, swords (decorative/collectible), paint guns, crossbows, bows, arrows, ETC.), animal sales, ads for selling animals, drug paraphernalia, hookahs, novelty lighters, pepper spray, stun guns, tasers, used mattresses, X rated, pornographic material including but not limited to magazines & movies, items requiring prescriptions, controlled substances, contact lenses (prescription OR cosmetic), illegal items. Electronic cigarette sales allowed to carded individuals over 18.
COUNTERFEIT: It is ILLEGAL and punishable by law to sell counterfeit merchandise. No trademark, copyright, license infringing or diluting (similar/logo/confusing) merchandise (NEW/USED) in every category including but not limited to Phone Accessories (Apple/Samsung/Otterbox/LifeProof+), DVDs, CDs, Purses, Shoes, Clothing, Electronics Perfume, Sunglasses, Toys, Jewelry, ETC. If we see certain new/used/real brands, we require removal and will NOT authenticate. Examples: Coach, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Beats/Dr. Dre, Chanel Perfume, MAC, OtterBox. This RULE is non-negotiable. Google counterfeit merchandise to see how you can be arrested, fined and jailed for this offense.
BABY: Due to safety & recalls, we do not allow the sale of NEW/USED infant/child car/booster seats, cribs, crib mattresses, portable cribs, sleep positioning devices, bassinets, playpens, folding playpens, strollers, highchairs, crib bumper pads, booster chairs, bouncy seats, baby formula, baby swings, wheeled walkers, baby seats, ETC.
AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL ITEMS BANNED AT THE DISCRETION OF WOLFF’S MANAGEMENT

Friday, August 8, 2014

WANTED POSTER: FAKE SAMSUNG PHONE ACCESSORIES

Because of the popularity of Samsung products and the seemingly quick counterfeit evolution and mutation of packaging, we have now banned many Samsung related products from our market. Yup, Samsung has been added to the growing list of our banned brands (Coach, Louis Vuitton, Dr. Dre Beats, Chanel Perfumes, MAC cosmetics, OtterBox, LifeProof). 

We will not attempt to authenticate such items.

While wholesalers offer useful deals on many "generic"or "compatible" accessories for your smart phone (e.g. Samsung, Apple), the ones pictured below do not adhere to those concepts!

These products are considered trademark infringement and therefore counterfeit.

How do we know?
Some of the parameters we look at include:
  1. Confusingly similar packaging
  2. Confusingly similar product design
  3. Unauthorized use of trademarks and/or brand names
  4. Prices that are too good to be true 
  5. Unrealistic availability and more...
Images used for purposes of discussion and education. Counterfeit merchandise not allowed at Wolff's Flea Market. Trademarks belong to individual licensees. We are not lawyers or trademark experts and conduct ongoing research. 




PITFALLS OF WHOLESALE MERCHANDISE

SOME OF THE ACCESSORIES IN THIS WHOLESALE DISPLAY CASE ARE CONSIDERED TO BE COUNTERFEIT BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN APPLE AND/OR SAMSUNG TRADEMARKS. 

WE ARE NOT LAWYERS OR TRADEMARK EXPERTS. WE CONDUCT ONGOING RESEARCH ON MANY PRODUCTS TO MAKE DECISIONS ON ALLOWABLE MERCHANDISE.

COUNTERFEIT SALES ARE NOT ALLOWED AT WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET.

IMAGES SHOWN FOR PURPOSES OF DISCUSSION AND EDUCATION AND TRADEMARKS BELONG TO THE INDIVIDUAL LICENSEES.

COPYRIGHT WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET 2014



Friday, August 1, 2014

WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET EDUCATION: CELL (SELL) PHONE ACCESSORIES

By Sharon Wolff

As part of Wolff's program of Prevention, Intervention, Education (PIE), I have compiled 3 slides to increase your understanding on how to identify appropriate cell phone accessories to sell at our markets.

We are not lawyers or trademark experts. The information contained in this blog post is meant to be educational and should not be taken as legal advice. Conclusions based on our opinions, observation and research.  It is not all inclusive, and is only a sampling of what we do in our Research Zone. We conduct ongoing extensive research regarding counterfeit issues for a variety of at-risk brands and merchandise categories. Images used for purposes of education and discussion. Trademarks belong to individual licensees and companies. Information subject to change based on new information (lawsuits, arrests, updated merchandise, evolving levels of counterfeits, etc.)

Vendors are ultimately responsible for their own merchandise. 
Please call 847-524-9590 with questions

INTRODUCTION

TIP 1

TIP 2





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CHRISTMAS IN JULY: SANTA at WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET to DISTRIBUTE SCHOOL SUPPLIES

By Sharon Wolff

Sure, a lot of businesses like to celebrate Christmas in July, just for fun.

Wolff's Flea Market and the WFM Vendor Council is hosting a 3-week event at the Palatine location (1775 N. Rand Rd.).

Kids can enter a coloring contest to win Wolff Howler Dollars to be spent at the market.
Customers of all ages can participate in the Flamingo Scavenger Hunt for a chance to Spin the Wheel and win prizes.

The event culminates on Saturday July 26 with a visit from Santa Claus. Yes, that's right, Santa in Summer will be in the house 11am-2pm, and he will be giving all kids a school supply related gift.

Photo opportunities will also be available. The Vendor Council will print special effect photos for $1 or you may
take free photos on your own device.

Plus shop over 300 independent sellers offering antiques, collectibles, fresh produce, art, jewelry, books, vinyl, clothing, food, electronics, music, movies, computer repair, home decor, resale, new merchandise and more!

REUSE, RECYCLE, REPURPOSE, RECLAIM!
Only at Wolff's Flea Market, Palatine.
Open every Saturday and Sunday year-round 8am-4pm

SEE YOU AT THE FLEA!