Saturday, September 29, 2012

Oops!

By Sharon Wolff
Updated April 2015


Please STOP what you are doing to remove item(s) from your table and place out of sight in your vehicle.        
DO NOT SELL THESE ITEMS



WHY? The easiest way to explain it is that there are "2 types of counterfeits". Both are illegal and therefore banned at our market. Refer to the examples below. It is very difficult to explain the concept of dilution. Here is another try!

1. Counterfeit logo- claims to be the brand but isn't.
    If it talked: I am a Coach purse (Example 1 below)
2. Diluted logo-looks too much like the real thing and the confusion is considered a type  of counterfeit. If it talked:  Am I a Coach purse? (Example 2)

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS:

  1. I didn't know: Well now you do, so don't do it again
  2. It's real: Sorry no Coach, Louis Vuitton (+) allowed. Only they can decide if their       products are real. We will not authenticate.
  3. It's just one item: It's illegal to sell counterfeits in any quantity- 1 or 100
  4. It's used: It's illegal to sell used or new counterfeits.
  5. What if I tell customer's it's fake? Nope, it's illegal to sell counterfeits.
  6. That guy has it. Please point him out and we'll talk to him too.
  7. But the customer wants it: Nope, sorry it is illegal to sell counterfeits.
  8. The guy who sold it to me said it was real: Um, you shouldn't be trusting "guys"
  9. Other places don't bother me: Thank you, we take that as a compliment.


THE LAW

Lanham (Trademark) Act 1946 is the federal US law prohibiting trademark infringement and dilution.  Read more HERE

GRR...


  1. Please don't argue. It's the law. Your cooperation helps fight this worldwide problem. We continue our research, but are not lawyers and cannot claim to know everything. We will try our best to answer your questions!  THANKS!
  2. Arrests of counterfeiters happen at flea markets, private homes, independently owned stores, kiosks and more. 
  3. Read our articles "There's a Bust For That" HERE & HERE


 July 7, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -A vendor at X market was arrested for trying to sell hundreds of fake designer handbags and sunglasses. Undercover officers spotted the display of purses at the flea market and arrested the vendor, a woman from Cicero. She will face felony charges for unlawful use of trademarks.

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EXAMPLE 1 REAL COACH PURSE 
Note the symmetrical C signature. Authentic Coach purses are available from authorized retailers, department stores and Coach outlet stores. It's possible you have an authentic purse that was your own, or a relative's, or you believe that one you have acquired is the real thing. Unfortunately, due to varying characteristics of counterfeit Coach purses, we believe that only a Coach representative can verify authenticity of their product.
 So, please do not bring real/authentic Coach items to sell at our market.
Photo Source: coach.com


                             
             EXAMPLE 2 COUNTERFEIT COACH PURSE
 Quick tell: Cs are not symmetrical. Unfortunately, you may find outright counterfeit purses for sale at resale shops, thrift stores, garage sales, purse parties and/or online and brick and mortar wholesalers. It doesn't make it any more legal. Please do not bring them to resell at the market.
Source:  http://www.bagbliss.com/counterfeits/coach/ 













EXAMPLE 3 DILUTED COACH PATTERN G? O? 
Unfortunately, you may also find these types of purses for sale at resale shops, thrift stores, garage sales and/or online and brick and mortar wholesalers. It doesn't make it any more acceptable to our guidelines.
Please do not bring them to resell at the market.
We consider this purse counterfeit and will not allow it to be sold.

PHOTOS FOR DISCUSSION AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY
TRADEMARKS BELONG TO INDIVIDUAL COMPANIES
This article is part of our ongoing research on counterfeit products. While we are not experts, we try to understand and educate ourselves.
QUESTIONS? Call 847-524-9590 or visit wolffs.com
Copyright 2012 Wolff's Flea Market Yellow 9/2012, 10/2012


1 comment:

  1. Nice vanity bags!! Thank you for sharing these. Online Flea Markets will also help you to find so many things like jewelry,bags,toys,electronics and so many daily necessary things.

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