Monday, March 18, 2013

What Are Novelty Lighters? Why Are They banned?


In keeping with state law and safety standard, we do not allow the sale of novelty lighters at Wolff's Flea Market

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY PUBLIC ACT 096-1174 EFFECTIVE DATE 7/22/2010

SOURCES & LINKS:
 http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=096-1174
http://www.ncdoi.com/osfm/Fire_Safety_Programs/Default.aspx?field1=Novelty_Lighters&user=Novelty_Lighters 

ACCEPTABLE LIGHTERS
A Novelty lighter is a "mechanical or electrical devise typically used for lighting cigarettes, cigars or pipes that is designed to resemble a cartoon character, toy, gun, watch, musical instrument, vehicle, animal, food or beverage, or similar articles, or that plays musical notes, or has flashing lights or other entertaining features"

A novelty lighter may operate on any fuel. including butane, isobutane or liquid fuel

Novelty lighter does not include any of the following:

  1. A lighter manufactured before January 1, 1980
  2. A lighter incapable of being fuels or lacking a device necessary to produce combustion or a flame,
  3. Any mechanical or electrical device primarily used to ignite fuel for fireplaces or for charcoal or gas grills.
  4. Standard disposable and refillable lighters that are printed or decorated with logos, labels, decals, or artwork, or heat-shrinkable sleeves
BELOW ARE EXAMPLES OF BANNED NOVELTY LIGHTERS
BANNED NOVELTY LIGHTERS

BANNED NOVELTY LIGHTERS
BANNED NOVELTY LIGHTERS



COUNTERFEIT APPLE ACCESSORIES - PART 2 - IPHONE OBSESSION


IPHONE OBSESSION – 2/28/13, Update 3/21/2013, 4/22/13
This article also applies to Samsung Smartphone Accessories & Inserts!
Iphones come “undressed” with only the basic OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts (chargers, cables).  We love our phones and desire to personalize and accessorize our new device. In fact, it seems like manufacturers, importers, sellers and consumers alike are obsessed with iPhone accessories. However, replacement OEM parts can be expensive. Consumers trying to save a few dollars seek discounts. Of rampant existence and variety in the marketplace is anything and everything intended for use with Apple iPhones. Many of these items are counterfeit.

While generic, acceptable “compatible” accessories exist, websites, importers and local wholesalers offer a plethora of infringing, diluting products that attempt to lead buyers into believing they are purchasing an actual Apple affiliated product. Even if the buyer knows these items are generic and not OEM, the packaging, wording and labeling may infringe on Apple’s registered trademarks and are considered counterfeit. Apple rightfully does not want to be associated with lower quality non-OEM products, as their reputation could be diminished.

Following are examples of counterfeit replacement/compatible Apple products researched as of (3/18/13).

Some merchandise removal policies are based on easy to spot parameters; decisions may change based on further research. We are not legal experts. We share knowledge acquired to date based on Customs and Border Protection reports, news articles and inland arrests at stores, wholesalers and private residences. Photos are of counterfeit accessories and we work diligently to educate and keep these products out of the market! Unfortunately, counterfeits still illegally enter the country from abroad and are consequently offered by wholesalers to stores and eventually flea market vendors. Photos are for purposes of education and discussion. Registered trademarks belong to the original manufacturers. This article will be updated as we acquire new information! A future article will compare counterfeit items side by side with authentic products.

CASES: No "designer" cases allowed. No cases with Apple logos. Generic "no name" cases are ok. (Images 1-2) 



1. COUNTERFEIT "DESIGNER" CASES


2. COUNTERFEIT APPLE LOGO CASES

CHARGER CUBESEver evolving, they must have no green dot or other infringing labeling or wording to lead consumer to think it is an Apple product. Nor can it use Apple’s part number (A1265) or copycat wording like “Happy” or “Abble”. (Image 3-5)


3. AUTHENTIC APPLE CHARGER
4. COUNTERFEIT "ABBLE" CHARGER


5. COUNTERFEIT "HAPPY" CHARGER

WORDING: Simply put, item/packaging must say “compatible with” or “for the iPhone”, not say “Made by Apple”. However, this can be complicated other requirements may apply.

    CARDBOARD CASE INSERTS: Must be removed because they bear the trademarked Apple icons (Images 6-8)


7. LOGO/APP ICON INFRINGING CASE INSERTS
6. THIS TYPE OF CASE WAS SEIZED

8. CASE FOR SALE ON ALIBABA.COM THAT
WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED
BECAUSE OF INFRINGING INSERT




BOXESGenuine Apple accessories (cables, headphones) are packaged in matte finish black or white boxes. Compatible accessories may not be packaged in look-alike infringing boxes. (Image 9)
9. INFRINGING PACKAGING

CONVERSION KITSiPhone housing is black or white. Conversion “repair” kits offer the option to change phone color. This is not a protective case. The iPhone actually needs to be taken apart and reassembled with the new color. Not only does it seem risky, and void the original warranty, but these color plates bear unauthorized use of the Apple logo, are trademark infringing and therefore considered counterfeit. Vendors offering “iPhone repair” may be installing these infringing color conversion kits. (Image 10). It seems to us that plain, inmarked plates may be installed, as it seems up to the individual to change their own personal property.
10. APPLE LOGO INFRINGING COLOR CONVERSION PANELS
WHAT'S NEXT?

Friday, March 15, 2013

APPLE IPHONE ACCESSORIES - PART 1 - BOXES

PART ONE: IPHONE ACCESSORY EDUCATION - BOXES
For Merchandise Rules, go to: http://wolffs.com/pages/merchandise



PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE SEVERELY RESTRICTING THE TYPES OF 
COMPATIBLE APPLE/IPHONE/IPOD/IPAD ACCESSORIES ALLOWED AT THE MARKET

We appreciate everyone's cooperation as we enact this protocol.

Due to the popularity and exclusivity of Apple products, several versions of infringing chargers, cases, earbuds and packaging, etc. exist online and from other sources. It is possible that generic, compatible non-infringing items would be allowed, but this is a complicated situation and we must take it upon ourselves to analyze various parameters in order to make a final decision regarding the appropriateness of individual products. 

Please call with questions. While we are not legal or trademark experts, we are currently studying this ever-changing, developing situation and creating our own guidelines. 

Ask before you buy cell phone accessories for resale! Your wholesaler may not stock an acceptable product.

iPhone/iPad/iPod are trademarks of Apple. Images shown for purposes of education and discussion as part of our ongoing efforts of research.

THESE BOXES ARE NOT ALLOWED
Example Effective immediately, accessories packed in these Apple look-alike boxes are not allowed. Realize that Apple investigators are looking for and seizing these items at customs, wholesalers, stores and eventually flea markets. The packaging infringes on Apple's well-known black or white packaging and may attempt to lead consumers into thinking they are getting an authentic Apple product, when it is actually a cheap, generic item. 

AUTHENTIC APPLE PACKAGING - I DO NOT YET HAVE A HEADPHONE BOX, BUT YOU GET THE IDEA!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

PICTURES OF OUR FAVORITE TIRE PLANTERS

 TRANSFORM OLD TIRES INTO ONE OF A KIND RECYCLED CREATIONS

LETSUPCYCLE.COM

SISTERSEESISTERDO.BLOGSPOT.COM


NATURALEARNING.COM

YOUGROWGIRL.COM

KLRU.ORG

LEMONBEANANDTHINGS.BLOGSPOT.COM

PERMIES.COM
EATINGRULES.COM