However, the heavy presence of expensive smart phones and electronics in the global marketplace has caused the parallel appearance of 3 versions of potential problem merchandise:
- Generic components- possibly allowed
- Compatible components-possible allowed
- Evil, infringing counterfeits-not allowed
|Port of Seattle|
Most counterfeits arrive on freight barges from China at ports on the east (New York) or west (California, Washington, Alaska) coasts. If not found and seized by customs at those points in the pipeline, counterfeits eventually work their way into the middle of the country-namely Chicago, which has the third highest presence of counterfeits in the country. We subscribe to Google alerts for many licensed brands in order to predict what items may be coming our way and are hopefully ready with starter information should the item appear at our market.
When I say appear, the item may attempt to trickle in as a single low quality fake. For example, we were ready for the appearance of counterfeit ____ phone cases, and were able to determine which items didn't belong. Those vendors who attempted to sell were quickly evicted.
While we fight counterfeits, our scale is obviously a small dot in the equation. Here are examples of larger scale efforts. Until the sources along the counterfeit pipeline are stopped, fakes will trickle into the country and end up at independently owned stores, mall kiosks, warehouses, ebay, craigslist, pop-up stores, "a guy" and flea markets. I will update this site as more news appears.
- US and China working together: http://usfinancepost.com/us-china-join-forces-to-seize-counterfeit-products-4160.html
- Apple to take back and exchange counterfeit chargers: http://www.apple.com/support/usbadapter-takeback/
- Facebook bans counterfeit sites: http://www.10news.com/money/consumer/facebook-sites-selling-counterfeit-bags-close-pages07112013
- Google's Trademark and Counterfeit Policy: http://siia.net/piracy/workshop/Google_Chen.pdf