$1 million in counterfeit goods seized in NYC raid

Feb 26, 2008 Read more: Newsday 73
More than $1 million of counterfeit Gucci , Prada, Fendi, Rolex and Coach goods have been seized in an early morning Chinatown raid by the Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement. Read more
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Stating the Obvious

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#1 Feb 26, 2008
Good... I am so sick of people walking around with their counterfeit items. If you cannot afford the real item, then don't get it. Whatever happened to the days when you would save money to purchase a luxury item? Now everyone thinks they are entitled to everything and if they can't afford it, then they should just buy a fake. You want something... work for it!!
Richard

Dallas, TX

#2 Feb 26, 2008
If the real thing didn't cost so $#@% much people would buy it. The funny thing is, the real stuff is probably made in CHINA.

Just big big bucks in the pockets of the greedy CEO's.
concerned

Peekskill, NY

#3 Feb 26, 2008
There are so many honest people in this world. Pretty soon we will have more people in jail than out.
ROLEXX

West Hempstead, NY

#4 Feb 26, 2008
damm my supplier is dried up!
Mad Consumer

Forest Hills, NY

#5 Feb 26, 2008
If Coach, Prada and whoever didn't make their products 1000% more then they should be priced there wouldn't be a need to copy them. Why is a handbag $500? Some Americans would love to have these items. Sad part is at $7.50 min wage it would take 2 weeks pay just to buy one. Shame on us for letting these companies mark their product up 10-20X what it is worth. Make the product for everyone at a price everyone can afford you will sell more and they would copy the product
US Citizen

Mineola, NY

#6 Feb 26, 2008
Keep buying from China. Counterfeit capital of the world.
Who Cares

Forest Hills, NY

#7 Feb 26, 2008
A man walking down the street wearing Levis, Nike shoes and a T-shirt along with a fake $24,000.00 timepiece. Women gets out of her 2002 Toyota with 3 dents and a missing fender carrying a $8,000 Hermes Bag. We all know they are fake and we know they aren't hurting anyone and they wouldn't or couldn't buy the real one anyway. These people who have and wear the FAKE items are doing (2) things...(1) Free advertisement for the REAL product that the can't afford (2) Feeling good about themselves that they too can have a "Rich" look even though everyone knows its fake.
Reverse search

Wantagh, NY

#8 Feb 26, 2008
Well, you know the saying... if you can't be with the one you love, love the one your with.

So if you can't have the real ones, why not the fake ones?

Isn't this the same thing what drives breast implants and Porcelain teeth?
LOVE THOSE FAKES

Kirikkale, Turkey

#9 Feb 26, 2008
Let me tell you something.There are some very well made counterfeit products that will last as long if not longer then the original names and by looking at it you would never know its a fake.The best part is it cost only a fraction of what the real deal would cost so i say screw the real names, who needs it for the crazy money they charge and eF the cops who waste tons of tax payers money on busting counterfeit dealers.
JFK

New York, NY

#10 Feb 26, 2008
Who Cares wrote:
A man walking down the street wearing Levis, Nike shoes and a T-shirt along with a fake $24,000.00 timepiece. Women gets out of her 2002 Toyota with 3 dents and a missing fender carrying a $8,000 Hermes Bag. We all know they are fake and we know they aren't hurting anyone and they wouldn't or couldn't buy the real one anyway. These people who have and wear the FAKE items are doing (2) things...(1) Free advertisement for the REAL product that the can't afford (2) Feeling good about themselves that they too can have a "Rich" look even though everyone knows its fake.
YOU SAID IT BEST!!!!! 100000% true statement
how come

Great Neck, NY

#11 Feb 26, 2008
How come the kwaps bust immigrants who are actually providing a service but do nothing to stop the flourishing trade in ecstasy smuggled in by Israelis? BTW, who owns all those overpriced rand names the kwaps are running cover for on your dime? Guess.
Stating the Obvious

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#12 Feb 26, 2008
Mad Consumer wrote:
If Coach, Prada and whoever didn't make their products 1000% more then they should be priced there wouldn't be a need to copy them. Why is a handbag $500? Some Americans would love to have these items. Sad part is at $7.50 min wage it would take 2 weeks pay just to buy one. Shame on us for letting these companies mark their product up 10-20X what it is worth. Make the product for everyone at a price everyone can afford you will sell more and they would copy the product
They make it expesive so that it is more exclusive. If you cannot afford it then you shouldn't be carrying, wearing, etc. it.

A Mercedes is an expensive car... are you saying that people should slap a Mercedes sign on their Neons and call them a Benz?

Give me a break... You are not entitled to a Chanel bag. If you want one, save your money and buy one. If you can't save enough then you don't get one.... Get it?
Alan Q

Elmhurst, NY

#13 Feb 26, 2008
"People that come to this city and want to have a business here are getting defrauded and robbed by those who counterfeit their brands."

That may all be well and good. But unless you've been living in a cave these past 30 years, you KNOW that what you are buying in Chinatown is fake. Anyone that naive and stupid as to think otherwise almost deserves to get ripped off.

Please, these phoney items are part of world culture...and it's practically a tourist activity to buy them in Chinatown.

Getting a fake Gucci bag from a hole in the wall on Bayard St. is as American as apple pie.
Stating the Obvious

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#14 Feb 26, 2008
Reverse search wrote:
Well, you know the saying... if you can't be with the one you love, love the one your with.
So if you can't have the real ones, why not the fake ones?
Isn't this the same thing what drives breast implants and Porcelain teeth?
PEOPLE PURCHASED THEIR IMPLANTS AND VENEERS... They didn't counterfeit them!!!
Former Vollie

Washington, DC

#15 Feb 26, 2008
Stating the Obvious wrote:
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PEOPLE PURCHASED THEIR IMPLANTS AND VENEERS... They didn't counterfeit them!!!
Thank you!!! NO laws were broken either!! Counterfeiting reaches everyone's bottom dollar.
Bigger things going on

New York, NY

#16 Feb 26, 2008
Let them buy the counterfeit, money is money, it all helps the Economy which is struggling these days. Those desingers are stinking filthy rich anyway they won't live to see their fortune wasted.
Just Saying

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#17 Feb 26, 2008
It's not just handbags that are counterfeited. There are also counterfeit parts for cars and planes, and baby toys, among other things, which aren't given the same care in manufacturing as the real thing. This has led to serious accidents and deaths. Plus, counterfeiting enriches our enemies who make and sell the stuff to us. Now do you still feel like buying those knockoffs?
Screw Them

AOL

#19 Feb 26, 2008
Another case of immigrants coming here and paying no taxes.
Peter

New York, NY

#20 Feb 26, 2008
Alan Q wrote:
"People that come to this city and want to have a business here are getting defrauded and robbed by those who counterfeit their brands."
That may all be well and good. But unless you've been living in a cave these past 30 years, you KNOW that what you are buying in Chinatown is fake. Anyone that naive and stupid as to think otherwise almost deserves to get ripped off.
Please, these phoney items are part of world culture...and it's practically a tourist activity to buy them in Chinatown.
Getting a fake Gucci bag from a hole in the wall on Bayard St. is as American as apple pie.
I LOVE IT. GREAT COMMENT
Maureen- New Hampshire

Concord, NH

#22 Feb 26, 2008
Alan Q wrote:
"People that come to this city and want to have a business here are getting defrauded and robbed by those who counterfeit their brands."
That may all be well and good. But unless you've been living in a cave these past 30 years, you KNOW that what you are buying in Chinatown is fake. Anyone that naive and stupid as to think otherwise almost deserves to get ripped off.
Please, these phoney items are part of world culture...and it's practically a tourist activity to buy them in Chinatown.
Getting a fake Gucci bag from a hole in the wall on Bayard St. is as American as apple pie.
I couldnt agree more! I was just in NYC over the weekend down on Canal Street walking in and out of those shops with some good friends of mine. What a blast we had. We all knew the merchandise was fake but to see the vendors pretend that they had the real thing was a tourist attraction in itself! We came home with a good story and now it's even a better one!

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