Be Sure To Follow Blogue On Twitter - Follow Us Now!
Home » NEW YORK CITY

Bagging Up Counterfeit Bags Buyers

Images + Post By: | May 2, 201137 Comments

Imagine doing jail time for buying a fake designer purse? Practically every woman on the 6 train and in New Jersey would be arrested and doing time! According to the NY Post: Pretty soon, it could be more than just the fashion police who have a problem with your shoddy knockoff bag, like this bogus Louis Vuitton.

Buyers could face a year in jail or a $,1000 fine under a proposed bill by a city councilwoman fed up with cheapskate tourists and Big Apple residents flooding her district in search of fake designer merchandise.

Wow – good luck with that! And more after the jump……

“We don’t want to be known as the place to come to get counterfeit goods,” said Councilwoman Margaret Chin, whose Chinatown district is ground zero for counterfeiters.

Under Chin’s bill, which is being introduced Thursday, shoppers caught buying any counterfeit product could be jailed or slapped with a fine of $1,000 — a little less than the price of Marc Jacobs’ frequently copied Baroque Quilting Mini Stam bag, which retails for $1,250.

“It’s a very big problem,” Chin said of the counterfeit market. “People are still coming, and the industry is growing, and we have to stop the demand. We need people to know that they are feeding this demand.”

Several of Chin’s colleagues have expressed support for the bill, and she already has five co-sponsors.

The punishment might seem draconian, but it’s necessary to curb the growing problem, she said.

She pointed out that the money that counterfeiters rake in often funds other nefarious activities, such as terrorism and unsafe child-labor practices.

But try telling that to bargain hunters.

Christine Gambino, 21, of Staten Island — who was in Chinatown yesterday sporting a fake Louis Vuitton handbag that cost her $40 — vowed to continue to hit the neighborhood for counterfeit goodies.

“I’ll take a risk and sacrifice to look good and pay less,” she said.

Erma Charles of Brooklyn said she knows it’s wrong, but she can’t resist.

“Everyone steals,” the teacher said as she walked in Chinatown.

If the law passes, Chin said, she’ll work to blanket problem areas like Chinatown with signs warning people about the new rules.

The law specifically states that buyers should know their goods are counterfeit because of the low price and location where they are buying them.

But don’t worry if you’re strolling down the street swinging your fake Vuitton and the police pass by. You have to be caught actually buying the goods to be charged, according to the proposal.

Surprisingly, legit merchants — who could lose street traffic if the ubiquitous black-market vendors were to leave — applauded the proposal.

Sandy Lui, manager of Optical 88 on Hester Street, acknowledged that she might lose customers, since many people come to Chinatown specifically to buy knockoffs, but she said she supports a crackdown on principle.

“It’s wrong to sell [fake goods]. I don’t like people coming in here assuming we also sell fake stuff,” she said.

Cops — who have struggled to stop the growing problem — said the law would be difficult to enforce.

“It’s never going to fly,” one officer said.

Related Posts with Thumbnails

37 Comments »

  • hollow glass spheres said:

    Thanks for your writing. I would like to say that your health insurance broker also utilizes the benefit of the coordinators of your group insurance coverage. The health insurance professional is given a long list of benefits needed by individuals or a group coordinator. Exactly what a broker can is try to find individuals or perhaps coordinators which will best fit those needs. Then he reveals his suggestions and if both sides agree, the broker formulates a legal contract between the two parties.

  • low cost auto insurance quote said:

    hi!,I love your writing so much! share we keep up a correspondence extra approximately your post on AOL? I need a specialist in this area to resolve my problem. Maybe that is you! Having a look ahead to see you. affordable car insurance texas

  • watches said:

    Hi there! Good post! But the blog is still loading rather slowly.

  • Jerold Stoneking said:

    I’d be inclined to go along with with you on this. Which is not something I typically do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to speak my mind!

  • reverse osmosis water filters said:

    I would like to hear everything that you know with regards to this topic. You have only scraped the top of your awareness for this which is clear in the way you blog. Have you thought about dedicating an entire internet site to ensure that people won’t overlook that which you have to say?

  • Ellsworth Kol said:
  • TC Helicon VoiceTone R1 said:

    Bounjour. I just want to emphasize that what you say here is really very good sharing so I m going to post http://blogue.us/2011/05/02/bagging-up-counterfeit-bags-buyers on my Digg profile so all can have the freedom to enjoy. I was happy when I saw this tittle, B L O G U E » Bagging Up Counterfeit Bags Buyers, in my google search, and i was so becouse at long last I found what I was looking for. Thank you

  • free mmorpg 2011 said:

    Hi there, you need to is it possible explain to me personally the reason why on earth do you decide on this due to the fact i’m not really content cause when i you should not observe where can you wat to achieve dealing with that?? apart sort the item you’ve got a excellent blog! Goodness me in the vicinity of forget your current sitemap just isn’t doing work. Gives thanks Jonh.

  • top free mmorpg said:

    Howdy, make sure you is it possible explain to me personally exactly why does one decide on that mainly because i’m not really happy induce i you should not observe where don’t you wat to succeed in referring to this particular?? aside kind this there is a excellent website! Goodness me close to overlook your sitemap just isn’t doing the job. Thanks Jonh.

  • haarausfall said:

    Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

  • lion kedy said:

    hello!,I love your writing very so much! proportion we keep in touch more approximately your post on AOL? I need an expert on this space to solve my problem. May be that is you! Looking forward to look you.

  • 4214936 said:

    4214936 beers on the wall.

  • centri benessere said:

    Top-notch story indeed. I’ve been awaiting for this information.

  • ultralight sleeping bags review said:

    Good  I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your web site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs as well as related info ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, web site theme . a tones way for your customer to communicate. Nice task..

  • official site said:

    I just want to tell you that I am very new to blogging and absolutely liked your page. Probably I’m likely to bookmark your site . You amazingly come with perfect posts. Bless you for revealing your website page.

  • browse website said:

    I simply want to say I’m all new to blogging and truly loved this page. Almost certainly I’m planning to bookmark your website . You actually come with wonderful stories. Regards for revealing your web-site.

  • her response said:

    I simply want to mention I’m new to weblog and definitely liked this web page. Most likely I’m likely to bookmark your blog post . You absolutely come with outstanding articles and reviews. Regards for revealing your web site.

  • go to info said:

    I just want to mention I am very new to blogging and site-building and truly savored you’re website. More than likely I’m want to bookmark your website . You really come with remarkable article content. With thanks for sharing with us your website page.

  • check page said:

    I just want to mention I am just beginner to blogs and definitely savored your web page. Most likely I’m likely to bookmark your blog . You absolutely have excellent stories. With thanks for revealing your website.

  • follow this content said:

    I just want to say I’m beginner to blogs and absolutely loved this web blog. Very likely I’m planning to bookmark your blog post . You surely come with very good writings. Thanks a lot for sharing your blog site.

  • check article said:

    I just want to say I am new to blogging and site-building and absolutely enjoyed you’re blog. Most likely I’m want to bookmark your site . You definitely come with perfect articles and reviews. Kudos for sharing your web page.

  • good article said:

    I simply want to say I am very new to weblog and absolutely enjoyed you’re web page. More than likely I’m going to bookmark your blog post . You surely come with wonderful articles and reviews. Many thanks for revealing your website page.

  • great post to read said:

    I just want to say I am very new to blogs and seriously loved this web blog. Most likely I’m going to bookmark your blog post . You actually have superb articles. Kudos for revealing your webpage.

  • go to info said:

    I simply want to say I’m newbie to blogging and honestly loved you’re website. Most likely I’m planning to bookmark your blog . You absolutely have tremendous well written articles. Bless you for revealing your webpage.

  • click said:

    I just want to tell you that I’m newbie to blogging and site-building and seriously liked this web page. Most likely I’m want to bookmark your blog . You actually come with outstanding stories. Bless you for sharing with us your webpage.

  • speaking of said:

    I have observed that of all sorts of insurance, health insurance is the most debatable because of the issue between the insurance cover company’s need to remain profitable and the consumer’s need to have insurance plan. Insurance companies’ earnings on health and fitness plans are extremely low, so some companies struggle to generate income. Thanks for the concepts you talk about through this blog.

  • home decorating ideas said:

    Wow in actual fact a great post. I like this.I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him. Overall, Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need!

  • Mark Curry Macfarlane Group said:

    always i used to read smaller content which also clear their motive, and that is also happening with this post
    which I am reading now.

  • exterior home decorating ideas said:

    I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. http://www.homedecorated.net

  • gastric bypass diet said:

    I really love your website.. Very nice colors & theme.
    Did you develop this website yourself? Please reply back
    as I’m attempting to create my own site and want to learn where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called.
    Thanks!

  • gastric sleeve diet said:

    Hi everybody, here every person is sharing these
    know-how, thus it’s pleasant to read this webpage, and I used to go to see this webpage
    everyday.

  • sleeve diet said:

    Some really rattling work on behalf of the owner
    of this website, perfectly outstanding subject matter.

  • home health care said:

    As I website owner I believe the subject matter here is rattling wonderful, thank you
    for your efforts.

  • tax codes said:

    I read this piece of writing completely on the topic of the difference of latest and previous technologies, it’s amazing article.

  • exterior home design ideas said:

    Usually I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this article really forced me to do so! Thanks, really nice article.

  • vitamin e lotion for scars said:

    Wow, this piece of writing is pleasant, my younger sister is analyzing
    these things, therefore I am going to convey her.

  • film indonesia said:

    Sorry for the huge review, but I’m really loving the new Zune, and hope this, as well as the excellent reviews some other people have written, will help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.

Leave your response!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Say what you feel, just remember NO SPAMMING ALLOWED!

hits counter