This story came in the Gia On The Move email box recently. Although we inquired, we couldn’t verify or rather were told by the founder, that the law prevented the parent company from disclosing…blah, blah, blah…the corporations backing the website. But in the world of 2013 “Counterfeit” is it’s own culture. So we’re running it.
GOTMLA cannot confirm whatsoever the validity to the website called The Counterfeit Report or its claims. But we did check it out and it’s definitely interesting. We’re leaving it up to you to decide.
Being able to buy cheap designer products might sound like a good idea. But here are some statistics on why it may not be the best way to spend your money.
Forget about just purchasing a poor-quality product — that already sounds bad — but the problem is much bigger than that. The counterfeit product industry is an exploding $700 billion global criminal industry with little information or protection available to consumers. Counterfeit goods, mainly from China, have become as profitable for Asia’s criminal gangs as illegal drug trafficking says a United Nations report. And, counterfeiters continue to pump counterfeit auto parts, fashion accessories, heath care items, pet supplies, sporting goods and even more scary — fake medications, a staggering, over 40% online.
But there’s a little bit of help…The website; The Counterfeit Report® provides consumers a free and informative visual guide to avoiding counterfeit products. It’s a free, product reference library to check and identify counterfeit products and medications. Consumers can report seeing or purchasing counterfeit products directly to the manufacturer right on the website. “If it’s manufactured, it’s probably counterfeited” says founder Craig Crosby.
“It’s the consumer who ultimately gets hurt. We’re here simply because counterfeiting is wrong” concluded Crosby.
Amazon Marketplace was recently identified as a leader in the proliferation of counterfeit products, and the US military reports a huge influx of counterfeit parts that are putting our troops at risk.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that over 500,000 counterfeit aircraft parts are installed in aircraft each year, with potentially catastrophic results. 33 million doses of fake Malaria drugs were seized in Angola.
Counterfeiting even extends to wines. Counterfeit wines are so prevalent, that expensive wine bottles are now being smashed to prevent them from being refilled and re-sold to unsuspecting consumers.
The economic impact is also substantial; the purchase of counterfeit products is supporting criminals who avoid paying taxes, cost US businesses over $250 Billion annually and destroy an estimated 750,000 US jobs.
While we all recognize the tough economic times, there is no reason for a consumer to get stung by poor quality, substandard and unsafe counterfeit products and medications.
Sound worth it to you?