Originally Posted by Jangofett
Saw on the telly that some brands get so tired of raiding the counterfeiters who just set up a new base 1 second after being raided, they have to find new ways of dealing with the counterfeiters.
I read a story similar to that last year in the Shanghai Daily, about Gucci trying to get a factory which made knock-off handbags near Beijing closed down. They failed with copyright infringement or whatever, and had to settle for breach of fire regulations
. Of course the factory just moved to another location. Rather like playing 'whack-a-mole'.
I've also heard of some situations where the same factories are making both genuine and fake products. Genuines go out the front door during the day, and replicas go out the back door at night. Probably because the factories are already tooled to make the products, e.g. handbags, shoes, shirts, suits, sunglasses, sneakers or whatever, and because of corruption.
The luxury brands may not be happy with the above situations, however they sure spend a large fortune on expensive high profile glossy advertising
here to promote widespread consumer awareness
of their brands and products. e.g. Armani, Burberry, LV, Rolex, Cartier, Zegna, Coach, Prada, etc.
As @JeromeStyle so eloquently put it "Giorgio loves China and China loves Giorgio."
The rich buy the real-mccoy and the poor buy the knock-offs, that's how it is here.
BTW I'm rather puzzled about this large two story high Apple billboard in Xilinhot where I live. Because one can't actually buy Apple products in this city *, well apart from knock-off iPhones and iPods.
Is Apple paying for this?
* Found this out when my Macbook Pro needed fixing, done it myself in the end.Edited by MikeDT - 7/20/11 at 8:33pm