The more original products produced, the greater the number of counterfeits that arise. Copying everything – players and laptops, shampoos and perfumes, mineral water and chocolate, car parts and phones. As a result, in just one year this production is more than 600 billion. But this is the lost profit of manufacturing companies. Large brands are forced to wage a fierce battle with illegal copies of their goods, but the buyers no-no, yes succumb to the temptation to buy a fake.
After all, it is “almost” like real, but it costs much less than the original. The authorities are trying to deal with such buyers, because they only stimulate fraudsters by their actions. For example, in New York they are going to pass a law, according to which the purchase of a fake thing can threaten a fine or even a prison. Experts are hotly debated whether it will be possible in the near future to clear the market of counterfeits. We will talk about the most frequently copied goods and things in the world.
To forge money began from the very moment of their appearance. After the first notes began to be issued in the 1694 century, artists joined the process in England. They copied the original banknotes, drawing their copies. Not surprisingly, the states tried to create complex systems to protect their bills. In January 2011, the report of the European Central Bank was published. It examined data on counterfeit eurocurrencies that were discovered between June and December 2010. It turned out that most of all counterfeiters forged a banknote in 50 euros. Almost every second counterfeit note had such dignity. Further on the popularity follows a banknote in 20 euros, and then in 100. However to such statistics the European bankers were ready. Moreover, for the first time in four years the number of denominations discovered and in circulation has become smaller. And only in Belgium such fakes became twice as much. Specialists note that counterfeiters have already successfully mastered the creation of watermarks, but they can not pick up quality paper. These banknotes are printed on linen made from linen and cotton impregnated with fat and glycerin. This allows the bill to successfully withstand numerous tears and bends. And counterfeit bills quickly wear out. The most forged currency for more than half a century is the dollar. Here, in 90% of cases, a $ 100 bill is forged. The total number of counterfeit banknotes can not be counted, since they are created in some places by conveyor means.
The Olympics is the most popular and large-scale sports event in the world. His symbolism is the most recognizable in the world. Emblems are adorned on toys and cups, clothes and shoes … The Olympics in Sochi will be only in 2014, and products with the symbols of games are already beginning to forge. It is still unclear how much the original will cost, and a fake T-shirt with the emblem of the Olympics can already be purchased for 500 rubles. The number of counterfeit goods related to Sochi-2014 is constantly growing. The Games Organizing Committee together with the Federal Antimonopoly Service seized 72 thousand units of counterfeit Olympic products in 2010 alone. It turned out that it is produced in Russia itself. Counterfeits were practiced in 79 regions of the country, but the main flow came from abroad – from China, Kazakhstan and Turkey. At the same time, 70% of all Olympic counterfeit was for clothing and footwear. Then forged souvenirs and children’s toys. Producers try to provide buyers with maximum forgery. For this, it was announced that the original items with the logo of the Olympics will be available only in the stores of the main sponsor – BoscoSport, starting in the summer of 2011. They will also be equipped with special holograms. And the authenticity of purchased items can be verified with their bar code on a special website.
Every year in the American city of Bradford produces about 12 million of these cigarette lighters of this brand.Approximately the same number of fakes goes on sale, according to Zippo Manufacturing Company. Basically, they are manufactured in factories in China. Today, buy counterfeit lighters, called in the people of Rippo, you can almost every stall. The most common models are Solid Brass and Brushed Chrome. Their price does not exceed 2 dollars, while the original costs at least 15. These cigarette lighters can be bought at the site locator.zippo.com. To distinguish them from fakes is quite easy. After all, the original always has a lifetime warranty from the company Zippo, which does not have counterfeit. This step was coined in 1933, for that time it was a bold decision. However, the creator of Zippo lighters George Blaisdell risked announcing a lifetime warranty for his new product and, as time showed, he did not lose. This publicity stunt is still in force – today you can repair any Zippo lighter for free regardless of the year of release. The company will repair or replace all necessary parts.
Cheese Emmentaler Switzerland.
Swiss glory was brought to banks, watches and cheese. The most famous dairy product of the country is Emmental. That is why he caused the greatest interest among manufacturers of counterfeit goods. If the original costs from $ 8 per piece of 225 grams, then the fake will cost 2-3 times cheaper. The name of the cheese, moreover, is not a registered trademark, that’s what makes it in different countries of the world. But the real Emmental is created only in the Swiss canton of Berne, in the valley of Emme. At the same time, ancient recipes of the 12th century are used. Cheese is hard and dotted with large holes. This product is prepared only from the milk of alpine cows, collected exclusively in spring or summer. First, cheese makers wait until the milk curdles, and then the resulting mass is rolled into the heads. Further ripening of cheese lasts up to a year and a half. Forgery also contains heat-treated milk, it ripens much faster – in just a couple of months. Cheese is officially registered under the name Emmentaler Switzerland. 3000 tons are created annually. These data are published by experts from the Swiss institute Agroscore Liebefeld-Posieux. Since May 2011, this establishment has initiated verification of American and European sellers who offer a fake of poor quality under the brand name Emmentaler Switzerland. Louis Vuitton Bags.
The number of forged items includes fashion accessories. Among them, the most common models are Louis Vuitton Speedy and Louis Vuitton Alma. Unofficial statistics say that out of the total volume of production decorated with the brand letters “LV” only 1% is real. The manufacturer annually spends 15 million euros to fight producers of fakes. The company has even its own department for the protection of intellectual property rights, according to its information in 2008, 8228 raids were conducted in search of counterfeit products, the next year there were already 9,000. If the original costs $ 650, then a fake bag can be bought cheaper than 100. Fake products are produced hundreds of tons, from the risk of acquiring a fake are not protected even by celebrities. One day Victoria Beckham appeared with a fake Louis Vuitton on one of the social receptions. It was noticed by the creative director of the brand, Mark Jacobs, who sent the star to the original model. The gift was accompanied by the words: “Honey, we must keep the stamp.” Jacobs generally famous for his outstanding proposals to combat counterfeiting. So, in 2009, when holding an exhibition of artist Takashi Murakami in Los Angeles, these bags could be purchased on street trays next to counterfeits. True, they cost not 100 dollars, but 40-50 times more expensive.
Several years ago, the felt boots of the Australian producer UGG burst into the world fashion. Since then, the number of counterfeit models Classic Mini and Classic Short only grows.The brand is forced not only to create new models and open its brand stores around the world, but also to conduct an active campaign against manufacturers of counterfeit products. In 1995, UGG was acquired by Deckers Outdoor Corporation. She presented a report on the number of fakes in 2010. It turned out that the largest party in the amount of a quarter of a million pairs of different colors and sizes was seized in China. And in Europe the number of counterfeit is growing, so in comparison with 2009 the number of confiscated fakes has grown 2.5 times. The owners were able to close 4,783 sites that were selling fakes, more than 300,000 ads for the sale of copies of boots were removed from the Ebay and Amazon sites. After all, if the original in the branded stores costs from $ 120 (for the simplest short boots), then the forgery could be purchased three times cheaper. The UGG brand faced another problem – copying its official website. There are clones with a similar design, but offering much lower prices.
Every year Rolex releases about a million of its wrist watches. They have long been a symbol of wealth and high status. Each watch receives a special certificate from the Swiss Institute for Testing Chronometers. Every year, more than 40 million counterfeits are made in clandestine factories in Southeast Asia. Special “love” scammers use the Rolex Oyster Perpetual and Rolex Daytona models. Such statistics are provided by the Swiss Customs Service. The damage to the brand is enormous – more than $ 600 million a year. Although the original costs not less than 4 thousand dollars, street vendors can buy fake watches and for 10. On numerous Internet sites it is offered to purchase the latest Rolex models for 50-60 dollars.
Perfume Chanel number 5.
According to the legend, Coco Chanel met once with a former court perfumer of the Russian royal family. The fashion designer asked Ernest Bo to create a new fragrance that would smell like a woman. Soon the perfumer gave Chanel ten flavors, of which she chose the fifth. So the spirits got their legendary name Chanel №5. Today this fragrance is more than 90 years old, but still very popular. So, according to polls, the spirits took the first place in France and the fourth in America. Such a high steady interest in spirits gave rise to a large number of fakes. The British anti-counterfeiting group claims that every third buyer of this scent acquires counterfeit. Fake samples are not only sold on the streets, they even penetrated the counters of large cosmetics stores. The buyers are attracted by the low cost of perfume, which is usually 20-30 dollars. The original perfume is not less than 100 dollars.
Even among a wide variety of phones, counterfeits existed. So, the Chinese craftsmen produced the brand “Nokla”, which in appearance and its logo was very similar to the Finnish “Nokia”. In 2007, the world saw a unique creation of Apple – the iPhone phone. His exit became a real revolution. Fully touch-sensitive control of the device and the original design became the cause of excitement and queues for the phone. The swindlers could not but react to this phenomenon. There are many phones that repeat the appearance of the Apple product. Naturally, the device itself did not have the same characteristics, nor a similar screen. Yes, and the camera was much worse than claimed. The market saw numerous SciPhone, clPhone, iPhone 9+, iPhone F003. With the expansion of the Apple phone line, the number of counterfeits only increased. It even went so far that China began to sell copies of the iPhone, six months before its official birth. Local manufacturers invented the device only on the basis of Apple’s fragmentary information about what will be the new product.In hopes of realizing their fakes, the Chinese equip them with additional features compared to the original – FM and TV tuners, the ability to work with two SIM-cards. If the price of the original device of the last generation is not less than 600 dollars, then Chinese counterfeits can usually be bought for 100.