Consumer Reports looks at the true cost of counterfeit goods.
Here is the link to the full article: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/08/the-true-cost-of-fake-goods/index.htm
The true cost of fake goods
Counterfeits don’t just knockoff watches and handbags. They also threaten your safety
Counterfeiters aren’t scrappy entrepreneurs. They’re criminals whose nefarious deeds—selling everything from phony airbags and brake pads to Beats headphones and Botox—bankroll illicit activities. Besides ripping off American companies for hundreds of billions of dollars in intellectual property, fakes are often made with cheap, substandard, and dangerous components.
Where counterfeits come from
Counterfeiting is a global crime. While China has long been the major source of fakes, there are other offenders. On the plus side, China, Vietnam, other exporting countries with a burgeoning economy are doing more to bring fraudsters to justice, experts say, if for no reason other than to improve their image in the international business community. But there’s still a long way to go. The list below is based on the retail value of counterfeit goods seized had they been the genuine article.
Percent of total counterfeits
|Canada||Less than 1|
|India||Less than 1|
|United Arab Emirates||Less than 1|
|Taiwan||Less than 1|
|Singapore||Less than 1|
|Korea||Less than 1|
|Kenya||Less than 1|
* Source: US Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection.