In New York’s Chinatown recently, my wife and I were amazed at all the shops selling brand name purses at ridiculously low prices. In one shop, I saw workers in the back of the store sewing D&G labels onto unlabeled counterfeit purses, illegally stealing the D&G trademark and illegally selling counterfeit goods – but our government seems to tolerate this kind of theft. Someone approached my wife and asked if she wanted to buy one of the purses. My wife politely explained that the purse looked very nice, but she didn’t want to buy it because she thought it was fake. The brusque response of the saleswoman was surprising. She pointed at my wife and shouted, “Of course it’s fake! If you want the real thing, go uptown and pay $300.”
They aren’t even ashamed of the blatant theft of a brand. Numerous businesses there are based on selling counterfeit goods. I know it’s a huge problem in New York City, but the brazenness of the thieves surprised me.