Dear John: Counterfeit goods coming from China are killing us.
Thank you for your recent article about this problem, and I really do hope people are more aware. I have to warn people about counterfeits on Amazon.
It‚Äôs really disheartening to see people here in the US proactively seek out knock-offs.
Maybe you could do a follow-up article on the tangible harm of counterfeits. I feel like sometimes people just don‚Äôt get it. Great article! SH
Dear S.H.: You are welcome. But I doubt anything I write will do any good.
Years ago I did a series of articles on counterfeit goods. I worked with an undercover operative, and we not only knew about the places where these fake pocketbooks and watches were being sold but also the warehouses where these goods were kept.
The manufacturers of authentic luxury goods were thrilled about the series. But the police never asked us to point out the warehouses or did anything about the counterfeits.
One funny anecdote is this: The people who run the warehouses, I was told, were giving counterfeit sneakers to the Police Athletic League for the kids. So nothing was ever going to come of that.
Here‚Äôs another mind-boggler: In the middle of that series I got an irate letter from a woman who said I was keeping poor people from having nice things ‚ÄĒ apparently not realizing that these counterfeit goods were not ‚Äúnice things.‚ÄĚ
Anyway, a lot of Chinese trade coming into the US is related to counterfeit goods of all kinds. If the Trump administration wants to cut down on the trade deficit with China it can start with these fake goods.
But don‚Äôt count on this ever happening.