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To think that fake Hello Kitty watches are a waste of Police time

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AtoZandbackagain Thu 06-Dec-12 11:57:24

I’m watching a program about Trading Standards tracking down counterfeit goods and wondering if this really is a good use of taxpayers money.

Each operation the Trading Standards people go on seems to involve them having to don stab proof vests and have a large Police backup team with them, so they could confiscate some of the following counterfeit products:

Applie iPhone covers
Hello Kitty Watches
Trainers
TOMS shoes

I can understand the need for Trading Standards to keep dangerous items off the streets, such as toys that contain lead, faulty electrical goods etc. I simply cannot understand why the Local Authority and Police are being used to ensure that goods sold as a particular brand actually are that brand. For whose benefit is this being done? Your average buyer will know the cheap goods as not the real deal?? If not, caveat emptor.

All this expensive Trading Standards and Police raids and confiscations seem to be doing is making us taxpayers foot the bill for ensuring that luxury good manufacturers to have their brands protected at our cost.

And everyone of the rogue traders shown has come very quietly. Can't undertsand why one needed to be led away in handcuffs. Ridiculous.

notsofrownieface Thu 06-Dec-12 12:01:54

YABU, fake goods fund crime. Dogs are skinned alive to make fake uggs. Cut the supply cut the demand.

TacticalWheelbarrow Thu 06-Dec-12 12:02:13

Erm YABU. Trading Standards don't have the power of arrest afaik so the police will have to be present to arrest the culprit selling counterfeit goods.

LRDtheFeministDude Thu 06-Dec-12 12:04:17

YY, what notso said. It's not just to protect the proper makers' copyright, it's to stop people from using this as a means to fund other crimes.

MadCap Thu 06-Dec-12 12:04:18

yabu. The fake good sellers are thieves, no dIfferent than if someone came into your house and took something. It is just intellectual property they are stealing rather than something physical.

ICBINEG Thu 06-Dec-12 12:06:30

One other reason yabu is that fakes are often dangerous. Like using lead paint instead of more expensive lead free paint. You really don't want your kids to be wearing a watch covered in lead paint...you really don't.

wewereherefirst Thu 06-Dec-12 12:10:28

YABU. Counterfeit goods can be lethal therefore its in our interests to have them arrested and charged.

Pootles2010 Thu 06-Dec-12 12:11:19

Quite apart from the possibility of items being dangerous, and it funding crime, the brand owners need protection too.

wewereherefirst Thu 06-Dec-12 12:11:43

Oh and handcuffs are pretty standard post arrest, you never know when someone will become non-compliant.

Sweetiepanda Thu 06-Dec-12 12:22:02

YABU. To add to the previous points made, counterfeit shop owners can earn vast amounts of money (cash in hand) and don't pay tax.

bradyismyfavouritewiseman Thu 06-Dec-12 12:25:40

Yabvu, for all the reasons above.

bradyismyfavouritewiseman Thu 06-Dec-12 12:27:00

People are placed in handcuff ford the saftey of those around.

greenrabbits Thu 06-Dec-12 14:19:16

No, it's not "caveat emptor" - thank goodness you don't run Trading Standards. YABVU.

Sallyingforth Thu 06-Dec-12 14:21:54

YABVU.
For all the reasons above.

mayorquimby Thu 06-Dec-12 14:29:07

All this expensive Trading Standards and Police raids and confiscations seem to be doing is making us taxpayers foot the bill"

A far greater disadvantage to the taxpayer is the amount of revenue list through counterfeit and blac market products which fund crime and cost the public coffers millions a year

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