And the war against counterfeit bags rages on! For the past year, the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement has been cracking down hard on traffickers who bring in fake merch via domestic ports. Now a proposed New York City bill will target consumers who shell out for faux designer goods.
New York’s City Council Chinatown representative Margaret Chin has proposed a bill that would punish buyers with a year in jail (or a more realistic $1,000 fine) for buying counterfeit items. Why does she care? Because her district is swarming with tourists and New Yorkers alike in search of fakes: “We don’t want to be known as the place to come to get counterfeit goods.” Oh, and also because “the money that counterfeiters rake in often funds other nefarious activities, such as terrorism and unsafe child-labor practices.”
But a year in jail seems a bit excessive, no? We can’t imagine a prison sentence actually being implemented, but we can absolutely imagine the fine being enforced, though police officers think it will be difficult. A person will have to be caught in the process of purchasing a fake bag, so you won’t get in trouble for simply owning and carrying counterfeit swag. Signs will be posted so buyers are aware they could get in trouble, though the bill also assumes consumers realize they are buying fake things at the time of purchase given the price and location of said purchase.
What do you think about the proposed bill?