reply to post by goou111
This is the great dichotomy of the American Free Market.
In order to HAVE a free market, the goods and services one DESIGNS, makes and sells
MUST have some legal protection from usurpation by those who wish to profit from the
efforts of others.
While I personally think DHS was a bit heavy handed in this case, I shall pose
a scenario which should give pause to those of you who partake in the buying
of counterfeit goods.
NIKE puts MILLIONS of dollars of DESIGN and marketing into jerseys and shoes.
In twenty years we went from runners that were just runners....to high tech foot comfort devices
that can absorb THOUSANDS of pounds of force to protect our foot bones AND keep
them warm, dry and fairly stink-free....THAT took incredible materials engineering and DECADES
of research and development.
NIKE SHOULD BE compensated for all the work they did to give YOU Joe and Jane America
a product that DOES THE JOB it was intended to do. EXPENSIVE? YES but they work.... but now
someone tries to shove a crate of knockoffs through the border and OOPS...someone forgot to check
that the blue dye that some cheap Chinese company bought from India contains left-over
Cobalt-60 or Strontium-90 which gives that fake shirt its blue and purple shine BUT with the
side-effect of irradiating your body with low-levels of long-term radiation eventually causing leukemia
(THAT IS A TRUE STORY!)...now you're selling kockoffs that are killing YOU and your customers!
You get what you pay for...and the problem is that YOU DON'T KNOW where your product is coming from
OR what it contains...Them cheap metal buckles or rivets?...they might contain cadmium or RADIOACTIVE
metals melted down from medical scrap. The fake jerseys...many low-in-the-manufacturing totem pole
asian firms use cloth that have been soaked in highly hazardous chemicals to soften the coarse
cloth...thus you'm have sodium hydrochloride residue on your jersey or caustic tannic acid STILL on the
leather coat slowly BURNING your skin or eventually giving you cancer. The colour dyes? Cobalt-xx
is left over from medical devices still give a Beautiful indigo colour...it's just that in ten years
you'll be getting leaukemia...and since those fake goods were mosty SMUGGLED in
customs never got a chance to use their radiation detectors or toxic residue samplers
so YOU and your "customers" get the short end of the stick.
AND for good measure...how about supporting AMERICAN JOBS by buying LOCAL rather