NY Councilwoman Seeks Year in Prison, $1,000 Fine for Buying Knockoff HandbagsChris | InformationLiberation
Apr. 10, 2013
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What better way to increase demand for your products than jailing anyone who buys from your competition?
New York City Councilwoman Margaret Chin wants to make it a crime to buy counterfeit handbags in Chinatown.Jailing them and fining them a thousand dollars sounds like the perfect solution.
Knockoffs are perfectly legitimate copies of premium goods manufactured with cheaper materials to create a lower cost end product. Creating a knockoff does not deprive the initial creator of a good of their product, it merely creates a lower cost imitation good.
The value of the knockoff is in no way equal to the original product so long as it's made with worse materials and lesser craftsmanship, therefor it should not be a threat to the original producer's business. The original producer always has the option to produce poor quality knockoffs of their own products, they choose not to because they feel they can make more money producing higher quality goods which they sell for a premium.
Far from further criminalizing knockoffs, they should be decriminalized entirely. If we need someone to fill the jails lets start with politicians like Margaret Chin.
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