Selling Fake Goods

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11 Jan 10 08:51:36 pm
Hello,

I understand its illegal, but from the posts I've read even eBay is in on selling fake goods too.. What ticks me off is there is 100% mark up on hot selling items like Nike Dunk SBs, Lacoste Polos, ect.. If anyone is game to throw some business ideas around and start something up that would be great. I've been doing this roughly for two years.. When I was on my good streak this summer I was profiting $600 a week, and I was way under my full potential.

So if anyone is interested in selling fake lacoste, jordans, ralph lauren, ect.. i would like to hear from you. Lets face it.. Fakes are popular!! For the money you spend on four shirts you would have been able to buy only one in a real store. The Chinese have their quality down to a tee also.. You can barley tell the difference, and no as you're walking your shoes don't fall apart. They are really legit and half the price, sometimes 75% off!

If anyone is interested in making a site, promoting sales in their region, or has any other ideas, I would love to hear them.

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11 Jan 10 09:36:35 pm
Yep, the fake market is very popular to deal in, only thing I would say is for anyone considering it to do their research on the penalties involved if caught.

If it's a market you want to try, then try it with your eyes wide open so you have nothing to complain about if you do get busted.

Personally, I wouldn't touch it with someone else's stick : )


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11 Jan 10 11:53:45 pm
Thanks for the advice! I'm aware of the penalties. I can beat them. If anyone is interested don't hesitate to pm me.

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11 Jan 10 11:56:11 pm
Yeah..I'd have to side with fudjj on this. Although, highly profitable it is also super risky!

Remember the US government is quite strict about selling counterfeits. Saw this guy on TV a few years ago, he bought like 14 fake Rolex watches when he went to China. Upon arrival in the US he was somehow caught by the authorities at the airport and made to pay the exact selling price for each model he had bought - exact selling price of the authentic Rolex watches. Imagine the money he lost not to mention his reputation.

Anyway, all the best with your planned venture. :)


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12 Jan 10 12:11:38 am
What bothers me is that the people running the chinese factories make most of their living off of the fakes they sell.. Ralph Lauren deserves everything that is happening to them. Its pathetic they have to out source when they are already making plenty of profits on their own. Thats one of the perks of selling fakes, you're helping people in need. Talk about getting a taste of how messed up this world is..

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12 Jan 10 12:35:15 am
It's an interesting perspective that you put forward, so I'm assuming that as you consider selling fakes as helping people in need, you guys would be informing the customer that they are in fact fake?

It's a different slant, most who sell fakes only have an interest in ripping the customers off by tricking them into believing that they are getting a real bargain of a genuine article, and of course that is simple fraud!

Their bottom line is making as much cash from screwing over as many customers as they can get away with it, nothing very Robin Hood about their policy!

Not sure what you have in mind, but as it unfolds I hope you share the structure with us here. The idea of selling fakes to a knowing customer base is something I'm not sure has ever been done, certainly at a retail level, so that is quite interesting.

Of course there is a difference between a fake to selling a designer inspired product, which of course are sold quite openly.

Sounds like a mine field, how you do inform customers of what they are purchasing without alerting the authorities to what you are doing.

Anyway, you say you have a plan, so should be interesting to see how it unfolds for your group.


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12 Jan 10 12:35:27 am
Yup the industry making and selling fakes is indeed huge and is a source of livelihood for quite a number of people. In China, selling fakes is not really a big thing since the government isn't as strict about it as in other countries like the US.

I know its not right but sometimes you can't blame people for imitating the real stuff since most of the 'real stuff' especially designer clothing/accessories are sooooo expensive that the general public can't afford them...


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12 Jan 10 04:21:58 am
Exactly fudjj, you tell the buyer what they are getting so their are no surprises. My market I'm looking to somehow reach is the market I find to be quite funny, I call it the eBay buyer mentality market. 90% of people who shop on eBay for designer goods are looking for a deal because they can't afford the real thing.. It just so happens there isn't going to be a crazy deal on a really nice product just because its on eBay! Everyone thinks that.. So where we come in, we say hey, we understand what you want and no the real price is ridiculous.. so what we can offer is a high end replica of that item. The quality is unbeatable and its up to 75% off normal retail..

Now yes.. how to alert the buyer and dodge the cops.. tricky situation.. still up in the air on that one. Whats worked in the past and is working now quite well, is for me to have, so to speak, a 'salesmen' in different states spreading the word and then placing orders to me. For example: college campuses: = CRAZY amount of buyers! I would also like to tap into high schools, not sure how to reach either efficiently. Any other insights would be much appreciated! Thats why I'm making this thread.. xD

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12 Jan 10 05:00:55 am
OK, Would be a seriously big market for it, but doing something on that scale with illegal products is inviting serious trouble, I just can't see anyway around that.

Would be a good business model to fine tune around designer inspired products I would suggest. Of course you aren't going to have the brand names, but I think these type of products would still play very well with markets you've suggested, and save you all the legal drama.

Definitely an interesting idea!


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12 Jan 10 05:49:08 pm
I see where you're coming from. The name brands are what people want though.

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12 Jan 10 09:34:48 pm
Very true, but you may well be surprised if you do a little focus marketing with the results, given you compare the two models in the marketing.

Would be good solid feedback for you at the very least.


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18 Jan 10 06:17:56 pm
well you are right with the profits. You just can't stay in the same place for long selling bootlegs

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18 Jan 10 09:29:19 pm
Hi all , I am also looking for replica goods and looking for advise on where to buy them , any websites etc, thanks for your help,

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18 Jan 10 11:18:02 pm
Hey richienu4u,

What do you mean can't stay in one place for to long?

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19 Jan 10 12:57:14 am
Hey all,

I'd just like to warn any of you who are thinking of selling fakes & replicas:

This is a federal offence and first-time offenders can potentially face up to 10 years in prison and a $2 million fine.

Is it really worth the risk when there are so many other profitable markets out there? I don't think so. Please feel free to email us at Link hidden: Login to view if you want a list of markets to pursue.

Cheers,

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11 Oct 10 05:14:37 am
does anyone know where I can buy Lacoste-quality knit shirts? I have a bet with my son that I can find the EXACT same shirt without the logo for dirt cheap. If I win I get to slap my own logo on them and he agrees to where them to his exclusive college!

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11 Oct 10 09:20:59 pm
Welcome mingeeyl,

I'm not sure exactly but you can try DHGate.com - just be sure to buy the ones without logos though otherwise you might get fined when your package gets intercepted at customs.

Also, if ever you decide to get the real Lacoste shirt, here are a couple of suppliers that might be able to help you out:

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