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Do you know what's happening?
There is more child labor, human trafficking, and terrorism in this world due to knock-offs. Did you know that 7% of the $600 billion in retail is pirated (Harper's Bazaar)? That's $42 million! That's a whole lot of money that can supply funds for guns, drugs, or other illegal products and practices. I don't know about you, but this really frustrates me. I don't want to think of a small child working endlessly in poor conditions to satisfy a selfish need for vanity.
Do you know what else this means? There seems to be a giant demand for these items. These items are then produced overseas. That means $42 million that could potentially be produced in the United States. It's estimated that 750,000 jobs are sacrificed because of this practice (Harper's Bazaar). Based on the current economic state, those are jobs we desperately need.
Although it's an older article, I highly recommend reading The Fight against Fakes. It's well researched and gives the basic facts.
What are your thoughts on fakes?