February 1, 2013 2:11:47 PM UTC by cardman1968 in Apparel & Accessories, Lobby, NFL and Game Worn Apparel & Equipment
This is a great piece on ESPN on the prevalence of counterfeit
NFL merchandise. What's discouraging is the assertion, made
multiple times throughout the article and related video, that
there is nothing to be done to combat this counterfeiting. Our
members know that's not the case. Let's hope the NFL takes
March 22, 2012 3:34:47 PM UTC by cardman1968 in Apparel & Accessories and Lobby
That title says it all. Counterfeiting is lucrative, in the final
analysis, because consumers love paying less.
Read the following article describing Coach's efforts to shut
down counterfeit sales at one particular flea market, and ask the
very valid question: How can Coach expect consumers to care more
for protecting the Coach brand than protecting their own wallets
in these financially trying times?…read more
March 18, 2012 2:22:55 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Apparel & Accessories, Autographs, Lobby, Sports and Game Worn Apparel & Equipment
Google has announced that it is using a combination of key-word
automated diligence and hands-on ad review in an attempt to
curtail the ability of counterfeiters to present their banner ads
to those searching for low-price brand goods.
This is good news. First of all, Google has a strong record of
putting ethics before profit motive. Secondly, like Collectors
Proof, these measures hit…read more
February 2, 2012 6:08:37 PM UTC by darryln1023 in Apparel & Accessories, Lobby and NFL
It's that time of year where counterfeiting makes as many
headlines as the big game itself.
Once again, millions of dollars worth of fake Super Bowl
merchandise is being confiscated but millions still falls through
and makes it's way into the market place.
Customs and border protection can only do so much. If your buying
you better do your homework and make sure you are getting what
you are…read more
January 30, 2012 1:53:50 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Apparel & Accessories, Autographs, Lobby and Game Worn Apparel & Equipment
This CNBC series on the "largest underground industry in the
world" representing nearly 7% of all trade is a must-see for
authenticity enthusiasts like us Collectors Proof members.
The information is broken down very helpfully into merchandise,
fake pharma, cyber crime, particularly dangerous counterfeits,
and law enforcement's attempts to clean the whole mess up.
Wallow in it here - but know that you will want to shower
January 18, 2012 10:05:55 PM UTC by cardman1968 in Apparel & Accessories, Autographs, Lobby and Game Worn Apparel & Equipment
Further action on SOPA has been postponed in the House by its
main sponsor, Rep. Lamar Smith. Power to the people! Support for
the bill began eroding Wednesday afternoon in an accelerating
fashion as the scope and energy of the negative reaction to it
began to take shape. Read on...
December 30, 2011 5:01:11 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Apparel & Accessories, Lobby and NFL
This article provides a pithy summary of the rise in counterfeit
trade goods and seizures (a 34% increase between '09 and '10).
- counterfeiters are drifting down into the low-end, copying
items that are already inexpensive, like Christmas tree lights.
Where's the money in that? Well, it's in the cost savings
associated with skimping on safety features such as fuses and
adequate wiring gauge.…read more
December 28, 2011 9:52:48 PM UTC by cardman1968 in Apparel & Accessories and Lobby
If you saw Hangover 2, you may remember Zach Galifanakis'
character warning a baggage handler to be careful with his Louis
Vuitton handbag. It turns out he had nothing to worry about. The
bag was a cheap knockoff. What a relief, huh?
Not so fast. It may turn out to be the most expensive handbag in
history. If Louis Vuitton has its way, Warner Brothers will be
forced to edit the scene prior to future…read more
December 25, 2011 5:15:11 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Apparel & Accessories, Chicago Bulls, Lobby, NBA and Game Worn Apparel & Equipment
okay, we've all heard the news by now... Swirling clouds of
pepper spray, crazies pulling clumps of hair out of competing
shoppers' heads, cats sleeping wi dogs... wait... different
story. Always, people have been nuts for Air Jordans for almost
30 years. Read why here. It's a look at the lifecycle of a
December 19, 2011 8:48:23 PM UTC by cardman1968 in Apparel & Accessories, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Football, Lobby, NFL and Game Worn Apparel & Equipment
A number of our members asked if the Jim Kelly promotion was
still on. We called his office and they okayed a one-day
extension for Tuesday, December 20, 2011. If you're a Bills fan,
hurry! Here, again, are the details.
For Collectors Proof members only (so make sure to mention you're
a member!) -
Jim Kelly Autographed Hall of Fame Panel Football - $99
Jim Kelly Autographed…read more