In the first half of 2011, Louis Vuitton was the most seized counterfeit good in South Korea.
1,232 counterfeit Louis Vuitton items were seized in the first six months of 2011, followed by LeSportsac, Chanel, Gucci and Nike.
LeSportsac had the most fake handbags seized, with 1,180 counterfeit bags seized by authorities. 257 counterfeit Louis Vuitton purses was seized during the time period.
Source: “Louis Vuitton Knockoffs Most Favored in Korea,” Chosun Ilbo, July 14, 2011.
According to KPMG’s Counterfeit Christmas Index Basket, a basket filled with counterfeit goods purchased in 11 major cities around the world was only 24 percent cheaper then a basket filled with the legitimate product.
The basket was filled with the following products, according to the Daily Finance:
- DVD – movie in current Top 10 chart
- CD – album in current top 10 chart
- Counterfeit software
- High end trainers
- High end polo-shirt
- Leading designer handbag
- High end branded watch
- High end sunglasses
- Branded jeans
- Good quality branded whiskey
- Branded cigarettes
Source: Chris Wheal, “Counterfeit goods are more expensive,” Daily Finance, December 20, 2010.
In 2009 and 2010, Louis Vuitton bags were the most seized counterfeit good in South Korea.
According to the Korea Intellectual Property Office, 21,454 counterfeit Louis Vuitton products were seized in 2010, followed by 9,118 counterfeit Nike products.
(More replica handbags and fake purses data.)
Source: Cathy Rose A. Garcia, “Counterfeit Vuitton bags — distorted status symbol,” Korea Times, December 21, 2010.
Source: Korea Herald, “”Louis Vuitton” No.1 fake brand in Korea,” Asia One, October 15, 2009.
In 2009, luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton conducted 39 raids per day where counterfeit goods bearing their logo were seized.
Back in 2007, it conducted over 7,600 raids worldwide.
Source: Susan Decker, “LVMH’s Louis Vuitton Challenges Copycat Bag Imports,” Bloomberg Businessweek, December 6, 2010.
In Fiscal Year 2004, United States Customs seized 2 million counterfeit Louis Vuitton purses from entering the US.
In FY 2010, Customs seized 200,000 counterfeit Louis Vuitton items.
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Source: “Vuitton Gets Real… Gruau in London…,” WWD, November 10, 2010.
Customs officials in Japan seized 1.04 million counterfeit goods items in 2009, according to Finance Ministry. The total amount seized was up 10.6 percent from the previous year.
86 percent of the counterfeit goods originated from China, followed by 6 percent from South Korea.
The most counterfeited good were replica purses, which accounted for 55 percent of all goods seized.
Source: “Pirated goods halted by customs in 2009 top 1 million,” Japan Today, March 13, 2010.
In 2009, luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton initiated action that lead to nearly 9,500 seizures of counterfeit goods bearing their logo, such as counterfeit purses. The total counterfeit goods seized was 31 percent higher than the 2008 total.
Source: “Knock-offs catch on,” The Economist, March 4, 2010.
According to a study from MIT, 46 percent of buyers of replica handbags ends up purchasing the authentic purse within two and a half years.
Source: Meg Tirrell, “Fake Louis Vuitton Bags Don’t Fool Anyone,” BusinessWeek, December 7, 2009.
According to the Guardian, fashion label Burberry is believed to be the most copied fashion label by counterfeit manufacturers, ahead of labels such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci.
Source: “Counterfeit fashion: The most copied designer labels,” Guardian, March 17, 2009.
11 percent of all counterfeit goods seized by United States Customs Officials were replica handbags, wallets and backpacks. The street value of these counterfeit goods was $29.6 Million.
Source: US Customs and Border Protection, “Intelletual Property Rights, Seizures Statistics: FY 2008,” January 2009.