Counterfeit Goods

Information and statistics about counterfeiting and the sale of counterfeit goods. Estimated losses from counterfeits, markets where fake goods are sold, and other piracy statistics are collected from criminal justice programs and public information sources.

According to a study by the Swiss government, as many as 2.61 million citizens living in Switzerland illegally downloaded pirated content from the Internet.

However, 4.99 million people purchased legitimate copies of movies, music and video games.

Source: Mark Hachman, “Piracy Pays for Itself, Swiss Government Says,” PC Mag, December 2, 2011.

According to research conducted by  Food Safety News, up to 75 percent of honey sold in stores are not really honey. The counterfeit bottles are sold without pollen.

Source: Kelli B. Grant, “Cheap Fakes: 10 Ordinary Items Now Counterfeited ,” Smart Money, November 30, 2011.

Russia’s Ministry of the Internal Affairs estimates that up to 37 percent of all clothing sold in the country is counterfeit.

(See all replica clothing statistics.)

Source: Feargus O’Sullivan, “The persistence of fake designer goods,” National, November 28, 2011.

The Chinese Government reported in 2011 that the annual turnover of counterfeit goods sold on the Internet within the country was $125 Million.

Source: Feargus O’sullivan, “The persistence of fake designer goods,” National, November 28, 2011.

A report published by the United States Department of Justice stated that $2.6 Billion in Federal, state and local taxes are lost due to movie, music, software and video game piracy each year. The pirated materials also causes the loss of 373,375 jobs within the country.

Source: Jason Ryan, “Cyber Monday: Buyer Beware Counterfeit Goods,” ABC News, The Blotter, November 28, 2011.


In Peru, there are more pirated copies of books that are sold than there are of legitimate books.

In addition, the pirated books publishing industry employs more people than the legal book industry and earns roughly the same amount of money.

Source: Robert Neuwirth, Stealth of Nations: The Global Rise of the Informal Economy, (Pantheon, New York. 2011), page 105.

The Japan and International Motion Picture Copyright Association estimates that the movie industry in Japan loses up to $732 Million (56.4 Billion Yen) a year due to movie piracy.

The movie industry loses $305 Million (23.5 Billion Yen) directly from the piracy, with the remaining losses affecting the larger economy.

In 2010, the National Police Agency investigated 368 cases relating to movie piracy, double the amount of cases handled in 2009.

Back in 2005, movie piracy in the country caused losses of $658 Million.

Source: “Film piracy costs Japanese economy 56.4 billion a year: study,” Mainichi Daily News, November 25, 2011.

The United States Secret Service stated that New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and South Florida are the cities where the most counterfeit U.S. currency are found and seized.

In the state of Florida, between $60,000 to $80,000 worth of counterfeit money is tracked  each week by authorities in the Southern Florida counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. In Central Florida, an average of $20,000 worth of counterfeit dollars is seized by police each week.

Source: Justine Griffin, “Check your wallet: Is that $50 bill real?,” Sun-Sentinel, November 22, 2011.

There are an estimated 70,000 counterfeit mobile phones in the United Arab Emirates out of a total of 11 million legitimate mobile phones.

Source: Reuters, “UAE vows to crackdown on counterfeit phones,” Arabian Business, November 20, 2011.

In 2010, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group of the U.S Golf Manufacturers reported that 25,000 counterfeit golf equipment such as golf clubs, bags, shoes, and balls were seized in raids conducted across major cities in China.

In 2011, over 86,000 counterfeit golf equipment were seized over the course of 4 raids in the month of September alone.

(See the latest counterfeiting statistics.)

Source: Tony Dear, “Countering the Counterfeiters,” Cybergolf, accessed November 20, 2011.