If This Law Passes, You Could Go to Jail For Buying Knockoffs


(Photo via Louis Vuitton)

As if you needed another reason to steer clear of buying "designer" bags off this street, here's one more. According to a report in WWD, lawmakers are pushing to pass a bill that would make it illegal to buy counterfeit merch off the streets of New York City — currently there are laws against selling but not buying — especially in (where else?) Chinatown.

Under the re-proposed legislation (it was first introduced in 2011) you could be charged with a class A misdeamenor for knowing “such trademark is counterfeit for reasons including, but not limited to, the quality and price of the purchased item, and/or the condition of the seller and the sale location.”

The punishment? It ain't pretty. Shoppers could face up to a maximum $1,000 fine and up to year in the slammer for knowingly purchasing a counterfeit  — a hefty price to pay, we've got to say, for taking your chances on a $50 Fendo.

For more information on the bill and counterfeiting, click here.
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