Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 decade ago

Twenty-eight percent of Canadians admit knowingly buying counterfeit goods?

TORONTO (Reuters) - Twenty-eight percent of Canadians admit knowingly buying counterfeit goods such as knockoff clothes, watches, purses and movies, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

The survey, conducted by polling firm and also found that 12 percent of respondents found out later that a product they bought was a knockoff.

"The combined figure is slightly more than triple the proportion found in the United States by (polling firm) Gallup," the CACN said in a statement. "There, just 13 percent of Americans purchased, copied or downloaded imitation or counterfeit products."

The CACN represents companies and industry associations fighting product counterfeiting and copyright piracy in Canada and abroad. Its members include Adidas, Microsoft Canada, Nike and the Canadian Recording Industry Association.

The survey found that when they are informed that proceeds from the knockoff market go to organized crime, 86 percent of respondents said they would be less likely to buy counterfeit products.

"If there is a silver lining here, it is the evidence that Canadians will refrain from buying counterfeit goods when they know about the involvement of organized crime," Lorne Lipkus, chairman of the CACN's education and training committee, said in a statement.

"This tells us that, if we pass the right laws, empower our police forces, and educate our citizens, then we can solve this problem."

The survey found that 70 percent of respondents favor heavy fines as a counterfeiting deterrent, while 43 percent favor jail time and 4 percent would "leave things as they are."

The online poll surveyed 2,034 households between February 16 and February 20 and has an estimated sampling error of plus or minus 2.2 percent in 19 out of 25 cases.

6 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Here is the REAL problem:

    The genuine goods are too expensive and the quality is becoming lower all the time...generally speaking of course.

    For example: Every time I go overseas I purchase as many "clones" as I can (especially clothing). Not only are they a fraction of the cost of the legitimate article, but they are usually a heavier grade of material (jeans especially) and better made.

    If the legitimate companies would price things realistically, and maintain proper quality control, this problem would probably disappear by itself for the most part...AND they would probably make more money in the end due to an increase in volume of sales.

    And don't worry about non-existent "plagiarism" of the story. You quoted the source (Reuters), which means you did not plagiarise anything.

  • 1 decade ago

    That's so funny, since "organized crime" would INCLUDE conterfeiting rings!! It just shows Canadians are more honest than Americans. My favorite part is the "plus or minus 2.2 percent in 19 out of 25 cases". You really CAN make stats say whatever you want!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    just shows that at least another 30 percent don't tell the truth on polls since a much larger percent most likely do

  • 1 decade ago

    Interesting...both the story and the plagiarism of copying it here.

    Very apropos for you to post it in the Law and Ethics forum, since you (hopefully unintentionally) violated both to post the story...

    So, what's your question?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Let me tell you about the great Rolex I got in Korea for $25...

  • megna
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    and ur factor is? for my area i havent offered knock offs yet whilst some1 cant have the money for the real one and that they are dumb adequate to beleive the pretend seems in basic terms as stable because of the fact the real enable them to do it

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