Technically, under Code 213 and 215 of the Chinese Criminal Law Code, Counterfeiting is Illegal...

Apr 26, 2022,21:05 PM
 

...But, the de facto reality is that India Whiskey Charlie is right, counterfeiting is basically never prosecuted.  Counterfeiting is a widespread problem in China, where individual profiteers decide to take on a risk in the hopes that they will not be caught.  Much like the cocaine drug industry, big drug manufacturers use a number of small "dealers" and "pushers" to distribute the products.  In China, factories use a number of dealers and pushers to distribute the counterfeit goods.  These individuals may get caught and fined.  But the source, being the factory, is sometimes unknown.  Also, some would argue that the source isn't well hidden.  There are entire cities where numerous factories specialize in producing counterfeit goods.  The authorities are aware.  But like a whack-a-mole process, it's very difficult to apprehend the real culprit.  Lastly, some manufacturers don't even know they're counterfeiting.  Some factories are approached by people who commission them to make thousands of an item.  Sometimes hiring multiple factories to make the parts.  So this way, no factory realizes they're counterfeiting a complete product.  The people commissioning these parts go through the standard Request For Proposal (RFP) and Request For Quote (RFQ) process making them appear legitimate! 

Fines for counterfeiters are quite small.  For instance, a caught counterfeiter can be held to up to 5X of the revenue loss by the accuser.  But these are difficult to prove in a court of law.  As it's not like the factory is going to offer their production numbers of how many fakes they made.  And the owners of these factories are hidden through layers of shell companies, so it's difficult to find an actual individual to prosecute sometimes. 

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WARNING!Fake omega moonswatch released in the market

 
 By: RayLoveWatch : April 26th, 2022-19:17
with plastic case,it looks not as good as real moonswatch. Moderator Edit: I've taken the liberty to add a photo of the genuine MoonSwatch. As you can see, there are some small differences. Photo from This message has been edited by patrick_y on 2022-04-...  

Yes

 
 By: RayLoveWatch : April 26th, 2022-19:22
The difference between bioceramic and plastic is pretty obvious..

How to avoid buying that, short of..

 
 By: Ronald Held : April 26th, 2022-19:44
Buying from Swatch?

According to Raymond, they are not identical.

 
 By: India Whiskey Charlie : April 26th, 2022-19:45

With the scale and sophistication of these underground manufacturing facilities…

 
 By: Clueless_Collector : April 26th, 2022-20:30
I cannot imagine they cannot be uncovered and shut down. Too many fakes that are getting better and ripping people off, or they do cater to some people who actually likes fakes? I just cannot understand how/why big watch companies cannot stop these factor... 

Seriously?!?! Wow...This is news to me....and wonder how big brands paying corporate taxes there will feel about that.

 
 By: Clueless_Collector : April 26th, 2022-20:52
Maybe too high of a profit, large stakes and connections allow this to spawn...sigh.

Technically, under Code 213 and 215 of the Chinese Criminal Law Code, Counterfeiting is Illegal...

 
 By: patrick_y : April 26th, 2022-21:05
...But, the de facto reality is that India Whiskey Charlie is right, counterfeiting is basically never prosecuted. Counterfeiting is a widespread problem in China, where individual profiteers decide to take on a risk in the hopes that they will not be cau... 

LoL

 
 By: Gelato Monster : April 27th, 2022-07:19

;)

 
 By: amanico : April 27th, 2022-07:19

It's worse than being fake.

 
 By: Steve E : April 27th, 2022-00:41
Aleady the MS was a substitute good for a real watch. And now we learn there is an emerging industry for fake substitutes.

Before you know it there will be

 
 By: Gelato Monster : April 27th, 2022-07:18
Superior Original Grade, Super Grade, A Grade, B Grade of fake.

Quite soon..........

 
 By: W.R.C. : November 9th, 2022-21:13
......they will make a FAKE that is better than the original.