Commercial product counterfeiting of trademarked and copyrighted merchandise is a multi-billion dollar parasite on international business.
Annual counterfeiting loses are estimated to be:
The ISC estimates the impact to be over $3 billion annually worldwide in the Imaging Supplies Industry for their products.
Manufacturers lose revenue, profit and brand loyalty. Resellers lose because they must compete with these illegal products on low price. Governments lose when jobs are lost and taxes are not paid. Most of all, customers lose because they do not get what they pay for.
Due to the technology now available to counterfeiters, it can be difficult to distinguish counterfeit products from genuine. Consequently, we encourage you to pay close attention to the 5 P’s below:
Some or our member companies have created anti-fraud and anti-counterfeiting areas of their web sites. Please review the following links for member-specific information: