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The police lost face here...

My guess is next time the police will be back with the Army, they should seal the boarder first, then implement road blocks around the market, then raid the market, not only checking for fake goods but also ID's and Work Permits.

That should return a little happiness to some people scratching a living at the bottom of the economic pile.

Nobody buys "French Perfume" at a border market and believes it is the real thing.

If you are in the market for fine cosmetics you don't go shopping for them in a border market.

It does no harm whatsoever to the French Perfume Industry.

Now if they were shipping it to Paris, and trying to pass it off as the real thing....

Counterfeiting costs legitimate firms billions of dollars a year. They spend a lot of money to create the brand, only to have it ripped off. Most counterfeits are made here in Asia, with the vast majority coming from China. Counterfeit products can and have caused lots of damage.

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and just what is the difference between a Fake and a Replica item ?

many years ago visited a factory of a world famous T-shirt manufacture and the end of the Tour you could buy a T-shirt, there were 2 options full price or a fraction of the price ones.. the Two I bought were the ones made at that factory but sold as replica/fake, 20+ years on there still great T-shirts, so last as long as the genuine ones..

It is not as if people in these Markets in Thailand are selling them as a genuine articular or price, myself do not see the problem.

Bought about 20 years ago a genuine watch, cost £ 75....... years before bought a world famous Replica much cheaper, the Replica still looks good and works fine, the genuine one has been repaired twice and is now not working + at least 10 years newer !! so not all Fake/ Replica items are bad, or fall to bits within days...

There again just myself would not buy anything Tech or electrical or spirits [don't drink]

Last time I went to the Cambodia Border [maybe 7 years ago] Cigs were 90 baht for 200, there is no way I would expect them to be the same as the same make @ 4 times that amount in a local shop.

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The police lost face here...

My guess is next time the police will be back with the Army, they should seal the boarder first, then implement road blocks around the market, then raid the market, not only checking for fake goods but also ID's and Work Permits.

Why?

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and just what is the difference between a Fake and a Replica item ?

many years ago visited a factory of a world famous T-shirt manufacture and the end of the Tour you could buy a T-shirt, there were 2 options full price or a fraction of the price ones.. the Two I bought were the ones made at that factory but sold as replica/fake, 20+ years on there still great T-shirts, so last as long as the genuine ones..

It is not as if people in these Markets in Thailand are selling them as a genuine articular or price, myself do not see the problem.

Bought about 20 years ago a genuine watch, cost £ 75....... years before bought a world famous Replica much cheaper, the Replica still looks good and works fine, the genuine one has been repaired twice and is now not working + at least 10 years newer !! so not all Fake/ Replica items are bad, or fall to bits within days...

There again just myself would not buy anything Tech or electrical or spirits [don't drink]

Last time I went to the Cambodia Border [maybe 7 years ago] Cigs were 90 baht for 200, there is no way I would expect them to be the same as the same make @ 4 times that amount in a local shop.

A man after my own heart.

I bought a fake Seiko watch in China in 2007 and it loses about 1 second per year and is still going strong.

It is just like an airline seat. The first 10 are sold for peanuts just to get the plane in the air and then after that everything is profit ratio designed.

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Stating the obvious...the Cambodians are not afraid of the Thai police...I admire their spunk and collective action...

If the Thai police would arrest all the Thais involved in nefarious commerce...all merchants in Thailand would likely be jailed...

Clean up the messy scams by your own people...the Cambodians may not let you off so lightly the next time...

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The police lost face here...

My guess is next time the police will be back with the Army, they should seal the boarder first, then implement road blocks around the market, then raid the market, not only checking for fake goods but also ID's and Work Permits.

That should return a little happiness to some people scratching a living at the bottom of the economic pile.

Nobody buys "French Perfume" at a border market and believes it is the real thing.

If you are in the market for fine cosmetics you don't go shopping for them in a border market.

It does no harm whatsoever to the French Perfume Industry.

Now if they were shipping it to Paris, and trying to pass it off as the real thing....

Counterfeiting costs legitimate firms billions of dollars a year. They spend a lot of money to create the brand, only to have it ripped off. Most counterfeits are made here in Asia, with the vast majority coming from China. Counterfeit products can and have caused lots of damage.

The only problem with this is the Nike golf ball.

Nike manufacture nothing, they just badge.

They buy balls from whoever that will sell under another brand name for a dollar and then stick their Nike tick on it and charge ten dollars. Same ball, nothing fake.

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The french can't help putting their nose in where it is not wanted.

Of course criminals don't want anyone stopping them.

I would guess the French embassy might have been involved because a lot of the fake goods bore the names of French companies.

Other countries have been trying to combat this as well.

A better method might be the same as is being used in the fishing and aviation industries. Put real pressure on so something gets done.

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Stating the obvious...the Cambodians are not afraid of the Thai police...I admire their spunk and collective action...

If the Thai police would arrest all the Thais involved in nefarious commerce...all merchants in Thailand would likely be jailed...

Clean up the messy scams by your own people...the Cambodians may not let you off so lightly the next time...

I have lived & worked in Cambodia. Do not upset them by taking or stealing their items.

I saw a guy one day get both legs broken because he tried to steal a pushbike.

When the mob strikes the thief prays for the police to come & rescue him.

In all my dealings with the Khmers I found them to be wonderful people.coffee1.gif

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The police lost face here...

My guess is next time the police will be back with the Army, they should seal the boarder first, then implement road blocks around the market, then raid the market, not only checking for fake goods but also ID's and Work Permits.

That should return a little happiness to some people scratching a living at the bottom of the economic pile.

Nobody buys "French Perfume" at a border market and believes it is the real thing.

If you are in the market for fine cosmetics you don't go shopping for them in a border market.

It does no harm whatsoever to the French Perfume Industry.

Now if they were shipping it to Paris, and trying to pass it off as the real thing....

Of course the vendors could do the honest Buddhist thing and just sell items with their own name on them couldn't they. As you say nobody believes it's the real thing so why bother stealing the name? That way there wouldn't be a problem.

I'm sure I don't have to tell you the answer to that.

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Stating the obvious...the Cambodians are not afraid of the Thai police...I admire their spunk and collective action...

If the Thai police would arrest all the Thais involved in nefarious commerce...all merchants in Thailand would likely be jailed...

Clean up the messy scams by your own people...the Cambodians may not let you off so lightly the next time...

I have lived & worked in Cambodia. Do not upset them by taking or stealing their items.

I saw a guy one day get both legs broken because he tried to steal a pushbike.

When the mob strikes the thief prays for the police to come & rescue him.

In all my dealings with the Khmers I found them to be wonderful people.coffee1.gif

They clearly aren't so concerned about stealing from others.

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