Saturday, March 8, 2008

Diesels Are the New Heroin!!(Additional Topic)

Mmmm have u ever thought of buying a Diesel jeans for 15$ and less??? Lacoste for example that sounds amazing.. Well,this is a story of travelers in Thailand that are no longer dealing with crack and praying for a short-fingered customs official; They are hawking designer knockoffs on auction sites like eBay. Diesel and Lacoste are the most popular brands, but Birkenstock and Adidas are known moneymakers. They mail the merchandise from Bangkok and pray their buyers don't call waste ot time..
Anw here's a story i would like to read :
How to make deals :D lol!?

The tattooed, 25-year-old Australian, who declined to give her last name, came to Thailand for the same reason everyone comes to Thailand: cheap hedonism in paradise. Last year, she moved to the beach-resort town of Pattaya for a legitimate real estate job. But, as she said, "the bird flu and Muslim extremism are killing the market."

Call Sarah in the morning, and she's "doing a bit of work on the internet." Call in the afternoon, and she's either at the post office or a factory just outside of town -- where she buys enough counterfeit Lacoste polo shirts to fill a tuk-tuk. She'll soon be offering them to her countrymen on eBay Australia.

Then there's Aaron, also unwilling to give his last name, a 28-year-old native New Yorker who's been living in Thailand for several years. Unable to hold down a job in the United States, he fled overseas and found a Thai girlfriend who would eventually break his heart. Two years later, bitter toward the "uncivilized" locals yet still unwilling to return to America, he sells fake Diesels to pay for expensive meals and trips to the whorehouse.

Aaron's is the basic business model for all e-bootleggers. Each week, he visits the Mah Boon Krong mall, known as MBK -- one of Bangkok's most popular shopping centers, complete with multiplex and bowling alley. In his favorite store on the sixth floor, the jeans, shirts and accessories are stacked 8 feet high. Styles are current, stitches are tight and the counterfeit labels will pass casual inspection.

After some tough negotiating, one pair of "Diesels" costs 550 baht, or about $14.30; it will sell for between $45 and $100, plus shipping. Without breaking a sweat, Aaron can run 20 auctions per week and clear upward of $1,000. In 2005, one of his more ambitious friends pulled in an estimated $100,000 -- tax-free, risk-free.Risk-free, because no one is doing much about it. In the high-profile crackdowns across Asia, it's the manufacturers and brick-and-mortar shops that are targeted. Even then, it's the pirated movies and software that usually get them in trouble.

The only real threat is eBay's Verified Rights Owner, or VeRO, program. According to eBay representative Hani Durzy, 10,000 companies have signed up for the program, which relies on copyright holders to identify the shady sellers.

"If a listing violates their intellectual property rights, we'll take it out," Durzy said. If the rights-holder then wishes to take legal action, eBay is "more than happy to provide information."

The number of auctions flagged under the VeRO program is "minuscule" when counted against eBay's 89 million total listings, and Durzy admitted "there's nothing that we can do to stop people from trying to list things that are counterfeit." But he made it clear that "we stand firmly with the rights-holder

Well who doesnt want a Gud quality and a Famous Brand in cheap prices ?? I think it fills a need :D Because not every one can afford a 500$ JEANS!!!

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