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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/counterfeit-street-sunday-mirror-investigates-3695230

The derelict shops in the shadow of Strangeways Prison, Manchester, give all the appearance of being completely abandoned, sad and ­crumbling ­casualties of the economic crisis.

But behind the locked doors of Bury New Road, in a maze of back alleys and basements, a new trade is flourishing – fake designer goods worth millions of pounds change hands here every year.

It’s a hidden shopping mall and cash-and-carry all rolled into one, a secret outlet village where rogue traders buy fake supplies in bulk and sell them on across the country.

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Here's a thought for the tin-hatters - you're a wealthy property developer who wants to clear an area for some luxury 'modern living' flats. Your master plan is to blind the locals into sheltered accommodation with fake sunnys and burn them out of their homes with dangerous electrical knock-offs. Now just one problem, you can't just go out and advertise these goods, but you need a medium that is read by these folk (while they still have eyes), what do you do?

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Further evidence that this is about corporate protection, rather than consumer protection.

People know they are fakes. There is no fraud against the consumer.

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These men are the spotters. They bring customers in and keep police out. If they see a police car it’s down to them to raise the alarm.

We arrive on Saturday morning and within minutes a spotter mutters: “You want to go shopping?” When we give him the nod he unlocks the door of a shuttered electrical shop. We discover the inside is bursting with fake designer sports gear.

No business rates on these shops - they are thriving. Mary Portas could learn a thing or two.

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Instead of buying a fake designer shirt with a logo, why not just buy a shirt! Even the "real" item is probably made in the same factory in Bangladesh! You just get charged extra for the logo!

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Trademarks were originally supposed to protect the consumer. This helped them to trust a brand to deliver adequate quality goods.

When people know the goods are fake, clearly the consumer is choosing to ignore this protection.

This IP nonsense will all wash away with time. The internet, particularly with technologies like maidsafe will see to that. Good riddance too!

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These men are the spotters. They bring customers in and keep police out.

Have they heard of unmarked police cars I wonder?

The drug dealers in one of the local housing projects had a wizzo idea. The estate has 4 entrances - making it easy for riot police to seal off if there is trouble. The drug dealers bought 4 big prefab swimming pools and placed one at each entrance. During the summer kids play in them and can also keep an eye on who is coming and going, anyone not known and a runner sprints off to tell one of the bosses. In exchange the pools are maintained.

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Further evidence that this is about corporate protection, rather than consumer protection.

People know they are fakes. There is no fraud against the consumer.

Of course they know it to be a fake...pay£10 you don't expect the real thing....we live in a throw away fast fashion changing world......what I can't understand is why anyone would want to go around wearing something with a brand name all over it, even worse a fake item with a fake brand name on it.

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