Now before I start, please don’t get me wrong. There is a real issue here and I am not in any way attempting to undermine the seriousness of this issue, but sometimes I read a statistic that is thrown into an article and I have to say – now wait a minute. That is just totally illogical or does not follow in the context of this article. That happened when I read an article about the problems associated with product piracy. The complete article can be found here.
Counterfeiting is now one of the fastest growing and profitable industries in the world. With an average of 5 - 7% of the world trade market, it is a $600 billion per year industry. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reports the total number of counterfeit goods increased dramatically in FY 2011 by 24% compared to the prior year, and has increased 325% over the past decade.
In the next paragraph it says:
The impact and cost across industries is quite staggering. The Federal Trade Commission reported that counterfeit automotive parts total approximately $12 billion and also result in 200,000 fewer manufacturing jobs.
Now, I have a problem with this statement. I presume they are saying that that it would take 200,000 manufacturing jobs to produce those $12 billion in parts. There is an assumption here that if those parts were not being pirated, that the same number of parts would actually sell at more elevated prices. There is also the assumption that all of those jobs would perhaps be in this country, which is not a reasonable assumption given that many automobile parts are manufactured in other countries – probably the same ones that are making the cheaper versions.
So, yes, I am concerned about the safety that is associated with parts that are not controlled by the original manufacturer, especially for things such as pharmaceuticals, but please don’t try and tell me that this is why we do not have manufacturing jobs in this country as implied. There is no supporting evidence for that. Keep the facts as facts, opinions clearly stated as such and supposition out of it.
Brian Bailey – keeping you covered
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