September 18, 2012

Dangerous Fakes: Extension Cords

Have you ever purchased a counterfeit extension cord or appliance? Most consumers would answer in the negative, but do you really know? Counterfeiters are in the business of deception and have mastered the art of imitation, disguising potentially dangerous fakes as real products. At best, the illicit good will serve its basic function while lining the pockets of criminals. At worst, it could malfunction and cause harm to you and your family.

The U.S. Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center paid a visit to Times Square to see if the typical consumer could tell the difference between a counterfeit cord and a real one. Despite the vast difference in quality, most consumers were unable to distinguish between the two.

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