A proposed New York City law would slap buyers of fake fashion goods with a $1000 fee. While some fashionistas say its unfair, proponents say that it would deter shoppers from knowingly buying the fake stuff (How to know if it's fake? A $40 Fendi is obviously not the real thing.)
Personally, I think the whole argument is pretty ridiculous on both ends: I think it's a waste of money to buy an insanely expensive bag (my personal rule is to never buy a handbag that costs more than a decent horse) and I think it's also a bad idea to buy counterfeit goods. According to the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, "The real truth is counterfeiters are hardened criminals, exploiting consumers, businesses both large and small, inventors and artists and children laboring in sweatshops in Third World countries."
What do you think?