Prior to just a few weeks ago, I had no idea there was a counterfeit goods market in Singapore at all. During my trip to Kuala Lumpur I saw plenty of counterfeit goods that looked great. When I used to think of counterfeit, or “bootleg” items, I always thought of cheap quality, or of something that didn’t look quite right. The things we saw in Kuala Lumpur were near matches though. You wouldn’t be able to tell they were fake at all. The same could be said of most of the counterfeit items I saw in the Philippines.
Shortly after returning from Kuala Lumpur I stumbled across an article on a blog that was talking about how large the counterfeit goods market is in Singapore. I can’t remember the link for it anymore, though I did find another site called “Havocscope: Global Illicit Markets Indexes” that had the value of the counterfeit market in Singapore pegged at $136.2 million dollars. Who knew?
According to the article I’d originally read, the Singapore government does its best to keep counterfeit items out of stores that are in the downtown, touristy areas. It stated that most counterfeit items are found in the outlying areas.
Now, I’m not entirely sure that what this guy is selling is counterfeit, but the slim, plastic packaging wrapping those DVDs looks very familiar. I’ve seen a lot of counterfeit DVD stalls in Kuala Lumpur and especially in the Philippines. I wasn’t really surprised that he had them, or that he was selling them. What shocked me was that this guy was selling them by the Citibank at Tampines MRT station, along a crowded area where people transferring from the bus to the train pass through. That seems a little dangerous for him.
What do you think?