By IvyLee Rosario
The selling of counterfeit merchandise has been a recurring issue in the flea market industry, one that can get a vendor thrown out of a market or worse, can get a market shut down indefinitely. A recent report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shed some light on the ramifications a vendor and flea market owner can face if found guilty of selling counterfeit products.
Back in 2010, the Frison Flea Market in Pagedale, Missouri and its owner Jack Frison were sued by the New York based Coach after being caught by undercover investigators selling several counterfeit Coach products. According to reports, Frison ignored all requests to stop selling the items, therefore landing himself and the vendor, Soukeye Samb, in a lawsuit over the merchandise. Due to the allegations and negative selling aspects associated with the market, Frison flea was shut down last fall.
Coach recently entered a consent judgment in the case that permanently bars Frison and Samb from selling counterfeit Coach goods or providing retail space for the sale of counterfeit goods, as stated in the report. Additionally, the consent judgment signed Friday awarded Coach $2 million in statutory damages against Frison Flea Market. In addition to his business closing, Frison was also sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty on counterfeit goods charges of purses, CDs and DVDs at another raid done at the market.
This is a perfect example of the consequences that come along with knowingly selling counterfeit merchandise. It is not worth putting a business on the line for a quick sell. Whether you are a vendor or a flea market or swap meet owner, keep an eye out for the merchandise being sold at your business because it can all be taken away in a matter of days.