Counterfeit Harley-Davidson Merchandise In Sturgis

You know this one "If it seems too good to be true, it is”. A Harley-Davidson pair of boots at $50? A belt buckle at $5? Come on! It is sure to be a counterfeit. Harley-Davidson merchandise has become enormously popular over the past 20 years. Licensed dealers sell everything from coffee to pool tables, all marked with the famous bar-and-shield Harley logo. As a result, a lot of people are trying to cash in on the Harley-Davidson name by selling copies of Harley clothing, jewelry and other items. Unwitting shoppers looking for bargains at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may be duped into buying something they think is genuine, only to find out it’s a cheap copy. Motorcycle events like Sturgis, Daytona, Laconia, etc are perfect times to sell   counterfeit merchandise. So Harley-Davidson sends trademark enforcement people to a lot of  bike rallies. Harley-Davidson wants you to buy only from an authorized Harley dealer. Some pretend that price gouging by the factory makes a lot of people want to buy counterfeits. But in addition to the loss of income and deterioration of image due to the inferior quality of counterfeit goods, a company who knows about trademark and copyright violations but doesn’t do anything about them runs the risk of losing legal ownership of the brand. In other words, "Harley-Davidson" could become a generic term. Trafficking in counterfeit goods carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Copyright infringement is punishable by one year in prison and a $100,000 fine


7 Responses to “Counterfeit Harley-Davidson Merchandise In Sturgis”

  1. 1 robert Aug 8th, 2007 at 8:42 am

    They sure sell enough of the counterfeit HD merchandise on Ebay. It is pretty bad when a seller sends you something you bought and the “security tags” are still on it…..happened on Ebay. People read where your Harley tee-shirt is made, “CHINA” and we gladly pay $24.99 to buy it. Be careful what you buy and where you buy.

  2. 2 dragon Aug 8th, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    ok why did a harley shop sell me a nice harley dress shirt that says made in hong kong wo wo back that up two nice dress shirts the other says made in china and both these were bought at a harley shop and i payed over $50.00 dollars for one shirt and $60.00 for the other can harley tell about this one .

  3. 3 jatinder pal Aug 14th, 2007 at 6:42 am

    I agree with dragon and robert.most of the merchendise harley sells are made overseas like whats new and wrong if a person is selling the same stuff on half prices.even some of the engine components too are made overseas.i think its kind of hypocrisy by harley.

  4. 4 robert Aug 15th, 2007 at 5:40 am

    I see everyone is in agreement on our comments to this article by Cyril. Cyril are your logo shirts made in the USA? Cyril, would you comment on where most of your parts come from in this world? It is a sad day when a US citizen can’t buy things made in the USA? What is even more scary is the fact that more than half the food we eat is imported from other countries as well. Just check out where the fruit and vegetables come from the next time you are in Publix, Winn Dixie or Wal Mart. People never eat tuna that has been packed in Thailand. Thailand has really gross packing houses that do not meet our standards in the USA….but our government allows it to be imported and sold to the USA citizens and it comes from a packing house that would be shut down in the USA.

  5. 5 confused Mar 7th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    This article is not about where goods are sourced, its about entities producing goods that do not have permission to do so.

    What is with all these posts stating that its OK to rip off a company and unsuspecting consumers as long as the original products were produced in China? What the heck does where a product is made have to do with the fact that it is illegal to produce goods bearing a trademark without the express written consent of the trademark owner?

    Regardless of where the merchandise is produced, trademark owners have to adhere to quality standards (for all of you global economy haters) as well or run the risk of losing their trademarks. Do you think that a counterfeiter who just wants to turn and earn a quick buck cares whether that “sterling silver” ring turns your finger green in a week? Of course not.

    Perhaps you might care when you purchase a set of cheap brake pads that are made from cardboard or when you think you are buying baby formula and it turns out to not have any nutritional value at all. And of course everyone waiting for the bus should be decked out in LV handbags…that are of course made from the finest pleather.

    This is not a victimless crime people nor does this have to do with sourcing. In fact, it is a huge problem. In most states its a felony to sell counterfeit goods. So all you purse pushers be ware!

  6. 6 Carlos Feb 27th, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Ok, the solution is that Harley-Davidson Corp, brings BACK all the jobs that they for GREED sent to China and other inhospitable places. You see, the problem with the intellectual property issue is that the first THIEVES are the owners of the brand name. They patent the product and when is high in value they go for the big ripoff, I mean outsourcing the production to countries with no labor protective laws. Please, do not pay big money for products that are made in sweat shops and marketed as USA products.

  7. 7 John May 22nd, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    First of all, Harley gets way too much money for their clothes.

    Why cant they be a leader in their industry and only sell “American” made goods?

    They you would not mind paying $300 for a leather jacket of $25 for a tee shirt, but when the stuff if made overseas, and overpriced, why do we even buy it? Are we that desperate to be “cool” and show our “stupidity”?

    We are the fools. We buy a “American Made” bike, and dress it up with “overseas made” clothing, what a joke we are!

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