I had never heard of Black Milk Clothing until mentioned in the Etsy forums, so Rusetsy went over to the clothing brand’s site and read up. The story behind the brand sounds much like what Etsy would have us believe is their target seller – independent designer/maker, unique, trendy, quality product, and a great story. Yet, Etsy is not attracting these successful independent designer/makers; it is attracting those who ripoff original designers by copying designs and marketing fakes as originals. Here is Etsy’s Black Milk, who has enjoyed 166 sales in only two months time. Sales from which Etsy has profited.
In case you are not aware, selling counterfeit goods is illegal in the U.S. and according to this article, counterfeiting costs U.S. businesses $250 billion a year; 750,000 U.S. jobs have been lost because of counterfeiting. While U.S. Customs is daily battling counterfeits coming into the U.S., Etsy seems to be welcoming them with open arms (as a matter of opinion, of course.)
I wonder. Will Etsy allow U.S. Customs to use the “C” word when they come a’callin’?