Blocked! Looking for inexpensive (and fake) Cartier, Montblanc or Van Cleef & Arpels goods? You might have to get offline and hit the streets.
A landmark High Court victory in the UK about trademarked goods hopes to drive fake luxury goods sellers out of business.
Britain’s largest internet service providers, Sky , BT , EE, TalkTalk and Virgin Media will be asked “to block or at least impede” access to six websites selling counterfeit goods.
The case was brought by luxury brands in the Richemont/Cartier group. The websites are outside of the UK, some in China, and are cartierloveonline.com , iwcwatchtop.com , replicawatchesiwc.com , 1iwc.com , montblancpensonlineuk.com and montblancoutletonline.co.uk. A few are down and others are still operating as of Monday morning in the U.S.
Visiting the sites, it's difficult to tell that they're not the real deal. However, one quick peek at the prices and you'll know immediately.
On the "real" Cartier site, the popular "Love" line of bracelets run from $6,000 to over $10,000. On the fake site, you can land one for $89.00.