There's the production end to ponder, too: Noting that "[m]ost fakes today are produced in China, a good many of them by children," Thomas writes wrenchingly of accompanying police to a Guangzhou sweatshop where
we found two dozen children, ages 8 to 13, gluing and sewing together fake luxury-brand handbags. ... As we made our way back to the police vans, the children threw bottles and cans at us. They were now jobless and, because the factory owner housed them, homeless. It was 'Oliver Twist' in the 21st century.
Surely there's a need, as Thomas argues, to address these transnational criminal abuses. And then, it seems from this vantage point, to call into question that unconscionable markup on "genuine" goods.