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First on, last off theory?
I've been thinking.. When I first started on my weight loss journey, I lost a decent amount pretty fast. Do you think this was what I had most recently (at that point) put on?
I've always had a bit of a belly.. My arms have always been a little chubby. My legs are pretty thick. I've lost about 35lbs so far but these things don't seem to be going away. But according to everyone else, I look smaller.
So do you think the problem areas you've had the longest are the last ones to go away?
Wed. May 14, 2:30am
no doubt. Everyone is genetically predisposed to store fat in certain places so that is all - keep workin' !
Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 10:34 AM
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.Sophisticated crime rings are developing pop-up e-marketplaces and sourcing cheap apparel from abroad, readying to profit millions of dollars selling counterfeit goods to unsuspecting deal hunters
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.More than $17 million worth of Super Bowl 2013 merchandise -- from fake jerseys, hats and jackets to tickets and other souvenirs -- was seized last year, according to U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement.
While the NFL has forced the shutdown of more than 2,500 websites offering counterfeit team merchandise
, the federal government arrested a dozen people ahead of this year's Super Bowl and the Sochi Organizing Committee pledged to implement a more effective response to the theft of licensed Olympic gear
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, the hill is steep.Without further consumer awareness, defeat is like a large-scale game of whack-a-mole, said David Sugden, an attorney specializing in grey markets at Call & Jensen.“Whenever there’s demand for anything --whether it is sports memorabilia or airplane parts -- you’re going to find there’s an effort from dishonest entrepreneurs to sell dishonest products,” he said.Brands may succeed in shutting down one
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, but two more are always waiting in the wings.Traditional crime rings are attracted to the ease of importing apparel over, say, drugs and narcotics, and can quickly develop a website for the sale of illicit merchandise
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. The sites can also be written in such a way that the actual ring leaders are difficult to prosecute.
And it's extremely lucrative
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. Despite the fact that some of these counterfeited products are indeed far superior to their legitimate counterparts, thieves oftentimes price them in the same ballpark so as to maintain the ruse that the products being purchased are real
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.“It allows you to maintain the margins of legitimate goods, making it an extremely attractive business with a very low barrier to entry,” said Fred Feldman, chief marketing officer of brand protection firm MarkMonitor
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, which works with the NFL.It’s also easier to fool a shopper online, whereas consumers tend to be more cautious of a random man selling t-shirts out of the back of his truck in the rear of the stadium parking lot.
“Prior to Internet commerce
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, counterfeiters were often outside of stadiums or in flea markets or just on city streets,” said Sugden. “That kind of environment suggests to a reasonable consumer that this stuff probably is not authentic.”
Of course, some shoppers looking for
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a deal are willing to sacrifice the quality. In fact, a MarkMonitor survey from 2012 found that these deal hunters are 20 times more likely to buy counterfeit than regular consumers.
“Consumers have become more price sensitive and understand that one of the powers of the Internet is to compare and contrast prices to find the best deal
,” Feldman said.
With millions of revenue on the line, that has become a nightmare for brand owners.
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