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Black Market Billions: How Organized Retail Crime Funds Global Terrorists

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    A compelling investigative piece

    The author's journalist background clearly shows - the book reads like a very long magazine expose article meaning it's not too stuffy or academic sounding. It is a little disheartening, though, to learn how it seems so easy to carry out organized retail crime.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    I have mixed feelings about this book

    I found the detail on how and why of this retail crime interesting. It is illuminating that a lot of the crime is driven by the retailers themselves. They are buying merchandise from the black market in order get items at below retail cost. It is these same retailers who are being stolen from. I see a lot of blame placed on Muslims, Hispanics, Government, and consumers. The retailers are treated as victims, when there is blame enough for them as well. It is scarcely mentioned that to save money, retailers fired long term employees and replaced them with cheap short term employees. This creates a climate of a lack of loyalty in labor and managment. A lot of this crime is facilitated by managment, and front line workers. This dynamic could be explored in more detail.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    Frightening info that everyone should read.

    A bit too detailed but a learning experience for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Sierra

    She laughs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Spike

    Im ba ck... thats pretty new

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Dink

    * sells drugs for $300 each

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Lightning

    She sits and finishes her leamon square

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    War torn

    Smiled

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Zoe

    She simply shrugs again "I cannot judge" she says and reads

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Kato

    "Whatever." He yawns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Outsider

    Slams through the door. Walks slowly to alex and stabs him in the chest. "Should keep your precious hunter lodge better secured" she says as she runs out of site.

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    Posted April 16, 2014

    Holly

    Holly does a cartwheel. "Anything else that's new?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Alec

    Yep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    HUNTER'S LODGE

    A bar exclusive to bounty hunters where they can live and get drunk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Jenna

    Went to the largest room and opened it using a set of lockpicks. She waled in to the room. She closed the curtain and began setting up her equipment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    The reason for 3 stars - it is an interesting topic and a good e

    The reason for 3 stars - it is an interesting topic and a good eye opener for many people. The biggest downfall of this book is the organization structure. The author tends to be all over the place and jumping from one subject to another. The flow from one chapter to another is minimal. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Shadehorn

    No! *begins a game of tug-of-war with the Ocarina*

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    A real eye-opener

    Shoplifting (now called Organized Retail Crime) is no longer perpetrated just by people from the inner city needing money for drugs. It is a multi-billion dollar, worldwide industry enriching various terrorist groups all over the world.

    These are very tight-knit groups, akin to Mafia "families." The "boosters" travel certain routes around America, doing the actual shoplifting. They give the items to a Level 1 fence, who might give or sell them to a level 2 or 3 fence. These could be legitimate import/export businesses doing the fencing, with the illegal part as a sideline. By this time, it is nearly impossible to track the items. Sometimes, the items are sold right back to the retailer from which they were stolen. They could also be sold on online auction sites (like ebay), and they could show up at your local flea market. There are occasional high-profile seizures of millions of dollars in fake or stolen goods, but, in general, the thieves are several steps ahead of the authorities.

    Various law enforcement agencies, from the local to the federal level, either can't, or don't want to, share information. They all want the "big score." Individual state laws are full of loopholes, or are ambiguous, about basic things like the definition of "shoplifting." When someone is arrested, the local District Attorney's office might not want to spend the time following the money, or may be interested only in "Mr. Big." There are a number of ways to move money overseas that get around the federal $10,000 threshold. Thieves are certainly using them, but legislation has yet to catch up.

    What can the average mall retailer do about it? They can start by training their employees to watch for shoplifters. Especially during the holidays, many part-timers are hired who are not trained in loss prevention, or who don't care (very often, employees are doing the stealing). Stores need to balance increased spending on loss prevention against not driving away customers. During the current economic uncertainty, everyone wants a bargain. Is that "discounted" designer handbag or infant formula really such a bargain knowing that your money could end up in the coffers of Colombia's FARC or Hamas?

    To call this book an eye-opener is a huge understatement. It is a very interesting book that is highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

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