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Michael Jackson retail ripoff

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His image is everywhere -- T-shirts, sweatshirts, buttons, posters and more. Michael Jackson's popularity in Canada is at an all time high. So too is the brisk trade in bootleg MJ merchandise -- by some accounts, more than a million dollars a week in unlicensed retail goods. As we see in this 1984 clip from CBC-TV's The National, the King of Pop is sending in foot soldiers to retake his retail empire.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: July 9, 1984
Guest: Ian Tod
Host: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: Claude Adams
Duration: 2:09

Did You know?


• When Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, his CDs and merchandise immediately flew off the shelves, and his music shot to the top of the charts on Amazon.com and iTunes. Once again, local stores and online retailers quickly cashed in with unauthorized Jackson T-shirts and other merchandise.


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