The little Scottish Terrier dog charms that dangle from Radley handbags have become such a status symbol that thieves are stealing and reselling them on eBay, according to the Financial Times of London:
British bag-maker Radley, for example, whose leather Scottish terrier logo is attached to zippers on handbags and luggage, recently reported a thief clipping off the coveted “dog tag” in their Debenhams and House of Fraser department store concessions. The company, which has a 14 per cent share of the UK bag market according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, discovered the thief after executives noticed an eBay seller off-loading some 30 dog tags.
“We knew that they had to be stolen or counterfeit because we don’t sell the dog tags individually, though we do replace them if a customer has lost their original,” says chief executive Roger Best. “People go mad for the dog. There are some loyal fans out there.”
Radley contacted eBay UK about the stolen charms, but bizarrely the eBay member/culprit fought back, alleging that the accessories label was infringing his right to sell their product.
“Apparently, he had been selling 5-15 [tags] a day for a year, selling over 1,000 dogs,” says Best. The company threatened criminal proceedings. In the end the thief paid Radley an out-of-court settlement of £5,000, a sum the company donated to a charity.
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