We all love a good bargain and these days it’s easy to get your hands on some pretty convincing fake designer goods. Whether you’re visiting the famous Chinese Silk Street or being flashed some “designer” watches by a creepy guy on a street corner in New York – counterfeit designer goods are everywhere. Here are some facts you might want to know before handing over hard-earned cash for that fake Gucci handbag!
What Are Designer Fakes?
Counterfeit designer goods are items like handbags, shoes or clothes that are made to look like designer brands but are actually fake. The Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau (CIB) estimates that up to 7% of the world’s trade is now made of counterfeit goods.
Where Do They Come From?
The thing is – you can never know for sure! It is widely believed that most designer fakes are made through child labor in sweat shops. The profits of these items are often then used to fund human trafficking, drugs, terrorism and money laundering.
What’s So Bad About Designer Fakes?
Other than potentially funding serious crime, these goods aren’t made by a genuine company with real standards so there is no guarantee for quality. Some Designer Fakes only put in enough effort to mimic the label while the rest of the item is extremely poor quality and probably not worth whatever you paid for it. This can be extremely problematic in items such as handbags as you’ll probably find it starting to fall apart pretty soon after purchase.
There is also the risk that you could be committing a crime yourself! Buying fake goods abroad can result in you having to pay a fine.
How To Spot A Fake:
Being able to tell the difference between a knock-off and the real deal can help you to be more aware of what you’re buying. First of all, check for trademarked symbols or logos. Any item can legally copy colors and styles of designers without using their logos. Check closely to see if the logo is included or not. If it is, see where it is included. For example, in handbags most knock-offs will only have the logo where it can be easily recognized. Genuine handbags usually have logos on tags, the zip and label. Some fakes will also try to trick you by mimicking a logo but spelling it slightly differently since this is technically legal.
The best way to make sure you are buying the real deal is to go to a licensed store where the staff will be able to tell you about the origin of the goods. They will give you certain guarantees when buying goods which market stalls selling knock-off items will not. Also check the price. Do you really think a designer item is going to go for ten pounds on a stall in London? It’s possible but highly unlikely. While designer goods are costly, you are paying for what you get.
Look closely at the item you are buying! If the quality is obviously poor, it is not a genuine. Shoddy stitching or fraying material are flashing indicators that this isn’t the real deal and probably won’t last that long or convince anyone else anyway!
So Is It Worth It?
Designer goods are expensive, yes, but you are paying for quality and the symbol of status that the product suggests. If you cannot afford to buy designer stuff, then go for less expensive goods that are still legally made with guarantees of quality. So think about what you’ve learned in this article the next time you’re trying to decide between those genuine designer sunglasses and the knock-offs in the market!
Do you buy designer copycats? Or have you been sold one without realizing before? Let me know your stories in the comment section below!
Jasmine is a student living in London who loves to spend her spare time blogging and has a passion for all kinds of writing. She writes for Valley Optics.