Common Myths When Buying Fakes - Part 4 of BagAddicts Anonymous Fight Against Fakes
19 February 2010

Common Myths When Buying Fakes – Part 4 of BagAddicts Anonymous Fight Against Fakes

It’s easy to take the “totally harmless” approach. Shrug off the media, they’re sensational. Shrug off the medical reports, they’re sensational. The government too!

Are you seeing a pattern here? Saving a thousand dollars on a purse, or some change on batteries isn’t a bargain if you really know the truth. And the more information that surfaces, the more we realize that common myths, like ‘fakes are nothing to worry about’ are truly myths.

They won’t hurt me

Have you checked out the News clips or Links section yet? If it’s not enough to know all the harm done to others when you purchase fakes, know they’re dangerous to you too. The health and safety tests that keep us safe as consumers don’t exist to counterfeiters. They mix fake pills in cement bins; add bacterial water to copycat perfume; their electrical goods catch on fire, and their auto parts backfire.

They’re not called “bogus” for nothing.

But they’re so cheap!

Confusing price with value is an easy mistake to make. Fake goods are cheap because their quality is so poor and they are often a danger to the people who buy them. What’s more, they don’t save you money in the long term. Real goods are usually more expensive, but they are higher quality (because of research and development), properly regulated, and will last longer.

Counterfeiters are criminals and many have links with drugs, illegal weapons and people trafficking. They don’t pay taxes, which means that the Government loses tax revenue. Less tax revenue means less money for public services, which often results in the tax burden going up for the rest of us. Counterfeiting is a massive industry–$650 billion per year! It might not seem like a watch here, a handbag there and some toys make a big difference in this world, but that’s what the industry thrives on.

Don’t get fooled into thinking one little item doesn’t make a difference, that you can’t make a difference. You can make a difference. You vote with your wallet. Vote against them by opting out.

Fake clothes and luxury goods are not so bad

Stop thinking you’re keeping profits from a multi-billion dollar corporation that doesn’t need it. When you buy counterfeits, you’re not just depriving millionaires from profits. You’re giving money to the same counterfeiters that shove toxic medicine and exploding batteries into the “stupid” handbag you just bought during international shipments. Counterfeiters make billions by counterfeiting everything, not one thing, so you might as well be buying the poison pet food that hurt Sparky.

Besides that, stylists agree, counterfeit fashion is kinda….tacky.

Counterfeit products won’t hurt anyone

In some ways, it’s understandable that you might think that. It might seem like a victimless crime. But it’s not. The production methods involved in counterfeiting often result in human rights abuses. Child labor experts say that most counterfeits are made by kids in sweatshops, who work for next to nothing.

No one is doing anything about it

First of all, be a trendsetter, not a follower. Second of all, many of the people you might admire are fiercely anti-knockoff, because they are so aware of the implications. Diane von Furstenberg and Zac Posen, for instance, are not so pro the fakes. And non-profits like the Teacher of Ten Thousand Generations Foundation are taking kids out of sweatshops and subsidizing their schooling so they can escape the deadly cycle of counterfeit production. You don’t have to join a group if you don’t want to. You don’t even have to be a crusader, telling those you love how dangerous this stuff is. All you have to do to be a hero to someone else, to possibly change the course of they’re life by discouraging the counterfeiters, is to say no to fakes.

Even if you try to stay away from fakes, they are increasingly difficult to spot. But slick packaging does not the same product make; counterfeiters spend so much time covering their tracks and making things seem “genuinely authentic” that they put very little effort into what’s inside that box or bottle.

Authentic companies, on the other hand, spend millions of dollars running safety tests, using top notch materials and ingredients, and constantly revising their formulas thanks to you, the consumer.

It turns out the difference between some change here and there is priceless. We’re here to help you find out before you buy.

Beyond the impact on you, though, is the other cost of fakes–its impact on others. Fair trade is not a term to be slung around, and if you’re the kind of person who buys fair trade coffee grounds or water bottles that donate proceeds to good causes, then you’re probably the kind of person who would like to stay away from counterfeits. And the reason is simple:

Counterfeiting has negative impacts on our world. It hurts the children who spend their youth making handbags for pennies. It weakens national and international security by putting money into the hands of criminals, who don’t just use it for their own gain but forward it on to drug operations, gangs, and terrorist organizations. It even hurts your local economy, and could cost your own family their jobs–fakes have caused massive job loss in Western manufacturing, shipping, and other industries. We’re talking hundreds of thousands of your friends and neighbors.

The Real Cost of Fakes isn’t half as cheap or chic as many make it out to be. There are a lot of ways to do your part. Read up here and try to skirt the fakes epidemic. If you’d like, pass the information along to your friends.

And just remember: If you keep buying them, they’ll keep making them.

Article source: My Authentics