Counterfeits? No, thank you

Did you ever buy something at a bargain price and wonder to yourself if it is the real thing?

Sure, you did. We all have.

Or didn’t you?

It doesn’t really matter whether you did buy or didn’t buy it, what matters is that counterfeits are all around us and sometimes they are not at all easy to spot.

Most of us want to fit in; most of us do not like being left behind so we try to find a shortcut in achieving what we want.

Let’s take this as an example: My best friend just got a new awesome, very expensive watch, it is a lovely watch; I want one too but I can’t afford it… what do I do? You can just be happy for her and share in her happiness, you can work harder or put it on your birthday or Christmas wish list or you can run to the market and pick up a fake… you can do all of these but please don’t go with the last option!

Counterfeits are illegal; they can endanger your health and safety, they support organized crime and very often underground labour, if they pay a fair salary then they would have to charge more.

It would be nice to always have all the things we want to buy but unless you hit the jackpot in the Lotto it is probably not going to happen. Islands, 100 foot yachts and Lamborghinis are out of reach for most mortals.

I never understood why having the right label is such a big deal. Yes, they are some brands I like and given the choice I would buy most of the time but if I can’t afford something I just look for something similar with a lower price tag.

I remember a few years back my cousin took a trip to the Far East to meet up with my sister. He is admittedly one of those posh type, he loves his labels and most of the time gets what he wants, but there was the matter of a watch… he picked his dream watch which was totally out of his financial reach, he “studied” the watch every time he passed by the store that was selling it on the off chance that one day he will be able to buy it. Then he ended up in Bangkok… and there it was his dream watch at a fraction of the price. Knowing exactly how the watch was supposed to look he decided that this is a perfect counterfeit and no one would ever know. He bought it only to discover later on that the watch is not silent, it had a noticeably loud tick. Yes, it may fool most people with a glance but it is definitely not going to work as a show off piece in room full of “suits” wearing the real thing… the ticking will be noticed in any moment of silence. So you see… it is not worth it! No matter how much you think you can save, it is not the real thing and thus it will not perform like one.

If you ever ask me about counterfeits… my answer always will be “No, thank you”. I will find myself a real deal at the price that suits my budget.

I have a dream watch – Tag Heuer, which costs £3195 🙁

No, I can’t afford it but I can afford something similar in look which will be a perfect alternative until I can get my dream watch.

My dream watch

What do you think? Will they make a great alternative?

* Post written in collaboration with The Watch Hut.
Source of all pictures: The Watch Hut.

19 thoughts on “Counterfeits? No, thank you

  1. I’d be scared to wear something worth that much in case I lost it. I suppose I like decent clothes and stuff from places like White Stuff and Fat Face which are labels to some extent but all that real designer stuff – can’t be bothered! I’d rather have a bigger house and garden!

  2. I have never been interested in labels or paying more for a product just because of its name. I’m more than happy in my cheap as chips supermarket or high street brand items! If I ever have the money to spend more on things I think I’d still shop in the same places but maybe just treat myself more often!

  3. It’s been going on forever and it’s unavoidable too. We just have to be very careful when buying items especially when they are said to be brand names.

  4. I’m not a label-victim, either I like it or not. No matter what label is on that thingy. Sadly some things I love will be unrealised dreams, because they are to expensive :o) I bought a necklace once from China, what said “GuccY”… think I’m cured now and stay away from fakes :o)

  5. This is a great article, but I don’t buy anything really that’s a big name brand that people would try to knock off.

  6. Great post! Some of those items are so hard to tell if they are counterfeits. They really make them so alike the real ones.

  7. Sometimes I am truly shocked by the price of some items of clothing, watches, etc – when there are people dying from hunger out there i find it hard to justify how someone could spend several thousands pounds on a dress or watch or shoes, or several hundred thousand on a car – just for the name/label/brand. I totally agree it is better to find something in your price range that will do the job pretty much just as well.

  8. I’ve never understood the desire for labels or even the need to be seen wearing the “right” thing. I’d rather be unique 🙂 Besides which, when you have 3 small children and spend a lot of time digging in the dirt, expensive labels are not ideal choices lol

  9. They do make really great alternatives and I agree with you counterfeits are illegal and I will put my hands up and said I have at one point or the other willingly bought one because I didnt want an alternative but it backfired because it was total sh*t product.

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