Re: A tale of woe & even more woe!
>I wonder if the real Gucci know about him, they are getting very annoyed
>about these fakes these days and all the design houses are beginning to take
>action against these fraudsters.
>Worth a phone call.
I was talking to a guy a few weeks back who is 'in the know' - looking
at using RF tagging for identity purposes. Many of the fakes on the
market now are not even fake. They are made by the same sweatshops
that make the real product, using the real materials (either bought
direct or stolen from that issued by the fashion house) and then sold
on. Where 'non genuine' materials are used, the fashion houses still
struggle to tell the difference.
So, Gucci handbag £200 (guessing). Same product using same materials,
but 'grey', £10. No prizes for guessing where the other £190 goes.
Ah, 'design costs' moan the fashion house. No, big glossy adverts in
magazines to keep the 'brand' going, and a new S-Class every year for
the boss. It sure doesn't go to the people in the sweatshop.
Yes, it's more complex than that, but the whole 'designer' business is
ridiculous. Some of it is good, some of it is utter crap. Sadly,
most people are unable to see past the name on the box - they buy it
to prove that they are successful and rich (or stupid and ridden with
debt which is generally the reality).
Sony wanted to charge me £45 for a spare battery for my phone, since
the one they designed is incapable of working without a break for as
long as I can. I bought two on ebay for £1 each. They were listed as
genuine, but for £1 it was pretty obvious they weren't. They are
great fakes, right down to the hologram. The only giveaway is that
they both have the same serial number. You know what - they work, and
last as long as the real piece of crap Sony supplied. They'll prolly
die in six months time - who cares?
If you buy cheap stuff on ebay it is either fake or stolen. That's
the reality, otherwise Debenhams would buy it all up and sell it in
their shops. The same applies to boot sales and the bloke in the pub.
If you want a free lunch, don't complain if you get indigestion.
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