The fake consumer goods industry is massive in almost all cities of the world and has been estimated to be worth around $500 billion every year. Take for example the ‘counterfeit alley’ in Manhattan which is one of the biggest fake goods marketplaces anywhere in the world.
There are many of us who spend a lot of time on following and wishing for the best designer fashion goods from our favourite designers. Then there are those who buy fake, knock off versions of the same fashion items without really appreciating its value and consequences of doing so.
There is an interesting and yet disturbing book by Tim Philips called ‘Knockoff’. It is quite insightful and is definitely a good read. A whole section in the book is devoted towards explaining the fake world of designer luxury items such as handbags. Nowadays wherever you go, you won’t miss seeing someone carrying a fake Gucci or Prada purse. On a personal level, I have always tried resisting the urges of getting one of these fake luxury handbags. The main reason for this is that I feel I will be disrespecting the industry that I have followed and loved for so many years. The exorbitant prices of authentic handbags are the main reasons why people resort to cheaper knockoffs.
The most horrifying aspect of the fake goods industry though, is that the money you spend on them goes directly into funding terrorist groups who want to carry out attacks in America or elsewhere. Reading this book will definitely make you want to give up buying any fake goods if you have been doing so. Buying cheap knockoffs may make you feel happy, but have you ever wondered about where the money you spend goes to? You will find all these answers in this book and will definitely shock you to say the least. The ‘black market’ as it’s called is the direct source of revenue to fund criminal organisations which only mean to harm the public.
Out of the many frightening aspects mentioned in this book the most disturbing one definitely has to be one that suggests that profit margins obtained by sellers selling fake goods is used to support terrorist organisations. Just imagine, by buying such goods you are effectively supporting terrorist activities in your own country. This definitely makes me question my conscience and makes me feel that it’s better to spend 3-4 times more rather than support terrorism. What about you?