The Harm Of The Fake Goods Industry

I walked in to the Staff Sales shop at work at lunchtime.  As I walked in there was an advert on the radio that ended with the line “your new breasts are closer than you think”! Yes, companies are now advertising fake boobs on the wireless.

CNN reported yesterday that the fake goods industry (probably excluding anatomy) is now estimated to be worth $461 billion, amounting to 2.5% of global trade – roughly the same amount as Australia.  The most commonly faked items are footwear, clothing, leather goods and gadgets from Nike, Rolex, Ray Ban and Louis Vuitton.

The CNN report asserts that such a big part of the world’s economy can and does damage the companies involved.  It dilutes their market share which can in turn decrease the profits that can be put in to product development and innovation.

However, with fake things, the only harm comes when people don’t know that what they’re buying is fake.  When they walk up to a market stall and buy some Ray Bans for next to nothing, they know they’ll end up with cataracts.  They know that the $20 suitcase they found in a dark corner of t’interweb will fall apart as soon as it hits the baggage hold.  The problem is when they assume the quality is going to be as high as the genuine articles.

In the same way, I think that the people that probably buy these things maybe buy them because they can’t afford the real thing?  I’m not sure what the driver is behind the fake goods industry, but my guess is that the main one is inability to have the real thing or not caring about the quality and just want others to recognise a brand.

It’s a little bit of sad indictment on society that people need to be wearing brands or living up to ideals, says he being very hypocritical.  Having a swoosh embroidered to trainers makes the wearer feel better.  With “vanity” cosmetic surgery it’s a shame that people are happier with a look that they weren’t born with.  I’m not talking here about cosmetic reconstructive surgery, but the sort where someone, as the radio advert suggests, just wants bigger boobs because they think they’ll look better.  I’ve known women with small boobs and they (as a whole, as well as the boobs on their own!) still look stunning to me and the people themselves have been amazing too.

The harm only really comes though when someone thinks that they’re getting the real thing but aren’t.  As long as they realise that they’re getting a watch rather than a Rolex, or a leather coat rather than a Ralph Lauren leather coat (other expensive leather coats are available), how much harm do you think is being done?

She’s blood, flesh and bone
No tucks or silicone
She’s touch, smell, sight, taste and sound

But somehow I can’t believe
That anything should happen
I know where I belong
And nothing’s gonna happen

‘Cause she’s so high
High above me, she’s so lovely
She’s so high, like Cleopatra, Joan of Arc or Aphrodite
She’s so high, high above me

First class and fancy free
She’s high society
She’s got the best of everything

What could a guy like me ever really offer?
She’s perfect as she can be, why should I even bother?

‘Cause she’s so high
High above me, she’s so lovely
She’s so high, like Cleopatra, Joan of Arc or Aphrodite
She’s so high, high above me

She comes to speak to me
I freeze immediately
‘Cause what she said sound so unreal

But somehow I can’t believe
That anything should happen
I know where I belong
And nothing’s gonna happen

‘Cause she’s so high
High above me, she’s so lovely
She’s so high, like Cleopatra, Joan of Arc or Aphrodite
She’s so high, high above me

She’s So High by Kurt Nilsen

 

 

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