The dirty secret of designer logo chasing

Millions around the world buy and sell counterfeit.

You may even own a counterfeit bag, yourself.

It is not a victimless crime

Don’t fool yourselves.

I am far from being able to judge anyone for owning a counterfeit anything, but do not kid yourself.

Sure, no one has to know that you don’t own the real thing, but counterfeit bags are a big business, and it has a lot of indirect effects that you may not be aware of.

Tourists, flea market merchants, and people like you and me who think that buying, selling or owning a fake is a victimless crime, are horribly wrong.

Child Slavery is in full blast

Yes, everything we buy unless it’s directly from the artisan or designer (like on Etsy), has a worrying tinge to it.

“Was it made by child slaves in third world countries?”

We don’t know, and sometimes we turn a blind eye to it.

But counterfeit bags, are definitely one area that is so much more lucrative than making cheap t-shirts without any brand name on them.

The profit margins are much, much higher.

There is human trafficking going on, when children have been sold into labour by their parents, who have mistakenly believed that their kids would have a better life in the city, fed and working hard for their keep.

They are kept in the factories, locked in there without proper care, supervision or cleanliness.

I read somewhere once that there was a luxury bag assembly plant in Thailand, that kept 6 or 7 little kids under the age of 10, assembling counterfeit purses.

The owners had BROKEN the children’s legs and tied the lower legs to the thigh so their legs would not mend.

Why? Because they said they wanted to go out and play.

All for the want of a logo.

It DOES fund crime organizations

You might think I am being paranoid about this, but it’s true.

When you buy a well-made, hard-to-suss-out counterfeit bag, where do you think it comes from?

Not from someone trying to make a buck on the street corner.

Not from someone’s basement, doing a small run of bags to revolutionize and democratize the fashion and luxury brand industry.

That kind of operation, to make a perfect replica of a designer bag, has to be funded by a lot of money, and well-run to the hilt.

All of these profits, helped by child trafficking, slave labour, lower cost materials (mostly from China, the biggest source of all of these counterfeits), fund gangs and crime organizations, who then use the money to live large and buy arms so they can expand their operations, or take over other gangs.

It is a nasty world, and we’re helping it.

All for the want of a logo.

Stop buying all this crap just to get your hands on a (fake) logo

The only way to stop this, or to do your part, is to stop buying counterfeits.

No demand, no supply.

But others might say: “Well how am I going to get an LV bag on my arm if I can’t afford to shell out $1000 for one?

I don’t have an answer for that because I am not into designer logos, or designer bags.

All I can say is, do you really want a fake LV bag anyway?

Wouldn’t you rather own a piece of the real thing?

And have the experience of saving up for that beautiful bag, walking in, paying for it, opening that well-packed box, and bringing it out and ogling it?

Or having a sense of pride that what you are carrying is REALLY a genuine bag?

I don’t know about you, but knowing it’s a fake, makes it feel less satisfying, and more like a little girl playing dress up.

Even if you tell everyone you got an LV bag, but people KNOW you didn’t spend the real cash, it just looks worse, and less admirable than if you didn’t own one at all, but are currently saving to buy one.

It’s more stylish to buy the real thing.


About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.