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.
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.