Should You Buy Fake Designer Products?

Should You Buy Fake Designer Products?


– [Narrator] Have you
ever coveted a Chanel? Lusted after a Louis Vuitton? Designer labels can be alluring as heck, but they’re also expensive as heck. The price of a designer handbag can reach far into the
thousands of dollars, which for most people,
is out of the question. Unless you have, you know, like a fetish for credit card debt. No judgment. Okay, I’m kinda judging. Those who can’t resist the call, will sometimes turn to
counterfeit designer goods as a solution. Maybe the stitching’s not straight, maybe the logo’s a little off, but from far away who
can tell the difference? Plus it was only 30 bucks. Can you believe? Recently, during one of my descents into the dark depths of the internet I noticed a lot of people
discussing this issue with like a lot of passion. I decided to dive deeper, not only into the ethics of
purchasing counterfeit goods, but also the trend of
copying and stealing designs across the fashion industry. – I think designer stuff,
designer apparel, is great. I think that knock off ones
are sometimes dope, too. I mean, people buy them and it’s just another source of making money. It is, like, stealing, right? – I mean, at the end of the day, I guess copying someone else’s
work is an immoral thing. As a consumer, I don’t
really care as much. – You don’t know where
you’re getting them from, like, you don’t know who’s making them, you don’t know if the
people who are making them are getting paid enough. I think it’s a little dodgy. – It like does make these
high end brands accessible to people who wouldn’t be able to afford a $4,000 handbag. – From a consumer standpoint,
it doesn’t matter to me whether you have a fake
designer good or not, but I thing ethically, it’s probably wrong – Growing up in Memphis, there was a place called Third Street and they would sell like fake Jordans, fake designer bags, like fake everything. They would always get roasted at school, so where I’m from, that’s frowned upon. You don’t have to pretend. Like, I feel like that’s
my biggest thing with it. Like, go to Forever 21 like I do. You can still be a bad
bitch, I support it. – [Narrator] Okay, so it seems people have a variety of opinions. The most common argument
against that I’ve seen is that counterfeits are stealing. Some argue that fashion is art, and copying designs is theft. Those in favor argue that
the markets aren’t the same. Whoever is buying
counterfeit goods knowingly would never buy the high end version. So they’re not necessarily
stealing any potential business. I could see both angles. So, I wondered, does purchasing counterfeits
actually hurt anybody? Well, let’s find out. Turns out, counterfeiting goods is often intertwined with
other, more illicit, crimes. According to a fact sheet published by the United Nations
Office on Drugs and Crime, the business of counterfeit
goods has been linked to illicit drugs, corruption,
and money laundering. Cool. The Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development estimated that imported
fake goods around the world were worth $461 billion in 2013. Though footwear is the
most copied type of item, medicine, automotive
parts, and electronics are also counterfeited. And what’s more, the money
used to purchase these goods can support criminal activity. In his TED Talk, counterfeit
investigator Alastair Gray says there is even a significant link between the purchasing of
counterfeit goods and terrorism. Fake products are sometimes
more profitable to sell than drugs with a potentially
smaller risk of penalties. That is a pretty good scheme. Who knew buying a fake
Gucci could be so intense? Well, researchers and police, turns out. Okay, so don’t buy fake
designer goods from criminals. Got it. But what about when big name, fast fashion retailers copy designs? Forever 21 has faced numerous lawsuits from big names like Gucci,
Diane von Furstenberg, Puma, Anna Sui, Adidas, et cetera, for selling eerily similar designs. Why would they even need
to file lawsuits you ask? Why is this even a question? Business Insider provides an explanation, stating that by nature,
fashion items serve a purpose which means they are
exempt from copyright laws. The article goes on to include a quote from Dwayne Morris Law Firm
partner, Chris John Campbell who says, “to be protectable by copyright, “an item cannot be functional. “The argument has always been “that fashion is not protectable.” You, probably like me, had
never heard this before. Because something that is
utilitarian and functional cannot be copyrighted, it makes sense why
different types of clothing are typically not considered
to need copyright protection. After all, the basic purpose of clothing is to prevent people from being naked, to keep us warm, et cetera. However, when part of a design is independent of its function, for example, a decorative belt buckle, it can theoretical be
protected by copyright. And while it’s difficult for normal folks to have much of a stake
when one giant company is fighting another giant
company over stripes on a jacket, these thefts have set
a dangerous precedent. Smaller artists and retailers have been the victim of similar thefts. And they don’t always have the resources to fight these companies effectively. Most people I spoke to thought it was okay to buy copied designs if they were copied from a large company, but not from a smaller, less
established artist or brand. A creation is a creation, isn’t it? We don’t look at fashion
the same way we do say, art. Wearing fashion is, for some people, an expression of oneself. So, to me, it seems like
designers are really selling art. We’d all like a Van Gogh in our house. But that’s asking a lot. So, you buy a print. Of course, those are licensed. A fast fashion house that
makes a cheap version of a designer jacket is not likely to have that kind of arrangement. No matter what stance
you’re taking on this issue, it’s important to make
decisions with your money and your life while backed by information. I recommend researching
what you’re buying, who you’re buying it from, and where your money will go. What you do does have an effect on the rest of the world and that effect can be
positive or negative. Just, you know, use your brain. I know you got a good one
sitting up there in your skull all wrinkly and gray,
like a saggy elephant. (elephant calling) (electronic music)


100 thoughts on “Should You Buy Fake Designer Products?

  1. the end point is a good one, but what about the moral irresponsibility of large designers selling their products for thousands of times more than they're worth as far as labor and materials? all in order to fund their lavish earth-draining lifestyles #eattherich

  2. But why does Buzzfeed always shop at forever 21 in fashion videos? Sure, it's cheap but they have poor work standards in their factories and they steal designs from big and small brands alike, besides being bad quality.

  3. If the bag has something different like label on inside showing signs its a fakie then no big deal. Even in food business they copy. McDonald's came out with chicken nuggets then burger king chicken tenders. Its competitive. With the prices of these designer bags its a rip off anyway so who's ripping who off? Ever watch fight BBB back with David Horowitz? Should have. The cost of making the bag was a fraction of price and a lot of these $4 to $5k bags are not worth that much. Rich or not its unsettling. I find it stupid. I also know by the time fake bags come out the original most likely made enough for it to be a popular bag. The ones who can afford originals will still buy the originals.

  4. i am buying fakes designer handbags. i am vegan and i will never buy a leather handbag and unfortunately almost all designer handbags are made from leather (of corse theres some houses that have some vegan opions) , this is my way to get a designer bag and not hurt animals.

  5. Corporations have brought out our vanity,greed and envy over each other's closets. It's pretty pathetic tbh

  6. https://www.ted.com/talks/alastair_gray_how_fake_handbags_fund_terrorism_and_organized_crime here's the Ted Talk that they mentioned.

  7. lol i thought the video will be so different from this type of "explanation" , dope keep going , more videos like this!

  8. Don't buy a $500 bag with nothing in it, buy a $50 bag with 450 in it
    dont go broke for looking rich
    Buuuuut also dont buy fake bags

  9. Any name brand I have ever had was either a gift or from Goodwill. Jussaying those second hand stores work.

  10. Tbh buying a fake designer bag because you can’t buy a real is quite stupid, if you can’t afford the real one but want one, save up.

  11. Are yo uh talking about counterfeit or knock offs cuz they are different. Counterfeit is illegal and knock off are legal.

  12. I personally prefer to spend my $ on the real thing. I love Chanel and Louis Vuitton bags and will always purchase from them. I mean I get it, you want to make people think you spend $3k on a bag. But if you can’t afford a real LV, just buy a real Forever 21 bag like they said in the video. There’s nothing wrong with that!!

  13. at the end of the day it’s still illegal. it’s absurd the people who thought it was ok to buy replicas didn’t think it was ok to steal from small artists. stealing is stealing.

  14. Designer items often come out of the same factory as the "knock off" stuff.
    I worked in retail for a while and the Jeans we sold were 25€ to be made and sold for 150.

  15. Not typing out the name of the company and then writing that you weren't gonna type it was so off putting to me. I was really enjoying the video before that, but it made you seem lazy and uninterested in the video you're making.

  16. My question is why do we place so much value on designer crap? With that said I have no sympathy for Gucci and their ilk.

  17. Maybe if designer items were made affordable this problems won't exist 🙄 make them affordable for general people.

  18. If you've worked and saved up for a Rolex, a nice car, or Louis luggage, there's a sense of accomplishment when you're able to buy it. If you're just buying plastic junk out of someone's trunk, you're doing it because you want people to think you can afford it.

  19. I have yet to find a designer piece that I just thought was gorgeous. I have found handmade, non designer items to be just stunning. I'm more concerned with whether I like that item and does it fit my needs. I don't care who makes it. The only thing I have that is a big label are my perscription coach sunglasses. That's it. I've had them for over 2 yrs and I love them. But it was because of the size and color. My regular glasses were under $100. So I'd rather buy what I love, then worry about brands.

  20. Ahh except many will tell you Gucci and other brands are getting made by cheap laborers in other countries or still made in China and shipped to Italy just to get the tag added. It's not all brands, but I think people should really look at the sourcing of luxury products and see where they come from. However, copying designs of designers isn't cool, but I'm just saying luxury doesn't always mean it's better.

  21. Sara can talk about literally anything and I'll watch – and i learned something! thanks sara, keep up the good work <3

  22. Displaying brand logos is for twats. I like clothes and accessories without logos and brandnames on them.

  23. I stopped buying fake isssh after I tuned 21. It doesn’t look cute and I. can always spot a fake purse, I didn’t want to be that girl.

  24. Ok, people said people not get paid enough, how about everyone that works retail get paid peanuts pretty much. While the owners are making millions without thought of that cashier or cook. People don't veer away from eating out or shopping because of the employees not getting paid enough.

  25. I wouldn’t touch a fake. It’d make me feel bad, and I’m happy to spend thousands of pounds on a designer bag because it goes up in value and I can sell it at a later date. Hyperfakes are a few hundred dollars but you can’t ever resell it because it won’t ever pass an authenticity test.

  26. Don't buy counterfeits. Also do your research, not all high-end brands are ethical and there's plenty of greenwashing.

  27. Kind of bugs me how some people make comments as if they are entitled to brand name designs, even if they can't afford them. "I had to steal it, I can't afford it."

    It's not like food, or housing, you don't need it to live.

    If designs are similar, but obviously not the same, then that's fine. But copying a design and trying to pass it off as an original is wrong, and illegal in many places.

    These people are criminals. They're profiting off of other people's work. And they use questionable labour (sweat shop labour).

    If you go on eBay there are soooo many fakes. And they don't even mention they are fakes, so many people think they're real. People who are probably not aware that a $15 Supreme or Gucci t-shirt is going to be fake. Most people are not wearing it for the design itself, they're wearing it for the brand name. I think for shops like Forever 21, H&M, asos, etc. If they make a similar design then it shouldn't be a problem if it is different enough.

    People on Instagram or Etsy have their art stolen and used for others to profit off of. Or even have others claiming it is their art.

  28. Some high end fashion brands will just put their logos on low quality products and sell it for thousands of dollars, so as long as they don’t offer real quality and valuable materials for their price tags I will give counterfelt goods a pass.

  29. Supporting organised criminal groups is no less ethical than supporting fast fashion such as Forever 21. These companies are responsible for horrific human rights abuses and huge environmental destruction. They are as much criminals

  30. this video is interesting because buzzfeed is also known for stealing video ideas, so it’s interesting to hear them discuss ethics!

  31. mostly everything you use whether it be clothes to electronics was probably made in a country that under pays their workers that are possibly underaged and overworked. This type of stuff just has more direct links to crimes that are tangible in the US, but I don’t find any worse than buying an iPhone. Also, I think there’s a difference between making something counterfeit like putting Gucci‘s name on a handbag even if you’re not Gucci and to just straight out stealing their design. If you put Gucci‘s name on it, whether or not it was actually made by Gucci the core design is at least known to be Guccis. completely stealing Their design and claiming it to be your own is when that becomes a problem.

  32. Buying fake stuff can lower the value of the real stuff then all the rich people get pissed. i think thats kinda iconic tbh

  33. I wish Buzzfeed would do more “educational” videos like this!! Loved it! Thought provoking & interesting!

  34. I never get what the debate about this is. People talk about the people who make the items not being paid properly etc…. but we shop at Walmart, Walmart clothing is made in the same sweatshops. But it feels like the argument only stands when it’s designer goods.

  35. I don't know why I'm watching this anyway. I don't care for brands real or fake. and I shop at thrift stores not just because I'm cheap but because I can stock up on my wardrobe in one day… Cheaply. And I always DIY everything I have anyway.

  36. I bet most people who buy fakes don't even know the real product/brand or think it's original since they've never even seen a designer good in person

  37. Designs of clothing and handbags are copied all over the fashion world. It seems like it becomes a bigger issue only when made in China. The while argument about who is making these items and their pay can also be made for iPhones and Jordans. I haven't found hard evidence linking copycat items to terrorism, I just keep hearing the same repeated narrative that it does. These items have completely changed from the stuff you could buy in some random alley.

  38. If u thnk dat “stealing” is a valid argument, den u r wrong asl. R u gonna start saying that wrangler copied Levi’s? R u gonna say Ralph Lauren copied Lacoste? R u gonna say dat? No way, we all jus get da idea from another item.

  39. To each its own. I have bought Luxury and I have bought replicas. When I bought a luxury item, I felt like "Wow, I can now afford this." I didnt have to save up for a year either. It felt nice. But now I am like "Just because I can afford this, do I really want to spend that much money when there are high end replicas that look just the same?" I can't take my bags with me to heaven. At the end of the day, we are all just walking around with nicely coated animal carcasses on our arm.

  40. I believe that it's fine for cheaper brands to make things that are alike, but it's definitely not fine to literally copy the same shirt/phone with other brand's name. Doesn't matter how much it costs tho. People can sell for how much they want to, it's us who buy. So I don't really see the problem with overpriced products.

  41. I have to disappoint them with the argument that they don't know with cheaper products, if the producers are paid enough. It rarely makes much difference, even the most expensive products don't like paying fair. You need to do a research.

  42. I didn't buy any fake brand but I don't think it's that unethical cause unfortunately the high end brand owner turn out to be racists, sexists and fat-shamer

  43. I buy my things for the cheap. the cheapest bag I have was actually a gift from my aunt who said it cost her 10 dollars. but that bag has been alive and going for years now. all of my bags cost less then 50 dollars so it doesn't matter what your money status is, buy things that'll last you years.

  44. I’m just thinking that If I buy a fake, it would not make me feel special and truly satisfied. It’s like pretending to be someone youre not. Like fake happiness. Unboxing an original item that you worked hard for is priceless. I just bought my first LV and the moment I received it, I was speechless and it took all my stress away.

  45. I hate knock off items I refuse to buy it I would rather save my money or wait for a sale or buy second designers.

  46. I know sometimes u can buy used designer hand bags but u don't know what has been in those bags. Maybe they have thrown dirty tissue that they just wipe their nose with, for lack of a trash can, at the moment. And heaven knows what else. Yuck!!!

  47. Designer is way too over priced but I’ve always wanted yeezy boosts so I’m bout to buy some cheap fakes and I’ll admit their fake as long as their comfortable

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