Image and identity can mean a lot to a lot of people and this is why there are people all over the country looking for the best labels and designer names. You may think that spending a lot of money on your clothes isn’t for you but there are plenty of people that love the look and feel of these products. There is a great deal to be said for the boost and benefits that some people receive from wearing a certain piece of clothing or using an accessory that has a name on it. We all place a different level of importance on how we look and for a lot of folk; the labels have to be big names.
Of course, big name labels cost a lot of money and if your income doesn’t stretch to a lot of money, you may find that you are unable to dress yourself in the style that you would like to be accustomed to. This is where finding designer goods at a lesser price can be of huge benefit. There are obviously outlet stores that can serve up genuine designer goods at a smaller price and if you don’t mind being slightly behind with the fashion trends, you can pick up a bargain or two. On the whole though, if you are wearing designer clothes and labels, it is likely that you will be spending a lot of money for the privilege.
Many people don’t or can’t pay the costs associated with designer labels
The fact that a lot of the population wants to be seen in designer clothes but doesn’t want to pay the cost associated with designer labels creates an opportunity for people who can supply these labels at an affordable price. There are usually two options for people looking to sell these goods at an affordable price.
- They can steal or somehow “acquire” these products at a low cost and then pass on some of the savings
- They can sell fake or counterfeit designer clothing and accessories
It is clear that both of these approaches are illegal, and if you are offered designer clothes at a low price, you really need to think if you are being offered a genuine product. You may want to think about where you are being offered the product. If someone is making their way around the pub, it is unlikely that they will be selling genuine Gucci or Armani products. Similarly, if you are buying products online from eBay as opposed to the official online store of these brand names, you have to accept that there is a risk you may be buying fake goods.
For many people, this isn’t an issue. All that is important is the label and paying a smaller price for a fake good that can pass the test of fooling people into believing that you have the genuine thing is well worth it for some people. Of course, there is often an additional element associated with buying this style of product.
Fake designer labels may not be as innocent as some people think
You may think that the money is going to an entrepreneur who has seen a gap in the market and is looking to provide people with what they are looking for, but in reality, this money is often being fed into criminal gang activity. There are plenty of ways for gangs to make money and selling counterfeit goods or punting fake labels is a good way to circulate cash and bring money in. There is always a need for cash in a criminal activity and if there is going to be money coming in from other activities, having the chance to launder money and mix it up with cash from other sources is always going to be of benefit.
There are many reasons why Trading Standards teams are on the lookout for fake goods. First of all, even though the goods are on offer for a low price, people are being ripped off. The companies are missing out and their brand may be damaged by people seeing substandard products and associating it with the brand name. Also, people are not getting a good standard of product in return, and even though people should be aware that buying this sort of product is unlikely to result in value for money, they still deserve a level of protection.
There is going to be an increased level of focus on fake goods and counterfeit designer products, which is why there may be a need for defence solicitors who are experienced in dealing with Trading Standards cases. Anyone facing these charges or allegations will find that there is a clamour for a severe punishment placed on them, and this means that there is a need to find a solicitor that can provide a robust defence.
Andrew Reilly is a freelance writer with a focus on news stories and consumer interest articles. He has been writing professionally for 9 years but has been writing for as long as he can care to remember. When Andrew isn’t sat behind a laptop or researching a story, he will be found watching a gig or a game of football.