Today, a fellow blogger started a Twitter campaign against counterfeit goods called, “Say No to Fakes.” The original tweet was:
Although we don’t condone counterfeiting in anyway, these types of campaigns seem to target young ladies and girls and expose them to ridicule and public humiliation. By singling out women who may not be able to afford the most coveted fashion of the moment we run the risk of creating an environment of myopic judgment and prejudice.
As a matter of fact, a study in 2009 from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, found that 46% of those who bought a counterfeit brand-name purse, went and bought the real thing within two and a half years. The study continued to report that the claims from the industry about the supposed “harm” from counterfeiting wasn’t just overblown, but were blown so far out of proportion as to be ridiculous.
Although there may be a moral issue associated with stealing another person’s creative design, we believe the cost of personal degradation is much higher. We would advise BagSnob to retract their twitpic campaign and make a more concerted effort to highlight fashionable designer alternatives.
If you like, be a snob but don’t be a bully.