How annoyed are we as a blogger community when we come across fake makeup goods, especially in the line of MAC and Benefit in particular. Those who indulge in buying them expect similar colour payoff but sadly, neither is it of the same quality, nor are we expected to receive the same great service we receive from these brands. Recently, I’ve seen Real Techniques brush ‘dupes’ popping up everywhere on ebay. Now these can from the same factory as Real Techniques brushes but the love and care that Sam Chapman must have put in making sure these brushes are of superior quality for millions of her YouTube viewers online will surely not be the case with slightly cheaper ‘dupes’.
Also, I personally feel that the word ‘dupe’ is overused and undermines the severity of actual ‘fakes’ out there. Dupes can be when two brands make similar products at different price ranges and fakes are when a replica bears the name of the original brand quite shamelessly and sells it at an unbelievably lower price.
Fashion goods are apparently the most involved when it comes to fake products as found by the European Commission who found these made up 54% of the total value of detained goods. It’s not uncommon to see bad duplicates of Birkin and Celine hand bags at market stalls in London and elsewhere in the UK. It’s tempting to cave in and get your hands on something that looks similar to the arm candy you’ve lusted after for years.
But what you’re doing by making a purchase is supporting the entire network of fakery, gangsters and people who are trying to avoid paying any sort of tax at all. I am only aware of fashion & beauty fakery as that’s where my interests lie primarily but can you imagine this happening with medicine? How life threatening would that be? Apparently the European Authorities detained 27 million fake medicines in 2011.
They have made it their mission to keep a close unforgiving eye to this chain of fakery whether be in fashion, beauty, medicine or any sort of goods but it will only come to an end when we as consumers say no to it. Save up for quality goods and say no to too-good-to-be-true bargains.
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