Dubai Consumer Mirror

Friday, June 09, 2006

Fake Brands

This week's Campaign ME main story was about how "The illicit trade in counterfeit goods is helping fund organised crime such as prostitution and terrorism and costing Gulf governments and businesses tens of millions of dollars a year, according to the region's brand owners."

I couldn't help not giggling when I read the headline - "Brands to tackle counterfeiting" - with the first thing hitting my mind being 'Brands', the men's clothing shop in Diera.

Now, for those of you who don't know the place, this shop is known for its ultra low prices for alleged designer menswear and accessories (shoes, belts, ties ..etc). Its advertising, which his fcuking annoying by the way, claims that for as low as a couple of hundred dirahms, one can pimped up with a branded suit, shirt, tie and shoes.

Not only that, but they are made by critically acclaimed designers such as ... err... Alberto Cavali, Humo Boss and Christina Dior.

2 Comments:

  • My favorite topic!

    If they would just cut the crap and stop selling the original stuff at such high prices there wouldn't be a demand for the cheap stuff. But then how would all those rich buggers up top make their money and really when campaign ME runs an article on the potential harm of buying immitation products they're only propegating the myth.

    Maybe they should research the reasons as to why there are so many products being immitated ..

    I've been reading Campaign's issues from the beginning of this year to do some catch up on whose who and where they are now .. But kill me please its like journalism here only covers one view or perspective on a story .. the view you see when you're standing on the 'right' side of the tracks so to speak.

    By Blogger inmotion, at June 11, 2006 at 11:36 PM  

  • "..claims that for as low as a couple of hundred dirahms, one can pimped up with a branded suit, shirt, tie and shoes."
    A branded product, no matter what category can be anything from dirt cheap to ultra expensive. So just because a suit costs only 100dhs does not mean it cannot be branded. It is hard to believe the big brands are concerned about prositituion and and terrorism in the country - it affects their profit margin. Simple as that.

    By Blogger Woke, at June 15, 2006 at 7:56 PM  

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