Knock off Britain

2 October 2013

Psst – anyone want to buy a Bluey Vuitton bag from the back of my Mazda? Well it seems that the UK is quite happy to spend money on counterfeit goods in a bid to save a little bit of cash. According to a report by accountants Price Waterhouse Coopers, we’re merrily splurging our hard earned money on fake designer labels, potentially lethal no brand alcohol, knock off Viagra and PHD hair straighteners.


Market stall knock offs have long been a mainstay of British shopping – (I still have fond memories of my fake ‘Frankie Says Relax’ t-shirt from Stockport market) but the counterfeit industry is growing at a rate of knots - netting €1bn a year in Europe alone. And it seems our standards are lower than ever. Young people are particularly unconcerned about fakes, with 60% admitting that they owned pirated DVDs and copycat designer clothes.

Mark James, from PwC said: ‘Counterfeits have an obvious impact on profit and jobs, yet people increasingly see access to fakes as a normal, consumer choice. Ultimately, companies are seeing their brand, reputation and revenues stolen.’

Yeah, but who cares when you can get a Puperdry jacket from China on eBay for £4.99?

TOPICS:   High Street News   Scams   UK News


  • Tits M.
    Have you seen how much genuine Viagra is? £30 for a pack of 4! Can import generic one from Indian for £50 for about 80 tablets, and flog them at £3 each around pubs and clubs. Also means no matter how drunk you get, you'll still be able to use your knob as a bath towel rail.
  • Tits M.
    * meant nob. Not sure what effect Viagra would have on a knob.
  • Teavin S.
    ^^^^^ = knob
  • fibbingarchie
    The biggest idiots are those who buy fake perfume/aftershave. Why on earth would you splash yourself with badger piss just because it says it's a designer brand on the packaging??

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