Long gone are the days where bargain hunting was frowned upon. We have television programmes about grabbing a lot for less and bragging about bargains is a daily conversation for many of us. I know that I am just one of a huge chunk of the population who won’t buy anything without first checking for a discount code or voucher and I’m sure this habit has saved me a lot of money in recent years. But just how far am I willing to go to save a couple of pounds? Buying stolen or counterfeit goods to save a few quid? Certainly not, but apparently there are quite a few of us who would…
I was really shocked to read that more than one in six of us Brits would consider giving counterfeit goods as Christmas gifts. The same survey, commissioned by Direct Golf, also discovered that more than one in twelve people would purchase stolen goods if it meant saving money at Christmas time.
Mark Moore, a manager at Direct Golf said “People like to be seen sporting the latest fashion, but without paying a lot for it.” I completely agree; we all want the most for our money, but I don’t think buying stolen or counterfeit goods is the way to get the best value. For example, the first thing I think of when I see the word counterfeit is handbags. I’ve seen more than a handful of counterfeit designer bags in my time, and they just aren’t the same. Bad stitching, low quality materials and dodgy attempts at company logos. In recent years the high street has made it easy for us to replicate looks similar to those on the runways at fashion week for a fraction of the price without having to purchase stolen goods.
In my opinion, there is no need to go to such (potentially illegal) extremes to save a bit of cash on gifts at Christmas time. Thinking about bags, the high street is full of arm candy similar to our designer favourites; they may be inspired by the hardware of a Bayswater or the shape of a Speedy thus offering a more affordable alternative to those unable or unwilling to fork out a small fortune.
My concern is that people feel the need to go to such extreme measures in the first place to get someone a gift. There is too much pressure to buy people the ‘perfect’ gift, and I truly don’t understand it. It is the thought that counts and surely we would all much prefer to receive no gift from a loved one than them putting themselves in financial difficulty to buy us one?
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