One of the growing problems within men's designer clothing is counterfeit products. The problem has always been around of course, but over the past few years it has grown phenomenally, due mainly to online trading sites such as eBay which are largely unpoliced. People looking for a good buy can easily be fooled into thinking that they're buying men's designer clothing at discounted prices because they're cutting out the middle man, dealing directly with the wholesaler, or buying products which are surplus to stock requirements, or being sold off because a business is closing down, or simply as one of unwanted or duplicate gifts.
All sorts of reasons and excuses are trotted out regularly, all designed to reassure the customer, whilst still taking his money and providing him with counterfeit goods. Some people might argue whether there is really any harm in this, with the prices of some men's designer clothing products very expensive. However, it's important to realise that there are four problems with buying counterfeit designer clothes.
The first problem is of course that the fashion label whose products are being counterfeited is losing the investment it might otherwise expect, potentially limiting the number or range of products released in future. Granted this may not be a problem for some of the major fashion designers, but it is nonetheless all illegal, and does take away from the future investment potential.
The second problem is of course that the quality of the products is usually very low indeed, meaning that the customer will usually be disappointed quite quickly. Counterfeit designer clothing will often not last for long, and certainly nowhere near as long as the genuine products would do. Poorly made seams, cheap materials and other shortcuts made by the producer of the counterfeit designer clothing will all mean that the product will probably not fit very well, will not look as good, won't feel as good quality and will start to damage, fall apart and become worn very quickly, meaning that the customer has to keep buying replacements. Of course, having to keep replacing poor quality items is usually much more expensive than investing in genuine quality in the first place.
This poor quality and the inevitable disappointment also gives rise to a third problem as far as counterfeit men's designer clothing is concerned, and that is that sometimes the reputation of the original designer is tarnished if people don't realise that the clothing products they have bought aren't original or genuine. If someone buys a pair of counterfeit Y3 trainers or counterfeit Barbour jackets, then they may well assume that the reason it isn't very comfortable and quickly falls apart is that this is the standard of Y3 or Barbour. This damage to the reputation of the original brand is a real issue.
But there is a fourth reason why buying fake men's designer clothing is a problem, and that is because unfortunately the overwhelming majority of the money raised from the sale of counterfeit clothing is used to invest in drugs and crime. This may be oversees, or it may be closer to home, but it's a sad fact that buying counterfeit designer clothing is effectively helping to support drug smuggling and other illegal activities.