Recently several news items have caught my eye.
Firstly the story last week about a huge explosion in the UK, thought to be the result of a counterfeit vodka distilling operation gone horribly wrong (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-14188297).
Then today a story about an entire fake Apple store in China (http://behindthewall.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/07/20/7116890-entire-fake-apple-shop-found-in-china).
It appears that counterfeiters have never had it so good. Gone are the days of my childhood when the only fake goods I ever came across were poor quality music tape rip-offs of 80’s albums sold openly on street markets across europe.
In these tough economic times, its easy to relegate the issue to the back pages – after all, fakers (outside or inside of the bedroom) arent really hurting anyone but the rich multi-national companies (or their CEOs) that we all love to hate – right?
Well ask yourself this. Would you be happy to sit back and watch a knock off DVD?
Maybe your answer is yes.
Ok fine… so what if that film you are watching is an in-flight movie on board a plane fitted with counterfeit parts?(http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/07_31/b4044056.htm). Not such a relaxing movie anymore right?
Now how about that chilled glass of whisky on the rocks you are sipping on at 35,000 ft? (http://www.filmicity.net/showthread.php?t=24794).
Reaching for the sick bag yet?
Maybe popping a pill for your nerves will help?(http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/03/10/60minutes/main20040693.shtml)
So the next time you think about buying that fake handbag / NFL t shirt / Rolex Watch – think twice. It may be “harmless” fake bags one day but its a short ride to the sort of counterfeiting that ruins lives and often ends them.
The worst experience you may have from buying a fake iphone is short product life and dropped calls. But try
justifying your purchase to the family and friends of a Scots-woman who died in 2003 from drinking fake vodka(http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/scotland/Woman-dies-after-drinking-bootleg.2413109.jp) or to the many Ecuadorians more recently (http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/07/19/53402156.html).
And as for the worrying problem of fake airplane parts, surely they’ve never actually caused a crash – right? Wrong – ponder this next time you fly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partnair_Flight_394
Tomorrow: a new whisky review (guarenteed 100% genuine and fake free!)
Music to drink to: Radiohead – Fake plastic trees