Welcome to the very first Fake Friday! To give you a run down as to why this is even a thing is, well, people selling counterfeits and not one company doing anything about it.
If you are unaware or honestly do not believe in the harms of counterfeiting, I suggest you read the 2016 report by Unifab, Counterfeiting and Terrorism. The only thing that has changed since the publication of this report is that the numbers have grown.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have no problem calling out people who sell fakes or dupes, however, all that does is get me blocked and zero action is taken. My thinking behind Fake Friday is that if these people and their businesses are live on the web, if SEO does it’s job and Fake Friday shows up on Google, people, brands and authorities will be made aware of them and if the publicity doesn’t shut them down, then one of the other three will.
In this day and age, the fact that there is not a better system in place to report sellers is absurd. I’m not talking about the full blown websites that sell Neverfulls for $385, those are tackled by the brands themselves but I’m talking about the people that sell on Instagram, Facebook, Poshmark and similar platforms that are pushing fakes as authentic. Even if you state that what you’re selling is a replica, it’s STILL illegal.
The whole goal of Fake Friday is to call out counterfeit sellers, protect buyers and, hopefully, shut them down.
The company below has created an Instagram and private Facebook group to sell counterfeit Chanel, Louis Vuitton and more.
Owners: Randi Jacob Langan and Nikki Colen Raimi
A couple of things. I know there are people out there that say it doesn’t matter, some people like replicas and don’t have an issue with buying them but it DOES matter. Not only are you taking away from the legitimate companies that have built their businesses the right way, it’s so much bigger than what it looks like.
The counterfeit industry funds terrorism as this article from Loss Prevention details.
“Evidence of the links between terrorism and counterfeiting was provided in the jihadist attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015. Investigations into the two brothers who carried out the attack—which killed twelve people and injured twelve others in the assault and another at a nearby Jewish supermarket—discovered they funded their attack through the selling and distribution of counterfeit goods, including cigarettes.”
Is that fake Chanel really worth it? Spend that money on a therapist so you can understand why you’re not secure enough to be yourself.