Clothing and Accessory Industry
Counterfeit clothes, shoes and handbags based on designer brands are made in variable quality. Sometimes the intention is only to fool the gullible buyer who only looks at the label and does not know what the genuine article looks like, while others put serious effort into detailed mimicking. Still others assume, correctly, that many consumers do not care that the goods they buy are counterfeit and just wish to purchase inexpensive products. Factories that manufacture counterfeit designer brand garments and watches are usually located in developing countries.
International tourists visiting Beijing, China, will find a wide selection of counterfeit designer brand garments at the infamous Silk Street. Expensive watches are vulnerable to counterfeiting and it is a commonplace that any visitor to New York will be approached by a street vendor offering such counterfeit watches at bargain prices.
In Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, very authentic looking, though fake, watches range in quality from very poor with self-winding mechanisms and fully working movements selling for as little as US $20 to better quality ones that sell for over $100. Moreover some fakes are of remarkably passable quality — albeit inconsistently so — and may look good and work well for some years, a possible consequence of increasing competition within the counterfeiting community. Thailand has opened a Museum of Counterfeit Goods displaying over 3,500 different items, in 14 different categories, which violate trademarks, patents, or copyrights.