In the light of the current Target scandal today I wanted to write a bit of an opinion post on counterfeit products and the true cost of them.
Fake MAC Cosmetics from eBay
Counterfeit cosmetics are everywhere. Online, at market stalls and shady unauthorized retailers. If you know where to look on any given day, you could come home with a bag full of counterfeit cosmetics in any given city in Australia. As beauty bloggers, we all like buying makeup, and in Australia, we pay a lot for it. When it comes to luxury brands, we are often pay three times the amount we would in the US, and this can seem unfair. Sadly Australia is a tiny market for most luxury brand companies and they aren't too concerned about bringing us the best prices. But that is another topic for another time.
The price of luxury brands in Australia has made many people look for ways to import from the US and other countries that get a better deal. And this is perfectly okay. However, this has sadly resulted in a lot of people buying what they believe to be parallel imports, when really they are cheap and nasty counterfeits.
So why is counterfeiting such a bad thing? In terms of cosmetics, there is a huge likelihood that these products have not been through any kind of testing or regulations regarding ingredients. Here is a link to an article regarding a counterfeiter who sold makeup on ebay.
Health care worker, 24, sold £40,000 of toxic Chinese imitations of top make-up brands from her bedroom http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2168582/Leanne-Wertheim-24-caught-selling-40k-toxic-Chinese-imitations-make-brands.html#ixzz25qbKGSOZ
She was selling cosmetics that had three times the amount of legal lead contained in her products. You have no idea what these products contain, how could you even think about putting them near your face? When we spend hundreds of dollars on skincare and have routines to stop anti-aging and break outs, I don't understand why anyone would risk an infection or even something horrible like a chemical burn.
So yesterday it came out that Target were selling MAC counterfeit cosmetics. I think that it is disappointing that a household name like Target would act in this manner. If someone like me could go into your store and doubt the authenticity at first glance, how on earth did it slip through your departments to actually put out these products onto the shelves?
Target Sued by US Gaint for Selling Fake Cosmetics http://www.theage.com.au/business/target-sued-by-us-giant-for-selling-fake-cosmetics-20120907-25iq2.html
Of course there are some people who actively seek out counterfeit products. Counterfeit handbags of house names are a dime a dozen. But why do people actively seek out fake products? To flash a logo and think you're a better person because you can afford such an item?
But did you realise that counterfeit goods fund criminal activity? Here are some links.
Counterfeit Goods Fund Violent Gang Activity http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=7489118
The True Cost of Counterfeit Goods http://money.uk.msn.com/news/crime/the-true-cost-of-counterfeit-goods
I can understand people wanting to have the real thing without the massive price tag. If you genuinely admire the product but can't afford the luxury version, why not just find something in a high street shop that is a similar style? The high street is always imitating the current trends of luxury items, it won't be difficult. And you know, your money won't go towards funding drugs or human trafficking.