Saturday, 6 February 2016

How To Spot Fake Goods In Thailand

Fake bags, fake socks, and even fake shops!

As well as writing, one of my other favourite hobbies is travelling, especially to the tropical islands of Thailand, where you can find some incredible bargains in the street markets, with designer t-shirts, sportswear and other goods available for bargain prices which seem almost too good to be true.

And of course that's because they are too good to be true.  If it seems too cheap to be genuine, then that's generally because it is.  However, even without the tell tale sign of a cheap price, there are a few giveaway signs which can help you spot whether an item is fake or genuine, and I've highlighted a few examples below...

1) Open from 7am in the morning until...

As you can see from this first photo, sometimes it's not just items of clothing which are faked.  Sometimes it's the entire shop!

7 Elephant.  Open from 7 am in the morning until elephant pm at night.

At first glance everything appears to be perfectly above board with this 7-11 logo, but on closer inspection you may notice a very subtle mistake that the copyright infringer made when copying the 7-11 shop logo...

2) The Prancing Horse

Next up is a Ferrari branded backpack, and the manufacturers have wisely chosen to produce the backpack in the traditional Ferrari F1 colour of red ... er, blue, apparently.

A Ferrari backpack in their 'traditional' colour of blue.

To add to the authenticity, if you look closely you may notice that they've also included mention of Ferrari's official home ... Maranello ... er, Luxembourg, apparently.

3) Jsut Do It

Finally, this last photo features a dude wearing a rather sharp looking pair of Nike socks.  Or should I say Nkie socks...

"Just Od It."

Unfortunately, on this occasion Nike apparently forgot how to spell their own name correctly so he's actually wearing a pair of 'Nkie' socks.  Nike usually maintain very high standards of quality control so it's very unlike them to get their spelling wrong, especially when writing their own name, and I can only assume that it was a one-off blip when these socks were definitely made in a genuine Nike sports factory. #SubtleHintOfIrony

On a more serious note, one thing to watch out for is that as well as fake clothing (and shops), in some countries they also sell fake medicine.  Obviously in those cases it's a lot more serious issue than just getting a couple of letters transposed, so if you're buying medication on your travels and the label says paracetamlo rather than paracetamol, then you may wish to think twice before completing your purchase.  Otherwise you may end up actually making your haedahce worse.

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