You know how we have some brand outlet stores in town or stores that purport to sell rejects or seconds or factory over runs of branded clothing? How about warehouse sales or some bazaar that sell similar clothing?
Have you paid attention to the “branded clothes” on sale?
I took a close look at some stores recently and noticed that amongst the genuine goods are piles of fake stuff. Usually these are T-shirts. You’ll see piles of similar looking T-shirts sporting different brands on them.
Now I’m not all that fussy about the brands on my T-shirts so long as they are comfy but I know of some people who go to such stores hoping to snag a bargain branded item. My advice is to do your homework before you go.
I saw a couple of items were fake because I owned or knew someone who owned a similar item mainly from mainstream brands like Esprit or FCUK. I’d noticed that some of the embroidery was off and that the quality plus the way it was made looked like something off a street stall in Bangkok or even Petaling Street. I’d also read of such stores being raided for fake goods.
And yet they survive. Its an irony because many are lured into these stores thinking they are selling the real thing when they aren’t. That said though, you aren’t paying hundreds so some people don’t quite care. But if you do care, where can you find such branded or designer goods for cheap?
If I want to get branded goods for cheaper, I go to the actual outlet stores in KL – MO Outlet at Shamelin Perkasa Cheras is a good place to start if you have a big budget (Cole Haan, Tod’s, Aigner, Stuart Weitzman etc) or there’s the Mango Outlet at Queens Park Cheras and Genting Highlands and Club 21 Outlet (Calvin Klien, Armani Exchange, DKNY, Balenciaga etc) at Queens Park and there used to be an FJ Benjamin Outlet there too (La Senza, Banana Republic, Raoul etc) but I’m not sure if its now closed. In the alternative, go for warehouse sales or in-store sales organized by these brands or authorized distributors if you’re out to snag a bargain.
I was thinking of this when I read a news report about Australian singer Lenka‘s visit to Malaysia where she said the one thing that marred her visit was when she went to Petaling Street Chinatown and saw pirated copies of her CD. I guess it was a rude shock for her but locals know that very few if anything in our Chinatown is real – you can’t possibly believe that real Gucci, Coach and Louis Vuitton bags would be hanging on ramshackle stalls right? 🙂
Have you gone into a legitimate clothing store hoping to snag a bargain on a designer or branded item only to find it was fake? It always comes as a rude shock to me, but I’ve since learnt not to trust any of these stores and take things with a pinch of salt.