Faking it: counterfeiting and consumer contradictions

Lee Hoe, Gillian Hogg, Susan Hart

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Fashion counterfeiting is a multimillion pound business and one which relies on the complicity of the consumer. Frequently seen as a victimless crime, it is a difficult trade to control because as long as consumers desire brands, the greater the market for counterfeits. In this study we consider the way in which consumers relate to fake brands and the implications of counterfeit for consumers creating their identity through commodities. The results point to an inherent and fundamental contradiction in consumers views on counterfeit, willing to buy and wear the fakes but condemning the duplicity of those who do.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-67
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Advances in Consumer Behaviour
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • counterfeiting
  • fashion
  • consumers
  • marketing
  • branding


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