All legitimate and compelling reasons to condemn counterfeiting and yes, arguably stronger arguments than the other camp.
There's no 'arguably' about it.
most people on the planet cannot afford luxury or even good quality products
Not really the big brands problem.
Yes, they could buy non-counterfeit cheapo items but these poorer people have aspirations and dreams just like anyone else, they don't want things which demonstrate they are poor, or look crap.
Tough shit. I want an Aston Martin but I won't be getting one this year. When I earn it I deserve it and it'll feel great because I worked hard for it. And I won't be getting a replica in the meantime because a) it would be shit and b) I would feel an absolute cock for kidding anyone on I was in the real thing. We know Africa is poor. The people are poor. I've been. And the fake Benetton shirts didn't convince me otherwise.
counterfeit items are generally bought by people who would/could never pay top dollar for genuine, so the big corporations are not really losing huge earnings.
Not directly. But if brand image is tainted by jakes wearing them... see Burberry in the 90s.
Hence this topic is deep and far reaching and definately requires more depth of understanding than to simply call them 'scum'. I would agree though that people who can afford genuine products really should buy genuine and they are just being cheapskates if they don't.
If it's a lack of awareness, education or marketing in 'developing' countries that's fair enough (to a point). But anyone in the UK, USA etc don't have the same excuse. They're 'benefiting' off the back of others' labour and investment. I don't think parasites is too strong.
I understand perfectly well.
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