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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A HCo Dude In Scotland! | Counterfeit Goods: They're Not Cool!

Hey dudes and Bettys! How is everyone this week?

So this week I'm going to speak about fake Hollister and Abercrombie goods. As you all probably know, you can get fake designer goods; and since Abercrombie & Fitch brands have got really popular, you can also buy A&F fakes nearly anywhere! From market stalls to Chinese 'outlets', the world is full of them.

The latest retailer to sell counterfeit goods is SportsDirect.com, one of the UK's biggest sports retailer. They have recently launched a 'Fashion Outlet' which contains 'designer brands'. They sell Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister, but the truth is that they are all counterfeit goods. I recently bought some zip-up hoodies to see the quality for my self. I have included some pictures at the bottom of this post. Some of the hoodies are too big for me (some of them are XXL, I am usually only an XL in an A&F zip-up hoodie). Anyways, the RRP on these hoodies are £95 ($149) each, I bought these for £20 ($32) each, that's a saving of £150 ($235)! I know, it's too good to believe. Anyways, I ordered 3 A&F hoodies, a navy one and 2 grey ones. The quality of them is okay. On the grey one with Abercrombie written on the sleeve, there is a wee bit of stitching at the bottom not there, but other than that, it's alright. The labels vary on each one, and the inside labels vary as well. Anyways, there's some photos at the bottom of this post so you can judge for yourself! haha

Also, I recently went to the Glasgow Barras (Glasgow Barrowlands), a weekend market. It's a really rough part of Glasgow, so if you take photos you may get your phone or camera snatched off of you! So, I went for a look and found at least 5 different market stalls with fake Hollister items and 4 different market stalls with fake Abercrombie & Fitch items on them. They were mostly just tees for sale, prices ranged from £10 ($16) to £25 ($40) just for tees and flipflops! So I "inspected" a couple of tees and the quality was terrible! The stitching was just about falling apart and the lettering on the tees was stuck on with glue.

I contacted A&F about the SportsDirect.com situation, I received this email:
"Dear Cameron, we have checked the pictures that you supplied us with, and we can confirm you have bought counterfeit Abercrombie and Fitch items, we can also confirm that Abercrombie and Fitch has not authorized SportsDirect.com/SportsDirect/sportsdirectplc to sell any of our items. We will be looking into this situation as we only sell our products in our official stores, and on our websites: www.abercrombie.com/ www.hollisterco.com/ www.gillyhicks.com/ www.abercrombiekids.com.

Thank-you for bringing this to our attention,
- A&F Brand Protection Group"

Personally, I wouldn't recommend buying fakes, of course, or trying to get Abercrombie brands for cheaper than what the prices on the official websites and the authentic stores are.

Have you ever bought any fakes? (Hopefully not)! Drop me a comment below and tell me about your experience, or just what you think!

Anyways, until next Tuesday, Stay Fierce!

~Cameron