The IPN daily bulletin pointed me to this:
Fake goods are fine, says EU studyThe article is well worth reading if only for the ovine 'drug dealers' reference.
A new European Union-funded report has declared that buying designer goods can benefit consumers and the companies whose brands are being ripped off.
It reminded me of recent occurrence. The £3 fake 'Levi' jeans I bought in Turkey in 1998 finally fell apart a couple of weeks ago. The genuine Levi 501s, costing £45, which were bought for me on our return because "you can't beat the real thing", lasted six months before I could touch skin through both inside legs.
The Turkish (cough) 'Timberland' fleece is still going strong.
And yes, I do realise that there could be more to this than meets the eye, but just saying is all.