We, the Authentic Design Alliance, were mentioned in that SMH article (don't worry, we didn't slash those chairs!). There are other reasons why buying counterfeit furniture and consumer products may not be the best option.
High-end designer furniture is usually made with infinite care and quality materials, so it'll last you generations. Knock-offs often last only a couple of years or so, meaning your money is wasted and you contribute to the glut of worn-out and broken products that end up at the rubbish tip. Even if the materials are recycled, you're wasting more resources than necessary in breaking down the products.
And an outrageously interesting study recently found that buying counterfeit products may increase your willingness to lie, cheat and be overall deceitful.
If you don't believe us, check out our blog (www.authenticdesign.com.au/blog).
There's links to the original articles there, plus other posts and information on the site for anyone who's interested in maintaining original design in furniture and beyond.
Feel free to add your comments to any of the blog posts- we'd love to hear your thoughts, even if they're the opposite of our own views.
What do you think about the throw-away line on the outrageously interesting study?
Well, I had to read it for myself. The study was a series of honesty tests conducted on a large sample of women who were given either real or fake sunglasses to wear. The results revealed that the women who wore the fake sunnies were more likely to lie and cheat...The conclusion being:
“Faking it” makes us feel like phonies and cheaters on the inside, and this alienated, counterfeit “self” leads to cheating and cynicism in the real world."
You can read the original article here.
It all sounds like a load of codswallop to me, but then I'm no scientist. Just a bored blogger, who got a good chuckle out of it.
So, my dear replica-owning readers, tell me, have you noticed a marked difference in your behaviour? Are you stretching the truth since buying the replica Tolix chair or are you stealing money from your children's piggy bank since owning the "knock-off" Ghost chair?
Go on, be honest...
|image from here|
And to my non-replica owning readers, would a study like this influence your buying decision at all?
Anyway, my advice to the Authentic Design Alliance, if they are looking for people sympathetic to their cause, is that they are more likely to catch flies with honey than with vinegar. Telling people they will lie more if they buy replica furniture is kind of polarising.
I certainly wouldn't be using this study in my public relations drive to the uninitiated. Save it for those already recruited to the Alliance.