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January 22, 2013

You are original then why buy fake


Being original is something we all feel proud on. We boast about the benefits of being yourself or being original and not faking it, but many times we end up indulging in fake stuffs. Recently I attended “original bloggers meet” organized by Indiblogger and sponsored by HP and Harper Collins at the Fortune park hotel. There the main dictum of the meet was being original, there were posters placed saying original blogs are happy blogs. It is very true that no one wants to read copied stuff. You are creative only when you are writing your original ideas and not copy pasting someone else words. In the meet other than the usual blogger interaction and the mad fun we also had a presentation from HP. Where they emphasized on the importance of using original stuffs and how buying a cheap copy of the original is actually a loss for the consumer and manufacturer too. I always believe in buying and using original stuffs and this meet gave me a reason to share my views on the importance of using original.
 

I must start here with a confession, few years back I used to do street shopping every now and then. And finding some brand dupe there used to be my best find of the day. I used to buy them because they were the closest copy of the original branded merchandise and was way cheaper than the real one. With time I became financially capable of pampering myself with the real branded stuffs, and that was the eye opener for me.

After using the branded product I actually found out the difference between an original and the dupe of the same. As we all know that copies are cheaper than the original product and that is the biggest reason people buy them. But is it really as cheap as we think it is, let us do some calculations to understand this better. 



One branded pair of sports shoe may cost 2500 Rs and will last me for 3 years easily with rough usage. I will also have warranty and free servicing for the first one year.
On the other hand the cheap copy of the same branded shoe will cost me 500 Rs but will go for just 6 months with similar usage. And there is no warranty or free servicing too.
Now for 3 years I have to buy this shoe every 6 months that is 6 times, so my total cost is 6*500=3000 Rs and the servicing or anything I got fixed in-between is the extra cost on me.
This clarifies that duplicate product looks cheaper in the beginning but in long run it costs more than the original and it is not at all value for our heard earned money.
Hence to sum it up, original products have following advantages over the duplicate:
·         Value for money.
·         Warranty/guaranty.
·         Good quality raw material used so lasts long.
·         Feel good factor of brand power.
·         Trust factor.
·         Good service.
I just took the example of shoes but same holds good for everything we use in our day to day life. Be it the phone, bag, cloths, skin care, food, movies, music, books or anything else, everywhere using the original product is the key to get good value for money and service.
In the presentation HP mentioned about their printer cartridge, here also using real HP cartridge is important. Say you bought a branded printer but using some fake cartridge will give you bad quality prints, the number of prints per cartridge will also be less so you will end up refilling more often and using a bad quality cartridge may deteriorate your costly printer too. To motivate consumers for using real cartridge HP have reduced their cartridge prices quite a lot. They also have many attractive facilities like dial a cartridge and QR labels which you can read with QR reader app on your smart phone to find if the cartridge is real. With the advancing technologies it is very hard to get fooled by the fake product, so don’t try any harder and use only original products.
Let us take one more step towards being original by using only original products. This will not only give us good service but also the satisfaction of using the real thing. So be original and buy original that is the only success mantra for today’s consumers :)


7 comments:

Afshan said...

good one
and good example of sports shoe

Saro said...

A-greed about the imitation goods, though I have to say, while technology is definitely something that I could only buy the original for, for bags.. I'm all fake!!

Zirka said...

Stunning Blog. You have so many followers as well!
It was nice meeting you, and I've given you credits for making my banner look attractive :)

Sweta said...

Thanks Afshan :)

Sweta said...

Thanks saro,
I saw you in this meet but for got to say hi... :)

Sweta said...

Thanks Zirka :D it was my plasure to make your poster

Farida Rizwan said...

You just drove the final nail in the coffin of fakes.. ;).

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