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      How to Spot a Fake Tommy Hilfiger

      Hi all, Does anybody here have experience in dealing with a fake Tommy Hilfiger shipment? I just got into the designer clothes business and suffered a big loss after I paid money for merchandise that later turned out to be fake.

      Please also advise if I can do anything to recover some money from the supplier of counterfeit goods. He is a big guy and has a lot more resources than I do.
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      All leading lifestyle brands are vulnerable to counterfeiting. It would have been a good idea to invest in this research BEFORE you suffered such a big loss. Anyhow I’ve got a few pointers that may be of some use.

      • Most genuine Tommy Hilfiger clothing merchandise has a triangle of cloth stitched below the logo. A fake shirt will have loose threads.
      • A real shirt will have clean neat stitches through all the layers and the right kind of reinforcements unlike a fake Tommy Hilfiger which will have a sloppy finish
      • A real shirt normally doesn’t look like it has been tampered with in any way. If you look closely at a fake then there will always be something amiss.
      • In the real article, the tag with size is below the logo tag which is below collar and not on the right or left side.
      • Check the `made in..’ tag – All genuine shirts are usually manufactured in 1-2 specific locations; make it your business to find out which and spot a fake immediately.
      • Overuse of the work real, genuine, authentic in the product advertisement should always raise a red flag since it could mean that the guy is trying to hide something.

      As regards your options – You could go after the supplier and threaten legal action or try to negotiate some solution. Do not however make the mistake of trying to pass of the fake Tommy Hilfiger clothing as genuine. It could spoil your online reputation forever. Nothing goes away in the internet universe.

      Also you should make it a policy never to pay till you have inspected shipments especially large or expensive ones.
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      You need to first understand how this works. Top brands don’t exactly go around spreading their closeout or returned or even brand new merchandise to hundreds of guys. They work with a carefully selected group of people also called jobbers that in turn select end retailers to minimize issues. For new stuff they have a very select group of distributors who in turn, have their chain of dealers and retailers. So getting hold of a genuine supplier is very difficult. If by any chance, you happen to find a genuine supplier, consider yourself very lucky.

      As regards the supplier and the fake Tommy Hilfiger shipment, you should focus on punishing the supplier and recovering some money from him. If you threaten hard enough, most people come around. Start by posting his name on popular supplier forums…etc. Actual legal action can be very expensive not to mention, time consuming.

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      Also, beware of dropshippers claiming to hold genuine merchandise. Real jobbers as pointed out above, never get the opportunity to do anything except manage the large volume of branded stock that is unloaded onto them. Of course their names are fiercely guarded secrets as every new entrant into the business poses a threat since they can eat away at margins.

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      You could try and ask the manufacturer or some contact in big departmental stores that stock these brands as regards where and how they dispose of excess merchandise that may have gotten spoiled or returned. You could pick up a name or two which might refer you further. This is not always easy and requires considerable time investment especially if you need a continuous stock supply.

      But it is always a good idea to be wary of supplier names that you get off an internet list or some site.

      It may also be worthwhile to spend some time understanding the merchandise at a reputed store. Not only will the staff point out differences in a real and fake Tommy Hilfiger, you will get a chance to acquaint yourself with the select designs of the season. Fake Tommy Hilfiger clothing often does not conform to the colors or even basic cuts of a real polo or other garment.

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      Fyi, the Tommy Hilfiger company actually sued Goody’s Family Clothing Inc in June 2003 for carrying fake Tommy Hilfiger. They went home richer by 11 million.

      If you can actually bring the supplier to the company’s notice, they may take it up on your behalf and you get a chance to ingratiate yourself with the company. Brand manufacturers are losing millions each year due to counterfeiting – they will be more than happy to try and shut down the supplier’s operations.

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      You cannot really threaten legal action unless your contract specifies genuine Tommy. There are perfectly legal bonafide replica companies that use the `Collection inspired by so and so’ to get trademark infringement immunity from what is obviously fake tommy hilfiger.

      Fakes are by definition products that pretend to be the real thing when they are not. Are you sure that your terms of agreement included this detail? Have you even signed a written contract or agreement of any kind?

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      The fake industry is booming because it is promoted by people like us looking for a bargain. People who want to sport a luxury brand but not have to pay through their teeth for it. What people don’t get is that this counterfeit industry increases our tax burden and its proceeds usually go towards unlawful activities that end up costing us more than we save.

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      Fakes can actually be very harmful depending on the category. Fake sunglasses don’t really protect the eye. Fake medicines can be fatal. Even toy knock offs using substandard paints and materials can be a health hazard.

      Another thing to remember about people manufacturing fake Tommy Hilfiger is that they are employing people in sub human conditions and probably paying them less than minimum wage.

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      The counterfeits also reduce the exclusivity of the brand. Once you know that fake Tommy Hilfiger is common, every garment is suspect as is the wearer.

      People then make it a point to patronize brands that are not so commonly `faked’.

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