This article entitled “The Bag Man” by Larissa MacFarquhar was really an intense look into the pirating of luxury goods. All of this information was just being confirmed with my observations of everyday life, but I also learned alot as well through reading it. I think one of the most beautiful parts in the article is when she compares it to dealing drugs, its safer, and your partner doesn’t kill you if you want to sell fake watches.
This whole article being relatable to me as I now live in Chinatown but have grown up in New York, I have seen first hand the evolution of the pirating and fake luxury good world as I have been around it and am certainly around it everyday now. How the people selling have changed their ways of handling the goods either on the street or elsewhere. What is the most fascinating encounter now is that these chinese people speak every single language and now have laminated pieces of paper with what seems to be an inventory. They then call on their cellphones or walkie talkies and a van comes by in 5 minutes and drops off a bag that the consumer wants to buy. Everything is completely mobile now, whereas it used to be that they took you into the back rooms and you would buy there but there have been many raids and newsteams doing undercover for this to be done still.
The luxury good market is one that is driven by craftsmanship, and the desire to attain to something, as humans we will always have that characteristic, so the luxury market will not disappear especially since the new millennium when the importance has been placed on the individual more than the communal, and with purchasing status or luxury or eliteness you can achieve that especially through luxury goods.