Original brands and counterfeit brands - do they have anything in common?

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


Consumer decisions to purchase fakes instead of originals has developed into a major concern for brand manufacturers worldwide. This research looks at the customers' understanding of the key concepts original brand and counterfeit brand. Using the theory of social representations helped to gain rich insight into the consumers' perception of counterfeit brands in the light of their counterpart original brands, to determine the main differences and similarities, and to identify core aspects and relative evaluations of these two concepts. Taken collectively, the results indicate that, based on single associations, respondents' mental maps of the two concepts do not overlap. It seems that they have a clear picture of what they get with the purchase of original brands versus counterfeits. Although similar attributes to evaluate original brand and counterfeit brand were used (quality and price), they contribute differently to the nature of the concepts. The benefits of both categories are strongly related to consumers' norms prevalent in their social environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146 - 163
JournalJournal of Consumer Behaviour
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008

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