Taking advantage of piracy
What are your thoughts on this?
BootsnAll's guide to Bali
Here are a couple of thoughts regarding brands and brand names and the 'backpacker' culture.
I have seen a lot of 'backpackers', mainly in my travels around Australia but also through Europe and especially in Bangkok.
There have been other threads throughout the boards that have touched on this, but there seems to be a culture of belonging that is needed when you are proving yourself as an individual.
Of course, to prove yourself as a traveller, you must wear something displaying a message from somewhere different to where you are.
For example, the 'Red Bull' tshirt or singlet with foreign writing or the 'Bintang' beer tshirts from Bali. Very popular buys in Thailand and a popular 'I was there' type of advertisement.
So, what does this mean for pirated stuff?
The range of stuff on sale in Thailand is mind blowing. But is it now the cool thing to buy pirated clothing? To show yourself as a traveller in the same way that getting your hair braided in the traditional way does?
It probably doesn't matter. At least not for the tourists/travellers anyway... It does give the locals jobs, but are they good ones?
And what about the alternative attitude of buying brand name stuff, but not supporting multinationals?
So many angles. The world is a complex place.
Rob - www.robstravels.com
the quality of the clothes;
and just how tatty mine in my backpack are.
If they looked good, felt good & the price was right I would probably take advantage the clothing.
Definately not the Software & DVDs etc. Too dodgy.
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