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Jakarta Post

Fake products cost RI Rp 43.2t in lost taxes

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 4 2011   /  08:00 am

Layers of counterfeiters: Even knockoffs have their own social classes as different quality of fake products are sold at different areas of ManggaDua.(JP)For Lexi Wulandani, counterfeit luxury bags satisfy her appetite for fashion despite their poor quality.

“A Rp 350,000 [US$39.2] Balenciaga fake bag purchased from online shops or any bazaar at a mall is enough for me. The bag looks good and it is similar to the original,” the 25-year-old employee of a private company in South Jakarta told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

Despite her passion for the Spanish-produced bags, she could not afford to buy an original Balenciaga, which cost from Rp 12 million to Rp 20 million.

Lexi claimed to have several counterfeit bags, which she said she needed to support her looks at the office.

For Nabil Muhammad, a student at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), purcha...