Authenticity of Second-hand Designer Clothes

Authenticity of our second-hand designer clothes



Most of us are not aware of what we support, if we buy fake Second-hand Designer Clothes.


That goes for CDs, DVDs, cigarettes, designer perfumes and also for second-hand Designer clothes. Here are some figures and information, that will make you think. After reading this, you will most likely decide to never buy a counterfeit product again.

Funds from sales of counterfeit products are used to fund, amongst other things, child or forced labour, drug cartels, terrorism, weapon smuggling, Human trafficking, Wildlife trafficking and the trade of endangered species, money laundering and other criminal activities. Not one cent goes towards taxes to support the economy. The sales and distribution of knockoffs, results in the loss of revenue, not only for the original companies, but also for the state, local government. Less taxes paid, mean less monies spent on the citizens of a country.

In 2010-2012 the South African Clothing and Textile workers union reported a loss of 14,400 jobs in the textile industry alone, due to fake garments being imported and sold in South Africa.

South Africa has become a dumping ground for counterfeit or knockoff products (e.g . clothing and various consumer goods). In 2012 and 2013, SARS reported 25 000 incidents at various ports, resulting in the seizure of R2.6 billion worth of fake consumer goods:

  • R37.8 million in illicit cigarettes
  • R155  million in counterfeit clothing
  • R671  million in fake CDs and DVDs

These counterfeit goods are often produced:

  • Using child or forced labour
  • in harmful and unsanitary environments
  • Using inferior textiles and other toxic components


At 2nd Take we do our best to ensure authenticity of our second-hand designer clothes and accessories. We are requesting purchase receipts, tags and care bags as well as performing verification checks on the items.

We ask for the original packaging, invoices or authenticity certificates. If those can’t be provided, we will find out as much as possible about the item. Where it was purchased, how much was paid for it and how old is it.

We also carefully examine the items for obvious quality shortfalls and variances in the design. We look at the quality of the stitching, colouring, the logo, zipper, lining and serial number.

We don’t sell imitations and counterfeit products and urge you to rather buy a good quality, no name product, than to support crime by buying a knockoff.  If the real designer item is too expensive, you always have the option,  to hunt for your fashion treasure in quality second-hand designer clothes stores like 2nd Take.

Have a look at our authentic second-hand designer clothes and accessories online here.

2nd Take is the largest consignment second-hand clothing retailer Franchise group in South Africa with boutique shops in Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein, as well as a convenient online store. 2nd Takestocks exclusive designer brands and high street labels, often not available for purchase anywhere else in South Africa.

For further information on 2nd Take, please contact us on 021 434 5878 or e-mail

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