A THIRD of people wear knock-off gear to help save cash, figures show.
Fake clothes, fashion items, cosmetics and watches are among items snapped up.
A huge 32 per cent knowingly buy them from traders, online and from friends.
Such purchases make up two thirds the value of Britain’s black economy, which itself is worth a tenth of GDP.
Men are more likely to own dodgy gear — 35 per cent compared to 30 for women.
Seven per cent of Brits have more than 15 fakes.
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Londoners are most likely to own a bogus item, then Geordies, a study of 2,000 by watch and sunglasses specialist Tic Watches found.
Spokesman Danny Richmond said: “The scale of the counterfeit industry is shocking.
“While it’s tempting to buy cheap alternatives, fake designer products can be incredibly damaging to the fashion industry.”
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