The Honesty of Hoax: Stories Behind the Consumption of Counterfeits

  • Saturday, September 16, 2017
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, Mass. 01201

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The Honesty of Hoax: Stories Behind the Consumption of Counterfeits

An Illustrated Talk with Professor Suraj Cummari


Saturday, September 16th, 2pm
Berkshire Museum

Join us for another fascinating discussion in OLLI's 2017 Distinguished Speakers Series.

“If you own a (name your most expensive fashion purchase) and think you made a good purchase, you should not attend this talk. Because you will hear stories from people who have paid a fraction of what you have paid and claim to be a lot happier with their purchase than you. You will hear how they purchased a counterfeit, but not because they were deceived into buying it."

"Buyers of counterfeits have only one goal in mind — they want to make you feel like it is you, the buyer of the authentic item, who has been deceived. Welcome to field stories from the world of counterfeits. You don’t want to hear this if you are happy with your purchase.” – Professor Suraj Cummari

University of Albany Associate Professor Suraj Commuri’s expertise includes insight into marketing trends, as well as brand counterfeiting and consumer-generated content. He previously served as a research consultant for multinational brands entering Asian markets. Prior to coming to UAlbany, Commuri was at the University of Missouri, where he taught at their College of Business and the interdisciplinary Center for the Digital Globe.

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Photo credit: counterfeit Rolex watches courtesy of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol



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