by Mike Masnick

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Indian Cricket Team Owner Plans Cheaper Line Of Jerseys To Compete With Knockoffs

from the market-research dept

We wrote about Indian film star Sharukh Khan not too long ago, when he was involved in a prank/hoax/joke about airport film scanners. However, Amar Balikai alerts us to something else he's potentially planning that seems pretty smart. Khan, via his production company, owns a cricket team, and there's huge demand for the jerseys. The official jerseys are apparently quite pricey, leading many to buy cheap knockoffs instead. But rather than freak out about the fakes, Khan apparently wants to create a second line of cheaper jerseys that the team can offer directly, to compete with the knockoff versions. We've seen this before, such as with the South African t-shirt company that secretly designed both an official line and its own, cheaper, knockoffs, and was able to better segment the market. In other words, these are both cases of companies recognizing that "piracy" is just a form of free market research. You just need to figure out how to capitalize on what it tells you.

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    fogbugzd (profile), Mar 10th, 2010 @ 5:34pm


    Supposedly this type of counterfeiting is exactly what ACTA is supposed to combat. This model seems like a much better market-based solution that a bunch of unenforceable treaties.

    The problem is that this model also requires companies to act counter to modern corporate-think. For one thing, the companies have to recognized that the market is not a zero-sum game. Current corporate think says that there is a fixed sized market, and every knockoff purchased is a lost sale. The reality is that there are two markets, and the sum of the two markets is much larger than just the high end segment.

    It also requires risk taking and competition in the bare-knuckled world of knockoff production. Modern executives will do almost anything to avoid taking risks or getting their hands dirty by operating in a competitive market.

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Mar 10th, 2010 @ 5:38pm

    Jobs knew this

    Reminds me of how Steve Jobs responded to criticism that the iPhone would cannibalize iPod sales. "Steve answered that if there's going to be cannibalization of Apple, they want it to be by Apple."

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 10th, 2010 @ 7:17pm

    Re: ACTA

    ACTA: The Anti-Consumer Trade Agreement

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    Sos (profile), Mar 10th, 2010 @ 8:08pm

    Also that there is a massive low income population in India helps with the decision to release more affordable merchandise

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    Greevar (profile), Mar 10th, 2010 @ 8:28pm

    Re: Re: ACTA

    That was my thought as well.

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    John Fenderson (profile), Mar 10th, 2010 @ 9:36pm

    University of Oregon

    The University of Oregon has been doing this for years now.

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    Jim Nariel, Mar 11th, 2010 @ 2:36pm

    He should dig in his pockets and buy some quality shirts - good article

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    cricket supplies, Jul 16th, 2011 @ 8:54am

    Cheap jerseys look awful! It's always best to get the real thing : )

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