Ben By: Ben

broken counterfeit jeans

The label reads:




This is an Excel function. It also would work in Microsoft Access. The factory is using Excel or Access to store all the logos for the different jeans they make and then print them onto leather. This is what happens when there is a bug in their software.


Chatuchak market, Krung Thep, Thailand. (Bangkok)

  • thousandrobots 10y

    I think it's supposed to be =IIf(Label="","RMA","?")

    If it were written "Iif" instead of "If", it would work in any Microsoft Office application and in VB. It means, "If the field/column/whatever 'Label' has an empty value, return the value 'RMA'. Otherwise, return the value '?'."

    It's a good way of populating one field based on what's in another field.

    Maybe now I can get a job writing software for Thai blue jean counterfeiters.
  • Ben 10y

    That's right. It's supposed to be iif, not if.

    (Edit:But it probably isn't plain VB, just because of the equals sign.)
  • Tarathene 10y

    Must get a pair! I think that maybe I want some with non-MS specific code, though.
  • Andrea 10y


    3 art directors' and one graphic designer's vote.
  • Billy Wenge-Murphy 10y

    photoshopped or not, i'd like some
  • Josh J 10y

    I'd have to concur with popular opinion: that pair kicks the *ahem* pants off the others.
  • Ben 10y

    Would any of y'all like to put some money on that, Deea?

    The reason you shouldn't even doubt me is because I'm not nearly creative enough to imagine the workflow at a counterfeit jeans factory, let alone come up with a plausible screwup like this. And this is pretty plausible. Because it happened :)

    But no need for critical thought. It was dark in the stalls in Chatuchak, so I had to take several shots to even get this blurry image. I didn't upload the original because I wasn't Flickr pro yet.

    These are not interesting photos: camera jitter, too close, the one that I posted, and with a flash.

    In the unlikely event that anyone would like to use one of those images, feel free under either Sharealike 1.0 or Attribution Sharealike 2.5.

    I don't even have a copy of photoshop. My GIMP skills aren't that good.
  • ingerson 10y

    Like many before me have said I'd like a pair with this on! Geek Chic. Also you got to remember lots of the jeans in markets in these places come from the genuine factories and are 2nds/rejects (or the factory keeps the machines running after they number of units they have been contracted to make). So lots of the goods are actually from the proper factory but don't get the proper packing/labels put on.
  • Peter Quinsey 10y

    It may not be a bug. They could be ThinkGeek jeans.
  • Ben 10y

    The main reason I assumed they were counterfeit was because there were a bunch of sad looking lucky 7 and diesel jeans at the same prices.

    The second reason was that I assumed real factories would be doing large enough runs that they wouldn't depend on Excel to allow them to print all kinds of different labels. But now in retrospect, I doubt that the legit companies are more organized than the counterfeiters.

    Anyway. I'm sure you're right. They probably aren't counterfeit. Keeping the title.
  • RSEanes 10y

    I'm mainly surprised that no one caught it, even if they are in fact counterfeit (which I could believe easily).
  • Marti 10y

    Counterfeit or not - it's a great find & like so many people I'd love a pair ;-)
    And, counterfeit or not,it's strange nobody noticed and they are in the shops ...
  • Armaan R 10y

    That is simply awesome. I'm the umpteenth person to want one...
  • Pol Romeu 10y

    Per quan el podria comprar ?
  • DM 10y

    Everybody wants them. I'm going to counterfeit a pair and put them on eBay.
  • Susan Scafidi 9y

    Love it, blogged it:

    And come to think of it, the manufacturer may have avoided a trademark violation, only to infringe copyright!
  • Balop Erdida 7y

    I live here in Thailand, and that market is known for its fake stuff. Its uber normal to get dumbass stuff like that. Like on the back of a romance movie it had a comment saying "absolutely hilarious!" When the movie had nothing funny in it at all. If your visiting Thailand get used to that kind of crap!
    But that is pretty funny. I could hardly read the label anyway.
    Lee is what I wear. My Lee is not fake.

    Seen on a rss agregator. (?)
  • Timo Kozlowski 7y

    I live in Thailand since six years now, but I haven't seen a label like that. Must be a real rarity. I hope you bought the whole stock to establish it as a new brand. :-)
  • David Heyes 2y

    RuutAckses Agreed
  • Oficina del Parlament Europeu a Barcelona 1mo

    Hi Ben, thanks a lot for sharing your picture!
    We used your image to illustrate a post on the European Parliament's Office of Barcelona's Facebook page: and we quoted you as requested by the Creative Commons attribution.
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