Copy that, Copycat!
From Japan comes news that the luxury brand Hermes will soon provide a new luxury helicopter service between luxury downtown Tokyo and luxury Narita Airport.
Here’s the thing. I lived over in Asia for years, and the first thing they do with any luxury item is make cheap knock-off copies. Very soon, copycat Hermes choppers will be offering to carry tourists to the airport for two bucks.
As with any knock-offs, some of them will work but some will flop off the buildings and crash immediately. Meanwhile, the Hermes Police will start blasting the knock-offs out of the sky, which will shorten some trips.
So for the next few months the place to be is in a slow-moving taxi with a sun roof, so you can watch the blazing aerial spectacle as you inch your way to the airport.
Above: French customs official holds counterfeit Cartier watches in 2001 file photo, after seizing knock-off luxury goods bearing names of labels including Hermes, Fendi and Cartier. REUTERS/ John Schults
Right: Japan’s first Hermes helicopter is unveiled in Tokyo, August 7, 2009. REUTERS/ Yuriko Nakao