Mar 4, 2009

Bags, do you Fake it?

While waiting in line a little while ago I got a compliment for my small Chanel flap bag. I was quite flattered and happy to share what I know about this bag with the woman. Of course can just you imagine my surprise and exasperation when she then asks if the bag is a fake. I must have looked at her with disdain in my eyes because she immediately tries to explain herself and share with me how much fake bags cost nowadays. At that point, I just didn't want to speak to her anymore. I mean how rude to just ask a complete stranger if the bag is fake. Even if it is fake, why will I divulge that information to a complete stranger, right?

While visiting various places in my travel, I have encountered counterfeit bags at such discounted price I must say can be quite tempting. But, I usually stop myself because I know these bags are fake myself even if no one else knows it. And, these designs are intellectual properties. It's wrong to just copy and paste someone's work. Besides, if I own a brand, I will be so unhappy to see counterfeits. So let me ask you, do you fake it or only the real thing will do?

25 comments:

  1. I don't like buying counterfeit goods.
    It's against the law.

    http://momfashionworld.blogspot.com/

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  2. I don't do fake either...it's just not the same as owning the real thing. I don't buy things to flaunt in front of other people, I buy them because I like them and I don't like fake. :)

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  3. I don't ever really splurge on the real thing but I don't do the fake counterfeits either. I usually just go w/ a cheaper non-knockoff brand like Nine West or something. Although I love my Coach tote I got last fall.

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  4. I don't do fakes ... always seemed tacky to me.

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  5. I bought one once, and after a week I decided "No" and bought the real thing. But I have received fakes as gifts from my future mother in law (in the past she had frequent business trips to Asia). I didn't know how to tell her and didn't want to hurt her feelings. Thank goodness she switched careers.

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  6. I don't do fakes either. If I can't afford it, then I don't buy it. Part of owning a branded item is the pride and experience that you own one. Where is that with a fake? It's like buying "Louis Button" lol

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  7. I just can't bring myself to buy fake bags...like you said, even if no one else knows I know deep down that I'm a fraud. There's something tacky about owning a fake - if I don't have the money for a real bag, why convince people that I do?

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  8. I don't think I could buy a fake, either. I'd rather work hard to get the real deal. It's a way of me saying I'm proud of myself.

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  9. Super rude! I have not ever purchased a fake either. I have been tempted to buy fake LV luggage, but couldn't get over the tacky factor.

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  10. I don't fake it either. I need quality above all in a handbag (I feel like I'm kind of rough on them) and fake ones just aren't going to work for me. Plus I agree that if I had a brand of my own I would not want it copied.

    I cannot believe she asked you that!!! How rude!!

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  11. i faked a few times in the past, but felt like a HUGE LOSER when people would compliment my bag (or ask if it was a fake) and i'd have to fess up. now i try to get the real deal on sale, as i can't afford a lot of these fab bags that are available!

    and i agree with you that it isn't right to do. it is not fair to the designer. i have lived and learned!

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  12. only the real one comes with me... that's for sure!

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  13. I don't do fakes. It's the most label-whorish thing you can do, IMO. It shows you only care about the name (or in convincing people that you have something with that name) and not about the quality.

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  14. How rude was she?

    No, I don't use fake bags but I don't buy designer either. When I go to a REAL store looking for a purse I buy what I like for a reasonable price.

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  15. Jeez, no one has ever asked me whether a bag was fake--that's kind of rude! I don't do fakes either but pass no judgement on those who do!! I figure if I can't afford it, I probably shouldn't get it :-)

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  16. I don't buy fake because if I really want it at an affordable price I just go outlet shopping. BTW I have a little award waiting for you over here: http://trischexpress.blogspot.com/2009/03/pop-art-alizee-inspiration.html

    Trisch xo

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  17. I've bought fakes in the past, the secret is to buy a fake bag because you like the fake bag, not because you think it looks like the real thing; it never does.

    The only problem with fakes is when everyone is carrying a knock off speedy or 2.55, it just kills off the luxury of the real deal.

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  18. I "Coach" it! They are reasonable enough that I have the REAL thing!

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  19. No I don't buy fake, (except fake fur ;) ).
    I prefer not to buy a brand too expensive and buy something of another brand.

    xoxo

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  20. Ah, yes, I agree with The Seeker... faux is for fur. xxx

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  21. Goodness, people can ask such intimate questions! I don't like fakes either; I'll always choose one good item over five cheaper ones.

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  22. I've never bought a fake. It would too embarassing if someone called me out on it!

    Someone did give me a fake bag as a present once. It's still sitting in the back of a drawer. I think I will donate it.

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  23. I don't do fake and I don't have enough money to buy a Channel dream, I mean bag lol.

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  24. how rude of that woman!! to answer your question, i once got a fake balenciaga moto bag and i wore it until it started fading...hmm!

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  25. i can usually tell with fake bags. most of the fakes look fake from a mile away.

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