Post # 1
I have had a lot of conversations about this with my friends. I personally hate knockoffs and I don’t get why people buy them. I get not wanting to spend $400 on a Coach purse but why buy the knockoff version? You are still spending your money on something that is cheaply made. Why not take those $40.00 and buy a cute purse from Aldo or something. I also get very annoyed at people that buy knockoffs and pretend they are the real thing! It’s obvious its not! Anyway what are your thoughts?
Post # 3
I really don’t like them and I don’t think it is fair that people make fakes. I am fine with buying things that are ‘inspired’ by designer items (because face it, what items aren’t inspired by something on the runways?). And I really don’t like people who pass it off as real if it’s a fake!
With the designer bags I own, I can tell the quality. I have used them for years and years and they are not falling apart. I would rather buy something like that which lasts and looks good than buy something that is fake for $50 and have to replace it in 6 months.
Post # 4
I do not own anything fake and I think that there are definitely ethical issues with the practice of making fakes. I, personally, don’t know what I would do. It’s not an issue i’ve really thought about before. I do know that, if I did buy a knockoff, I would have no problem telling people it’s fake.
Post # 5
To each his own really, you earned your money spend it on what you like, it’s not my business what you spend it on. If the knockoff was made well I’d buy it why not, if it looked good who cares, that’s my opinion. I wouldn’t think twice about it.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I’m fine with inspired items, but I wouldn’t buy actual knock-offs (i.e. fake logo stuff).
Post # 7
I hate fakes. It seems so wrong to me. Why not buy something more creative if you don’t want to splurge for the real thing. To me it says, “I am buying into this consumerism yet I can’t even afford it and I still support it.” A lot of expensive things are cheaply made too… I guess I think of a Coach purse as more for the looks than actual quality.
Post # 8
I don’t like fakes (like logo bags and sunglasses) because they’re usually sooo obvious but I don’t mind stuff that is inspired – because sometimes they come in colors or sizes that aren’t available from the original designer.
Post # 9
I HATE fakes. Purchasing fakes fund things like drug trafficking, child labor, and in some cases terrorism. Not to mention it is completely violating the designers IP (Intellectual Property)
I really hate when people have fakes and then they try to pass them off as real…I can spot the fakes a mile away. These people need to stop trying to be something that they are not. I totally agree with JennyChicago that you can find just as cute of a bag at Aldo or Target.
I am sorry if I have offended anyone with this but I am extremely passionate about this issue.
Post # 10
I bought a couple of fake bags when I was in China, They aren’t NEARLY as nice as the real things I own, and I sort of regret it now. I have no problem telling people that they are fake, though, and never have. I luckily didn’t buy any that scream the supposed brand (you know, have the logo repeating on the jacquard or are a signature style), I just wanted low key purses for work. Next time I go to China (which could be a decade or more), I will save my money for tailored clothes, not knockoffs.
Though I do own a LeSportsac bag I bought knockoff, and I do adore it. I’ve never seen the one it copies in store, it has bunnies in different outfits all over it. I can’t remember if it actually has a LeSportsac logo on it (I think not, or it is really small), so that probably adds to my comfort. But it is darling!
Post # 11
For myself, I cringe when I see people carrying or wearing knockoffs. I think it looks really tacky. I personally would not/have not bought any, but that’s my personal choice.
Then again, I’m not very trendy anyway!! I just wear what’s comfortable and buy what looks nice.
Post # 12
@ Ms. Caniche: No offense taken, though I would point out that the diamond trade does those things as well. This isn’t your fault in the least, but I find it sort of disturbing that these connections are trotted out most often in defense of wealthy interests, not when it undercuts similarly wealthy interests.
Post # 13
i don’t own a lot of BIG Designer bags or shoes, simply cuz i can’t afford them right now, but like PP’s i wouldn’t spend my $40 on a fake, when i can easily spend that money at a mall store and get something original, inspired rather than fake.
to each her own.
Post # 14
@Monitajb- The diamond trade is guilty of the same thing. Especially whe Sierra Leone was “at war” More like complete genocide. They smuggled diamonds out of the country through other countries. The diamond distributiors in Belgium did nothing. So I agree, there is just as much blood on diamonds as fake bags. It is all rather sad and frightening. All I do is my part and not buy fakes.
Post # 15
I am glad a lot of people feel the same way. I was scared I was going to get attacked by knockoff lovers lol!
Post # 16
@ Ms. Caniche: that’s all an individual can be expected to do, other than speak up. My problem is NOT with people like you who are aware and raise awareness, and not even necessarily with those groups that oppose fakes using this information. Its just a little sad that there isn’t a well-funded campaign raising awareness about these issues in other contexts.
My personal beef that I take up with friends is pot use. Unless you know your grower, there is a good chance you are funding the terror in Mexico and environmental destruction that comes from outdoor growing. Not a popular topic.