(Closed) What’s your opinion on knock-off shoes and purses?

posted 8 years ago in Shoes
  • poll: Is it ok to buy counterfeit luxury goods?
    Yes. I don't think it hurts anyone, and who doesn't love a deal? : (33 votes)
    35 %
    No, it's wrong and contributes to criminal activity : (47 votes)
    51 %
    I know it's wrong but I can't afford the real thing : (13 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Personally, I think it’s wrong.  In New York City, you cannot walk 5 feet anywhere without running into people selling knockoff/fake/stolen purses, watches, etc.  It crowds the streets and it’s annoying…and of course, illegal. 

    I can’t really afford designer things right now either, but I would rather buy a bag from H&M or Nine West or something than support something illegal.  Plus, 99% of this stuff looks so obviously fake that I don’t get the point of buying it.

    Post # 4
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    4382 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

    I hate knock-offs. This might shound shitty, but I think it just makes the person look like a fool. Not fooling anyone.

    Post # 5
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    4466 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @fiftyfootbride: Agree completely.  FSIL is always showing off her FAKE prada and looking down her nose at me because I have a bag from Nine West. 

    Post # 6
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    232 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Agreed! I think knockoffs are awful. For one they do contribute to illegal activity but also I think they kind of make people look like wanna-be’s (no offense to anyone) I think you can tell the difference between the fakes and the real ones. To me I would rather look like I have good taste and buy something affordable than looking like I bought something just to look rich/cool/whatever. I saved for my louis vuittons and llooovvve them….but I wouldnt feel the same if they were from a sidewalk vendor.

    Post # 7
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    4382 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

    I know! Somebody was trotting down the street the other day with a fake Birkin. Girl, please.

    I’m a big LV collector, vintage and current, and I’ve taught my fiance how to spot a fake from 20 paces. lol. We refer to them as “Flooies.”

     

    There ain’t no shame in having a wardrobe filled with any price-point of accessories. I just don’t like things pretending to be something they’re not.

    Post # 8
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    530 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    it’s not a fashion issue to me. i totally don’t mind someone wearing a “fake” — most so-called luxury goods are poorly made in the first place… or at least worth only a fraction of what they’re sold for. so throw a monkey wrench in the “luxury goods” system as often as you can, i say! HOWEVER: i DO think we need to be responsible and consider where the things we buy are coming from. was it made in a sweat shop?? was it made by political prisoners in china?? what are the environmental consequences of buying things based solely on price — when it means it’s come from  a factory that’s not really regulated for environmental impact, or for humane labor practices? it isn’t just knock-offs that we should re-consider, it’s the whole it’s-better-because-it’s-cheaper mentality. (like, if you can’t afford something? maybe don’t buy it? instead of buying something that supports, say, a dictatorship, or forced child labor, or etc etc.)

    Post # 9
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    4382 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

    One of my LVs was my diaper bag as a baby (my mother refused to carry an actual diaper bag, so it’s just a big ol’ satchel-y LV) that I still use on a monthly basis. During highschool I actually used it as my bookbag. It still looks as good as a brand-new one, except with the lovely aged straps. I’d say $1000 for 25 years of use is a pretty sweet deal.

    Post # 10
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    uh…. I may be an exception to your regular rule. Knock off are EVERYWHERE around me. But I live in China, so …

    I’m not much of a label whore; in fact I’d never heard of most of the big name designers until I moved here. I buy the purses and shoes because they’re the only ones that look normal to me that I can find here. Chinese fashion… is different from American fashion.

    Post # 11
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    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I don’t care for knock offs.  I’d rather have one real designer purse than twenty knock offs. 

    Post # 12
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    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I am too frugal to spend on designer purses, even though I love them.  And, Hong Kong has knock offs that really do look like the real thing.  However, it does contribute to criminal activity, but so does a lot of things we purchase “legally” in America, we just don’t know about it.  How bout those diamond rings ladies?  SMH.  LOL!!  I like the look of some designer purses, but can never justify paying that much for a purse.  Funny thing is, my family finds it hilarious that someone like me (who can afford to purchase a designer purse every month if I wanted to), would never buy one.  I’ll stick to the purses I get from TJ Maxx on discount and the lovely knock off’s from Hong Kong that have fooled many many people.  Even those few that claim they can see one from a mile away.  To each its own.  That’s what America is about.  Right? 

    Post # 13
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    6598 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I don’t agree with designer stuff anyway – there is no way the materials cost as much as the product costs and so that means that the mark-up is going into the designers pocket!

    I am not a brand name person for that reason – I have a few fake purses because I like the actual purse not because of the name on the purse but I never pretend that its real I refer to them as my fakes. I don’t buy my purses for what others think I only buy them for myself and because they are cute whether they are real or not does not even come in to the equation.

    Post # 15
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    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    if i had to pick between a knock off and the real thing, i’d take the knock off. there’s no way i’m spending $100s to $1000s on a purse, i don’t care if it looks fake or not.

    Post # 16
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    277 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I don’t actually care if someone has a knock-off anything.  I can however, usually tell when something is fake and I kind think ‘wtf’ to myself.   I’m a L.A.M.B lover so I only carry Gwen’s purses (hehe I love her) and one day I hope to own a beautiful Chanel purse but if someone else has a fakie…don’t care, I just know I’d never carry one.  What else can I say…I’m a purse snob 🙂

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