(Closed) Are you ok with knock-offs?

posted 10 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Whats your opinion?
    Designer all the way : (17 votes)
    20 %
    A little of both, its nice to have some authentics : (44 votes)
    52 %
    Penny Pinching Price Shopper : (23 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 4
    18628 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I like some designer things but I don’t buy things only if they are designer (actually I like only getting accessories from designers because I can use them a lot more).  I don’t, however, like blantant cheap knockoffs made in China that look almost exactly like the real thing.  I just don’t think that’s right.  If you don’t want to pay for a designer bag, there are a lot of cute options elsewhere!

    Post # 5
    1074 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I personally will not buy a knock off

    I don’t care if other people do.  It does kinda bug me a bit though when some people try to pawn off like its the real deal.  Hope that does make me come off stuck upish Frown

    Post # 6
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’m actually should be writing a paper on knockoffs in the fashion industry for my Current Topics in Intellectual Property class as I type this.  (I’m on page 28, I deserve a break!)  I’m arguing that there needs to be copyright protection for fashion designers because right now there is nothing illegal about copying a design.  This will mean that there won’t be cheaper alternatives available for a while (house and senate bills max the protection out at 3 years).  However, if this protection doesn’t become available, designers are going to lose incentives to keep creating innovative goods.  Copyright law protects all other types of designers, why not fashion designers?  It’s just a weird part of the law that doesn’t make sense.

    Some reasons you may not want to buy a counterfeit: they can be unsafe (think sunglasses and things) because they don’t go through the same quality control, money from counterfeits usually goes to drug businesses, arms business, and funding international terrorism, these goods are usually made by child, slave laborers.  There’s tons of literature out there on it.  I encourage you to give it a read!

    That being said, I can’t say that I haven’t bought a fake coach bag when I was in high school.  I understand that people want/need cheap alternatives; I just don’t think they should be available until after the original designer recoups time and money from researching, developing, and marketing.

    Post # 7
    1981 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Totally not alone. Some things are just worth more (to me)–like I wouldn’t buy a cloth Coach bag because well, it’s cloth, but I love my leather one because it will last ten times longer with the kind of use I put my bags through. I’d buy a knockoff cloth Coach bag or something similar any day!

    Mostly, though, I feel like that’s how you develop style: you have to look pat the brand names and find pieces that are truly you. If you like a bargain, you’re going to have some pieces that were on super sale and for which you got a great deal! If you like the thrill of name brands, you’ll find pieces with labels or monograms that suit you.

    My Fiance studies these kinds of things (like, that’s his soon-to-be profession) and did a project on name brands/labels versus non-labels, and it’s amazing how many people add OR subtract worth based on the label recognition. 🙂

    Post # 9
    337 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I am a huge fan of getting things custom made on Etsy to look exactly like certain things I can’t afford.  As for shoes, I would love real Balmains but that was never gonna happen so I happily bought a very similar pair for a very small price from a chain store.  I love fashion and I am not making money anytime soon (med student).  There’s no way I’m waiting until I’m 50 to have the look of things that I covet now. 

    Post # 10
    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I don’t understand knock-offs in the least.  If it’s not real, why bother?!  I hate seeing girls carrying their fake gucci or coach bags…dude, go by something that you can afford instead of pretending that you can afford the real thing! 

    Now I cannot afford a Louis or a Gucci bag…and there’s NO WAY you’d see me carrying around a knock off – I’d rather not pretend that I can afford it!  I’m okay with my leather Lucky brand bag anyday!!


    I’m not sure if the wedding dresses sold by reputable companies are necessarily knock offs. I think they gain inspiration from certain designers, but add their own twist to the piece therefore making it their own and affordable.  So I think that’s totally cool.

    Post # 11
    18628 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I think similar designs are fine, I think of it as generic prescriptions.  There will still be people who want the name brand even though there is a cheaper alternative out there and there are others who can’t afford the expensive name brand but still want the medicine or style in this case!

    Post # 13
    5262 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I pick and choose what to buy designer and what to buy, shall we say, non-designer. 

    I think to most people, they don’t even realize they’re buying knock-offs. They just like how what they’re buying looks, and that’s understandable. I do that anytime I go to Forever 21, J. Crew, etc. Let’s face it – most trends work their way down, and most of us can’t afford to go designer all the way. 

    I do think there’s a time and a place to invest, though. I hate how people assume you’re rich or snobby if you buy anything designer. Or that knock-offs are the same thing – they’re not the same quality, obviously, because they couldn’t sell them for so cheap then! Or that you’re buying it just for a name – my Manolos are the most comfortable heels I own, and they’ve paid themselves off (bought them on Ebay) five or six times over since I bought them. Balance is key!

    Post # 15
    1079 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I find that knock-offs tend to be noticable. They’re made with cheaper fabrics and often stiched together poorly. Cheap shoes tend to be uncomfortable. But, I’d be perfectly happy paying for a similar look done in high quality without the brand name, perhaps by a local seamstress or from someone on etsy. Or buying brand names at discount stores or on ebay.

    Post # 16
    665 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    It doesn’t bother me when an affordable designer like DB “steals” a couture wedding gown design. It may be cheaper, but its not the same. Going to Chinatown and buying those kind of knock-offs… whats the point? We all know its fake! Besides, you know deep down it is wrong, b/c it is… like I’m sure others have already pointed out.

    I had a friend that was dirt poor, but was obsessed w/ lables… usually fake… It just doesn’t make sense to me. Its not worth it – don’t be a label ho. Buy the design and not the name!

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