Imagine being out and about around your local downtown. You see a well dress woman and her handbag catches your eye. You think it is smart looking and so you approach and ask about her handbag. The woman spouts out a brand name you never heard before now and you quickly jot it down so you can look it up online when you get home. You get home only to find out the bag costs more than you make in one month. Well out of your price range, and, then the idea to buy a knock off strikes you. After all, who’s going to know, right? WRONG!
Buying counterfeit goods is never ok. Never. Here is why:
Sellers and owners of “real” designer goods will be able to spot your fake instantly. Hate to break it to you, but, fake merchandise is easily spotted by those who sell high end goods and those who buy high end goods. You might be able to fool a few people, but, if you’re buying imposter goods to try to fit into a social or economic circle you can’t afford then you’re not going to fit in well with that group. The use of inferior or non leather will give the fake away instantly. (As will the lack of a serial number. Most high end, designer goods have a serial number to make the item traceable and it also helps insure it is the real thing.)
Additionally, by purchasing counterfiet goods you are supporting an illegal industry. Granted you have little to no chance of being in any type of legal trouble for carrying a fake bag, but, you are supporting an industry where dishonest people thrive. It’s like working on a term paper for school for months and knowing you wrote an “A” paper, only to have someone else swipe it from you, put their name on it, and, hand it in as their own work. Illegal knock-offs are the same thing!
Whom are you trying to impress? As already stated those in the know will spot the fake immediate, so, what are you trying to say or prove by having fake merchandise? Did you know many of the true high end designers are unknown by the general public, and, the majority do not have their logo all over their merchandise. Of course there are exceptions like Gucci, Fendi and Louis Vuitton, but, have you ever heard of Loro Piana or Anne Fontaine? No? Not surprising. Why? Because these are true high end designers and you aren’t going to find knock offs on street vendor carts in a major city.
The solution? You are actually better off saving your money and aiming for mid-range designers like Coach. You’ll still get quality merchandise, but, in a more affordable price range. Just be sure to purchase your item in an authorized store.
If you really want to impress people, be yourself, and, stay within your own economic means. Anyone worth knowing will not judge you by your clothing or assessories, and, those who do are shallow, and, their lack of class will be exposed as quickly as the fake leather on that knock-off Louis Vuitton bag you have been eyeing.