Last week, I asked for thoughts on the Longchamp Les Pliages tote bags and I received some interesting comments regarding the prevalence of fakes (especially in our part of the world – Asia). As with many designer brands or bags with popular designs, the Longchamp Les Pliage totes are heavily faked – I’d advise you to be careful if buying online.
Actually, I think anything from Louis Vuitton takes the cake for being faked but that’s digressing 🙂
I feel very strongly about fake fashion goods, whether clothes or bags. Fake goods make me sad. I live in a country where its possible to get fakes (and pretty good ones) for a fraction of the price of the real thing. I was told by a reliable source that a Grade A fake designer bag costs RM750 and up. I’d rather put that money towards a cheaper designer or brand or save up for the real deal. But that’s my take.
Still, leaving the debate of fake goods aside, does the large number of fakes or counterfeit products available in the market deter you from wanting to own or owning the real thing?
Do you feel that a product, design or brand loses its appeal because there are so many fakes out there? Or perhaps it just spurs you to buy the real thing knowing that you can?
My take: The prevalence of fakes do not affect me. If anything, it makes me happier to own the real thing. I speak from experience – there’s no use buying a fake because you’d know it is one and when you wear it, you’ll know. Of course, how you carry it will depend on the company you are with and I just felt like a “wannabe” and that I was “trying too hard” even though no one said anything (or even knew for that matter). Ok, so I was a much less secure in myself and less confident then than I am now 🙂 But when I could afford it, I hit up the real thing and there’s been no turning back. So I’d say no, fake products do not stop me from wanting and owning the real thing. I don’t end up eating instant noodles for a month, if you’re wondering. I only ever buy anything pricey when I already have the money firmly in hand or in the bank account.
What about you? Are your choices limited by the fake products out there whether of the design or of the brand you’d otherwise purchase? Do share your thoughts – I think it’ll be interesting 🙂