Should You Consider
Knock Off Bags?
When it comes to designer bags, lets face it they aren’t cheap. If you are on a tight budget, spending several hundreds or even thousands on a bag may not be such a great idea. So when choosing a messenger bag or any other type of bag, should you go for the real thing or save some cash and go with the cheap knock off? Well of course there are pros and cons to each choice, but it really comes down to two things. Price and dignity.
Knock off bags are a billion dollar industry and don’t seem to be going away any time soon. Even worse, often these counterfeit bags are so good that only experts will be able to tell the difference. Not to mention they can be purchased at a significant savings, so some argue that if nobody knows why not go for it? Well there are reasons why you should and shouldn’t, and often it really is a matter of personal choice.
The thing you really have to ask yourself is whether or not you don’t mind sporting an imitation. When purchasing a designer handbag, the primary reason you do so is really to make a fashion statement (well at least for most). So you need to ask yourself, what sort of fashion statement are you trying to make? Are you trying to impress your friends or merely want to look fashionable. The latter is more of a reason to purchase counterfeits while the former is a reason not to.
As good as these counterfeits are, there are people that are so keen to details that they will be able to spot a fake fairly quickly. Whether or not they call you out on it is one thing, but the paranoia for some may be all but too much to sport a fake. I mean nothing is tackier than being called out for having a counterfeit bag, so if you do decide to buy one, be prepared if someone calls you out on it!
Another reason you may go against purchasing counterfeit bags is that you really are supporting an underground criminal industry. The manufacturers of such bags cost the designers billions of dollars in revenue every year, and really many of them are illegal. Not that you will be ever pulled over by the police, but by purchasing a cheap knock off you are really supporting that underground economy, a moral decision that you need to address.
However the BIGGEST reason why people purchase knock-offs is because they are sooooo much cheaper than the real thing! I mean for a fraction of the cost, you can get an LV or Gucci bag on a budget, and no one may know the difference! So it really is a constant struggle between price and quality that one has to decide on.
No matter which course you choose, it seems that these counterfeit bags are here to stay. So whether you decide to purchase them or not, just know the facts before diving into such a decision.