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Do you buy replica bags?

medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
A recent thread on a Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Trevi for sale (against the rules, btw) got me thinking about replica bags and their popularity. It was very obvious to me that the bag in question was a fake. Have you ever bought or do you buy replica bags?

If so, why? If not, why not?
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    No. Partly because it feels like cheating/stealing and partly because most of them are brands I don't buy anyway, like LV and Coach.


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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Fakes? No, never.

    1) I wouldn't play myself like that. If I want the real thing, I figure out a way to get the real thing. Why skimp on a piece of crap? I am worth the splurge. Why cheat myself out of the great feeling that comes from treating myself to something nice and well-deserved?

    2) They often look fake and I wouldn't be fooling anyone. Like wearing a wig or a weave. Ugh!

    3) It is illegal to sell that junk and buying it often supports the drug trade and/or organized crime.

    4) If I like the brand, I don't wnt to devalue it by adding to the proliferation of fakes and knock offs. I want to keep its quality and image high.

  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
    No. And not for some morally sound reason.

    1. I'm just cheap on clothes anyway. It would be obvious and ridiculous if I were to carry around a designer bag with my Old Navy outfit I bought on clearance.

    2. I find logo covered things to be pretentious looking.


    I have a couple of Louis Vuitton knockoff bags, and an actual Gisele in my closet that I don't use.

    Last week I carried around a Wonder Woman bag :p

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  • SilverCurlsSilverCurls Posts: 294Registered Users
    I wouldn't buy a knock-off on principle. Plus, most of them are very obviously fake.

    I do have a real LV Speedy bag that I bought 25 years ago. I was young, single, and had just received the largest paycheck I had ever seen in my life. I splurged! It's a classic LV shape and I take good care of it. I'm sure I will be enjoying it for many more years to come.
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  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    iroc wrote: »
    No. And not for some morally sound reason.

    1. I'm just cheap on clothes anyway. It would be obvious and ridiculous if I were to carry around a designer bag with my Old Navy outfit I bought on clearance.

    2. I find logo covered things to be pretentious looking.


    I have a couple of Louis Vuitton knockoff bags, and an actual Gisele in my closet that I don't use.

    Last week I carried around a Wonder Woman bag :p

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  • SCGSCG Posts: 5,416Registered Users
    No. But mostly because I prefer the purses I find at Target.

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  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    I wouldn't buy a knock-off on principle. Plus, most of them are very obviously fake.

    I do have a real LV Speedy bag that I bought 25 years ago. I was young, single, and had just received the largest paycheck I had ever seen in my life. I splurged! It's a classic LV shape and I take good care of it. I'm sure I will be enjoying it for many more years to come.

    SC, what is the texture of a Louis Vuitton bag? My stepmother had one, but I never knew if it was pebbled leather or some other stuff. It always looked vaguely waterproof to me.
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  • SilverCurlsSilverCurls Posts: 294Registered Users
    claudine19 wrote: »
    I wouldn't buy a knock-off on principle. Plus, most of them are very obviously fake.

    I do have a real LV Speedy bag that I bought 25 years ago. I was young, single, and had just received the largest paycheck I had ever seen in my life. I splurged! It's a classic LV shape and I take good care of it. I'm sure I will be enjoying it for many more years to come.

    SC, what is the texture of a Louis Vuitton bag? My stepmother had one, but I never knew if it was pebbled leather or some other stuff. It always looked vaguely waterproof to me.

    The material is a coated canvas and it's trimmed in leather. It's very durable, and I would guess waterproof-ish? It does have a slightly pebbled texture. I like how the leather handles take on a deeper patina over time.
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  • Lucky CharmLucky Charm Posts: 1,250Registered Users
    No, never. Moral reasons - I find the whole fake-goods industry sickening. I could never support this trade. I also find fakes cheap looking and very obvious. My cousin carries around this huge fake Burberry bag, that has tattered seams, mis-aligned print, and a broken zipper.
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    I do have a real LV Speedy bag that I bought 25 years ago. I was young, single, and had just received the largest paycheck I had ever seen in my life. I splurged! It's a classic LV shape and I take good care of it. I'm sure I will be enjoying it for many more years to come.

    That's the beauty of authentic bags.

    About 10 years ago, my neighbor invited me to a purse party. I wanted to get to know some of the other women in my neighborhood, so I went. Once there, I started feeling guilty about drinking her wine and eating her hors d'oeuvres, so I bought a Burberry tote replica. That thing was terrible. Never again.
  • NejNej Posts: 2,444Registered Users
    Absolutely not. I think it's cheap and tacky.

    If buying an inexpensive purse is a priority then there are lots of nice bags you can buy that aren't knock-offs.
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  • SilverCurlsSilverCurls Posts: 294Registered Users
    medussa wrote: »
    I do have a real LV Speedy bag that I bought 25 years ago. I was young, single, and had just received the largest paycheck I had ever seen in my life. I splurged! It's a classic LV shape and I take good care of it. I'm sure I will be enjoying it for many more years to come.

    That's the beauty of authentic bags.

    About 10 years ago, my neighbor invited me to a purse party. I wanted to get to know some of the other women in my neighborhood, so I went. Once there, I started feeling guilty about drinking her wine and eating her hors d'oeuvres, so I bought a Burberry tote replica. That thing was terrible. Never again.

    Exactly. When I bought it, I thought of it as an investment. It has more than paid for itself 25 years later. The canvas looks next to new. The only sign of age is the patina on the handles and the slight patina on the brass lock and keys.
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  • violetsviolets Posts: 1,689Registered Users
    No. I could care less about a bag's name brand, as long as I like it, I don't care if it is a name brand or not.

    The main reason for not buying the real thing is that I don't want to be years and years wearing the same thing. and I am cheap. And things, go out of style. The bag will eventually look old. Might not break but it will look old.

    If I want cheap, or cheaper, I will go to TJMaxx or Marshalls. Get the real thing for less.
  • scrillsscrills Posts: 6,700Registered Users
    I do...

    I dont really care about the brands themselves, i just go by the bag. 98% of the time I dont even know what knock-off Im buying, I just buy the bag. I'm just as happy buying a bag from Target, Dots, Walmart, wherever since it's never about name brands.

    Why, I think part of it is the hunt. I've never gotten them from a party or anything like that. I've always gotten them while in NYC. Its an adventure.

    I start off with no idea what i want. Find the guys. See a bag i like, and then somehow it always ends up being an adventure. the places they take you, well, it just doesn't seem right. I think I got hooked when I came across a secret door in Chinatown. It was opened by kicking a certain spot at the bottom of the door.

    There is one bag that i would actually buy if money was no object and its the LV Neverfull. I loved that thing, but the strap was crappy. If I found that same shape at another store (like Target), i would buy it in a heartbeat.
  • DedachanDedachan Posts: 1,644Registered Users
    I'm not a fan of LV and logo-covered bags either. If they want me to advertise for them, then they should pay me.

    I wouldn't buy a fake not so much on principle but because I wouldn't want people looking and judging my fake purse. Beats the point of having a designer item.
  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    No, but if it's a nice looking knock off bag Id get it, but nothing obvious with logos on it so that it's obviously a knockoff. I like nice looking bags but most of them are too expensive. I prefer not to spend over $100 on a purse. I don't realy know what designer bags look like so I wouldn't even know.
  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    I think it's tacky if it's just reproducing the logo. I guess a knockoff with a really unique look could be okay, especially if the logo is subtle or absent.
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    No. I like things to last.

    ETA: One of the most ridiculous things I see is women who look like slobs, dressed in the sloppiest clothes with dirty feet and ragged toenails, wearing flip flops and carrying a "designer" bag. It screams fake.

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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I am a diehard JCPs girl. Almost all my purses are A.N.A. :love5: Inexpensive enough to buy several and replace easily without selling a kidney or the family goat.
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,236Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I buy whatever purses I like. None of them are fake designer bags or real designer bags, simply because I don't happen to like any designer bags.
    My sister is forever giving me Coach bags. I wear them a couple times to please her and then I sell them. They just aren't my thing. Some of my favorite purses came from the dollar store or ebay.
    Now ask me if I ever buy fake Harley boots and I'd say no. I'll buy them used, but I won't buy them fake.
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  • TrenellTrenell Posts: 3,562Registered Users
    Nope. If I can't afford the real deal, I'll just go without.
  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
    Nope. I buy cheap purses because I like to change styles frequently, but as others have stated, knockoffs are usually even cheaper looking than a comparable purse at Target or Payless.
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    curlypearl wrote: »
    No. I like things to last.

    ETA: One of the most ridiculous things I see is women who look like slobs, dressed in the sloppiest clothes with dirty feet and ragged toenails, wearing flip flops and carrying a "designer" bag. It screams fake.

    Ladies, you aren't fooling anyone.

    That is an interesting observation. Someone on another message board said the exact opposite. I think her theory was that people who wear fakes overcompensate for the deception by dressing to the nines, to try to convince others they're the real deal.
  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    curlypearl wrote: »
    Ladies, you aren't fooling anyone.
    I don't think they're trying to. It's just a fashion trend.
  • maria_imaria_i Posts: 1,760Registered Users
    No, never ever.
    If I can afford a purse I like, I will buy it.
    If I can t, I ll go with a Walmart or market bag that I like.

    I am sloppy in many ways.
    But I love really good bags and shoes. Paired with my Old Navy or walmart clothing.
    (or -on sale- Jones New York, my one and only really well fitting brand).

    If your bag is fake, I d know; but does that matter to anyone? Not at all.
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  • CGNYCCGNYC Posts: 4,937Registered Users
    curlypearl wrote: »
    No. I like things to last.

    ETA: One of the most ridiculous things I see is women who look like slobs, dressed in the sloppiest clothes with dirty feet and ragged toenails, wearing flip flops and carrying a "designer" bag. It screams fake.

    Ladies, you aren't fooling anyone.

    I don't have, "dirty feet and ragged toenails," but I'm not changing all my stuff into a suitably crappy bag because I'm running to CVS in my flip flops.
  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    I buy what I like and can afford. I would like to add that my 8yo Coach hobo and 6 yo leather Juicy purse have stood the test of time. I rotate them frequently and they have definitely paid for themselves.


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  • sariroosariroo Posts: 1,958Registered Users
    I don't buy replicas and I don't have any luxury brand bags. I consider bags that cost $500+ to be luxury. I do have some expensive bags but they are just Coach. I have three that I bought prior to everyone and their mother carrying them. My husband bought me a new one this last Christmas and the quality sucks and the leather is like 1/4 the thickness of my old bags. I was disappointed but didn't take it back because he really thought he did something great. I would rather buy a replica of that bag since the quality would probably be the same but the price a lot better. I'm waiting for this thing to fall apart at any minute.
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  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Are we talking about replica bags bought online or bought on the street? Does it make a difference?
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
    I buy whatever purses I like. None of them are fake designer bags or real designer bags, simply because I don't happen to like any designer bags.
    My sister is forever giving me Coach bags. I wear them a couple times to please her and then I sell them. They just aren't my thing. Some of my favorite purses came from the dollar store or ebay.
    Now ask me if I ever buy fake Harley boots and I'd say no. I'll buy them used, but I won't buy them fake.

    I found a pair of cowboy boots I love, they are $325. I can't do it. But if they go on sale I will.

    I once bought a $275 Coach bag. I was single, no kids, I left it on the couch and stared at it for a whole weekend. I took it back on Monday. It just wasnt me.

    I rotate bags too often.

    I do have a Coach wallet. It was about $60. I got it for Christmas several years ago. Its bulky and awkward to open and close.

    I do love buying bags. I buy a lot of them.

    ND, I have an Aerosmith bag too :)

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