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t’s horrible when people are trying to uphold the image of wealth

I’ve never understood why people feel the need to buy fake designer goods—but let me tell you, it’s way more common than you’d think. Not just people in third world countries, but Americans too. When I was in high school, almost everyone had designer knockoffs. It was really sad to see, especially because usually they weren’t the best quality.
It’s horrible when people are trying to uphold the image of wealth, but actually don’t have any. They go and buy these knockoff bags and clothing to try to pretend like they have money, which is never a good idea. They never look even remotely close to the real thing, and believe me, people can tell. It gives people a wrong impression of the real designer item, and that’s the last thing someone who actually owns the real thing wants.
Not to mention the name being used in an unethical way. It can be damaging to an established brand when people are leeching off the name and essentially stealing from them. It can damage their reputation, and isn’t fair to them at all.
But it gets worse. Fake designer goods are made in horrible factories. The same people you’re trifling with by buying their imitations, are unintentionally exploiting their workers for the same product. It’s an awful thing, because the same people you’re trying to impress by buying a belt buckle with their name in it, are the same people you’re stripping away the rights of their workers. It’s just wrong.
I think when people have a goal of wanting to wear designer goods they should first save up and purchase the real thing. It’s worth it in the long run, and you won’t feel guilty about the money you spent. Plus, if it’s a classic bag, your investment will pay off one day. On top of all of that, you’re killing two birds with one stone, so to speak — you’re helping someone else make a fair wage, and you’ll be enjoying the benefits of wearing authentic designer goods.
I have a few friends who have made a point out of never buying fake designer, and so far so good. They still have the same cool clothing and accessories, but in a way more ethical way. They support brands by helping them make more money, and have no problem letting their friends borrow. It’s a win-win situation for both the brands and their friends.
I constantly hear people complain about not being able to afford designer goods, but if you are able to splurge on a knockoff, you can definitely splurge on something real and authentic. Not only is it the ethical thing to do, but you’ll feel so much better about it when you leave the store knowing you bought something real.
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