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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.
So, if you’re in the market for designer items, instead of taking the easy (but awful) way out and buying imitation, save up your money and purchase something authentic. It’ll be worth it in the long run, and you won’t have to feel guilty about it either.
More than ever, I’m seeing people feeling the pressure of others telling them they need to own something designer in order to fit in. But, don’t do it! Save up and buy something real. It’ll be worth it, trust me.
I’ve learned the hard way that buying a knockoff isn’t worth it. It’s terribly synthetic, and a huge waste of money. Plus, you know you’re doing something wrong when you don’t want to be seen with it in public. It’s not worth it for you, or for the designer’s reputation.
I’m an advocate for finding ways to save money, but be smart about it. If you can afford something designer, why not invest and purchase it instead? You can still find ways to get great deals, just without having to go for a knockoff.
It’s also important to remember that by purchasing knockoffs, you are helping to create a world in which fewer people are wearing the real thing. It doesn’t matter how much cheaper a fake is than the real. I always encourage my friends to save up and get the real deal instead of settling for a knockoff.
Besides, no knockoff is ever going to last as long as authentic designer. And if you want to be truly stylish, you’re probably going to have to purchase the real thing—or rather, invest in it. You can usually find great deals at the end of each season.
There are so many more things to consider when looking at knockoff designer items, than just brand recognition. There are ethical concerns, economic concerns and the concern that someone might be able to spot a fake versus a real if you actually wear it out in public.
Not only that, but it’s a huge risk. For example, you could be buying counterfeit goods which are actually illegal. It’s not worth the hustle at the end of the day, especially since you don’t know what you’re, in turn, supporting.
Instead of buying knockoffs designer goods, why not avoid the drama in the first place, and just purchase something real? It doesn’t have to be exactly what’s in season, either. You can usually find good deals for last season’s clothing. It’s always better to invest in something quality over something fast fashion.
My go to solution has been thrift shops and outlets. You can often find classic items in both locations, plus you’re doing something good for the environment. You might even find items you would never have found in a regular store. It’s totally worth it!
I’m not saying that everyone needs to the latest designer; if that’s your thing, then you rock it. I’m just saying that, especially in terms of knockoffs, it’s not worth it. Not only is it unethical, it’s a huge risk and you don’t know what you could be supporting.
My promise to you is that if you save for something you actually like, and it’s your own money, then it’ll 100% be worth it in the end. Once you have it, wear it proudly. It’ll last longer and look so much better than any knockoff you try to buy.
That’s it–I’m a firm believer in shopping smarter and it makes me feel so much better when I shop for something real. I know I’m doing what’s best for me, the environment and the designer. Plus, it’s a long-term investment.

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