In the wise words of Shakespeare the question when it comes to buying replica handbags can be phrased as, “to buy or not to buy?” Is it wrong? Are there any ethical dimensions that you should consider you may be violating before you purchase?
I know a lot of people are like if you don’t have the money for the real one then don’t buy it, but here is my issue, which I am guessing many other ladies out there have as well. I have the money for the real handbags, and sure own plenty of them (which reminds me I need to work on that closet renovation I’ve been waiting forever to do yet have yet to find time to actually do). Anyways I simply prefer to have a collection of both authentic handbags and replica bags if you will … sometimes I really love a bag and just really want a real one and can’t resist so I’ll splurge (like the recent vintage Kelly I found – it was to die for in person at the consignment store so I ended up giving in to my temptation and going authentic, and I feel completely okay about that even though it did cost me a big chunk of change), however after also seeing many replica bags while experimenting shopping for them I realized there really is no difference between the two except for the fact that you can boast about it being authentic … so now I buy mostly fakes.
I think I have spent more than enough money on authentic handbags to have benefitted all my favorite designer brands for a lifetime so in terms of feeling bad for the large companies, I hate to say that I don’t feel bad. As I said I’ve forked over more than my fair share of cash to these companies and I can say that I don’t regret it – I am one of those people that never regret a purchase, I mean life is short after all. Another objection that I often hear about buying anything replica is that it supports child labor, slavery, the drug trade, terrorist groups and basically and other negative organization out there. I’m going to have to say that not only do I not buy into this but unfortunately if you are wary about purchasing goods that contribute negative industries in society then as a shopper or consumer you have to basically stop shopping at all. Whether you are buying real or fake bags, shoes, cutlery, furniture, electronics etc. you have to realize that due to the way the current production system works (where made in China is the norm) you will be harming someone since most things are made in slave labour conditions under the table. Additionally most replica bags are made in factories where authentic products are made, except they do this during the after hours off the clock. Basically I wrote this post to give everyone an idea as to what I personally think about buying fakes, and am curious what you all think as well! Please comment below to give perspective on the issue!
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