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post #1 of 13
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[FONT='Cambria','serif']Are you aware of the fact that fake trade is connected with drug-dealing, child labour and funding of terrorism activity?
And if you are unsure whether to buy a high quality fake (almost identical to the real thing) or the original, did it have an impact on your decision if you knew more about the way products are manufactured? Like, if you think of the original being produced with craftsmanship - opposed to the bad , exploitive conditions of counterfeit production?
post #2 of 13
[FONT='Calibri','sans-serif']I guess if people were more confronted with the ugly truth they would feel pretty embarrassed and also go like “uh, how groce I don’t know if like, some poor crippled children’s hand made my tshirt” …I know the comparison is strange but it’s like the first time people see dead animals at the butchers and then go like gosh, know I realize where what I eat comes from.[/font]
post #3 of 13
[FONT='Calibri','sans-serif']Well, yes, I have heard of that but I admit that I do buy both fakes and originals although I consider myself a rather well-paid person (working as a junior attorney). It’s just like that there are so many nice designs out there that I love to have and at the same time the quality of fakes is sometimes so impeccably good. [/font]
post #4 of 13
[FONT='Calibri','sans-serif']Well I do switch between fakes and originals mainly because of two reasons. One, I simply can’t afford buying real Guccis, Balenciagas and Hermes bags. Two, because, I once had a really bad experience with Louis Vuitton. My speedy bag needed a new handle after the sewing had been ripped open after about two years. I brought it to the shop and disappointingly they thought it wouldn’t fall under guarantee. So, I reckon, if the quality and especially the service is so bad – why should I further support those companies after all?[/font]
post #5 of 13
Yeah, I had a Louis bag for like a thousand years… (ok, about 10) and the bottom stitches would have needed a renewal…When I brought it to the shop and asked them to send it in and get i repaired (at my expense of course) all they answered was “well that’s not worth the money, better buy a new one”. And I went like – Hellooo?
post #6 of 13
[FONT='Calibri','sans-serif'][FONT='Calibri','sans-serif']I have heard of that and I think people who buy that stuff are just stupid and ignorant and selfish. Well the question is what is worse – buying a fake and being selfish or the big companys that make their big money with the originals. I don’t buy luxurys. Not because I couldn’t afford them but I just don’t see the value of them. [/font][/font]
post #7 of 13
[FONT='Calibri','sans-serif']Connections to drug trafficking, yes, but never heard of child labour in that context. Another reason to buy fair trade stuff which is even affordable but by no means a reason to buy luxury stuff like Chanel etc. [/font]
post #8 of 13
[FONT='Calibri','sans-serif']I mean it’s obvious – luxury companies just don’t get it. Coming from a marketing background I know that corporate social responsibility and cause-related marketing can be a real loyalty booster. I don’t see why they don’t do it more often and then put it all out there. [/font]
post #9 of 13
[FONT='Calibri','sans-serif']I guess it’s just because people don’t think about where the stuff comes from. Which is kind of strange ‘cauz today people are sometimes so concerned about what they buy. Like foodstuff, everybody goes crazy about organic food or woods floors that aren’t harming the tropics. So maybe there is hope that one day people will think about that too[/font]
post #10 of 13
[FONT='AGaramond','serif']I knew about this but I guess many other people don[/font][FONT='AGaramond','serif']t. Which I don[/font][FONT='AGaramond','serif']t understand because they go like crazy about everything else[/font][FONT='AGaramond','serif']organic food, sustainable business, child labour in the 90[/font][FONT='AGaramond','serif']s. Why don[/font][FONT='AGaramond','serif']t they get it ? Fakes are bad![/font]
post #11 of 13
[FONT='Calibri','sans-serif']For sure people would buy luxury stuff like lunatics if luxury houses just said ‘we produce ethically, socially and environmentally friendly’ [/font]
post #12 of 13
[FONT='Calibri','sans-serif']It’s just that I wonder if this is really the way the bags (Louis Vuitton ) are produced. I mean, do you honestly believe that these overpriced thingys are being manufactured in some French factory. Come on?! Maybe they are no way better than those African fakers or Chinese or whatever that keep some poor children or other underpaid souls somewhere hidden and make them produce the EXACT same bags.[/font]
post #13 of 13
[FONT='Calibri','sans-serif']Yeah I am very well aware of these issues and that is exactly the reason why I don’t buy them. I would feel guilty and groce wearing them.[/font]
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