I can guess your reaction when you saw these pictures. Probably something along the lines of "Oooh a Michael Kors! Shiny." or "That's quite a nice watch." or "That looks expensive." or simply, "Meh." But it probably wasn't "That's quite clearly a fake and she should rot in prison". Well I got news for ya, sistaz: this is a fake and I should almost definitely rot in prison. I've had this watch for a few weeks now and when I first bought it I sort of made a pact with myself to just pretend it was the real deal by not correcting people should they mention it. There's only one problem with this: I am an awful liar. The first time someone commented on it the conversation pretty much went like this:
"Wow I love your watch, is it a Michael Kors?"
"Awww thanks! Yeah... technically it's a Michael Kors... *awkward long pause* ...but it's a fake."
And just like that, my cover was blown. I am now the girl who buys fake goods and then tells everybody they're fake. Yesterday, at work, a similar conversation arose with two of my colleagues and I was surprised by their differing reactions. The conversation again went a little like this:
Girl 1: "Ohhh nice watch is it a Marc Jacobs or a Michael Kors?"
Me: "Thanks but it's a fake... I bought it off Ebay."
Girl 2: "Oh wow! It looks like the real deal, I'd never have guessed."
Girl 1 (with a disgusted look): "Did you know it was a fake?"
Well, yes. Yes I did. I bought the watch off Ebay and whilst it wasn't listed as "fake" but instead said "branded as Michael Kors", what other conclusion can you come to when a hugely popular watch that retails at £250 is on sale for £20?
Personally, I have conflicting views on fake products. I mean, I'd never sport a fake Chanel bag... or any fake handbag for that matter. In my opinion fake handbags are easy to spot and rather than creating an 'expensive' look they cheapen an outfit. But when it comes to 'good' fakes, I sort of don't see a problem. Yesterday Casio digital watches were in... today, Michael Kors is in fashion... tomorrow it could be any number of expensive designers. What's the point in paying £200+ a pop to wear a watch that's going to be out of fashion in a matter or months when you could pay 10% of that and still be "in fashion" with a replica with no one any the wiser?
What's your opinion on 'replica' products? Would you wear a good quality replica, like me, to save money or would you never buy a fake, no matter the cost? I'd genuinely love to know your opinion.