Friday, 1 March 2013

My "Michael Kors" *cough*




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.

18 comments:

  1. That is a pretty good fake!

    I can totally understand why people buy fakes but personally I have a few issues with the ethics surrounding it. Generally they have been created by people with very poor working conditions and it is not unusual for the profits of the companies creating the (illegal) fakes to be funding some other illegal activity.

    I would be just as rubbish as you at lying about a fake too, haha! I would end up admitting the truth to anyone asking as well ;)

    Rebecca - (oh-panda.com)

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    1. That's a good point that I hadn't given too much thought to actually. But then again, if poor working conditions were to stop people buying replica products, or any other product for that matter, they probably wouldn't be buying from half the high street.
      Cor with all the sweatshops and horse meat around, you can't trust anyone nowadays! xxx

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  2. I agree with Rebecca's comment above, it's no so much the idea of a fake good that puts me off, but the ethics surrounding it all. But in saying that, I shop the high street so I can't really talk!

    Regardless, I really do like the look of this watch, it's gorgeous!

    x

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    1. Hmmm yeah it's a tough one to call really. I definitely appreciate that since it's 'dodgy' gear effectively there's more likely going to be some 'dodgy' processes when it comes to making them. It's a lot of murky water when it comes down to it though - with almost every company outsourcing supplies nowadays how are we ever really to know whether the people making what we purchase are being treated right? Wish everything was more transparent :( xxx

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  3. If I really liked a fashion I would be temped to get a fake, but I would also be worried about how that fake had come into existence. Then again, I wouldn't really want to buy the real thing either as I know many companies are using their power to subject their workers to the same or similar conditions. It's a hard one.

    Amy | The Little Koala

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    1. Absolutely. No matter what every company's trying to make as much money, as cheaply as possible so that's always going to come at the expense of someone and it's a shame that this is the case with big companies as well as suppliers of 'replica' goods! xx

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  4. This is a great replica! 5 years ago I definitely would have bought a fake, but now I'm older and can afford nicer things, I buy the real deal. Whether it's clothes, watches, handbags - the quality with a real item is so much better and they last a lifetime. I've had my Michael Kors watch for a few years now, wear it daily and know I'll be doing so for the next few years at least, so the price is worth it, and I don't think it's expensive compared to some other watches.

    Each to their own I say. A few years ago I never would've dreamed I'd be buying designer bags (even a £10 eyeshadow was absurd in my eyes - but I was a poor student!), and now I do. Things change I guess. x

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    1. I suppose you're right really! I've just graduated so I'm still effectively poor but I guess as you earn more 'disposable' income your outlook changes. Glad you love your Michael Kors - as much as I'm happy with my fake-o I have to admit it'd be nice to have a real one! xxx

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  5. Fake handbags? Like the fake Mulberry I got you in Hong Kong?! haha!

    I love fake stuff, merely because I got bored quite easily and could never afford anything above £30 for a handbag/anything other than a cat.

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    1. YOU MEAN TO SAY IT WASN'T REAL?? Oh bbz, I'm heartbroken. That's okay, it's better to save all our money for travelling tales anyway. xxxxxxxx

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  6. I would've never thought this is a replica! It looks good! I personally have never bought anything fake. I don't have anything against it, but I guess I feel like if I can't afford it, I don't really need it...

    I'm glad I found your little space on the web, Helen. Your blog is lovely.

    Victoria

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    1. Ahhh thanks for commenting, I think it's a pretty good replica! Just checked out your blog and it's absolutely gorgeous! xxx

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  7. Fab fake, I wouldn't think twice about buying a fake Michael Kors! I just don't have the money to fork out on something which, like you say, could be completely out of fashion in 6 months time xx

    http://paintedglitter.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. That's definitely my thinking at the moment. I'm way too poor to think differently ha ha! xxx

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  8. Gorgeous watch! I had no idea it wasn't real!

    trinawears.blogspot.com

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  9. i personally don't like fake items that screams fake, if you know what i mean. i very much prefer inspired items. let's say. aldo or zara will always have an inspired shoe or handbag by a much coveted designer for the season. they almost look the same as the inspiration but at the same time, they do change some small details, whether it's the stitching or the material used. i don't know if you got what i said, but hopefully, you did.. teehee!!!

    that watch looks nice btw! never will i have thought it was fake.

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  10. This blouse is so nice. I got a shock looking at these photos then ~ You look ridiculously alike my cousin in these photos - for a second I was asking myself if my cousin owned a blog like this?! Haha. Silly me!

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