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13-09-2010
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hi. in my case, my first designer bag was a coach. i was in my teens. at that time coach was enough. FAKE stuff never crossed my mind. however i got to know about goyards and other high end brands, which are beyond my budget. i bought 2 fake goyards and 1 fake chanel caviar flap. i was happy for a while but in the long run i started to hate them. something's just missing. i ended up selling them at a fairly good price still. since then, my love for balenciagas started and since i was working already i could now buy the real balenciagas. never had fakeys of those.

then i found out bout NBF! i wanted to give it a try. was happy with the 1st purchase but the 2nd one, i wasn't so happy bout. those are the only 2 fakes i've gotten so far and i don't think i'll be getting any soon. i paid almost $500 for those 2 fake bags. and for $500 i'd rather get an authentic Linea Pelle or some other lower end designer brands. i don't know. personally, nothing beats the authentic.

i can say that when i was a teen what urged me to buy fakeys were lack of funds. and now that im in my 20s what urged me to get those NBFs were curiosity. and if budget is to be an issue in my life now, i think i'd get an authentic bag of some other more affordable designer than spend dough on a fake.

those are just my sentiments!
OMG are we the same person?! haha. My first designer bag was Coach too. Then the first time I bought a rep was when I couldn't afford a Balenciaga in college. So that started the buying of reps.. as I started to work I felt like I did not want to spend all that money on reps anymore. It was after I bought LV reps for the first time..I felt sick because I realized I didn't want quantity over quality anymore. I felt like I wasted money and could have just saved up a little bit and bought an authentic one.

Now I buy the auths of what I truly want because I feel better knowing I worked hard and earned it to buy a truly well-made bag that I love. I do still look at reps but I can't help but think that when I spend money on reps, I could save up and get an LV easily.. or save up a little more and just get a Balenciaga or a Chanel.


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OMG are we the same person?! haha. My first designer bag was Coach too. Then the first time I bought a rep was when I couldn't afford a Balenciaga in college. So that started the buying of reps.. as I started to work I felt like I did not want to spend all that money on reps anymore. It was after I bought LV reps for the first time..I felt sick because I realized I didn't want quantity over quality anymore. I felt like I wasted money and could have just saved up a little bit and bought an authentic one.

Now I buy the auths of what I truly want because I feel better knowing I worked hard and earned it to buy a truly well-made bag that I love. I do still look at reps but I can't help but think that when I spend money on reps, I could save up and get an LV easily.. or save up a little more and just get a Balenciaga or a Chanel.
I think you hit it on the head pinky with your comment about wanting QUALITY not QUANTITY....And the feeling that goes with it.
Why when I was buying 4 rep NBF works in 2 months didn't I STOP and think hang on a minite...I can get an authentic for this much money...
I would have had 4 or 5 authentics instead of 20 reps..Oh well you live and learn..right. Fortunatley I have re-homed the 15 reps and feel much better

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Interesting conversation came up last night for me when my husband questioned why I was buying a brightly colored Treesje bag, after seeing me selling off all my brightly colored NBF bags (about 10 in total)
He said" I thought you didn't like your bright leather colored bags" And I said without even missing a beat..." "I do if there authentic"
For me carrying a replica bag in a bright pink or blue or whatver (anything other than black) was drawing attention to the bag and tempting scrutiny from savvy fashionistas, Again this is what I personally feel and experienced.
I can carry a rep black NBF or a LV from Catty for example and feel more confident (I guess it blends in more)...but for some reason I felt very uncomfortable with rep brights..anyone else feel this way? Or is it just me?


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21-10-2010
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i feel the same way. i bought reps before and they're usually in bright colors except for a fake chanel caviar flap which is in black. i chose black for the chanel because i thought to myself black is a general everyday color which is practical for someone to choose for such an expensive bag. i mean, i'm not rich. so if i'm gonna get a chanel, i'd get a color that would suit any wardrobe and won't get dirty easily. so i thought black looks more authentic.

i am super duper tempted to buy fake bags until now, but i have self control. even if it's super duper hard. especially after looking at some pictures. hahahah! i thought to myself, if i were to consider buying a fake in the future (BUT I VOWED I WON"T ANYMORE!), it would be black because you're sure that the color is spot on to the authentic.

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I totally understand not wanting to ruin your bag in public transport etc... I should know because 2 people already spilled coffee on my clothes on the way to work... one of them was a new cream sweater I've only worn once... but instead of buying replicas I buy heaps of non designer bags... canvas, market finds, APC... and I use them for when I don't want to be cautious and precious... even though I know if the replica is good not many people can tell... but I know... and I guess that's what's important for me from the beginning I wear designer bag for myself not for other people so when I know that I'm wearing replica it beats the purpose... I was only able to buy my first designer bag when I was 25... before that I wear non designer bags...

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Interesting conversation came up last night for me when my husband questioned why I was buying a brightly colored Treesje bag, after seeing me selling off all my brightly colored NBF bags (about 10 in total)
He said" I thought you didn't like your bright leather colored bags" And I said without even missing a beat..." "I do if there authentic"
For me carrying a replica bag in a bright pink or blue or whatver (anything other than black) was drawing attention to the bag and tempting scrutiny from savvy fashionistas, Again this is what I personally feel and experienced.
I can carry a rep black NBF or a LV from Catty for example and feel more confident (I guess it blends in more)...but for some reason I felt very uncomfortable with rep brights..anyone else feel this way? Or is it just me?
Not to stray from the topic, but it sounds like wearing reps in NY is hell. Well, especially if you work in the fashion/beauty industries, no?

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This is such a wonderful thread I know it has been pretty inactive for a few years but here goes anyway..

I've been buying authentic bags for years, authentic shoes and jewellery but I only just recently bought my first rep bag. Why? Well, I love bags but lately I've been realising just how fickle the industry is. Yes, there is no better feeling than stepping out of Gucci with a new bag. Yes, it feels wonderful to carry an authentic and walk into the same store and feel like you belong with your bag.

So why would I want to buy reps when I can buy the real deal? Really, for me it boils down to a few things.

1. My style - I love fashion & enjoy trends; if a bag is everywhere on Instagram, forums, etc I'll already have imagined 101 ways to style it. I'd rather spend $300 on a good rep than $2000 on an authentic and worry about it going out of style, selling it on etc.

2. Where I am from isn't exactly style savvy, most people can barely tell damier azur from damier ebene apart. I carry my rep Chanel in stores that sell YSL, Versace etc and always am stopped to receive compliments. Little do they know..

3. In my experience, how good can the craftsmanship of an authentic bag really be? I mean yes, Hermes that hand stitch each bag etc - that's different territory, but your run of the mill bag like Givenchy - how wrong can you really go?

4. I own an authentic Prada and as much as I love it, it honestly is not worth the money in terms of wear. I also own authentic Gucci and good grief they are not worth the money, it has worn so awfully - my rep looks better.

A tiny tiny part of me will always worry that someone will see my bag, or shoes when we're staying in a 5* hotel and will think 'hey, something looks fishy there...' but then I wake up and smell the coffee and realise, no one is ever going to be that close to me to scrutinise every detail of the bag. I take comfort in the fact that people on other forums are in suck shock at the super fakes out there - yes, there are those that can tell it isn't real from the serial code or the imprint on the inside zipper, but realistically if you get a good fake then you won't let someone examine those minute details.

At the end of the day, it's a bag. I want it for fashion purposes, I won't be in a scenario where I'm surrounded with Chanel hoarding beauties. Half the battle is styling yourself (and carrying yourself) with an air that suggests your bag is real, and voila - who would even question your brilliant rep could ever be a fake?

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