Overindulgent celebrities carrying around original, pricey designer handbags.
About a decade ago, it used to be almost anyone who wanted a designer purse bought an original at a premium price, and knock offs were much harder to find. (Personally, I don’t believe in spending outrageous amounts of money on something I could accidentally leave on the subway, or hanging over my chair in a restaurant, or worse, get mugged and lose it.) Today, knockoffs are in abundance and available through home parties and on the internet and even sold surreptitiously on street corners in NYC. And now, without an untrained eye it’s almost impossible to tell the originals from the knockoffs.
I see women all over with fake Coach, Prada, Chanel and other fascimilies of designer bags. When I see this is bothers me. I believe if the knockoffs are in such abundance, it makes paying ridiculously high prices for originals almost redundant. Why pay full price for an original, when a majority of people who see it will assume it’s a knock off? Nowadays, don’t the imitations cancel out the originals? You can include me in this majority. I have no idea of what to look for to determine an original from a fake, and frankly I don’t really care.
Why do people pay such a high price for designer bags anyway? This goes for designer shoes and sunglasses, too. What is the motivation? What message are people sending when they carry a handbag that costs as much as a brand new appliance? My husband is of the opinion when a woman carrys a designer purse, all it tells him is, “Look at me, I’m stupid-I paid waaaayy too much money for this purse.” I know the ‘stupid’ part is crude, but he might have a point. Is the message, “Look at me, I’ve got money?” or, are the bags themselves giving women an air of self-importence they don’t really have deep inside? Are these designer accessories masks for low self esteem? Good question, huh? It is interesting to think about. Now, I’m sure there are many self confident women out there carrying these bags around who wear them just because, but will we ever really know?
I also believe these expensive purses enable people to fall into the realm of excess and materialism. I have a friend who claims she purchased her sister a $2K designer handbag for her birthday. That’s wonderful, but geesh, I could Pergo my dining room for that kind of dough.
My main goal in this post was to bring up how nowadays I don’t feel knockoffs are doing what they were originally intended to do. Now, you look at a kockoff and say, geeze, that’s an imitation, instead of saying, wow, she’s got a Prada! When I see a woman with an original (not that I’d know the difference), I think she’s carrying a cheap imitiation.
Does anyone agree with me here or am I all wet?