Fake designer shopping bags are the latest craze in the phenomenon known as “knockoff designer goods” that is so rampant throughout China.
The only thing genuine about the paper totes emblazoned with the logos of Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci is the paper they are printed upon and the string that provides the handle.
Counterfeiters have come to the conclusion that it is a lot cheaper and easier to make paper bags than the usual leatherette imitation handbags. These bags range in price from 5 to 40 RMB ($0.70-$6.30).
For consumers, this charade translates into carrying around the bogus bag that might have contained the fake item rather than owning the knockoff itself.
These imitation designer bags have become so popular that many sellers offer them in shops even more than those online, which is where the odd craze started.
“Most people buy the bags only for the logo. In fact, if you take a close look at the bag, you will easily discover that the material is different from authentic ones … In the beginning, my clients were mostly people who sell fake handbags. Later, we gradually won more independent customers,” said seller Xuesheng Wang.
Obviously a status symbol, many consumers claim that they use these bags on a daily basis to carry things around in pubic places while others put them on display, like valued artifacts, around their homes.
And so the fake designer bag industry steps up to the plate to join the others of its bogus ilk.
Although everyone knows these bags are not the genuine article, the argument that there is no rip-off is far from true.
Designers who honed these logos to reflect their own individual achievements certainly are being cheated.
The ultimate questions are perhaps:
If something looks real, does that mean that it is?
And so what if it is or it isn’t?
Something to think about, no?
Check out this video covering the topic of knockoff products and how they affect society at large.