When it comes to being fake our question is, “Who’s really keeping it real these days?”
From fake eyebrows to tummy tucks, fake nails, plastic surgery, bras that lift that which severely sags, butt injections, muscular steroids, hair transplants, fake hair color, fake eyelashes, and then some.
Anyone with a grain of sense can easily discern that Instagram is full of people so-called faking-it-till-you-make-it.
With today’s apps you can simply do anything you want. Especially, when it comes to how you want to be perceived by onlookers. Just look at any given generic profile you decide to explore, and you will see a multitude of them that have been quietly changed behind the scenes with a few clicks of a mouse. Some people have gone so far that you would not recognize them if you knew them for your entire life. Things have gotten so bad that even catfish don’t know they’re being catfished online.
Seems like faking it seems real nowadays.
Who’s really real? we ask.
When it comes to counterfeiting there are two sides of the coin in every story as we all know. There are two predominant sides which are… those who want and those who have.
Counterfeits and Knockoffs
Faking it just for the hell of it…? Hmmm. Or are you one that does it simply for the clout?
Usually, those who have a disposable income are well-off individuals who have the money to ascertain anything they want without ever having to fake it. They can legitimately procure certain luxuries in life. This can sometimes be their way of making a bold but subtle statement as to where they stand socially in society as far as wealth and status are concerned.
Unfortunately for 95% of the rest of the population, they are simply left out. Thus, this fashion trend has been going on since the days of the Messiah when purple pigment was made from a certain type of mollusk that was only available during a certain season. The process of the purple dye making was quite expensive to make, which in tandem instantly let everyone who saw the person dressed in purple know that they were caked up more than your local baker.
Simply put, a person’s social status would be known simply by the way he or she was dressed.
For example, have you seen this one-million-plus dollar watch pictured here? It is made primarily of silicon and has almost no decorative jewels in it. It is not bedazzled in diamonds or some other rare gems noticeable by casual onlookers.
Unlike many of today’s Hip-Hop artists who are often considered flashy and uncouth about how they tell their audiences “I’m rich b*tch!” as Dave Chappelle would often say. There is a certain class of refined individuals within the self-same community who are often very subtle on how to send a message out to their peers about their wealth primarily through their fashion sense.
As in the case of fashion, it has been said that one should primarily look for craftsmanship rather than the source of supply, or a receipt to verify a status of their wealth. Because even your local crackhead can have access to something of value and not realize it. Yes, to some, the elite seem to have it all.
On the flip side of the coin, we have those who want certain luxuries but cannot afford them. Many do not want to wear second-hand products due to the stigma associated with wearing something pre-owned by someone else. However, this is truly ironic because people don’t feel the same about buying a second-hand vehicle, clippers, houses, etc.
But in their defense when is the last time someone felt good about wearing something that someone previously owned who may have had funky, sweaty armpits and athlete’s feet? Close your eyes for a moment and picture yourself having to wear the dress that Monica Lewinsky wore the day she had Bill Clinton shooting off like it was the 4th of July in the United States Oval Office.
Moreover, when it comes to high-end fashion, extremely low prices are primarily a dead giveaway as to whether some articles of clothing or other high-end products may be authentic. The simple truth is no one is going to sell you a 5,000-dollar brand-new purse for under a hundred dollars, or an 800-dollar pair of jeans for 50 bucks.
Sorry, Charlie and Rasheeda from the block but it just ain’t happening. One must consider the costs involved in the manufacturing of high-end products, markups, delivery, taxes, advertising, commercial rental properties, employee payroll, etcetera.
However, on the flip side, what many consumers don’t understand is, there’s a high-end markup that ranges from an average of 8 to 12 times higher than the wholesale amount of the original amount originally paid by the retailers in comparison to that which is paid by consumers due to internal markups (sometimes) based on greed and/or to legitimate add-ons. Again, one must consider such legitimate add-ons such as monthly rental fees for their establishments, worker fees, taxes, utilities, shipping costs, contractual agreements, or more than just looking at the simple cost of raw materials. The twelve times more for bags such as Chanel which cost on average from $3 to $10k retail. Birkin from $7k upwards to over 300k. Buying from that luxury store in a primary location will cost you a lot.
Remember Park Place on Monopoly anyone?
Aside from that, as a consumer, you must educate yourself on how and when to buy. Many times, you can save an average of 25% up to almost 90% off the retail value if you have enough patience and look hard enough. Remember, just because it’s a hot brand doesn’t mean you can’t acquire something for cheap. However, it happens a lot less than you think.
Although on exceedingly rare occasions you may be able to get a small discount from a retailer selling secondhand Louis Vuitton which absolutely will never go on sale according to their official site.
Most of all, you will soon know what you are purchasing by learning how to spot fake items by reading our blogs. So, subscribe to our mailing list here at iRepfashion, or read our consumer blogs. If you’re into buying nearly identical fakes so-be-it, who are we to judge? From my own personal experience buying replicas takes a very keen eye and a tremendous amount of patience, skill, and lots of trust. The market is full of people ready to defraud you out of your hard-earned dollars by overcharging for poorly made non-authentic items.
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