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Would You Wear… Designer Knockoffs?


Designer Knockoffs
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For this week’s edition of Would You Wear? I want to know your thoughts on a controversial issue.. designer knockoffs.

While some people love their Canal Street Chanel bags (I spot those fakes all over campus!), others would rather rock Target than fake designer anything. And according to a new study published in the New York Times last week, wearing counterfeit designer duds makes you more likely to be dishonest.

The NYT study was simple: a professor took 250 people and split them into two groups. The first group was told they were being given authentic designer sunglasses, while the other was told their glasses were fake. The two groups were put through a series of tests wearing the glasses including a math exam. When the study was finished, it turned out that 60% of the “fake” group cheated on the math test, compared to 20% of the “real” group. Weird, huh?

So what do you think? Personally, I’m not 100% against knockoffs – they make design affordable for everyone. But I only like fun, obvious fakes that don’t pretend to be “designer” – like the H&M version of a trendy designer dress. For example, I love the Forever 21 copy of Alexander Wang’s fringe booties. They’re a trendy item & won’t be in style even one month from now. And it’s not like you’d wear ‘em every day. Why pay full price?

On the other hand, I’d never carry a faux Chanel bag – it would be sacrilegious! I don’t think I could live with myself if I pretend a fake Chanel was real.. every time I wore it (which would be almost every day), I’d know I was lying to myself and the world. I’d rather save up and earn the real thing or not have one at all.

What do you think? Would you wear a designer knockoff? Do you own any? If so, what type of fake? I want to read your thoughts, so make sure to leave a comment!

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96 Responses to “Would You Wear… Designer Knockoffs?”

  1. 1
    March 31st, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I hate designer knockoffs that look fake… Thankfully I live like 10 min from Mexico where they sell knockoffs that look exactly like the real deal with the label and all. But in truth Id rather have the real thing… and Im totally for rocking the target look!

  2. 2
    March 31st, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I have a few knockoffs. I only buy fakes when I can not afford the real thing. For example..I have fake chanel CC diamond studs from Canal St. Only becuase I can’t afford the real ones! However, I would never buy a fake Coach bag because the real ones are somewhat affordable.

  3. 3
    March 31st, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    NEVER WILL I WEAR A FAKE! Inspired is fine and great, but never a fake! It just horrible to take someone else’s design and copy it! Why fakes? Why don’t people buy cheaper well quality bags than fake designer copies?! I am lucky to have great designer bags from hermes to chanel because my mom is great! I am lucky I know but i have friends who cannot afford the real thing and never will buy a fake. You wouldn’t want someone else copying your paper and getting credit for it, would you?

  4. 4
    March 31st, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I love knockoffs. I don’t, however, pretend that they’re real. I have no problem telling anyone that they’re fake. BIG DEAL.

    Canal Street Tip: Look for the guys in the vans.. those are most likely stolen and 100% authentic.
    If you know how to spot a fake you can definitely get the right purse/item on Canal Street, because there are ALWAYS at least a few authentic purses in the bunch.

    Even if I see a really bad knockoff and its at a great price and I like the color or shape of the bag… I’ll peel off the sticker that says “Coach” and use it as a regular non-designer bag. The sturdiness of a good knockoff is pretty amazing.

    I am guilty of paying full-price for a few designer bags, but I haven’t done that in a while, nor do I intend to. I think it’s silly to flaunt excessive wealth when it’s obvious that you don’t have it. (i.e college student with a $4,500 Chanel purse).

    Great article btw Zephyr :)!

  5. 5
    March 31st, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I completely agree with your take on this. I would never carry around a fake designer purse, but I’m more than happy to wear obvious trendy knockoffs since on my university budget I really can’t afford to wear the real thing.

    Fake designer purses just wouldn’t be as satisfying to have! If I’m going to carry around a designer accessory, I’d prefer for it to be real. People can usually tell when something is a fake anyway.

    Also, that’s an interesting study about dishonesty! I never would have thought there would be a connection.

  6. 6
    March 31st, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I also think making fake designers apparel or accessories is a violation and I prefer not to wear brand name products at all. I’d rather buy something that is nice, stylish and fits me good and doesn’t have a label. I don’t care for the name that much, the design itself is more important.

  7. 7
    March 31st, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I understand many people are unable to purchase designer pieces, in which case designer-inspired items are fine to purchase; I mean, Forever 21 is one of my favorite places to shop! A lot of people these days aren’t even aware that they’re wearing an inspired piece. However, when someone carries a blatant fake and tries to play it off as the real deal, that pisses me off so much.
    Designers are where they are today because they’ve put in the creative effort and long years of hard work to have their fashion houses be world-renowned and respected. So, to unashamedly brush them off is atrocious and degrading.

  8. 8
    March 31st, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I believe that wearing knockoffs robs the true artist of their craft. I understand that everyone has a personal financial obligation but it pays to look good. Knockoffs steal the concepts, designs, labels, as well as the true workmanship of its true designer. Everything we do has a cost, fashion has no exceptions to that rule. I also believe that people are much more dishonest individuals who wear knockoffs and try to perpetrate the product as if it were authentic.

    Excellent Article Zephyr
    Mark Monroe

  9. 9
    March 31st, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    not into knockoffs myself. i’d feel like a fraud every day, no matter how closely it resembled the real thing…but that’s just me. kudos to those who wear them though. i’d probably never be able to tell.

  10. 10
    March 31st, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I have honestly only had one designer bag. My friend bought it for me in New York. I liked it because it was a black and white channel bag, but i felt cheap when i carried it. I am now sworn to buy cheaper designer bags, purses, and etc… I have found T.J. Maxx has lots of cheap designer things if you know how to look hard and shop smart. I have bought Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Theory, and tons of BCBG there at least 75% off. Granted some of the stuff it last season, but many of the pieces are timeless. I may not can afford high designer stuff, but I will not fake it. I can look just as good in cheaper designer things!

  11. 11
    March 31st, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    I used to be into fake designer stuff but as I’ve gotten older I think its sad and silly. People just pay for the label/brand and I think that it should be more about the quality. My fake designer days are over and if one day I can afford a Chanel handbag that’s great! but for right now if I can’t afford it I won’t even play like I have the real thing.

  12. 12
    March 31st, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I would wear them. Because i dont think its fair that it takes less than $100 to make the designer bags and they get sold to us for like 500%+ profit. If the retail price was more fair i wouldn’t wear the fakes because i do prefer the reals (i only have real stuff btw, i don’t have any fakes, im just saying)

  13. 13
    March 31st, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I really don’t think I would wear something fake. I used to have fuggs but that was last year when I was 15 and my parents wouldn’t let me get the real ones. The one thing I really can’t stand are fake Vera Bradley purses. If you can afford the real thing why be cheap and buy the fake?

  14. 14
    March 31st, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I would never wear fake designer bags. I hate how they look tacky :-/
    Handbags are the one item I think everyone should splurge on in order to get the best quality. I’m all for Target bags as well! lol

  15. 15
    March 31st, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    If people want to wear fake designers, that’s completely their choice. The only problem I see with it is that many fakes are made by children under terrible conditions in third world countries. By buying these, you’re supporting that industry. So make sure you’re aware of the history of your item before you buy it!

  16. 16
    March 31st, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    I personally see buying a designer item as not only buying a brand, but buying proven quality. Knock offs are known to fall to pieces and the people who buy them are paying for what they get. To buy a Chanel bag isn’t a splurge – it’s an investment. I see buying designer items as worth it in the end, and buying a knock off, while cheap, as really over-paying for such a low quality item.

  17. 17
    March 31st, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I only have one ‘imitation of style’ bag, no fake labels on it, but the style is copied. Nothing against fakes at all, yet I’d feel fake wearing it. However I personally copy the carrie bradshaw look a bit, so i’m not all that individual either, except my jewellery, thats my own and only wear what ‘I’ enjoy wearing.

  18. 18
    March 31st, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I’d never buy a fake. I love buying imitation items at H&M and Forever 21, but I’d never wear a bag w/ a fake label on it. Either they’re blatantly fake and you’re going to look silly, or they’re probably funding terrorism or child labor. Not to mention that a designer has worked for years and this bag is their personal work of art – why should someone be able to steal it and make money? Also, why pretend you’re rich when you’re not? Looking good is about taste and personal style, not how much what you’re wearing costs.

  19. 19
    March 31st, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I love designers and I have the utmost respect for them. When you buy a knockoff it’s like slapping that designer in the face. And also, everyone can spot a fake. They are disgusting and they lack quality. Besides, carrying around an authentic Louis or mui mui is like having a piece of art on you.

  20. 20
    March 31st, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    In middle school before I knew anything about life, I did rock a few of my mom’s old Vuitton and Chanel knockoffs. However, when asked if they were real, I said “Duh”, because my mother was never one to buy fake anything in my mind…she worked for Nordstrom for years and I thought it was stupid as hell for her to do that.

    The day I found out they were real, I gave them back to her, and proceeded to save up for my own, real, designer bag, which, at twelve, was my first Juicy Couture purse.

    I hate fakes. I am so sick of seeing the Dolce fakes everyone has these days, not to mention I see 10 year olds rocking their fake Chanels. Terrible. If I want a designer purse, I save up and buy it real.

    I refuse Target and Wal-Mart, though I am pretty much in love with some of the purses Aldo makes. It’s love.

  21. 21
    March 31st, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Something that is “designer inspired” and sold by a legitimate store, like Forever 21 or H&M is totally fine with me, and a great and affordable way to follow trends. HOWEVER, fake designer handbags and sunglasses sold on the street corner are not okay. They are direct ripoffs of a designer’s creations, and often fund other illegal things like drugs and terrorism. I’m a girl who would rather rock a target handbag than a fake… or better yet, a nice, non-designer brand like Fossil. But I’m a Coach girl at heart.

  22. 22
    March 31st, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I agree. I think that knockoff bags should be banned. If you can’t afford the real thing, or aren’t willing to work the extra hours to buy one, then why would you wear one? Just get something else that looks nice and that you can afford.

    And just a note- it is obvious to those that have the real things that the faux designer bags are fake. Why would you do that do yourself?

  23. 23
    March 31st, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I would never! My thing is, if you can’t afford it, you can’t get it. There are plenty of cute things that are *not* knockoffs.
    Honestly…If you want it so much & can’t afford it, try working extra, or giving up your daily Starbucks fix or something for a while so you can have it.
    I can always tell knockoffs! Even the “good” ones. To me, it makes me think the people with the knockoffs are trying to pretend to be/have something they aren’t/don’t. It’s kind of pathetic.

  24. 24
    March 31st, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    I HATE fakes and I HATE people that wear fakes. Like Wendy said inspired is fine but never a blatant rip off fake! As for the excuse “I can’t afford it so I will buy the fake version”, I say come on friends lets be a little creative. If you like something but can’t afford it then find something similar but cheaper. Creativity is what fashion is all about lets not kill it with vanity.

  25. 25
    March 31st, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I’m kind of half and half on knockoffs. My sister had an extra knockoff chanel bag that she left at my dad’s house, and i realized i needed a larger purse so i just picked that one up and started using it for a day or two. People did ask me if it was real and I had no trouble telling them it was fake. they actually respected my honesty, because they know a lot of girls that walk around saying their obviously-fake purses are real. on the other hand, i agree that it is not right to copy the designer’s work. get some creativity and make your own designs people!

  26. 26
    March 31st, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Umm… :

    1. The Target bags are also made by children in third world countries.

    2. The knock-offs HAVE the designer name on them, so actually they are getting credit for the design.

    3. Not everybody has a Mommy or Daddy who is willing to spend thousands of dollars on a purse for them (I kinda need that money for my tuition…) No shitty student job is going to be able to give me enough money for tuition AND a Chanel purse.

    4. People who wear knock-offs generally can’t afford the real thing, so it’s not like the designers are losing profit. If anything it’s free advertising.

    I’ll admit to anybody that a fake purse is fake, but honestly there’s no reason for people to start acting all elitist because they have rich parents. Fakes are generally tacky, but sometimes tacky can be fun.

  27. 27
    March 31st, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    First off, no matter how much money I will make once i leave college, i will NEVER spend hundreds & thousands on a purse. That is RIDICULOUS! That being said, I only buy knockoffs if the original purse is CUTE. I have a knockoff burberry because i LOOOOOOVE plaid & burberry plaid is gorgeous. But the thing is – i TELL people its a fake! I also have a knockoff chanel from china for $30… i tell ppl its fake too. I’m actually VERY proud of being frugal, spending $30 instead of $3000, why isnt everyone!?

  28. 28
    March 31st, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I think so far the only person who has made a really reasonable comment is Becca.

    What I dislike about people toting fakes is that most of the time it’s more about them wanting to flaunt wealth than about whether they like the design or not. That’s the only reason I would imagine for why they’d go and buy big name designer knockoffs. If it was only about the design, then Target/Forever21 imitations would do well enough already, there would be no need for fake designer duds.

  29. 29
    March 31st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Personally, I can’t stand knock-offs of designer purses especially the Louis Vuitton. I love individuality and personality in fashion, but rip-offs of classic designs are just tacky to me. There are much nicer inexpensive purses that aren’t obviously phony, and if you do desire a designer purse I have seen gently used ones in the glass cases at the front of thrift stores for about the same price as knock-off purses. Seriously, I live in Vegas the fakes are everywhere and some of them are pretty expensive for not being the real thing.

    As for cheap rip-off sunglasses, I have owned a pair and they were chintzy and broke easily. It’s better to look at outlets for good deals on them.

  30. 30
    March 31st, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    I am a reformed fake purse buyer. After finding two real purses at good prices at markets in London (I had them authenticated), I couldn’t carry them around without feeling guilty, so I got rid of the fakes.

    I do confess, though, that I have a pair of the fake Chanel earrings only because they don’t cost a lot to make (as opposed to the purses, which tremendous craftsmanship goes into).

    I wouldn’t buy a pair of fake sunglasses, but I wouldn’t buy real ones (besides Ray-bans) only because I believe sunglasses are sunglasses. Yeah, the quality on real ones is somewhat better, but sunglasses really do not cost that much to make. You’re not paying for craftsmanship (unlike a purse, which will last forever and, if it doesn’t, you can get it repaired at a boutique), you’re paying for the logo alone.

  31. 31
    March 31st, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    i would never wear designer knockoffs. my mom has TONS of them.
    i think if you wear them, it makes you more look like a try-hard. i think it demotes your fashion sense a couple of steps down.
    dont get me wrong, i dont have anything against people who wear them its just not my thing. id rather rock an old navy tote than a fake chanel purse.

  32. 32
    March 31st, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Put bluntly, some people are “poor” (I put that in quotation marks because even if people are not POOR it doesn’t mean they can still afford the luxury of designer items) and can’t afford the real thing. It’s not that people want to be “sacrilegious” nor do they want to be “cheaters.” They simply don’t have the money. Which you should really take into account with the bad economy right now.

    Wearing fakes?It’s shouldn’t be a big deal.

  33. 33
    March 31st, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    this has obviously inspired some discussion and debate! I don’t want to be a hypocrite because I own a couple of fakes from Chinatown. I think I prefer a designer “inspired” bag more so though because then it’s not quite as illegal yet also much less expensive then a true designer bag.

    I’ve read that a lot of counterfit bags support some underhanded practices. First and foremost I’m always on the hunt for true designer vintage bags at much chepaer prices then a modern day bag.

  34. 34
    April 1st, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Interesting post and comments!

    I’m not going to lie – I wear designer knockoffs proudly. But I never pretend that they’re not fake. Most of my friends know my situation – I’m a broke grad student. I have enough money every month to pay my rent and utilities, cover grocery costs if I’m eating mostly produce (no 100-calorie packs on this budget!), and walk to school and work every day (having a car would break my budget). Most of the little that I have left over goes into a savings account because even with my grad degree, in my chosen career, I’ll be making at most $45,000. And if one day I do have a family, that’s going to go fast.

    So while I heartily will buy designer knockoffs if I have any money left over from my strict budget, I never pretend that they’re anything less than fake, fake, fake. I’m a sale shopper and a discount shopper, and I’m more likely to say, “Look at this great bag I got from Target – it was 50% off, I got it from $7.50!” than “Look at this great bag I got! It’s designer!”. I don’t follow designer trends, I wouldn’t know a Chanel or a Coach bag (either knockoff or real) if I saw one, and really I don’t care. I’m never going to be paying $150 for a designer t-shirt or a designer bag or a designer anything. The only time I’d pay $150 for something clothes-related is on a winter coat that I desperately need and that is going to last me a couple years. If not, that money is going to straight into savings and/or towards something I really need (like textbooks). And that’s really the highest amount I’d ever pay on something apparel-related. I do okay staying within my budget, and I never really *need* something that goes over it.

    I like designer knockoffs though because I do have a sense of style. I don’t flip through magazines like Vogue or Cosmo, I don’t keep track of what designer is promoting what, and I don’t ever shop at sample sales (either online or brick-and-mortar). I know my limitations, I don’t have that kind of money and there’s no sense in wishing I do (because ultimately, I’m happy with my chosen career). Designer knockoffs contribute to my style because: a) I can afford them, and b) I like the way they look. Truthfully, I would never know that a purse/necklace/etc. I pick up at H&M or Forever 21 is a knockoff of some designer item. I don’t follow (or care about) the designer items to know that much, though I probably do assume that Forever 21 and H&M are getting their inspiration from what’s hot in the high-end circles.

    And as for the study, I am heading towards a profession where being honest is a prerequisite. There are character and fitness exams to take before you enter it and “good moral character” requirements every couple of years once you’re in it, and I’m sure the odd person slips through. But do I consider myself dishonest because I buy knockoffs? Heck no.

    Anyway, haven’t you seen The Devil Wears Prada? Meryl Streep’s character would say that everything’s knockoff after a point. The best way to avoid knockoffs would probably be to wear your birthday suit every day…but i’m not going that far! ;)

  35. 35
    April 1st, 2009 at 2:03 am

    If it’s just inspired by the designer, like some things at H&M as you said, I’m fine with it. But I can’t wear something that is blatantly ripped off…I just can’t.

  36. 36
    April 1st, 2009 at 4:05 am

    i REALLY don’t care whether something is fake or not.
    good for the knock offs and inspired ones, its not like we don’t have fashion or style if we wear it. WE simply can’t afford the real ones! : (
    some knock offs look so ugly people just hate them but who cares? if the person can’t afford and wants to give off a certain vibe? who really gives a crap right?!

  37. 37
    April 1st, 2009 at 7:58 am

    There is a huge difference between something that is inspired by the designer, (such as H&M and Forever 21 merchandise) which is when they just take the gist of an item and make it available, but itsdefinitley not the designer, and a fake which are all the bags you find on Canal street.
    Fake are not fashionable people! They are usually made overseas using child labor and apparently help fund drug lords and terrorist groups. Even ignoring the political/economic ties to these fakes (which the info is questionable anyway. except the child labor part, that’s a fact.) they’re cheap looking, and fall apart after a couple weeks.
    If you can’t tell already I’m all for designer inspired and definitley against the canal street bags here in NYC. :)
    good topic by the way, it makes for an interesting discussion.

  38. 38
    April 1st, 2009 at 8:02 am

    oh, and by the way people. Fakes found in Chinatown are ILLEGAL, they are infringing on the designers copyrights,and they get busted by the police pretty often.
    knockoffs/inspired merchandise are not.

  39. 39
    April 1st, 2009 at 8:13 am

    sorry guys, its me again :) I found an article I had read a while ago in bazaar. here’s the link

    if anyone is interested in more information about where the fakes come from.

  40. 40
    April 1st, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I live where there are alot of fake merchandise around. Sometimes its very obvious that its fake and sometimes its a very good knock off. As a young teen I want to follow the trends and incorporate that style into my own style. Now as a student knock offs are not a bad thing however I do not buy the flashy stuff like the bags with LV all over it. I dont not lie and make my knock off something its not its fake and im perfectly fine with it.

  41. 41
    April 1st, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Dishonest? I think the brands are the ones being dishonest.

    “Leading fashion designers routinely outsource work to sweatshop tailors in Campania controlled by the Camorra. In a bizarre but profitable bidding system, competing underworld tailors receive raw materials and specifications from top fashion houses in Milan and Rome. The sweatshops that win contracts adorn their work with legitimate labels for the likes of Valentino and Versace. The losers are allowed to flood the market as knock-offs.”

    You should read Roberto Saviano’s book Gomorrah.

    And, by the way, even the “cheap” brands make their stuff in places like China or Vietnam.

  42. 42
    April 1st, 2009 at 9:49 am


  43. 43
    April 1st, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Hello there. I used to own three fake items: they were all Burberry. One day I was reading Harpers Bazaar magazine and there was an ad that stated, ” Fake are Never in Fashion Sweepstakes.” So I sent my three fake Burberry items to Harpar’s Bazaar. On February 19th, 2008 I was rewarded the 1,000 reward for sending in my fake items. Up until this day, I can not watch people on Canal Street buy fakes. I mean I really can tell the differene between a real Louis and a fake Louis. The fabric material, how the bag is shaped, and sometimes the symbol on the bag. So bottom line, which i like saying, Fakes are never in fashion :)

  44. 44
    April 1st, 2009 at 10:15 am

    i never never never wear fakes. it’s such a slap in the face for the actual designers who work insanly hard to make them! however, i don’t mind the forever 21 or aldo impersinations, that’s not a “knockoff” perse.

  45. 45
    April 1st, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Honestly, I can’t tell the difference between fake and real designer bags, but that’s because I really don’t care. To me, the purpose of having a purse is to have a handy yet cute way to carry your stuff with, and after a certain point, I don’t care how much your bag costs you – if it looks impractical (remember the garbage bag purses, anyone?) or just plain…plain (I find a lot of designer bags look like this), then it’s no good.

    Personally, I only own one “designer” handbag (a green Prada), but that was a hand me down from my aunt and I don’t even know if it’s real or not. I hardly even wear it anyways, because I like my cheap plaid Target purse much better.

    I really liked the commenter who talked about how she would only spend $150 on a winter coat she needed desperately, because that’s the way I think about it, too – and my job is pretty reasonable for a college student. I’ve always wondered how the heck it was possible for other college girls to buy “real” designer bags, or even the fad items that cost ridiculous amounts of money, like UGGs and those North Face jackets (more than $100 apiece, and both horridly plain looking!). What kind of jobs are you working?

  46. 46
    April 1st, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I don’t mind fakes at all, as long as you’re not trying to convince people they’re real.
    I know you can totally tell if a bag is fake or not, but who spends their time looking at bags and judging them to be real or fake? that person has far too much free time on their hands.
    As long as you like ‘em and you’re happy, who cares what other people have to say…thats what fashion is all about.

  47. 47
    April 1st, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    My number one rule in fashion is I will never wear/own fake/counterfeit/knockoff designer goods ever.I wouldn’t buy a bootleg dvd or anything like that either. I refuse to shop at stores like Forever 21, it should be shut down with the amount of lawsuits its has had against it. Not only are fakes terribly tacky and highly illegal, but the factories they are made in as well as where the money goes is just unbelievable. If you can’t afford the real thing, stores like pacsun have really nice looking bags and there’s tons of places to get clothes, plus if you want something designer that bad, outlet stores always have great deals. I did a whole report on this matter for my public speaking class and people were completley shocked at what was occuring.

    I would suggest checking out this website for more information and a few surprising statistics:

  48. 48
    April 1st, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Completely agree with you!

  49. 49
    April 1st, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I for one live in Ny so Canal St is always the place that I go for my jewlery other then that I wont buy a knockoff I know sooner or later I will get my own designer label. My mom has a real LV and a Fendi bag and I just adore how it looks so no knock off for me. I am for one with designers that have a low end line like Ralph Lauren and ect Also you can find some great deals at samples sales and some other sites NO KNOCKoff

  50. 50
    April 1st, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    and oh please at everyone saying they buy them because they are poor and can’t afford the real thing. Most fakes have the logos plastered all over them and you are buying it for the logo to try and make people think what you have is real. seriously, stores like pacsun, urban outfitters, and delia’s all have nice well made bags for under $50, so who are you kidding?

  51. 51
    April 1st, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Hey if i can’t afford it then i won’t buy it. I love shopping and i try to have a budget when i buy things. I would love to have designers things but hey what can i do if i can’t afford it. I mean after a while it goes out of trend and then people move on. Unless it is a long lasting style or trend when it comes to bags and jewelry then i would buy it cause in long run i can use it and it would never go out style.

  52. 52
    April 1st, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    knockoffs should be illegal.
    i will never ever ever buy one.
    not only is the quality crap
    but they just look bad.
    im obsessed with coach and can spot a fake a mile away
    and they just look tacky.

  53. 53
    April 1st, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Fakes are illegal, not to mention that there have been some links of selling counterfeit purses/items to terrorist activities.

    I suggest reading the fakes are never in fashion website many people posted as well as

    DELUXE: How luxury lost its luster (BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT!)

    It unveils the horrors of the knockoff industry, terrific book.

  54. 54
    April 1st, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I can really see both sides of the argument here. On the one hand, I do find fakes kind of tacky, especially the over done ones like LV and Chanel. I also don’t like that fakes can be so expensive. I’d rather buy a lower end designer bag like M by MJ for $300 than pay the same for a LV knockoff. The flip side is that there really is no reason why so many of these designer items are so expensive. Yes, they’re made with real leather and have some nice detail. That may warrant a price tag of a couple hundred but not multiple thousands. In the end, whether you are buying fake or authentic designer goods, you are still paying for the name.

    As for all the comments this post has stirred, some of you use some very strong language. I don’t see how you can “hate” someone simply because they choose to buy fakes. Don’t get all elitist. It’s a matter of priorities and what people think things are worth. I concede that some people do walk around with fake bags trying to pass them off but many others simply see it as a cute bag and will gladly tell you its fake. The reason why people would feel self-conscious about having fakes is because of people like some of the commentators on here who would look down on them and apparently view them as “dishonest.”

  55. 55
    April 1st, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Personally, I wouldn’t buy a fake. I’m more of a save up for the real thing or just buy something else kind of person. But I don’t really judge people who buy fake Chanel or Louis Vuitton (and I definitely don’t think it could make them a less honest person in general), I just kind of don’t see the point. I also kind of think that especially with purses, the investment in a more expensive, better made bag is worth it.

    What I really DO hate though, is how stores like Forever 21 copy much smaller, up-and-coming designers who WILL lose business if people can just buy a cheaper, knock-off version of their clothes at somewhere like Forever 21. Unlike with a fake designer purse, the designer doesn’t really get any name recognition, they just get ripped off. I understand that this is appealing on a budget, I mean it’s not like I’ve never shopped at Forever 21, but I think knock-offs like these are much less ethical than an obviously fake Louis Vuitton bag.

  56. 56
    April 1st, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Let’s just face it, if you are a college student you probably can’t afford a designer bag, unless for some reason your parents can afford to buy you one for you birthday or Christmas, which is perfectly fine. However, if you are like me and work really hard to pay for school, rent, and everything else than you probably can’t. I usually just buy Tommy Hillfiger, Liz Clairborne or other brands that aren’t designer but fit into my price range and my style. I’d rather spend more money on clothes than buy a $400 purse while I am in college, maybe when I am out of college and have a stable job.

  57. 57
    April 1st, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I like fashion and everything, but hating someone just because they have a fake bag is just dumb. There are other much more important things in life than designer clothes and the best materialistic things. Now if a person buys something that is fake that does not make the person dishonest, if the person likes it then it’s her option to but it or not. Now if they go around telling people that their bag is real,they are just fooling themselves. If you have a fake bag, then just admit it. Now i guess I’m just that type of person that sees fashion as not something depending on the price, but in it’s creativity. Whatever you wear even if it is the most expensive or cheapest thing you are still the same person, so why look down on someone who doesn’t has the “real” thing or up to those who have it. Clothes don’t make you, you make them.

  58. 58
    April 1st, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I have a fake Marc Jacobs bag.. it’s just a quilted black doctor’s bag. I felt weird carrying it around, though, so I took off the fake label :)

    Still, I love it. I think mostly because it’s not ridiculously gaudy or anything so I don’t think of it as some crazy knock-off.

  59. 59
    April 1st, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I’d NEVER wear a knockoff. I’d feel ashamed if someone could tell that it was fake. I’d rather wear Target bags and be honest when someone asks me where I got it from. It’s more embarrassing if your caught wearing a fake brand than wearing something that’s cheap and cute at the same time.

  60. 60
    April 1st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    i would definitely wear a knockoff.
    could care less what others think

  61. 61
    April 1st, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I don’t understand handbags. It’s a bag. You put your stuff in it if you don’t have pockets. Why do women go apeshit for these? I think stuff like this drives negative stereotypes…

    If I have to carry a bag, I have little hemp messenger-type bag that cost like 10 bucks. I could see myself maybe getting a nice leather one or a colored one when I’m a little older, but I’d never pay more than maybe like, $50 tops. It just ain’t worth it. Ia $500+ bag isn’t an “investment”, it’s just a bag that you dropped way too much money on. Stop fooling yourselves.

  62. 62
    April 1st, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Not gonna lie… i do own a couple of fake purses, but I rarely use them.

    I understand the whole argument about how its unfair to steal someones design and stuff, but I think that fakes are almost like a compliment to the designer. Seeing so many fake chanel and louis vuitton purses just goes to show how influential those designers are, and basically just supports how important fashion really is.

    But I really can’t stand the fake ones that just tooooo fake. I’ve come across some pretty convincing fakes, but some are just ridiculous.

  63. 63
    April 1st, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    the only fake purse i would ever consider having is chanel because the real is way too expensive, and i dont want to spend an outrageous amount of money on one item

    i actually have a fake chanel pink purse, and it looks 99% identical to the real one and im happy with it, but its the only fake purse i have and would ever consider having.


    i HATE the obv. fake purses, they are ugly and most people probably know they are fake so i really dont think you should buy a purse that is very obv. fake.

    if you are going to buy a fake purse, id make sure it was very close to a real one.

    however, for coach, d&b and stuff like that I would never buy a fake because their prices are reasonable compared to something like chanel.

    i think if people wanna buy fakes let them…if you have a problem with least you know yours is real haha :]

  64. 64
    April 1st, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I personally don’t have a problem with fakes. If people don’t have the money to spend on the extremely expensive designer bags, then why not get the look for less? I know a lot of people that have fakes and have no problem admitting it! If I have a nice bag, I am afraid to use it because I don’t want to ruin a $500 dollar plus bag, so with a fake you don’t have to worry about ruining an expensive bag! Not everyone can afford to buy the trendy designer bags! I have two burberry scarves, one is real and one I got for $5 and they look EXACTLY the same! You honestly cannot tell the difference. I think the same about Louis Vitton purses…the reals and fakes looks the same to me. But it doesn’t even matter! As long as people admit their bag is fake, we should not judge them for wanting to get a deal and not paying ridiculous amounts of money for one item.

  65. 65
    April 2nd, 2009 at 12:19 am

    WHY NOT? It’s not being dishonest! So you like how a purse looks and you don’t want to spend $300 on it… Big wooping deal! Since when did it become about the brand and not the purse? These brands are so popular because they make stuff that is beautiful! I love purses but no way can I afford them paying hundreds. I love knock offs. I’m not being a poser- I just love the style of them! Alot of other brands just don’t get it. Besides, a big difference between the real and fake ones is that the fake ones don’t use real leather- another plus! Save the cows! Buy knock offs! :)

  66. 66
    April 2nd, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Now.. I don’t agree with knock offs but because I am not rich I am so down for the cause. Not having money you always want the best for less. Now I don’t buy the fake High-End bags or glasses, or anything like that. I much prefer to save up. But H& M I am so in there!!!! That store will save your life if you have a last min. party tr go to. Versace cannot do that for you.

    Now…If I am a designer trying to make it, and spending thousands of dollars to get a collection off the ground. I am going to want to kick a** if I see someone selling my designs knocked off. because I work really hard to create that. I went to design school, and I know what it is like when someone clearly takes your design ideas. CLEARLY, to the point where other students noticed. It is not a nice feeling. So this is a toss up. But I know this I will not give up H& M

  67. 67
    April 2nd, 2009 at 9:31 am

    “Now…If I am a designer trying to make it, and spending thousands of dollars to get a collection off the ground. I am going to want to kick a** if I see someone selling my designs knocked off. because I work really hard to create that. I went to design school, and I know what it is like when someone clearly takes your design ideas. CLEARLY, to the point where other students noticed. It is not a nice feeling. So this is a toss up. But I know this I will not give up H& M”

    ….Yeah… Poor Louis Vuitton, he goes broke everytime he launches a collection..

  68. 68
    April 2nd, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Uhhhh, yeah I really doubt that LV “goes broke everytime he launches a collection”. Considering the value of raw purse-making material (cloth, thread, leather, a zipper or two…) and the price at which he sells the finished product, I’m thinking that he makes mad bank no matter how many people rip him off.

  69. 69
    April 3rd, 2009 at 12:49 am

    buying a designer imitation is totally fine; basically everything you buy in stores, and most trends are based on designer origins. that’s unavoidable and the natural course of fashion.

    however, buying a purse that is literally TRYING to be a designer bag, as in, when you buy it with the intention of making people think you have one, is really lame. especially because most of them are so obvious and it’s embarrassing to see people with LV all over their bag, and when you look closer the V is upside down, or its just a triangle, or something stupid like that.

    it’s tacky to flaunt how much money you have; but it’s even tackier to pretend to flaunt money you DON’T have.

  70. 70
    April 6th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I hate fakes and obvious and cheap “inspired” bags. Knock offs are horrid. They fund terrorism and never ever look good. I can spot a fake a mile off – you don’t look good. You don’t look rich – you look pathetic! Save up and buy the real thing or buy a cute leather bag that suits your style but is unbranded.

    Inspired clothing, is acceptable as that is where all high street trends originate. Its ok to take a design, print or detail and use it in your own way but to carbon copy a designer piece is horrid and makes me cringe!


  71. 71
    April 6th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I personally only buy knock-offs because I don’t use/wear leather and the knock-offs or cheaper brands tend to go synthetic, although I still have to check. I would never wear like a fake LV anythinggg though, that just looks terrible. However, I do wear Target or H&M or Forever 21. I try to stick away from the trends, just solid pieces or accessories that are versatile.
    Great blog!

  72. 72
    April 11th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    i think i am the only guy reading this, and i can’t get enough of all of your takes. i started reading into this, becuase i found out a friend of mine was selling me fake football jerseys and the purses i got my girlfriend and mom were fakes too! i had a slight inkling that they were fake seeing as they were so cheap. the quality on the jerseys though were top notch, i honestly couldn’t tell the difference! i got more and more interested in it, so i started doing some research on the items and found out you can get them for about $20 each! being a super big football fan i wanted to get a ton of jerseys! i found there is good and there is bad for buying these fake products.

    great quality
    great price

    i have read some companies have been linked to terrorism
    sweatshops are very previlant

    i was talking to a guy from and he said he had personally worked in a few of the factories and said they aren’t as bad as some make them sound. he actually sounded kind of surprised when i asked him about the factories. can i take his word for it? who knows. but he souned very genuine, and answered all of my questions and put to rest any concerns i had. will i buy more jerseys? probably. will i feel guilty? probably. but my thought process is, most of these companies that we feel are getting ripped off in the process, are also having their products made by the lowest bidder. look at some of the things around your house, most of them will be made in china.

  73. 73
    April 11th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    what is fashion but new twists on recycled ideas?
    i have absolutely no problems with fakes and knock offs. it’s style. everyone has the right to have access to it. money shouldn’t limit us from personal expression. i don’t know about you, but when i carry around my fake gianni versace, the last thing i think about is the fact that it’s a fake bag. all i know is that this couturesque, faux leather tote goes great with my little sundress and i am going to rock it. people rarely even get close enough to read the label, but when they do, i just open up my bag and say “it’s a fake, look at the lining. but can you believe the quality of these buckles?” we ooh, we ahh, then we move on.
    of course, i realize not all people buy fakes because of the beauty of the bag. there are a lot of label obsessed girls who need to be walking logos. but really? whooooo caressss. if they feel good carrying their fake louie v’s, let them be. isn’t that what fashion is supposed to do?
    i do have some reservations. i get all my faux labeled bags from the homeland (china) which means they’ve been bargained down to like $20. i think the most i’ve ever spent on a fake was like 25 us dollars. but i know that here, fakes can cost hundreds of dollars. in that situation i feel like it would just be more logical to get a knockoff (like forever 21) than a fake (trunk of a van on canal street). usually the quality of the knockoff is better because you don’t have to pay for the name. plus it’ll be cheaper. if you really need a label, go on ebay and get yourself a fancy designer key chain (i’ve gotten an authentic prada robot keychain for $15 and a gorgeous swarovski crystal chinese opera mask thing for around the same price). trust me, that will fool the general public.

  74. 74
    April 13th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    No! Brands don’t mean a thing to me. I’d rather wear something from Target/Payless than try to fit in by wearing a designer knockoff. And everyone knows it’s fake, anyways!

  75. 75
    April 15th, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Designer knock offs are just tacky. I’d rather wear a plain, nameless shirt of good quality than sport one that screams “CHANEL” or “LACOSTE” in big, bold fonts. Not to mention, buying those items support stealing and possibly, terrorism!

    For me, either get the real deal or look for cheaper alternatives manufactured by other more credible fashion establishments. With the myriad of shopping choices we have, there’s no excuse for buying tacky knock offs.

  76. 76
    April 18th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    I love my knockoffs, I go to a place that sells all kinds of great uncommon knockoffs, not the usual coach, chanel, and guccis. Think more Dior, D&G etc. I don’t buy them because of their logos, I buy them because the style and believe it or not, the quality of these bags are better than most I can get at my local mall, but I NEVER pretend their real, if I see someone eyeing my bag, or if they mention “it’s fake” is the first words out of my mouth.

  77. 77
    May 10th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    People who claim they will “NEVER NEVER NEVER” buy fakes obviously don’t need to even think about it, especially when their parents are buying them Hermes and Chanel bags. If we were to ask for the incomes of the people who die before buying a fake, and those who don’t care, I think we’d see a huge divide. I’m sure the people with the Hermes bags would never have to lower themselves to breathing the same air as the ones who buy fakes, so I don’t see what the big deal is.

  78. 78
    May 23rd, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I respect the fact that you guys are so adamant about avoiding making any contributions to heinous groups and business structures. I do have to add, however, that if you have ever shopped at Wal-Mart or any retailer that purchases or manufactures any products from countries like China, then you have supported the very things you adamantly protest. The trade agreement that Clinton signed with China was supposed to be a benefit for Americans, but it ended up being a disaster. Wal-Mart has played a deliberate role in forcing American business to close (and contributed to many job losses) and even testified against an American business owner that was suing China for creating an unfair trade situation. Check out the PBS special:

    Corruption can be anywhere, even inside the brand names people hold in such high esteem. One designer (the really old and skinny wrinkly guy) even said that he is all for keeping fat people out of the fashion world. He said that, in this way, he was helping contribute to a decrease in obesity which is as worse than anorexia. America is one of the major players and contributors to the terrorism and heinousness in this world. I encourage you to watch “Lord of War” or “Syriana” if you disagree.

    Knock offs can be made of lamb skin, calfskin, and even use real gold so quality is not much of a factor when you are talking about the “good” knockoffs. The “phony” person argument is there are many people who buy designer bags and have very little to no money to put in them. Whether you diligently saved for it or not, you are leaving people with the impression that you are wealthy when you are not. And if I haven’t walked down your street yet, then let me say that being a “good saver” doesn’t equate to being fiscally smart.. if you can’t afford a home or property and your bag is worth a down payment of a home, then that would make you a foolish spender. I come from a wealthy family and we find it very ridiculous when people who live paycheck to paycheck think having a designer bag makes them better in some way.

    I make my own bags and pretty soon my own clothes but personally, I think that if you can get the same quality materials and be missing a minor serial number on the inside, and you saved $2,000… then you are pretty fiscally savvy. Avoiding terrorist contributors to the enth degree is like hiding your feet from the ground at this point.

  79. 79
    June 28th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I think fakes are great

  80. 80
    July 1st, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    i think people didn’t understand the difference between a knock-off and a fake version of something. the first isn’t a copy, with big bold letters saying the name of the, though fake. the latter, however, is just something inspired by the brand ones, which is more affordable and “in fashion” and trendy, but not a fake version. i think it is cool there are knock-offs, mainly because they keep you trendy without having to spend a fortune just for the brand. after all, both pieces are pretty much the same, but the brand one is tagged for the brand itself. so i think people should stop bothering about knock-offs, but worry about the fake garments.

  81. 81
    July 4th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I don’t buy the fake one that are sold on the street, instead I buy them online. I have bought a classic Chanel 2.55 and a Balenciaga Motorcycle bag and I love them. It doesn’t mind me that they’re fake because they look like the real thing.

  82. 82
    July 31st, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Why buy a fake Louis when you can just save up to get a real one? C’mon guys, if you can’t afford an authentic purse then just settle for a non branded Target purse or something.

  83. 83
    August 12th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    designer knockoffs are for people who want those famous new trends but don’t want to pay hundreds for them. whats so bad about that?! i bet if some one changed the tag to the the real brand you wouldn’t tell the difference and whats the point of it being a big brand, the product does the job either way. so stop trying to look rich cause at the end of it all its all the same shit.

  84. 84
    August 17th, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Never! I have a couple of authentic Louis Vuitton bags that I saved up for and finally purchased. If you can’t afford to buy real designer handbags, either save up for one or don’t purchase anything at all. Fakes are just tacky and you may think you’re trying to keep up carrying that fake around but the truth is it just makes you look cheap.

  85. 85
    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Absolutely not! I hate designer knockoffs. If you’re going to go through all the trouble to find a cheap fake pair, why not just get the real thing? You get your money’s worth: Designer sunglasses are high quality and usually handmade. They are authentic, genuine, and unique. I don’t just buy designer because I have the money to, I buy them because I like authenticity. My favorite designer labels are Gianni Versace (Vintage), Versace (Modern), Louis Vuitton, Guccio Gucci, Chanel, Coach, and Dolce & Gabbana. I don’t have a single pair of sunglasses that arent designer. Same with my cologne.

  86. 86
    September 4th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I hate fakes.I never buy them!

  87. 87
    January 13th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    My mother has many many name brand bags that are all authentic and I think she spends too much on them, but when it comes down to a designer inspired bag that looks nice, she will buy it and don’t mind showing it because it’s not those that are fake to the point where a person would stress it’s real.

    Anyway she gave me a bag that she bought for $3 that looks really nice. I didn’t even know it was a “Gucci” inspired design until she told me today and I started to feel self-conscious when I compared the pattern, the real one has two G’s, one upside down, while on my bag, where the G’s are supposed to be, it looks like an infinity symbol. If anyone really knows Gucci, (I didn’t until today, honestly).. anyone would know it’s obviously fake but not “played out fake”, plus I didn’t see any Gucci messenger bags on the website nor were there the color I have nor does my bag say Gucci anywhere on it.

    Looking at the bag, it’s perfect for my needs in all honesty, and the material is wonderful.The way it’s made is quite sturdy and it’s only $3 for an nice, usable, good quality bag.

    I am not into brands, like I said earlier, I didn’t even know this was a knockoff of Gucci’s pattern, but seeing that the pattern looks obviously fake compared to the real Gucci, I have no problem telling everyone I got it outside for only $3, it’s a designer “inspired” I actually wondered why some people looked at me today, I felt embarrassed when i realized it when I got home, but if my mother buys authentic name brands all the time and hates fakes, then this bag wouldn’t be considered so “fake” if she would wear it outside.

  88. 88
    January 13th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Also, after I read a number of comments here, I don’t feel so bad about my bag anymore.. I was kind of embarrassed about it when I found out, but now I’m okay.

  89. 89
    January 17th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    im not broke, and me and my girl make a good amount of money, and if i wanted authentic lv or gucci i could afford to buy it. but i dont see the reason to spend $600 on a bag or a shirt if i can get it for $40… all knock offs dont look like knock off!!! and sometimes people say look inside the bag to see if its real!! who cares how the inside looks!!! i buy fake everything and i will be the first to tell you its fake, cause it still looks hot. thats all that matters!!! $600 for a bag is crazy, thats half my rent!! so i dont buy real jordans, gucci, lv or any other expensive brand.. i just brought the lv christopher backpack. i heard it cost like $5000, i paid $120… and thats still alot…lol

  90. 90
    March 23rd, 2010 at 4:45 am

    I just wrote about how one of H&M’s dresses was a Chanel knockoff from the Spring2010 collection in my style blog.

  91. 91
    May 16th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    low price = low quality

  92. 92
    July 17th, 2010 at 4:05 am

    I stumbled on this site by HOLD ON- searching for fakes!!
    Yeah, I am one of those who can’t afford the real one.
    I spent money on decent watch and jewelry but I don’t have 3000-4000 dollars for Chanel bag. And I would not pay that kind of money for it anyway!!
    I do have few nice Italian leather bags for couple of hundred bucks a piece and I actually have one fake Chanel multipocket that is about 4 years old and still without any hardware failure, etc. The only thing is, my black gel pen leaked inside and ruined the lining so I am looking for new one.
    I will get me one again and people who know me knows that it is a fake. I love the design, shape and I don’t care what people think.
    I’m not against fakes as long as the quality is O.K. My fake looks as good as the real one sitting next to it, leather is fine, didn’t count stitching tho, but it is even, the only diference is the inside. Lining feels diferent and logo is off but who will look inside other than me?

  93. 93
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    (: I have to fake MK purses and a few non-designer purses. i like things that are cute and affordable, if someone asked me if it was real i would be like, nope, i got it for a great deal and it was cute haha. I was the first to text my friend “just bought fake MK purses” lol. theres no shame in the game.

  94. 94
    July 31st, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I just bought my first knockoff while I’m traveling in China and I think it’s great! I spent 300 yuan on a fake Chanel bag, and that’s about 50 dollars. What impresses me is the quality of the bag. Although I know it’s fake and not made by Chanel, but to think that hey, if other people can make bags that are just as quality as real Chanel bags, then why not? I personally don’t really care for branding, but quality and durability is very important to me. And this bag is real leather and looks just like a real Chanel. I don’t really care if people know that it’s fake or not, I just need to like it myself, which I do. I really don’t think this should be made an ethical issue because really, it doesn’t matter.

  95. 95
    May 25th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I just bought my first fake Michael Kors bag, and I cant wait to get it.. Do I care what anybody got to say ?hell no! I paid 30 instead of 300 for the same look of the bag!.. please!!

  96. 96
    December 11th, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Why does it matter if it’s fake or not? As long as they fit me or if I like how it looks, I wouldn’t care if the product was fake or real.

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