User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 18
  1. #1
    Moderator and Blogger boysRsmelly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    16,824
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    50 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)

    Default Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    Thinking of buying a fake designer handbag? One might reason that they are a harmless way to own a designer label without paying the hefty price tag. Unfortunately, this reasoning couldn't be farther from the truth. What was once believed to be a "victimless" crime is, in reality, a crime of many. At TBF, we do nothing but love handbags and their designers. And we want everyone to know that it is so much more serious than simply infringing upon the intellectual property rights of companies or "cheapening" their images.

    So who exactly are the victims of this so-called "victimless" crime. Many of these victims can be found in the factories in which the fakes are made. The truth is that most counterfeiters rely on child labor to produce their goods. What's even worse is that many these children are forced to work in deplorable conditions. Of course, this is to be expected. After all, producing fake goods is illegal. This means that the work must be done in private, with these children being locked up in large rooms that are set up for assembly line production. According to an article in the January 2007 issue of Harper's Bazaar, children as young as eight are "worked ragged in barely tolerable conditions, turning out everything from faux-luxury-brand handbags, wallets, and belts to cell phones." The author of this article, Dana Thomas, goes on to say that the children live in these factories with little to no adult supervision.

    For some people, the thought of exhausted little children piecing together fake designer handbags half way around the world is no big deal. Out of sight and out of mind. But what about the victims that can be found here in our own backyards? According to another article written by Dana Thomas, found in the January 2008 issue of Harper's Bazaar,
    "counterfeiting costs American businesses $200 billion to $250 billion annually and is directly responsible for the loss of more than 750,000 jobs in the United States." The truth of the matter is, we are all victims of counterfeiting because it has such a devastating effect on our economy.

    Unfortunately, the list of victims does not stop here. Innocent people all over the world could have potentially died due to the counterfeit trade. According to The Providence, a Canadian newspaper, terrorist groups such as al-Qaida and Hamas derive a large portion of their funding from the sales of counterfeit merchandise in North America. And according to an article written by Scott Malone for WWD, officials have evidence that the 1993 truck bombing at the World Trade Center was funded by a counterfeit T-Shirt ring. Knowing this, it's disturbing to think what a "harmless" fake designer handbag bought off the street could have helped finance.

    So if fakes are so bad, then why are there still so many of them out there? At one time, law enforcement officials would turn a blind eye to peddlers selling fakes on the street or house wives selling knockoffs at purse parties. After all, they do have more "important" matters to attend to. But this has started to change over recent years as the government has become more and more aware of the link between counterfeits and other, more serious, criminal activity. However, law enforcement efforts continue to be under minded by ordinary people that deliberately buy fakes. As long as there is a demand, there will continue to be a supply. So that's where we, the consumers, come in. All of us at TBF urge everyone to think twice about intentionally buying fake designer handbags (or fake anything for that matter). If you can't afford to buy the real thing, then don't buy one at all. Pick out something nice from a legitimate, less-expensive brand or designer. Please! Help put a stop to counterfeiting!


    Sources:
    • Malone, Scott. Counterfeiting and Terrorism?. WWD. 15 Sept. 2003.
    • Thomas, Dana. The Fake Trade: Wanted for Stealing Childhoods. Harper's Bazaar. January 2007.
    • Thomas, Dana. The Fake Trade: Counterfeiting is a Business Worth $600 Billion a Year--and Growing. Harper's Bazaar. January 2008.
    • Tonner, Mark. Think Fake Goods are Harmless? Think Again. The Providence. 24 Feb. 2008.



    END NOTE:

    Think you may have unintentionally bought a fake? We at TBF understand that there are many crooked eBay sellers and shady websites out there that dupe people into buying fakes by stating that the items are authentic. It could happen to anyone! But there is something you can do about it. If it was an eBay transaction, file a claim with eBay and Paypal. Or if it was a shady website, call your credit card company to have the charge stopped. And remember, you can always come talk to us gals at TBF. We will do our best to help you authenticate an eBay purchase or tell you if a website is legitimate. We are here to help!

  2. #2
    Totally Purse Obsessed Alicia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Shoreline, CT
    Posts
    2,068
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    Great post brs!!!
    Wishlist: * LV Vernis Alma PM or Brea MM * LV Mono Speedy 35 * Medium YSL Y-Mail Tote *

  3. #3
    Moderator/Blogger VivaLaJuicy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    11,593
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    32 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    Thanks for posting!!!

  4. #4
    \(^.^)/ Jennifer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    27,323
    Post Thanks / Like
    Follow Jennifer On Twitter Add Jennifer on Facebook
    Mentioned
    42 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    Totally awesome post -->

  5. #5
    I am now LVholicmum juicyholicmum's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Land down under
    Posts
    3,013
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    thanks for posting bRS

  6. #6
    ~♥~ Just Married ~♥~ daisydeadpetals's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    ... just a hop, skip and a jump from Rodeo Drive!
    Posts
    869
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    Well said!

  7. #7
    Official Bagista
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    1,052
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Cool Re: Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    Awesome post!!!

    PS: If you're broke and need a bag to carry your stuff around, there are plenty of places to get cheap yet good-looking and long-lasting bags. More than two years ago I ran into Target to get paper towels or something, when I saw a large black tote with a huge outer zip pocket and two tall side pockets (perfect for water bottles). I hit the brakes. I needed a new, practical, light-weight bag. After trying it on, I bought it for the astronomical price of $19.99. This bag is still in good condition, and, believe it or not, I get complements whenever I use it. I'm bringing this up because as bRs stated in her post, if you can't affort an expensive designer bag, there are options other than buying a fake designer bag--from mid-priced to low-priced bags. I was at Target again two days ago, this time for dog food. While I saw a lot of ugly bags, I also saw decent ones (not fakes but obviously copying styles we like--MJ, MK, etc) for $12.99 to $18.99, with some small hobos at $9.99. It will carry your stuff without breaking your wallet.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

  8. #8
    ♥ Moderator ♥ Zombiegirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    RM Obsessed!
    Posts
    18,816
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    24 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    Great post bRs! Thanks!!
    W I S H ♥ L I S T
    Loving my collection!

  9. #9
    Bag Admirer Trinae's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    40
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    Very informative, thanks
    My Wish List
    Gustto Valo Bag in Charcoal Botkier Sasha Mini Duffle in Black Botkier Bulga Tasia in Forest Green
    Botkier Morgan Hobo in Grape MBMJ Dr. Q Grace in Grape Juice

  10. #10
    ♥'s RM Jess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    11,440
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    Thanks, bRs! GREAT post!

  11. #11
    ♥'s RM Jess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    11,440
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    Quote Originally Posted by lilstrlett View Post
    I mean, it's good to post this, but everyone on here is already on that bandwagon. I think this would be better suited for a place where people actually buy fake bags.
    It still doesn't hurt to post it though.

  12. #12
    Moderator and Blogger boysRsmelly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    16,824
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    50 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    Quote Originally Posted by lilstrlett View Post
    I mean, it's good to post this, but everyone on here is already on that bandwagon. I think this would be better suited for a place where people actually buy fake bags.
    Just doing what the boss told me. But, hey, it doesn't hurt to post it in the blog because if someone Googles it, it'll show up.

  13. #13
    Moderator and Blogger boysRsmelly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    16,824
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    50 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    Come on girls, let's be nice. I don't want this thread to become a fight. It's supposed to be here to help people.

  14. #14
    \(^.^)/ Jennifer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    27,323
    Post Thanks / Like
    Follow Jennifer On Twitter Add Jennifer on Facebook
    Mentioned
    42 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    Come on guys.. Please no arguments. This post is amazing BRS!

    Nobody on tbf supports fakes but it's still good to have this information out there

  15. #15
    *Moderator* vuittongirlxoxo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    in front of my computer
    Posts
    8,433
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Think Buying Fake Handbags is Harmless?

    Wonderful post bRs! I hope someone thinking about buying one stumbles upon this & changes their mind!

    wishlist..
    .sofia coppola monogram
    .vernis alma mm in pomme d'amour
    .artsy mm
    .python galliera pm
    .monogram galliera pm

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •