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What do you feel about buying knock-offs (ie fake designer clothes, watches etc)?

As money is tight for spending on clothes when I'm budgeting to improve our home, we visit the town's market where after considerable haggling I paid just €20 for a well made pair of knock-off Prada denims for Sophie. They look great on her. I also bought a knock-off designer hoodie for her, just €20 :)

I wouldn't normally buy fake stuff. But if you're strapped for cash, would you buy a knock-off if the price was right?


  • MikeMike 🖥️🎧 LandaanPosts: 3,396 Community Manager
    edited June 2018
    As much as I love a good price, I haven't had great experiences buying these sorts of products. I can't speak for clothes, but I used to get a lot of fake/budget electronic stuff (phones, controllers, chargers, etc) and always seemed to regret it after because the build quality was naff and they never lasted long before deteriorating/breaking. Diving straight for the bargains is something I've learned to avoid doing!

    There are also times when more spend = higher quality, in my experience. I wouldn't say it's the case for everything by any means, but with earphones and speakers for example, I've always found that a higher price tag means better sound and build quality. Maybe aside from some less reputable brands like Skullcandy.

    I can see clothes being okay for this kind of thing, but I've always been a massive cheapskate when it comes to clothes shopping anyway. :wink:
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  • AzzimanAzziman The Mix convert Posts: 948 Part of The Mix Family
    Hi Mandy!x

    I love knock-offs, but you have to careful when you buy them. High-quality fakes are great, low-quality fakes not so much! You also need to be careful that they do look good enough to pass off as real - being clocked as having fake items, especially if people know you have the money to buy the real deal, can be embarrassing! 

    However, spending a little more money for the real deal is usually best since it will be better quality and last much longer. It all depends on how cheap you can get the knock-off for!x

    To be honest, some branded £100 shirts are just £5 Primark shirts with a logo attached to it, so it may even be better to skip the branded items (real or fake) and go for something cheap and simple instead!x

    Much love <3
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Literally just got here
    Hey again @Azziman

    It's cheap clothes I buy for us, but I'd never buy watches. About 2 years ago from some birthday money and Christmas money I paid €180 for a Casio ProTrek bought in Sardinia in a nice shop registered to sell Casio etc and it's done me well. Lightweight, never needs a battery and even has barometric thingy on it. I like buying cheap bags from our town markets. They are good quality and I know the trader.  He's from Tunisia and comes over with his family selling even carpets. Otherwise we buy fruit and veg from Mallorcan locals. I just won't spend money on fake goods with name on like Fossil. It's clearly not and some of it is badly made anyway.

    When last in the UK I bought a Fossil canvas and leather satchel. It looks great as the attachment shows (if it's permitted on the forum, otherwise please delete the attachment).

    Now THAT is quality! =)
  • ShaunieShaunie 🌸 Posts: 12,480 Born on Earth, Raised by The Mix
    Ive never looked into buying knock offs clothes. Though i agree with Mike. The amount of cheap chargers ive brought that last a few days - after about the 10th one i thought being cheapskate is probably costing me more money. Lol

    but as for clothes i dont think id ever buy a knock of one. And would much prefer spending more money for peice of mind knowing it isnt fake even if it would look okay.  Not that im snobby or anything :wink: 🙃 but just nice to be kind to self sometimes and buy branded or designer stuff 
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Literally just got here
    Hey @Azziman one of our guests wore a handsome shirt by M&S which he said was identical to Pierre Balmain's couture except for no label. M&S make good shirts, he's was tailored and cost him £45. For a near-designer shirt, that was a very good price.And I like the pale pink. :)

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