I admit, I am a brand conscious type of person when it comes to my stuff like clothes, shoes, accessories and gadgets. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t judge people if they opt to buy things that do not have labels or buy replicas. That is their choice and I totally respect that. But when it comes to myself, I always buy the real thing because of its quality, its comfort, its durability, and its style.
I do not buy branded stuff all the time. My technique is to wait for SALES before I buy them. I usually go to the mall, look at some shoes that I like then wait for the price to lower before buying them. If after waiting for several months and the price didn’t lower down, I sometimes skip it and just wait for newer products or models in the future.
There are so many branded bags, shoes, accessories that are being sold in group buying sites online that are way cheaper compared to buying them from physical stores. The original bags cost P4,000 but they sell them around P2,000 to P2,500 online with additional amount for the delivery fee. If you are going to think about it, the price is not bad at all. Imagine you get to save around P1,500 plus you do not need to go to the store, experience traffic, and other woes of a commuter. But the question here is, are these for real.
Here are some tips how to spot a fake to protect you from flushing your money down the drain:
1. Price – Like what I have mentioned, if it is too cheap, you must be careful in purchasing them. I know that if you bought it straight from U.S., it can be really cheap compared to our shopping centers. But if you do not know the person you are buying from, there is a tendency (not all okay) that the product he or she is selling is a knock-off.
I read in the internet a few weeks ago that a certain online group buying site was being investigated because apparently, a customer complaint that the bag she bought was not authentic. I’m not sure what happened to the investigation because that site is still offering branded bags.
2. Material – The materials used for the product are sometimes an obvious giveaway if the product is authentic or not. I have been a Nike rubber shoes user ever since I was still 12 years old. I have tried buying a fake Nike basketball shoes before from Greenhills. I didn’t want to buy the real thing anymore because I stopped playing basketball on a regular basis. I bought that because I want to play at least once a week with my nephews.
When I tried them on, Man it hurts like hell. I mean I couldn’t run comfortable. Even if I was just standing, it wasn’t comfortable still.
3. Small Details – There are some products that you will know by checking out small details. Like with Levi’s jeans, their zipper has Levi’s on it instead of YKK. However, some jeans have YKK zippers which they call it “overruns” Check the buttons too. There are shirts where buttons have the brand’s name and some shouldn’t have any name at all like Lacoste shirts. I have read online that Lacoste Shirts’ buttons do not have Lacoste name on it.