Question: With So Many Fakes Around, Is it Still Worth it to Buy the Original?

They look like the original at a fraction of the cost

Olivia Marlene
2 min readSep 2, 2022
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People say that it’s the manner you carry your clothing or bag that matters. It’s not whether it’s authentic or fake. If you are lousy or ugly, the amount of money that you used to buy your luxury item won’t make you an instant goddess. That’s how “beautiful” acquaintances argue.

In this day of dirt cheap fake products flooding the market, more people are using copies of the original because of affordability. You will just be drowned in the sea of fakes, so using expensive originals won’t matter. Buying originals will just be a waste of money because it’ll just be suspected as fake. That’s how broke acquaintances argue.

I don’t agree.

I’m now in a position where people would assume that all my belongings are authentic. With the “attorney” title appended before my name, most would assume that I am capable of buying expensive things. I could easily buy a class A copy of a Louis Vuitton bag and pair it with my existing tailored suits, and voila! Who would suspect that I’m using a fake? But I can’t!

We don’t buy a bag, we buy an image and self-esteem



Olivia Marlene

A law abiding non-conformist. A lawyer by profession, a mom by nature. Her hobby is to challenge the norm. Reach her at: