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    Quote Originally Posted by Dcpark87 View Post
    What would I do in the Rep-World without you...
    Thank you again sharing your knowledge!
    Thank you for commenting and I hope you'll continue to have a good time here. You've already amassed an enviable collection. I'm pleased you've VIPed yourself up and made good use of everything I shared! Especially in regards to one particular piece . . .
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    Wow. You are back. - With a bang!!

    Great post. Highlights a lot of issues very well.

    One thing it demonstrates is that quality has much wider definitions than the shape of a crown guard. The absence from the standard catalogue does not mean it could not or should not have been made.

    What many find difficult is to distinguish between the cheap and poorly made and the fantasy versions which are really quite good.

    The trick is to operate in a bracket where reps are good enough to be plausible, but not too espensive. But knowing where to draw the lines can be difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Posh View Post
    Thank you for commenting and I hope you'll continue to have a good time here. You've already amassed an enviable collection. I'm pleased you've VIPed yourself up and made good use of everything I shared! Especially in regards to one particular piece . . .
    Couldn't of done it without you, and of course without the help of Repgeek. Just bought a 30 watch display stand to put on my wall. I don't know if it was the smartest financial decision! Hopefully, it'll be a long and methodical process to fill it. And that one particular piece has seemingly replaced my gen datejust as my daily ticker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dcpark87 View Post
    Couldn't of done it without you, and of course without the help of Repgeek. Just bought a 30 watch display stand to put on my wall. I don't know if it was the smartest financial decision! Hopefully, it'll be a long and methodical process to fill it. And that one particular piece has seemingly replaced my gen datejust as my daily ticker.


    Slow and steady wins the race, if this was indeed a race. Just choose based on what appeals to you and what has quality! As long as you do that, you won't have to do one of those "clearing out my watch box" sales threads.

    Just occasionally send me a photo of it and visitation won't be required.
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    and who said you could not have both looks and brains.

    Super job, Posh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by caravaggio View Post
    and who said you could not have both looks and brains.

    Super job, Posh!

    Thanks, Caravaggio. I'm happy that you enjoyed it.

    This is tangential but I just finished, this Saturday actually, M:The Man Who Would Become Caravaggio and just loved it. He's absolutely one of my favorite Baroque artists. I know it's tacky to have a copy of a master painting on your walls but if I could have perfect, 1:1 version of The Taking of Christ, I could die happy. But I suspect the gen is probably going to be the one to have. LOL

    The FIRST thing I did when I got to Dublin was go to the National Gallery to see this painting. Actually, the first thing I did was have a pint of Guinness. The only one I had while I was there because the calories are outrageous.


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    Posh your posts should be required reading here. I still refer back to the Steve McQueen retrospective when I'm getting ready to shop for a new season's clothes. Thanks for putting a little style guidance in our geeky lives!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcp5252 View Post
    Posh your posts should be required reading here. I still refer back to the Steve McQueen retrospective when I'm getting ready to shop for a new season's clothes. Thanks for putting a little style guidance in our geeky lives!

    I hope this one helped. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it!

    I'm actually going to sit down, fix some of the typos and get all my posts looking more uniform. The early ones from 2008 don't look right or flow as well as they should. I'm not going to really fiddle with the content though so that will remain the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Posh View Post

    Thanks, Caravaggio. I'm happy that you enjoyed it.

    This is tangential but I just finished, this Saturday actually, M:The Man Who Would Become Caravaggio and just loved it. He's absolutely one of my favorite Baroque artists. I know it's tacky to have a copy of a master painting on your walls but if I could have perfect, 1:1 version of The Taking of Christ, I could die happy. But I suspect the gen is probably going to be the one to have. LOL

    The FIRST thing I did when I got to Dublin was go to the National Gallery to see this painting. Actually, the first thing I did was have a pint of Guinness. The only one I had while I was there because the calories are outrageous.

    Posh,

    I myself painted a few of his works since I admire the man so much:



    They are big, varnished, cured and hanging in my studio.

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    Posh,

    Velasquez is also a favourite of mine.

    Painted this one too but unfinished:


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    Quote Originally Posted by caravaggio View Post
    Posh,

    I myself painted a few of his works since I admire the man so much:



    They are big, varnished, cured and hanging in my studio.

    If I could see the details, I would "oh" and "ah." But I'm going to assume they are as vivid as the originals! Did you read the Robb book about him? It was really refreshing and was better, for me anyway, than The Lost Painting and Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane. I may do a write-up about him. For fun. No scholarly dissertations here! LOL


    Quote Originally Posted by caravaggio View Post
    Posh,

    Velasquez is also a favourite of mine.

    Painted this one too but unfinished:


    Velasquez is also a great painter and I love his portraits of the Spainish royal family. Did you happen to see the Sussman video that recreated La Meninas? It's very intriguing because of the medium. A video of a painting? Okay, I'm there! I wished I could buy it but haven't seen it anywhere for sale, not that I've checked anyway. I also enjoy his Rokeby Venus which reminds me of Ingres' Grande Odalisque which automatically brings to mind this Michael Thompson photo of Julianne Moore:


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    Great post with plenty of good common sense. Thank you for taking the time to post it.

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    Thanks, ZoSo! It is all fairly obvious stuff. Most of the ideas for these posts come from ideas floating around in recent threads or PMs that I get, this representing one of each. Inspiration is almost constant around here! LOL
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    it helped me, thanks for such a post!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrkan View Post
    it helped me, thanks for such a post!

    That's what it's all about, baby! I'm really glad you liked it. Please, continue to support RG and me. I hope you become VIP soon!
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    Posh you rock the casbah! Excellent post. This is like the geek commandments. Now don't drop the tablets until they get repped
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    Quote Originally Posted by McLovin View Post
    Posh you rock the casbah! Excellent post. This is like the geek commandments. Now don't drop the tablets until they get repped

    Thank you, my child. Anno Domini, you shall not want.
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    Amazing post as usual Posh, Keep up the Great work

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    Thank you, Mrs. H. You know you're my hero because you're a Lady Who Lunches.
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    Hi Posh,
    Just found this post. Love it!!

    However, one small detail. In the handbag rep world, "Franken "means Horrible rep! So it was hard to get use to seeing this word here used exactly opposite! A "Franken" bag is either a bag style that never existed in the designers line of bags, such as a LV Damier Graphite Neverfull, or a LV with plastic handles.

    Great to see another girl here!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chanelgirl42 View Post
    Hi Posh,
    Just found this post. Love it!!

    However, one small detail. In the handbag rep world, "Franken "means Horrible rep! So it was hard to get use to seeing this word here used exactly opposite! A "Franken" bag is either a bag style that never existed in the designers line of bags, such as a LV Damier Graphite Neverfull, or a LV with plastic handles.

    Great to see another girl here!!!

    Thanks, Chanel! I'm glad you liked it. I need to augment it. I'm already seeing stuff that would make a great part of the list. LOL

    A franken bag would be a replica with a genuine strap or a genuine luggage tag or something like that. I know that if you're in Korea and you don't like something on your bag, there's places where you can go to get it changed out. If you bring your own genuine part, like handles or even hardware, they'll set to work changing it all for you. It's not used in the same sense as watches. That's a whole other world. LOL
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    Awesome info and post,I'm now gonna clone myself super noob..

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    Posh, wow, I would love it if I could change things on current handbags, that would be a blast!! Wish I lived near Korea!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBob View Post
    Awesome info and post,I'm now gonna clone myself super noob..

    Thanks, Bob! I hope it helps!


    Quote Originally Posted by chanelgirl42 View Post
    Posh, wow, I would love it if I could change things on current handbags, that would be a blast!! Wish I lived near Korea!!
    If you have a friend going there, just send the bag with them with instructions. Ask around because you never know! LOL
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    EXCELLENT!! Very well organized, articulate, witty, well-argued. A MUST READ! THANK YOU, Posh, for the effort!

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    Hello, all! As some of you may or may not know, I took a little sabbatical from RepGeek, and other fun little hobbies, to focus on some other things in my life namely my future husband, my house and my career. All these things required a great deal of my time but now, after a fashion, I think Iíve managed to prioritize better so the very best of me is available to each of those spheres, even including RepGeek.

    Lots of things change over time but, unfortunately, not everything. And one of the things I noticed that didnít change was some of the topics that come up seemingly all the time. You know them. Itís that familiar sounding thread that came up six months before and then eight months before that and then a year before that. The questions are relevant all the time, which is fine, because new people come and go on the forum but the answers always tend to be the same with no new information added. Same script, different actors. Horse, beating it dead, you are.






    So, I thought that maybe I could piece together a list of tips, secrets and nuggets of wisdom (culled from the most brilliant minds on this board!) that may cut down on these threads. A bit idealistic? Perhaps. I had to do quite a bit of research to put all this information together. This list may not be definitive but it would be a place to point those new to the rep game, or naggy little reminders to those already involved, that we have to remember whatís really going on here, everybodyís angle seen from different perspectives. It will help us to help each other better, I hope. And maybe it will also reduce the anxiety for some who are on the quixotic, expensive search for perfection and allow them to take the plunge sooner or enjoy their collections with a whole different mindset. At best, I would hope it saves someone some money, which is what most of my posts are primarily about. Letís start with the obvious fact that . . .

    1.These are replicas.

    Thatís right. Fakes. This is the first thing to remember as you traverse this wild and wacky world of counterfeit goods made in unregulated Chinese factories. While you can easily find a replica that is as detailed and completely functional as the original, you have to keep in mind that it is a) not the norm and b) not the genuine article and so there will be no appreciation, except maybe within the replica community. And even thatís not guaranteed. Whereas a genuine watch, for example, may be discontinued and replaced with an alleged better version, the older example has the ability to stabilize or even gain in value. When a replica is replaced it is usually replaced by a ďbetterĒ version (we know this is hit or miss depending on who is doing the judging of the merits of the new version) which destroys the value, if any, of the previous version. It can happen quite suddenly and without warning leaving the owner, who actually had convinced him or herself of the value of the item, with what could amount to an expensive, inaccurate POS. Even a modded item can be relegated to also-ran status, rendering it unsaleable for anywhere close to what it cost to create. The factories are getting better and better at making watches and bags, even going so far as doing lume and anti-reflective coatings well. Being cognizant of what youíre buying will make these transitions easieróand cheaper! But until the factories make them accurate out of the gate, there will be modified watches. But please remember . . .

    2. A ďfrankenĒ is more than one genuine part.

    A franken watch used to connote something very specific at one point in time. As I was told by someone very knowledgeable regarding horology when asked, it was often a genuine case, bracelet, crown, tube, crystal and maybe some other parts, that often had a non-original movement (but usually genuine), perhaps even an ETA. However, the parts themselves were genuine or aftermarket, which could also be considered replica parts but were typically unbranded. The term, considered pejorative to some, originally referred to a watch assembled with these disparate parts culled from different time periods, whole different models or even completely different brands! It didnít specifically refer to a replica watch that had genuine parts or movement installed.


    Behold the Omlex: Omega 601 movement, MkII dial, Rolex Oyster Case, Omega Dynamic hour and minute hands, Grand Seiko strap, Omega 300 second hand!

    Around here, the term has taken on a life of its own. Itís not a term tinged with shame, oh no, itís a badge of honor! It means that this replica, above all others, will allow you to walk into an authorized dealer for that brand and walk out with your head held high. This watch will allow you to hand it to any so-called expert and not get called out. Well, thatís all fine and dandy but what exactly makes your particular watch or bag a ďfranken?Ē Some people, and youíve read these threads, feel a genuine band or even something as innocuous as a crown and tube makes a watch a franken. A genuine strap for a Louis Vuitton travel bag or, worse, a luggage tag bought off Ebay and affixed to a handle, makes the bag a franken. For the term to have any meaning whatsoever, there has to be some kind of definition of what turns an ordinary, run-of-the-mill replica into a franken. A bare minimum would be a bezel, crystal, gaskets, tube, and crown. A better example would have these plus any two of the following: dial, hands and/or strap. But the best of show, so to speak, would have some, or most, of the above and sport a genuine case or genuine movement. A genuine case alone could be worth it for some models, especially ones with helium valves considering some replicas donít feature working helium valves. Although diving with a replica could be considered playing with your life! LOL But itís nice to know that you could.

    The percentage of replica parts to genuine could also be used to determine franken status as well; maybe 50% should be the threshold. I donít know. But we can all agree that a crown and tube are not it, right? While you may not be down with creating an expensive franken, you still need to . . .

    3. Determine your particular reason for buying replicas.



    Everyone has them, whether they know it or not. You have to be up front with yourself with your reasons for buying replicas. It sounds crazy but it will help you in the long run. There are people who buy because they are trying to project a certain image to their peers and colleagues, probably in addition to liking the design of the item itself. They may in fact be up to their neck in hock and couldnít afford a designer bag or watch if their lives depended on it! With tuition, gasoline, groceries, ratcheting ARMS, slashed credit lines and increased interest rates, going and buying luxury goods may not be so easy. Now you may not have any of these problems but what you donít like is the arbitrary cost applied to cotton canvas bags coated with vinyl or watches with $200 movements selling for thousands. There are the people who love watches and have the tools to repair them, spare parts in a box and other things lying around. These people couldnít indulge their love for all the genuine articles and so buy replicas to satiate their desire to own unique, exclusive timepieces. Even if internally the movement is rather pedestrian. One of these could be you or all of them could describe your situation.



    If, like most, you are looking to replicas to help enhance your lifestyle and project an image while keeping cash flow in check, then that should be decided in advance. These are the people that wonít be modding watches or sitting at benches with tweezers and magnifying lenses. They want a watch to wear to the next country club luncheon. And thatís okay. Letís respect them and help them find what they need so that they can get on with their lives.

    On the other hand, if youíre that other significant part of the RepGeekís audience, the actual geek, and buying replicas because as a WIS who likes different models but canít (or wonít) afford them all, thatís fine too. Youíll have fun meandering through the multitude of threads about minutiae dealing with every watch currently and previously available.

    I donít mind anyoneís reason for repping and try to help everyone achieve what theyíre after. Iíve seen too many people spend money on things that they later have to sell for less than they paid, and weíre talking genuine, because they needed the money. Save your money for the important things in life and leave luxury goods to those who can truly afford it. No one will think less of you for it. Not me anyway! And that bring us to this gem . . .

    4. If youíre buying a replica for someone else, man or woman, you tell them up front.

    This seems like a no brainer but as often as this topic has come up (73 times since RepGeekís founding), it bears repeating. I know that some of you would like to give the gift of a watch or bag to someone and then have them be none the wiser about its authenticity due to the exceptional quality inherent in many replicas. Luxury goods as gifts make you seem not only generous but also successful. And I know you donít want to ďruin the magicĒ of the moment but you have to tell, preferably before purchasing the item. Some people are not rep-friendly, for various reasons, and so you should tread carefully. If the person isnít aware of the itemís provenance, they may take it to that brandís store or authorized reseller and find out the hard way that the item is a fake. Hilarity will ensue!

    With bags (if very high quality), itís actually harder for that to happen as it probably wouldnít get called out at the store level because, for most repairs, they send them back to the factory. There are bags that will pass easily at store level which is why they donít authenticate at the store level at most brands anymore. Even Hermes has stopped and they used to do it all the time. It takes a forensic retail scientist (they exist) to determine if the bag is indeed a replica.

    But it is important to let the person know or gauge their reaction to replicas prior to purchase. It saves everyone trouble! And until youíre sure about how they feel about replicas you will follow the . . .

    5. First Rule of Rep Club: Donít Talk About Rep Club.



    I know, I know. I put this fifth. Sue me! Youíve heard this clichťd movie line twisted every single way. It is apropos in this context because you really shouldnít be discussing replicas openly at any venue with anyone. Those who are in the know will know. And you have to be careful who you tell because some people will use what you tell them to get the purveyors of replicas shut down. If youíre woman or have a lady friend into replica bags, sheíll tell you firsthand how it is, especially on the ĎNet. There are women who are TOTALLY against replicas in any form and will turn info about sellers to the authorities or the luxury conglomerates whose intellectual property is being copied. They really want people to eat Top Ramen for months to be able to buy a genuine bag. And some do.

    In short, just keep it under your hat!

    6. If you like a particular replica a lot, always buy a second copy of that bag or watch.



    SMIDSY comparing the replica (left) Bell & Ross to the genuine.

    Not every replica is a 1:1, meaning all parts of the genuine are interchangeable with the replica item. There can be variances in case size, crystal and all the other parts between a genuine and a replica which means only the parts from another replica will work in repairing whatever you bought in the event of a breakdown. The best way to resolve this is to buy a second copy to use for spare parts. Thereís no telling when something will be discontinued or how hard it will be to replace the broken part with another new replacement. And modifying a genuine part to use on your replica may not be practical, possible or affordable.


    As you can see the parts between these two would most likely not be interchangeable.

    Besides, the spare watch or bag as a whole would probably be cheaper to buy than whole parts from different sources, factoring in shipping. The best way to make this easier to deal with is to . . .

    7. Mix your replicas and genuines to pull together an all-authentic look.

    The key to ensuring your replicas remain basically undetectable is by making sure they mesh with your lifestyle and mixing them with some genuine articles. This only applies if you are trying to use replicas to, again, spiff up your image. This is something we women know all about as we routinely mix expensive clothes with Target finds. If done properly, everything looks good and coordinates so you end up looking polished. No one can tell what is what with a cursory glance, which is what you want.

    The interesting thing about this is that the rich, at least the ones I know, routinely purchase replicas. And, yes, there are more who do than those that donít. A peculiar thing about money is that once you have it, you want more and you wonít easily part with it once youíve acquired it. Donít believe that? How many times have you heard, seen or been a part of, a court case of a wealthy person who clearly could afford to pay for a good or service and didnít? It happens frequently. And some really wonít pay unless you take them to court. Net 90 my @ss! And Iím sure youíve heard of one Martha Stewart who, although having a net worth over one point five billion dollars, decided to sell ImClone stock to save herself a lousy $60,000. To any normal person, it would seem ridiculous to risk jail for such a small amount of money when you have so much more but to anyone rich, or anyone who knows the rich, this is par for the course.

    So, youíll see someone pull up to Mortonís driving an S-Class, wearing Louboutins, carrying a Chanel 2.55 and rocking a two-tone DateJust with a diamond bezel, all of it, when taken at once, appearing to be genuine. What you donít realize is that the S-Class is pre-owned, the bag and watch are replicas and the only genuine items are the shoes and the diamonds in the aftermarket 14k bezel!

    Itís a bummer but sometimes you have to buy genuine and pay retail, mainly because a particular replica doesnít exist or is just awful. But donít think buying a genuine makes you impervious to problems because . . .

    8. EVERYTHING can (and eventually does) break and defects abound.


    As some of you know, Louis Vuitton makes a popular bag called the Galliera, named after a museum in Paris. When it first came out, the bag was notorious for having the ring that held the shoulder strap to the body of the bag break. It was sent off to be fixed, free of charge, at any LV store.


    Yes, this made it into the sales channel!

    I donít know why this has to be said but it does. Itís not just replicas that break. Genuines break all the time. They may have better quality control but sometimes I wonder with the level of defective merchandise that makes it to the sales channels. People often feel particularly stunned when a replica breaks, Iíve noticed. Gen owners may not necessarily expect this but they sometimes take it a lot better. This may be due to the fact that they can walk in an AD and have it sent off for repair. Replica owners donít have this option, obviously, and finding someone to service a replica let alone repair one can be an experience in frustration. Keep calm and carry on. Oftentimes, a shoe repair place can fix a bag as well as a pair of shoes!


    Genuines break? Perish the thought! I thought that was merely an affliction of $300 replicas not $6,000 originals.

    Automatic watches are tiny little mechanical devices that really should break more often than they do considering that many are used on a daily basis and treated nonchalantly by so many. They have sometimes have hundreds of moving parts. Imagine wearing Patek Philippeís Calibre 89 daily or even weekly. Thereís no way that something like that wouldnít need a servicing or at least a minor repair. While most of the replicas arenít of that complexity, they are just as delicate. And these movements tend to come dry, with parts misaligned, missing jewels, etc. This increases the likelihood of breakage.


    IWC Top Gun Chronograph with a broken case. "Let's make watches out of glass!" This will end well. Learn more here.

    And as many high-end gen owners can tell you, their watches sometimes stay in the shop as much as any BMW. Thatís about the only thing thatís consistent in luxury goods because as anyone in the industry can tell you . . .

    9. Thereís no such thing as consistency in luxury goods.


    I donít believe people realize this. Every luxury goods maker deviates from what is proscribed by outside brand ďexpertsĒ as normal. The one thing these so-called experts donít know is that there is no such thing as normal when dealing with luxury goods. Many, many clients feel exceptionally special and want their purchases to reflect that through unique touches made to the item before or after the sale.


    Mr. Fux and two of his three Drophead Phantoms. Neither color is a standard Rolls-Royce option. The Fux Red one in the foreground is the one with the carbon fiber interior.

    Michael Fux, billionaire businessman and philanthropist, is a perfect example of this because he owns several Rolls-Royces and each one is a one-off made specifically for him exactly the way he wants it. Nevermind what Rolls doesnít do normally, they figured out how to do it for him! He wanted a Drophead Phantom with carbon fiber in place of the wood all over the cabin. Rolls had never worked with carbon fiber at all prior to his request and set to work making it happen. And happen it did. While none of us is as wealthy as Michael Fux, it goes to show that with a request, and lots oí money, you can make a luxury brand create what you want. And luxury goods makers do special requests and custom pieces all the time. And not just for the Sultan of Brunei. They will charge you but youíll have what you desire. Let some loud mouth members of the proletariat armed with a few photos they got online tell it, your very real watch or bag instantly becomes a fake!



    And what the factory wonít do an aftermarket company will. Take for example Prohunter's tranformation of stalwart Rolex models. Or the Sac Chien above. Louis Vuitton will make a bag ANYWAY you want itóas long as the bag is for travel. The Sac Chien is a pet carrier made for travel so the Monogram Canvas Multicolore Sac Chien is a bag that they would make (and probably have). This bag is a replica but it also could not be one. Is your head about to explode?


    Whoa. Somebody who decided to make his watch look how he wanted it to look. Get the pitchfork and the torches!

    It stands to reason that the only people that seem most worried about the external accuracy of their watch or bag would be . . . people with fake watches and bags. The factories make all kinds of things and with decades, sometimes centuries, long histories they made whatever was asked for in addition to regularly produced models. It stands to reason that the individual who has the money to buy some of these luxury goods also has the money to make it look how they want it to look.

    And up until recently, the manufacturing process wasnít as ruthlessly efficient as it is today so variations within production of a model were very common. This brings me to my next point which is . . .

    10. Unless the fake is terrible, thereís no way to discern if a piece is a replica.



    Replica, franken, special order or all-original genuine? Can you guess?

    However, there are fakes extant that couldnít possibly have been produced and these are easy to spot and donít really count in this context. And this also doesnít always apply to every region of the world. There are some places that you donít want to take a fake to because the people in this region know their luxury goods. Japan is the first place that springs to mind, or any place in SE Asia really. Theyíre savage when they find out youíre carrying or wearing a fake. This can actually lead to being a little socially ostracized in certain circles.

    For most other places in the world, you can carry something slightly fantasy or customized, but still replica, and no one can really call you out. Youíre not going to run into many people who know a brand so well that they can tell without opening the watch or deconstructing the bag. Many people that work within these companies couldnít even do that.

    Just enjoy the hobby and keep some of this stuff in mind. Youíll have less gray hair, more money and more fun!

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