Recently I got asked by a reader about where she can procure a good Michael Kors replica. I replied and told her that it is simply not worth it to buy a Michael Kors replica bag (or even a Tory Burch replica bag), and these are the reasons why:
1) The authentic versions of their bags are not super expensive!
Unlike designers such as Louis Vuitton, Céline, Gucci, Prada, YSL etc. that run a shopper thousands of dollars per piece, authentic Michael Kors bags are not that expensive. The average Michael Kors bag can run you $300 which is much less than for example a Louis Vuitton Neverfull that runs into the thousands of dollars depending on the size and particular edition or model. This means that you are not saving much when you opt to buy a Michael Kors replica bag since their authentic counterparts are quite well priced!
2) Their replica counterparts are poor quality!
Since Michael Kors bags are not expensive to begin with, replica manufacturers do not have a good incentive in creating high quality versions of the bags since they will not be able to sell it for a big enough profit. They need to skimp out on quality control measures, and create really cheap bags in order to be able to make a decent profit for themselves on the knockoff versions of these brands. Now this may seem counter intuitive as the original versions of these bags are made in China, so one may assume that they would be easier to knock off, however I have personally NEVER seen a good Michael Kors replica – there seems to always be something off about them.
3) A cost-benefit analysis shows it is simply not worth it!
In my opinion when you purchase a replica bag the point is to save a lot (as in hundreds/thousands) not simply a hundred bucks. As we all know buying replicas is not easy – in fact it is a hassle to purchase them as the payment process is usually not straightforward, you need to talk to sellers overseas, and the shipping process can be topsy-turvy. This hassle is only “worth it” to me if the end product I am receiving has a high enough value to encourage me to put the effort into trying to purchase it (and as my past reviews have shown there are certain brands that are worth the hassle!). However, with Michael Kors I would simply rather go into the boutique and pay full price for an authentic bag since a cost-benefit analysis shows it is not worth even trying to buy a replica bag from their company.
The Bottom Line: Some Brands Are Not Worth Buying As Replicas!
Brands like Michael Kors, Coach, and Tory Burch are quite accessible to the average customer even at their authentic prices so if you are having paying for these brands I would suggest you simply save up your money until you have enough to walk into their boutique and pay full price!
Other brands not worth buying as replicas are brands that are fringe in terms of popularity (even though their bags may be expensive). For example I personally adore the Proenza Schouler PS1 bag (worth around $2,000) however I have yet to find a good replica of that particular bag. While the bag is recognized a fair bit by handbag enthusiasts, it is not mainstream enough to have been replicated in a good enough quality. Buying replicas over the years has taught me that quality is directly linked to demand – the more popular a bag is, the more enticing it is for replica manufacturers to make a product as close to the real deal as possible.
I will also be doing posts soon on each brand, and what bags are well replicated within that brand vs. what bags are not so well replicated (and thus you are better off buying the authentic version) to help guide any authentic or replica handbag shoppers who are at a loss navigating the murky waters out there!
If you have any comments, I’d love to hear from you, so leave one below!