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Well, arent we talking about our love, FASHION!?

It's quite difficult to ruin them in few years. Purchasing for a high-end brand is generally quite lifetime investment.

If its not your style anymore, you can sell it second hand to a great value and recycle your income with the new one.

However it never works the same with fake stuff.

That's why here it has always been discussed by the fashionistas on tv shows, that if we have rights to judge wealthy people wearing fake or not.

First of all, the thing we are suffering here while discussing, we are not talking about 10 TL Tom Ford sun glasses.

We are not placing the replica Chanel and 50 TL version on the same scale.

Doesn't matter this or that, we will be talking about the background of this genuine fake industry, and the details predicated on.

2 important subjects to underline:

Number 1

Gross National Product Per Capita

What Tha?!

But yes. Personal expenses, expenses on investment, export, import will be bringing us the actual truth of gross national product. We cannot easily say, "Turkey used to produce its own textile and not any more" or the other way, but in general the way of how most of the producers reconstruct their economy is by exporting the better quality and importing the lower quality.

When we are talking about a really good quality Turkish leather jacket would probably be sold in Italy as low quality. Lets say, just a week ago you purchased for an amazing designed leather jacket at one boutique in Istanbul. And paid a lot, puff?

Dont worry.

Before having issues with terrorism and protests, most of the high-end brands used to have their factories in Turkey, such as the Spanish ones producing in Vietnam or India or China...

The labor work, still but not way too much like before, used to be the cheapest expense for the producers. Shoddy as an adjective never signified the product but the labor work in this big fashion industry.

Being a part of the background of the producing procedure brought us all the way to the almost same copies of high end products.

Grand Bazaar merchants are saying: "The same bag, same shoe, or same product produced by people, by the same material. For the greatest quality of fake bag, why should you pay 3000 pounds when you are able to purchase only 300 usd."

On the other hand there are billions of people working for producing the high end, and the brands have the story in the background for ages. There can we say, for the Louis Vuitton bag you do not only purchase for the moment you also buy its life.

That is definetly not a recommendation of buying fake or authentic. Personally i generally support the small local business owners- but that's a different subject.

As my friend Vivan (My1stLuxury) says; "people want to own a piece of something great, but unwilling to pay the price."

Number 2

Free Market Economy

You step in the market and yayyy! But, no price-tags?!

You'll be able to see price tags rarely, or the price will be told you high the first moment which will be calculated down by the seller later on, when you show up interested in buying stuff.

Here is a secret, "there is no way to handle this".

My merchant friend Ozzy in Grand Bazaar, especially for rug business, mentiones about this, which is totally the same for fake products.

The price you will expect after bargaining will totally be different at another store, higher or lower. As the Free Market has all opportunities to tell you a price, and it's all up to you that accepting price or not.

As a tour guide probably this is one of the biggest handicaps of us. Step by step it goes like that; 1- Guest asks where to buy the stuff. 2- We recommend at least 3 stops. 3- At the first store seller does a great job. 4- Guest buys at the first one. 5- They walk out the store and continue strolling. 6- Guest comes across with another store which offers differently. May be different price or different models. 7- Guest gets confused. 8- Guest accuses the guide. 9- Inner voice of guide says; "why did you ask me then?" The main point here is not recommending to buy authentic or fake, it's all about finding yourself and putting the value on the things that you like to buy or not. Which should be quite easy to decide. Sanem Yucesoy Ps. Shopping in bazaars is a profession. And if you don't really trust yourself, we reccomend you to trust your guide or try to do your research better and act like a local.

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