There are so many threads in this forum about fakes and they always get so very heated. I think its because it is a topic we are all very passionate about because of our love for bags and the real deal. I was a victim of purchasing fakes before I found this forum and have learned sooooo much and am so grateful for the education and support I have received. But it got me to thinking, do we become hypocrites because we are so against fake bags but actually end up consuming other "fake" products we choose to look the other way about just because they aren't bags? For example - do you have "knock off" furniture in your house? Say a "fake" mission style chair or lamp? do you own a "knock off" sculpture that you would never be able to afford from the original artist? do you own a reproduced oil painting mass produced in China? (I am guilty of this!) do you download music for free? (this hits very close to home for us as my husband is a musician/songwriter and his royalty checks have suffered from this - illegal downloaders are essentially stealing from him*) I am not talking about legitimate licensed products (where the money goes to the original artists family/estate) but about products where designs are blatantly ripped off. I guess my point is that its hard to stay perfectly "pure" on this subject because we may passionately argue against fake bags but what other offenses are we unwilling to acknowledge? Just some food for thought.... *to clarify because not everyone understands intellectual property laws - when you buy music in any form (vinyl, CD, cassette, download, etc) you are purchasing a "license", a sort of permission to replay and enjoy the music/movie. You do not own the music on the CD, you just own the plastic. So many people don't realize this.