So I was wondering how others here felt about purchasing knockoffs, as opposed to fakes. I'm against fakes myself, due to their dubious origins (ie made by children etc) and the fact that they claim to be something they're not. But how do you feel about bags made by reputable companies that look very similar to designer bags? I've seen quite a few that most people would not be able to tell from the real thing. I'm only asking because there are quite a few designer styles that I really love, but I could never afford to spend $1,000+ on. I've read a some threads on here about members who are "grossed out" by these replicas, or feel that it somehow dilutes their ownership of the real thing. This makes me think that to them, their bag is sort of a status symbol, and they wouldn't want anyone to think that they would be carrying fakes. Almost like it makes them feel superior knowing that they could afford more than others (not trying to be insulting, please don't take it that way!) But for me, buying a bag is about a design I like and a style I'll enjoy using. I do realize that some of these are not of the same quality, but others are in fact made very well. Sorry for the long post, please let me know your thoughts!