I will say that I can't bear to wear fake jewelry and am very particular about quality. But a purse is mostly a utilitarian piece for me (although I do try to buy styles I like). If I bought a Birkin or Chanel CF, I guess they'd be enshrined in my closet, because I couldn't bear to actually use them on a daily basis and potentially damage them. My world is also too casual to justify $10k+ purses, and while I NEVER plan to buy a fake, I'd actually feel freer to USE a fake more than one that costs 15-20 times more. Instead of fakes, I just buy purses in the $500-2500 range. My luxury buying is pretty much limited to jewelry!
Let me add, though, I do enjoy seeing all the beautiful luxury purses from members here!
I'm totally the same. My lifestyle with young kids prohibits use of expensive bags as I'm paranoid about maintenance and scratches. Carrying an expensive bag only when I occasionally go out feels like an overkill to me plus in my country one has to store such things very carefully otherwise the climate will destroy the bag: I've seen a lot of pre owned luxury bags which even developed mold!
This is why I go the same way: I buy jewellery which is an easy maintenance and easy storage, some pieces I can wear daily and casually like earrings and pendants, some I wear only when I'm out alone or for an event and I'm fine with that.
But never it had crossed my mind to go and get a counterfeit bag and carry it around like it's authentic! Plus I'm pretty sure that people with a good eye would spot a fake since a lot of people here own Hermes and/or Chanel but that's not the main reason. It just feels so below par, especially while collecting all this jewellery and learning to authenticate. I don't mean to show off but I personally authenticate Chanel jewellery very well and also other jewellery brands and partially this made me appreciate the brands and all the work they are doing, amount of thinking that goes into each piece, something we don't really see or recognise but it's there and that's what got them to where they are plus clever marketing, service, etc.
I buy cheaper (but not cheap) bags which I can just wear and not worry too much about whether I scuffed it or not or whether my kids knocked it off the chair etc.
On the point of dupes now I understand why Cardi B posted all these pics of her buying this jewellery at the boutique lol
I highly doubt that real celebrities (not the third tier "influencers" who just want to feel important) have to go through the normal "mortal" process to buy a piece, it's such an advertisement for the brand when they wear around their merchandise.