$95.90 vs. $3000+
I'm not looking to buy a handbag at the moment but I stumbled across the one on the left and it made me think:
- I love the Céline original, I think it is a beautiful bag, I think it looks amazing on pretty much everyone who carries it.
- However, I cannot afford it. I cannot even nearly afford it. I can't, at the moment, imagine ever being able to afford it. The original is never going to happen for me.
- What do I love about the original? I assumed it was the design, I think it is beautiful after all, but if that was it I should love the ebay version just as much. It is an almost exact replica. It is real leather. The only notable difference is the absence of a tiny bit of gold lettering which is hardly the key design feature.
- And yet... I don't love it as much. I still like it but the passion has gone.
- Do I actually desire the Céline for the prestige? The label? The kudos? The status symbol?
- It seems ridiculous to scorn a bag I can afford (approximately) in a design I admittedly love for these reasons.
- I feel shallow.
What are your thoughts? I wouldn't be taking business away from Céline if I bought the replica because I could never afford the original... I'm sure there is a difference in quality but the ebay version looks like reasonably good quality for the price (£20 cheaper than the average Topshop leather handbag) and, again, I'm never going to be able to afford the original, no matter how great the quality is. Am I being a snob or should I be proudly wallowing in my own integrity? I'm fairly sure it's not the latter...
Am I thinking too much about handbags and not enough about binary models of gender? Undoubtedly yes!