At the same time, some of these people who do not belong to the upper class elite category realize that all the things they want, they can’t always afford and therefore must find other means to get these products for a cheaper price. These people then turn to peddlers on the streets who are selling fake look-a like bags/shoes/etc that sell for a much cheaper price but still look the same. Whenever I go to Hong Kong with my mom, she always takes me to these side streets where tons of people have little carts open and sell things for a really cheap price. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought these products were real. They look SO much like the real thing!!! The purposeful mistakes they make (which then make them fake) are so miniscule that you would really think you’re buying the real thing. It’s amazing to see how many people shop at these places just to get something that looks like the real thing, but isn’t. Many people turn to these things because they know they can’t afford the real one, but want something that looks like it so people will assume they’re in the upper class category.
After reading these articles, I realized that since the early times, consumption has opened up pretty much to anyone, including me. And sadly, I have fallen into the traps of buying things time and time again without fail. Everytime I see something that I just "have to have," I justify my reason for getting it, then I buy it. Although I am working on my compact challenge, I still feel the urge to buy things every time I go to the mall. Although for the past few weeks I haven’t purchased anything, I still have that feeling inside me telling me to buy "just one pair of flip flops. It couldn’t hurt!" However, even though I have managed to hold out on buying things, I feel that the urge to buy things gets stronger every week. Hopefully overtime, the compact challenge won’t be such a challenge and that I’ll start to watch what I buy more naturally.