A Cheap Rip-Off isn’t Always a Cheap Rip-Job

I have no doubt that you’ve either strolled through a marketplace yourself or watched some overly attractive, bouncy and subtly well endowed twenty something on any of the thousands of tv travel shows stroll through a marketplace somewhere in Asia filled with cheap designer items that are about as genuine as the face of Jesus I saw in my cereal this morning. And I have no doubt that the phrase ‘you’d have to be a super tight-arse to buy <rip-off in question>’ has rolled off your tongue at one stage or another as well, and your portably have an unwarranted, bourgeois attitude to anyone you suspect of buying such items. Well I think it’s about time you ate your hat, pride, and anything else that’s making you act like a twat.

Now before you give me that look I’m not trying to tell you that market-bought crap (hey, honestly is the best policy) is great quality, top of the line, built to last and built to impress, piece of fashion paraphernalia that you come to expect from the piece that it’s blatantly ripping off, but I am saying is to keep an open mind (at least for the moment). Let’s look at the facts for moment: a great chunk of the sexy and striking fashion that keeps you in a constant state of self-imposed fashion-arrogance are made in Chinese and Indian sweat shops for next to nothing while the market-bought items are made in the same if night slightly better conditions; the items made by the cheap market merchants are made to keep food on their table, and their children out of whatever problems their children get into if they don’t have a half decent up-bringing, while the genuine items are made for no purpose other than to flex the egos of overly pretentious individuals in the thousands of thousands. It’s also important to note that copyright in the fashion industry doesn’t exist like it does in music, cinema and literature (see the below video). So if it’s okay for Georgios and Diors to blatantly rip off of each other, why not some lady in south Thailand, or even local producers selling their goods on eBay and Amazon?

This is was more of a series of rhetorical questions and concepts for you kids to contemplate and digest than an article to come to some shining conclusion that will shock and rock the very foundations of your fashion related beliefs (I don’t have the time to create such articles – sorry).

Pino…

Matrix Eye-wear

Hi, my name is Pino and I own and regularly wear a trench-coat. There, now that I’ve said it we can move on.

There is always trepidation afoot in the air when buying anything from an online store that you have never heard of, especially one that promises free shipping to anywhere on Earth. Matrix Eyewear is one of these e-stores.

As far as ‘fashion’ is concerned, these are sunglasses are simply look-a-likes to the ones worn by the respected actors in said movie. Below are the ones that I bought:

…with the latter pair being a bonus when you buy two or more (another reason to be sceptical). They cost me USD$69.90 for the two, including free shipping to my land of Aus and the free pair of Neo’s. After some freaken fast shipping (considering it was free) they arrived.

My reaction is a bit of mixed bag to be perfectly frank: the free pair are somewhat small (a tight fit to be more specific) and are in no way in proportion to the other pair of Neo’s that I bought (although I have a big head so they may be of normal size, but the fact that there is such a difference in the two Neo’s is rather odd); the Twins’ pair is the best made out of the three (reflected by the $10 more expensive I imagine) and are a nice pair of sunnies; there is obvious differences in the pair of Twins’ that I was given and the ones in the pictures on the website (one can say that the two are very similar designs but definitely not the same) but despite this, I still really like them; both the glasses that fit both had a slightly crooked frame (slight manual adjustments fixed this); they are both comfortable (excluding the ones that don’t fit me, of course); all three come with a small black silk-like case; oh, and last but not least, the two both look pretty awesome on me ^^.

At the end of the day, although I obviously only know what three of the nine pairs are like, I have had a mostly positive experience with ME that I would recommend to others. I even manage to stuff up my order and mr ME was kind enough to fix it up and refund me the extra pair of sunglasses I ordered by accident that I didn’t want. Also, a friend of mine is interested in the Trinity pair so I’ll be able to tell you exactly how that pans out for her.

Pino…

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