The difference between getting a inspired bag versus a counterfeit bag is that inspired bag do not claim to look exactly the same as the real thing but the main idea is there (I think) and it will look slightly different in some parts of the bag (notice from the Hermes inspired bag below, it does not look exactly the same as the real 10k+ bag).
I shared with V on my paranoiac in protectiveness over my leather bag when it comes to scratches and stains thus resulting in me not using them as often, especially in the recent wet weather. I think this behaviour is quite justifiable because imagine spending a few thousand on a bag and getting water stain or worse laksa stain!!!! OMG......... I cannot imagine! Sending for bag cleaning is also not cheap, and what if they say they cannot remove the stain even though you are willing to pay a fortune for their service? Ok, this is getting a bit extreme but you get the idea.
Being a day of no government in office (boss went for 'brat' making class, hahaha, it's actually BREAD!!! And yes, she could not pronounce it properly AGAIN!), I surfed the Internet for 'inspired bags' and there are really a lot of them and of course the price tag is much more friendlier. In fact, I am tempted to get the red Balenciaga inspired bag below at $52!!!!
I totally love this bag in red, shall I get it??
Hermes inspired bag
Chanel inspired bag