Monday, December 21, 2009

fake + uggs = fuggs

My Fuggs are not fugly. But they are warm. And they are fuggs. No doubt about that. The tell-tale sign is that the sole of the shoe is the reverse pattern of a real Ugg - as if someone bought a real pair of Uggs and used the sole of the shoe to create a manufacturing mold by pressing each shoe into wet plaster.


The other tell-tale signs are the obvious typographical and grammatical errors on the very real looking "note of authenticity" and "customer care" cards.

Notice in the last picture that at the end of the first paragraph the contraction "you've." There is an extra space between "you'" and "ve." Minor. Now read the first sentence in the second paragraph. "In order to arrain the sumptuous color of these boots..." Arrain? That isn't even a real word. Did they mean to spell "arraign?" Are these boots on trial? No doubt about that either. And that's what's gonna happen to these guys when the US government discovers that the "Uggs International" company has been selling fake product. And finally, at the end of that same paragraph, notice that "some dye transfer may occur onto light "colothing..."" Such as on kinickers? Oh my.

So I feel terrible. I try to tell myself that these are factory seconds and not contraband stitched by the nimble fingers of children and purchased off the black market. And even now as I wonder how such items can make it through customs, I marvel at how cleverly the packing slip refers to my purchase as a "gift."




6 comments:

Jane D. said...

Hey...I those tiny children in China did a great job stitching those boots. Super cute. "Mine" are actually my daughter's boots that I purchased for $34.99 at Costco a year ago. She blew out the side and quit wearing them. So, I found a needle and thread in a mini-mending kit and stitched them back up. And although they keep my feet warm, the stitching looks terrible...probably because my fingers are too big.

Karen said...

Well, think of it this way...if no one purchased them, these children would have no work, therefore no food.

Is that convoluted logic? Consumerism justification? I don't know. I just believe it.

Not bad looking fakes, Jana!

Catvibe said...

You should read my 'made in china' post of last week. The best thing about those boots is they are warm!

bluesugarpoet said...

@ jane - yes, it takes tiny fingers, like those of a 6 or 7 year old, to make those stitches neat and tidy. Put those nieces to work!

@karen - yes, that does make me feel better. :) I do like to know that at least I'm helping - in my own selfish consumeristic way - to feed the children of the world, lol.

@cat - gotta hop on over to read your post!

Erica said...

I can tell that they're fake.
:/

bluesugarpoet said...

Yeah, Erica - you have a discerning eye (and they look even more fake in person!). But they are warm. Or are they fwarm? ;)