In a video that has garnered over 1.6 million views, Tumithabethe humorously calls out a supposed Louis Vuitton bracelet gifted to her by a man, suggesting it’s not the real deal. The video’s text card reads, “When he got me Luviton trying to impress me thinking I wouldn’t know,” accompanied by an original sound from another TikToker, @josephdary 2.0.
Naturally, the comments section was a mixed bag of reactions. While some users empathized with Tumithabethe’s situation, others felt that the intention behind the gift mattered more than whether or not it was legit.
One user commented, “its the thoughts that counts.”
Another humorously pointed out the lack of respect, saying, “No wayyy he doesn’t respect you aibo.”
On the other hand, some users admitted their inability to distinguish between genuine and fake luxury items, suggesting that perhaps ignorance is bliss. “I would deadass be happy because I don’t know what’s wrong here,” one user admitted, and another added, “I’m so glad I don’t know the difference, less stress, I’d be happy.”
The rise of “copycat” companies in the digital age has made it increasingly challenging for consumers to discern between genuine and counterfeit products. However, in a time where fashion trends are ever-evolving, most Gen Zers are excited about the fake good phenomenon.
The fact of the matter is: the knockoffs frequently look good, very good. From clothing and accessories to perfumes, candles, and other home goods, the market is flooded with replicas that often closely resemble the real thing. Companies like Dossier have even built their brand around offering scents that mimic high-end perfumes, with many consumers claiming they can’t tell the difference.
@tumithabethe 😭and im telling you right now, that mf right there is NOT real🤣🤣🤣🤣 #fyp #SAMA28 ♬ original sound – josephdary.2.0
While there’s no denying the allure of owning a genuine Louis Vuitton or Chanel product, the question arises: if only you knew it was a replica, would it truly matter? As online shopping continues to dominate, it’s crucial for consumers to remain vigilant and informed if that sort of thing matters to them. However, as Tumithabethe’s video suggests, sometimes the joy derived from a gift—genuine or not—lies more in the sentiment than the label.
According to Forbes, “the counterfeit goods industry is the largest criminal enterprise in the world.” The outlet writes that the “total amount of counterfeit goods sold each year is estimated to be between $1.7 trillion and $4.5 trillion.” The trade, as a whole, is ranked as the world’s 10th largest economy, bringing in more revenue than the entire GDP of Canada.
The Daily Dot has reached out to Louis Vuitton via email and Tumithabethe via TikTok comment for further information.